Franklin Cudjoe slams government over GH¢240M revenue assurance for e-levy

President for IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe has chastised the government over the allocation of over GH¢240 million in the 2022 budget for the collection of the 1.75% levy on electronic transactions.


According to him, it doesn’t support the reasons given for the proposed levy.


The matter of the imposition of the e-levy in the 2022 budget remains the most contentious in the house.


The Minority in Parliament was first to raise red flags over the allocation of over GH¢240 million for revenue assurance for the collection of the levy.


Speaking to Citi News, Ablakwa indicated that the Minority will not support the imposition of the e-levy nor the allocation of GH¢240 million for revenue assurance and collection of the levy.


However, the government has justified the allocation insisting it’s in line with best practices.


Nonetheless speaking on Citi TV/Citi FM’s weekend current affairs programme, The Big Issue on Saturday, December 11, 2021, Mr. Franklin Cudjoe urged the government to tread cautiously on the issue.


He added that the GRA and KelniGvG can do the collection on behalf of the government.


“We tend to spend too much in this country to collect some of these taxes. And I think the government is compounding the problems of the e-levy just when some of us were beginning to understand some of the reasons given.”


“I think this GHS241 million allocation for this e-levy is needless. It flies in the face of the motive for this tax. So I’m appalled at this decision, when in actual fact there is some supposed entity in place to do the collection.”


Source: Modern Ghana

Nobody can prove that my government has wasted public funds – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo says prudent management of the Ghanaian economy has made it possible for government to meet the development demands of Ghanaians.


He says allegations of wanton dissipation of public funds are untrue and no one can prove such claims against his government.


Speaking at an anti-corruption conference in Accra, Nana Akufo-Addo said his government has made significant investment in all aspects of the economy than all other presidents in the fourth republic.


“My government has spent a lot of money on education, health, infrastructure particularly roads, agriculture, industry, security services and the anti-corruption institutions than by any other government in the fourth republic if not in the entire history of Ghana. Furthermore, after all these expenditures, my government was still able to find some GHS25 billion to pay for the refund of depositors monies arising from the financial sector crisis. These expenditures indicate clearly what taxpayers monies and the revenues of government has been used for by the Akufo-Addo government,” he said.


He added that, “it is difficult to sustain any serious argument about the wanton dissipation of public funds in my time as president.”


The Akufo-Addo administration has come under fire for what many say is poor management of the economy leading to economic hardship.


But President Akufo-Addo insists that such claims are baseless.


Source: Modern Ghana

Illegal miners still polluting Ankobra River despite military action

The Ankobra River in the Nzema East Municipality of the Western Region is still experiencing a surge in pollution from activities of illegal small scale gold miners who operate on the river.


Despite occasional security swoops to stop their activities, the pollution of Pra River has not stopped.


Speaking to Citi News after a swoop by the Nzema East Municipal Security Council that saw the burning of 14 Chanfang machines as well as a platform on the river they operated on, the MCE, Dorcas Elizabeth Asamoah said the pollution has become a source of concern to communities along the river who depend on the river for water.

“We have had a series of complaints from the Dwira area along the Ankobra River on how it is being polluted. So we couldn’t just look on as it is affecting livelihoods. As a result of that, the Municipal Security Council together with other stakeholders embarked on a swoop on the river around 10am to about 3pm to get those who were operating with Chanfang on the river. They managed to get 14 of their Chanfang which they burnt.”

“They also had a very huge platform on the river they operated on which was also burnt to scare them off. It takes a lot of money to build the platforms and when they are destroyed, it is difficult to immediately get one to comeback. So we are sure it will take some time for them to build it again to go back to pollute the river“, she said.

Madam Dorcas Elizabeth Asamoah further told Citi News the fight against the continuous pollution of the Ankobra River cannot be won without collaborative efforts from adjoining assemblies.

“This is not going to be a one-off swoop because we are going to embark on such operations on frequent basis. However, our problem is that River Ankobra stretches across many districts to Sefwi, Prestea and others. So we must be able to tackle this problem holistically as a team to arrest the situation once and for all,” she added.

The Axim Divisional Police Commander, ACP Francis Kwame Tsidi who led his team to burn chanfang machines and a platform on which the illegal small scale gold miners operated told Citi News the pollution of the Pra river is making life unbearable for communities along the river hence their determination to intensify the swoops.


Source: Modern Ghana

‘You weapon-fight us, we send you to the other side’ – IGP cautions Krobo rabble-rousers

Ghana’s IGP has warned troublemakers in the Krobo areas of the Eastern Region that he will make sure they are put where they belong.


That part of the country has been plunged into darkness for the past few days following the relocation of the Somanya office of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to Juapong in the Volta Region over security concerns.


Even though ECG explained, through a press statement that the blackout was a result of sabotage by some “unscrupulous persons”, a youth group called the Coalition of Krobo Youth, held a press conference recently at which it said the outage was an “intentionally” planned punitive measure.


ECG relocated its office with the reason that its workers felt threatened by the unfriendly activities of a separate youth group called United Krobo Foundation.


There has been no love lost between the townsfolk and the state power distributor over the past few years in relation to hefty electricity bills issued to the locals.


A few years ago, this sparked an anti-ECG demonstration that led to the death of a teenager.


In recent weeks, however, the two youth groups have been trading words over ECG’s presence in the area.


While the United Krobo Foundation held a demonstration at which its members insisted ECG leave the area, the Coalition of Krobo Youth disagreed.


