UnionPay International partners with M2M to drive digital transformation in Africa

CASABLANCA, Morocco, Nov. 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — UnionPay International (UPI) and M2M jointly announced a partnership to accelerate digital financial transformation in Africa, creating new frontiers by leveraging two entities’ strong core capabilities and footprints.

This partnership sets an ambitious product roadmap that allows M2M to provide innovative and customer-centric payment solutions to support issuers, acquirers, fintechs, processors and aggregators across more than 40 countries worldwide.

“Becoming UPI’s certified Third Party Service Provider (TPSP) is a major milestone underscoring our drive to be a one-stop shop and a service payment platform that truly offer clients solutions covering the entire value chain of payments including issuing, acquiring and processing of expanding UPI’s transactions worldwide”, said Mr Rachid SAIHI, CEO of M2M Group. “Thanks to this partnership, M2M Group will be among the first payments actors in Africa to provide end to end processing solutions for UPI’s transactions”.

“We are delighted to collaborate with M2M to facilitate the digital financial transformation in Africa”, said Mr Luping Zhang, General Manager of Africa Branch, UnionPay International. ” UnionPay International continues to offer high quality, cost-effective, innovative payment services through shared growth in the region and contribute value towards the global payment ecosystem”.

At the forefront of the digital era, M2M Group leverages more than 30 years of worldwide innovation and expertise. M2M Group is a leading software company that provides multichannel electronic payments and eGov solutions and services that enable convenience and trust for anyone, anywhere, anytime, and any device. M2M Group’s solutions address a wide range of applications accelerating digital convergence, enhancing user experience and boosting business agility and profitability. M2M Group is listed on Casablanca’s Stock Exchange.

With over 160 million UnionPay cards issued outside of mainland China, UnionPay has expanded its acceptance network to 180 countries and regions in recent years. At present, UnionPay cards are widely accepted in Africa across all sectors, effectively meeting the diverse purchasing needs of UnionPay cardholders visiting and living on the continent. Over 10 African countries have issued UnionPay cards, including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, South Africa, eSwatini, Madagascar and Mauritius. The Nilson Report (Issue 1154) shows that UnionPay ranks first among all card schemes in card issuance and transaction volume. UnionPay has launched various innovative payment products in Africa in response to the worldwide digital transformation and financial inclusion.

Adagio Therapeutics Reports That None of the Mutations Present in SARS-CoV-2 Variant, Omicron, Are Associated with Escape from ADG20 Neutralization In Vitro

Additional in vitro studies to determine neutralization activity of ADG20 against Omicron are ongoing

ADG20 EUA submissions planned for prevention and treatment of COVID-19 in mid-2022

Inventory build continues in anticipation of EUA in second half of 2022, with 4 million doses available for distribution over the next two years

WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Adagio Therapeutics, Inc., (Nasdaq: ADGI) a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of antibody-based solutions for infectious diseases with pandemic potential, today provided information related to the potential of its lead SARS-CoV-2 antibody, ADG20, to address the Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant, and other known variants of concern. ADG20 is an investigational monoclonal antibody (mAb) product candidate designed to provide broad and potent neutralizing activity against SARS-CoV-2, including variants of concern, for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 with potential duration of protection for up to one year in a single injection.

“The continued global scale of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased levels of immune pressure on the virus, which is driving the emergence of variants containing mutations associated with escape from common classes of neutralizing antibodies induced by natural infection or vaccination. Unlike most antibodies currently available under EUA, ADG20 has been shown to target an epitope that is highly conserved among clade I sarbecoviruses and that is not readily targeted by the endogenous neutralizing antibody response,” said Laura Walker, Ph.D., co-founder and chief scientific officer of Adagio. “Due to the highly conserved and immunorecessive nature of the epitope recognized by ADG20, we expect that ADG20 will retain activity against Omicron, as we have observed in in vitro models with all other variants of concern identified previously. Further, none of the mutations present in the spike protein of the Omicron variant have been associated with escape from ADG20 neutralization.   ADG20 was engineered for potent and broadly neutralizing activity in anticipation of both the rapid antigenic evolution of SARS-CoV-2 and the emergence of future SARS-like viruses with pandemic potential.”

“ADG20 was uniquely designed to combine breadth, potency and duration of protection against SARS-CoV-2 for up to one year in a single injection. We did this anticipating that SARS-CoV-2 would continue to evolve and potentially render some early therapies and vaccines obsolete,” said Tillman Gerngross, Ph.D., co-founder and chief executive officer of Adagio. “Our global clinical trials are advancing with potential EUA submissions in mid-2022 for both prevention and treatment of COVID-19. We continue to engage with the FDA and other regulatory bodies and governmental agencies to discuss potential acceleration of development plans and the need for a portfolio of therapeutic solutions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Given the significant potential health crisis resulting from the emergence of Omicron, Adagio is undertaking a number of activities to support ADG20’s utility in addressing this newly emerged variant of concern, including:

  • Conducting in vitro studies to evaluate the expected binding and neutralizing activity of ADG20 against Omicron. Initial data from these studies is anticipated by the end of the year; and
  • Recruiting patients in Adagio’s Phase 2/3 COVID-19 treatment trial, known as STAMP, across several clinical sites in South Africa (along with ongoing clinical trial efforts globally) in an effort to generate clinical data for ADG20 against infections due to the Omicron variant.

Based on the data being generated, Adagio plans to engage with health authorities and government agencies to accelerate development and supply of ADG20 to combat SARS-CoV-2 and its variants of concern.

ADG20 and Variants of Concern
The neutralizing antibody response induced by SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccination is dominated by three classes of receptor binding domain (RBD)-directed antibodies (Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3), which often share common escape mutations. The newly emerged Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant identified in South Africa contains mutations associated with resistance to a large proportion of these commonly elicited antibodies, which may be due to immune pressure on these antigenic sites. Data for most antibodies available under EUA or in late-stage clinical development show they target one of these three dominant antigenic regions within the RBD.

In vitro studies have shown that ADG20 binds to a highly conserved epitope within the RBD that is not targeted by any of the common classes of neutralizing antibodies induced by SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccination. Thus, unlike many other clinical-stage antibodies, which were isolated from COVID-19 patients and recognize epitopes that are also targeted by endogenous neutralizing antibodies, there is limited immune pressure on the ADG20 binding site. The ADG20 epitope has remained conserved in 99.99% of the nearly 4 million full length SARS-CoV-2 viral sequences deposited in the GISAID database as of October 15, 2021, and, as shown in in vitro studies, ADG20 retains activity against prior variants of concern including Alpha, Beta, Delta, and Gamma. For the Omicron variant, none of the mutations present in the spike protein are associated with escape from ADG20 neutralization. Based on published epitope mapping and structural studies, Adagio anticipates that ADG20 will retain neutralizing activity against the Omicron variant whereas other mAb products may lose substantial activity against this variant.

Previously disclosed in vitro data demonstrated retained neutralizing activity of ADG20 against a diverse panel of circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants, including the recently emerged Lambda, Mu and Delta plus variants. Notably, findings from these in vitro studies showed that ADG20 demonstrated potent neutralizing activity against all SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern tested, including those with reduced susceptibility to mAb products currently available under EUA or in late-stage development.

About ADG20
ADG20, an investigational monoclonal antibody targeting the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 and related coronaviruses, is advancing through global clinical trials for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. ADG20 was designed and engineered to possess high potency and broad neutralization activity against SARS-CoV-2 and additional clade 1 sarbecoviruses by targeting a highly conserved epitope in the receptor binding domain. ADG20 was further engineered to provide an extended half-life for durable protection. ADG20 has demonstrated potent neutralizing activity against the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern Alpha, Beta, Delta, and Gamma, other SARS-CoV-2 variants to date, and additional SARS-like viruses in preclinical studies. ADG20 is administered in clinical trials by a single intramuscular injection. To date, ADG20 has been well-tolerated in a Phase 1 trial with no safety signals identified through a minimum of three months follow-up across all cohorts. ADG20 has not been approved for use in any country, and safety and efficacy have not yet been established.

About Adagio Therapeutics
Adagio (Nasdaq: ADGI) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of antibody-based solutions for infectious diseases with pandemic potential, including COVID-19 and influenza. The company’s portfolio of antibodies has been optimized using Adimab’s industry-leading antibody engineering capabilities and is designed to provide patients and clinicians with the potential for a powerful combination of potency, breadth, durable protection (via half-life extension), manufacturability and affordability. Adagio’s portfolio of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies includes multiple non-competing, broadly neutralizing antibodies with distinct binding epitopes, led by ADG20. Adagio has secured manufacturing capacity for the production of ADG20 with third-party contract manufacturers to support the completion of clinical trials and initial commercial launch, ensuring the potential for broad accessibility to people around the world. For more information, please visit www.adagiotx.com.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “projects,” and “future” or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning, among other things, the timing, progress and results of our preclinical studies and clinical trials of ADG20, including the timing of our planned EUA submissions, initiation, modification and completion of studies or trials and related preparatory work, the period during which the results of the trials will become available and our research and development programs; the expected neutralizing activity of ADG20 against the Omicron variant; our ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approvals for, our product candidates; our ability to identify patients, including in specific populations, with the diseases treated by our product candidates and to enroll these patients in our clinical trials; our expectations regarding the scope of any approved indication for ADG20; and the risk/benefit profile of our product candidates to patients; our manufacturing capabilities and strategy, including plans for doses available in the near future; and our ability to successfully commercialize our product candidates. We may not actually achieve the plans, intentions or expectations disclosed in our forward-looking statements and you should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the results described in or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, clinical trials and financial position, unexpected safety or efficacy data observed during preclinical studies or clinical trials, clinical trial site activation or enrollment rates that are lower than expected, changes in expected or existing competition, changes in the regulatory environment, and the uncertainties and timing of the regulatory approval process. Other factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements in this press release are described under the heading “Risk Factors” in Adagio’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 and in Adagio’s future reports to be filed with the SEC, including Adagio’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2021. Such risks may be amplified by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of this date, and Adagio undertakes no duty to update such information except as required under applicable law.

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Quality cannot be compromised for access to legal education – President Akufo-Addo

Accra,- President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the discussion on expanding access to legal education in Ghana should not be pursued at the expense of quality.

He argued that compromising the quality of legal training to give more people access to legal education would jeopardize the safety, development and prosperity of the country.

“I do believe personally that in opening up opportunity, there should be no compromise on quality.

“A badly trained lawyer is a danger to the society. A badly trained lawyer can cause untold damage to life and property. A badly trained lawyer will bring the legal profession into disrepute, much faster than any revolution,” he said.

The President was speaking at Legon on Monday at the opening of a four-day International Conference on the future of legal education in Ghana and Africa being organized by the University of Ghana School of Law.

The conference, which brings together Dean’s and lecturers of Law Schools from the sub-region, including Nigeria, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire, will serve as a catalyst for action to strengthen the rule of law and a functioning judiciary throughout africa.

The conference, which will also focus on regional exchanges of experiences on the rule of law and justice, will explore topics such as the policy, legal, management and the ethical frameworks of legal education, as well as cover curriculum development, teaching methodologies and resources for legal education.

Addressing the recent vexed issue of legal education in the country and the proliferation of law faculties running law programmes with its attendant lowering of standards for admission and examinations of students, President Akufo-Addo emphasised that the quality of training in the law profession must be given the highest priority.

He noted that apart from the arguments that there were not enough physical structures to accomodate the growing numbers of law students, “we must ensure that there are accomplished leaders to teach the courses.”

“I do not break any secret, I’m sure, if I say here, that some of the new faculties are struggling because they do not have enough qualified law teachers.

“No matter how good the lecturers at Legon are, and they are good, a lecturer at the law faculty here cannot adequately teach all the courses for all the universities for which he has learnt his name for accreditation.”

The President insisted that whatever system Ghana sets up, the country must train educated lawyers “who know the law.”

He said anyone licensed to practice the legal profession must have a firm grip of the law and “We must ensure that such a person is trained to have the discipline and integrity that go with being a lawyer.”

“Such a person must be confident and able to challenge his colleagues anywhere in the world,” he stressed.

President Akufo-Addo noted that many African nations had signed away their rights and riches because they did not have matching representation when they dealt with the international community on transactions or diplomatic exchanges.

He said many of the governance problems in Africa stemmed from the non availability of lawyers along the beauricratic chain, agreeing that more lawyers were needed.

The President however stressed that if the search for justice in the courts of law had motivated many to seek legal education, “we should be able to maintain the momentum of these eager minds and not frustrate them.

He stated that a reform of the system, under which legal education currently operates in Ghana, is necessary to accommodate current realities, adding that the new system should have to be guided by a strong element of sustainability.

“Sustainable legal education will have, as its base, the establishment of a regime that will consider the pressing needs of the growing law student population and the expected demands of the generation unborn that will study law. It will be qualitative in its operation, but with a fair and balanced quantitative selection system”.

The President also stressed that the reform of the system “must also streamline the regulatory dualism between the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission and the General Legal Council when it comes to legal education. I have to restate my conviction that the General Legal Council must have the final say. “

He indicated that he had already asked the Attorney-General to fast-track the balance of consultations on the Legal Profession Bill, and lay it before Cabinet and, ultimately, Parliament as soon as possible for enactment.

“This Bill aims to address comprehensively the issues of legal education in Ghana today. It must dispel the notion that the legal profession is a guild, a small club of mostly men, which is difficult to penetrate,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo, nonetheless, indicated that even if the new Legal Profession Act, which was under consideration, provided for a multiplicity of law schools to regulate the teaching of the professional examinations, and break the monopoly of the General Legal Council in that regard, “there can be no substitute for the General Legal Council being responsible for the maintenance of standards in the new system”.

He was hopeful that new Legal Profession Act and the various Regulations, that would result from it “will bring the many issues surrounding legal education in Ghana to fruitful resolution once and for all, at least for this generation”.

The President later launched an endowment fund for the University of Ghana School of Law.

He contributed an amount of GHS100, 000 to the fund, and urged other stakeholder entities to do same to boost the quality of legal education in the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

God granted our desire with a little delay-KETASCO past students

Keta (VR),– The national executives of Keta Senior High Technical School (KETASCO) past students (Dzolalians) have expressed satisfaction with the performance of the school in the just-ended National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) competition.

KETASCO, the first-ever school from the Volta Region to reach the finals of the prestigious competition started in 1993, won a bronze medal after scoring 30 points in the contest as against 53 by Prempeh College and 49 by Presbyterian Boys SHS, five and seven times finalists respectively.

The National President of the Dzolalians, Mr Kojo Mattah in an interview with the Ghana News Agency thanked all donors and well wishers for the outpour of love, congratulated the school, and entreated all to have trust because the trophy would be brought home next year.

“Congratulations to all of us for an excellent show. We have demonstrated beyond doubt that KETASCO is a great school. We aimed for the trophy and our ‘God of 1ders’ granted our desire with a little delay. I implore you all to continue to have confidence in our ‘God of 1ders’ as we prepare to lift our deferred trophy next year.”

He encouraged all past students not to despair but be hopeful and “support the vision of the NSMQ team with our resources as they put in the effort to win the next trophy” for the “time to prepare for the next trophy is now.”

Mr Mattah thanked the NSMQ team and the school Board for a good job assuring, “it can only get better and you have our full support.”

He also revealed that arrangements were in place to welcome “our gallant warrior Eagles” back home Sunday as well as other plans for the week.

“They’re coming back today. They will pass Traffix Restaurant in Accra for a brief lunch and proceed to Keta to a rousing welcome. Other plans will be unveiled during the week.”

Source: Ghana News Agency

Build partnership with successful entrepreneurs, Universities told

Fiapre, (B/A),– Mr Daniel Mckorley, Chief Executive Officer of the McDan Group of Companies at the weekend urged universities to build partnerships with business entrepreneurs to create avenues for students to undertake practical work.

Universities should be innovative enough, introducing curricula that would produce and well-positioned graduates to become successful entrepreneurs and help tackle the rising graduate unemployment in the country, he said.

Mr Mckorley gave the advice when he addressed the 20th matriculation and 30th congregation of the Catholic University College of Ghana (CUCG) held at Fiapre in the Sunyani West Municipality.

A total of 512, comprising 268 undergraduates and 244 post-graduate students were graduated, while 800 fresh students were admitted into the University’s 2021/2022 academic year to pursue diploma and degree programmes.

Mr Mckorley, who said he had 7,400 employees indicated that though the theoretical and grammar aspect of education remained essentials of life, entrepreneurship training held the key to addressing graduate unemployment, saying universities ought to re-focus and prioritize entrepreneurship.

This requires that universities and successful entrepreneurs must build effective partnerships to provide avenues and opportunities for final year students to do hands-on practical work.

Touching on attitude, Mr Mckorley said good attitudes demystified the road to success in all spheres of life and advised the graduates to respect time, remain loyal and discipline, saying good morals, godliness, and perseverance remained imperative for any successful entrepreneur.

“About 70 per cent of anybody’s wealth comes from attitude, 25 per cent skills and only five per cent of knowledge”, he told the graduates.

Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, the Bono Regional Minister, said the government recognised and appreciated the contributions of the Catholic Church, as a key partner of development.

“Happily this institution has raised a lot of great personalities who are contributing massively to the development of this country in their various fields of study”, the Regional Minister stated.

Professor Daniel Obeng-Ofori, the President, said the CUCG was transforming itself, and harnessing the Catholic quality brand to become a globally competitive and student-centered teaching and learning institution.

“We are determined to become a scholarly research environment where creativity, innovation, and service to the community are the hallmarks. Being a globally competitive university means the provision of holistic education to make our staff and products versatile and competitive in the global market”, he said.

“As one of the leading private faith-based tertiary institutions in Ghana, the CUCG must embrace and influence our responsibility of producing the next generation of men and women of knowledge and wisdom to drive national development through innovative teaching and learning methods”.

In this regard, Prof Obeng-Ofori indicated the CUCG was implementing excellent education processes and standards, committed to the use of international pedagogies in course delivery, ensuring industry integration, and carrying out research to create new knowledge.

These would promote innovation and creativity to enable students to achieve the right high-quality skillset and integrate them in leadership roles with society and industry.

“We must continue to build a quality culture by implementing systematic academic quality improvement initiatives that will nurture a culture of continuous improvement and strengthen the teaching and learning experience of our students”, he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Commission to address limitations of TVET students to higher education

Koforidua (E/R)– Mrs Gifty Twum Ampofo, Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, has urged Ghanaians to disabuse their minds that students who pursue technical and vocational programmes are dull learners.

She said the Commission on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) was working to address loopholes in TVET that limit students from pursuing studies to a higher level.

The TVET curriculum is specially designed to equip Ghanaian students with technical and professional skills needed for the country’s socio-economic and industrial development.

In a speech read on her behalf during the 32nd graduation of Liberty Specialist Institute in Koforidua, Mrs Ampofo said elective courses would be introduced to pave the way for students to further their education in tertiary institutions.

The graduation ceremony was on the theme: “Empowering youth employment through quality Technical and Vocational Education and Training.”

She said it was the same misconception people had about polytechnics which were later transformed into technical universities.

For the past years, she said, students from Technical Universities did not have the qualification that permitted them for further education.

This, she said the Ministry of Education had brought together all institutions that offer vocational and technical courses under the umbrella of Ghana Education Service for better regulation.

“Now there is a unified curriculum used for all students at the Technical Universities across the country, and they are equipped with equipment that would enable students to do simulations in the laboratory and at the practical centers,” she said.

Mrs Ampofo said the government was reforming the TVET programme to reposition Ghana to become the hub of TVET for the West African Sub-Region.

Liberty Specialist Institute is a center for Technical and Vocational Training, which provides young people with sustainable skills and knowledge through competency-based training to meet industry demand and also make them self-reliant to spur national development.

The graduation ceremony was held for 48 students who were given certificates for passing through a three-year programme in Cosmetology, E-skills in Information and Communication Technology, Hospitality and Catering Management, and Fashion Design.

At the ceremony, the graduates displayed various products including beads, bags, teddy birds, African wear and pastries that they had made.

Rev Mrs Edna Ametameh, the Proprietor of Liberty Specialist Institute said the Institute was established in 1987 with two students and has since then trained about 3,000 students.

She said the school now has an enrollment of about 150 which she described as a decrease due to the introduction of the Free Senior High and Technical School programme in 2017.

She, therefore, appealed to the government to include private institutions in the country’s free senior high school education policy.

She charged the graduates to be bold and enthusiastic in their field of study and have a good sense of humour.

Mrs Bernice Korkor Gligah, Vice Chairman of Board of Governors of Liberty Specialist Institute, said the theme for the graduation ceremony resonated well with Sustainable Development Goal four (SDG 4).

The SDG4 aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

“I believe what you the graduates have gained here are going to be lifelong, generational, and transformational,” she said.

Ms Francisca Larbi, a graduand, who studied Hospitality and Catering Management, applauded the government’s intention to introduce elective courses in vocational institutes, saying, it would permit students to pursue advanced courses in tertiary institutions.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Premix fuel committee swear to stem diversion of fuel

The newly inaugurated National Premix Fuel Committee (NPFC) has sworn to nib fuel diversion in the bud and make it a thing of the past.

They are therefore calling on the Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) to assist them in the effort to stop the canker once and for all.

Chairman of the new committee, Dennis Percyval Quaicoe made the call in the committee’s maiden meeting with OMCs since they were inaugurated.

The meeting forms part of NPFC’s sustained engagement with industry stakeholders, and it afforded the new committee the opportunity to share its vision of an improved Premix Fuel Subsector with the OMCs.

In his opening remarks, Dennis Percyval Quaicoe expressed his commitment to making the government’s expectation of an efficiently managed Premix Fuel Subsector a reality.

He noted that the canker of premix fuel diversion is one that the committee won’t condone under any guise, saying that it is common knowledge that it has been reduced to the barest minimum since 2017 but “we are poised to work even harder to ensure that it never becomes an issue again.”

“I and the committee are committed to giving our best towards the mandate assigned us by the government. Your role as OMCs is crucial to the efficient running of the Premix Fuel distribution chain and so I implore you to work with us to ensure that we achieve holistic success,” he said.

He, therefore, encouraged the OMCs to adhere to all the tenets guiding their operations to ensure that “we collectively improve government’s business.”
On his part, the Administrator of the National Premix Fuel Secretariat (NPFS), Nana Abrokwa A. Asare urged the OMCs to refer any challenges they face in the distribution of premix fuel to the secretariat and it will be dealt with swiftly.

“We have taken note of some of the concerns raised by you and we want to assure you that we are here for you. You may call or visit the head office at any time for your concerns to be addressed,” he said.

The National Premix Fuel Secretariat under the leadership of the Committee has embarked on a rigorous drive to stamp out ills like hoarding and smuggling of Premix Fuel.

In furtherance of efforts to avert these identified issues, Cabinet approval has been secured for the rollout of an Automated Premix Fuel Dispensing System to help consolidate the efficient distribution and management of Premix Fuel achieved in the last four years.

The provision of an Automated Fuel Dispensing and Monitoring System for the sale of Premix Fuel is expected to complement existing government strategies being implemented to address the challenges associated with the allocation, distribution, and sale of Premix Fuel in Ghana including the Canoe Identification System (CIS).

The Automated Fuel Dispensing System would consist of dispensing control units, Fuel level sensors for monitoring of Fuel levels, a card utilization system for authorization and access, web and mobile applications for monitoring, control, and generating of reports.

Having successfully launched the Automated Premix Fuel Dispensing Pilot Unit at Nungua in December 2019, it is the plan of the NPFC to see a nationwide rollout soon.

Already, the system has shown significant promise by curbing to a great extent, the malignant issue of Premix Fuel hoarding.

Some benefits of the system as realized from the pilot phase include Easy Payment, effective tracking and Transparency, and Payment flexibility; effectively solving perennial challenges like Prolonged waiting time, Low customer satisfaction, Rush hour challenges, Lack of trust and transparency, and general transaction tracking hassles.

Source: Ghana Web

Christians asked to stay off curses

Accra,– The Reverend Abraham Kotei, the Head pastor of the Divine Healer’s Church West 2 District in Accra, has advised Christians to be wary of gifts during the yuletide to avoid curses.

“Christians of today invite spiritual curses to themselves by taking all forms of gifts at any point in time, even from strangers…This must stop if we want to avoid curses before next year…,” he said.

Rev Kotei, in a sermon, advised the members to pray without ceasing to stand the test of temptations.

He prayed for the mercies, interventions and guidance of God for leaders of the country to make decisions that would enhance the lots of the citizenry.

Source: Ghana News Agency