As part of efforts to defuse the rising tension in the area, the Inspector-General of Police, Dr George Akuffo Dampare, and his lieutenants visited Odumase Krobo and had talks with the paramount chiefs of Yilo and Manya Krobo traditional areas, Nene Oklepeme Nuer Annobaa Sasraku II and Nene Sakite II, respectively; and later met the two youth groups on Friday, 10 December 2021.


“We came to talk about the security of the situation that we find ourselves in and assess the security issue that has been occasioned by the situation you find yourselves and that is what constitutionally, my colleagues and I are responsible for. That situation has made the security demands in this environment more than expected. So, we brought in more police officers to keep the peace and protect you and your properties”, he told the youth.


He added: “We have gone beyond that and looking at what has actually caused the situation that you are experiencing now. We’ve invited the stakeholders involved, we’ve engaged your kings, we have engaged your elders, we’ve engaged the youth at the other side, we are engaging you now, you brought about the people who are in the centre of it; we have engaged them closed-door all because of your interest just to find a solution to it so that we can also de-escalate in terms of deployment and yet, some of you are the same people who came to burn our police station”.


“You are the same people who destroyed, you are the same people who pelted out people with stones and because we are over-patriotic, as if we are wood, you touch us and we are still working; we love this country, we love our job because we know that God will bless us and bless our children and the generation after us … so if you touch us and we don’t complain it doesn’t mean that we are fools. Because it is better to show maturity at this level that is why at times, your child can hurt you and you still love the child. That is why at times, your master can hurt you and you still serve the master”, he noted.


“Because of our humanity, you stand here and sometimes you show some level of arrogance without realising how ‘useless’ life is; how ‘sorrowful’ we are as human beings. And if you want to test it, let me give you a very simple example: how many of you have visited a mortuary before? How many of you have gone into where human beings who are dead are kept and stood there and eat before? How many of you have seen a human being dissected with the brains and everything and with the body opened like you are dissecting, maybe a goat for your Christmas party? How many? How many of you know the number of people who are going to be buried tomorrow? And yet, we behave as if we have arrived and you take the laws into your own hands and go on a spree of destroying left right centre”, the IGP pointed out.


He said: “I’m saying this based on intelligence we’ve picked over the week as to what you intend doing to compound the situation that you’ve found yourselves and that moved me into this town to tell you that, yea, it is very easy to destroy than to build and when you destroy and you are the future, come and tell me when I’m dead and gone and I’ll be in heaven and I know I’ll be a security chief also in heaven and I’ll be by the gate of Christ and I will decide who enters and does not and you’ll come and meet me there”.


“So, if you have a mindset of destruction, stop it because you’ll be destroying your own future”, he warned.


He urged them: “If you see somebody who has a mindset of destruction and you don’t stop it, whatever he destroys will come to affect you yourself. But if you choose not to stop it, if you choose not to encourage those people who have a mindset to destroy, we will come for them and we will come for them in a manner and a way that nobody will appreciate but God will”.


“So, anybody who wants to mess up, be ready for us. After messing up, you can probably run and hide a little while but this time around, you cannot hide forever. Every day that you are hiding, you are afraid because you know we’ll be coming and at times, even when I see that you are hiding, I’ll knock at the door and say I’ll come tomorrow. I won’t pick you now because you’ll move to another place and I’ll follow you”.


“So, let us start being responsible from today so that you’ll grow up to be responsible people that will be able to turn things around in this country. And you say you want light; maybe if you don’t get it today, you’ll get it tomorrow. So, be responsible”.


“And when – whichever time you get the light – you have issues and people want to use you, people want to take advantage of you in order to do their own things that will profit them and you allow yourself, you won’t have light again”, he warned the youth.


He observed: “This issue of light in my new adopted home of Odumase and Somanya has been too long. With its security implication, with the challenges that we have gone through, in terms of policing over the years, we, myself and my team want to stop this and stop it in a manner that will maintain the peace and security of this area so that you continue to live to your full potential. So, please, help us to police you in a way that will help you to live in peace to accomplish your God-given destiny. Don’t destroy your lives because of peer pressure. Don’t destroy your lives because of self-interested people who want to take advantage of you. Have your own mind to think”.


He urged the youth to be of good behaviour but had a stern warning to the recalcitrant once.


“We want you to go home and peaceful. We want you to go home and be law-abiding. We want you to go home and start thinking that the best way to live a decent life and have a good future is to live in peace with one another help the law-enforcement agencies to take away bad people from your midst for them to be put where they belong and those who will make noise beyond what we can contain, want to fight us with weapons, for them to be sent to the other side where some people will be sent to tomorrow [Saturday] …”


He said even “in your death, we’ll not let you have peace. That is our message to bad people”.


Source: Modern Ghana

One dead, others injured in Aflao Diamond Cement Road crash

A seven-year old girl has lost her life in an accident on the Aflao Police Station-Diamond Cement Road in the Ketu South Municipality.


The deceased, Matilda Amuzu, and her father, Mr Korku Amuzu, aged 36, and her two elder brothers, Petro Amuzu, aged 12, and Israel Amuzu, aged nine also sustained various degrees of injuries through the accident which occurred on Thursday.


Superintendent (Supt) of Police Bempah Sarpong, the Aflao District Police Commander in an interview with the Ghana News Agency said Mr Amuzu, a security guard at Ecobank-Aflao branch was taking his children to school on a motorbike when the accident happened.


He said the victim was heading to Aflao from the Diamond Cement area and was overtaking a clinker truck belonging to Diamond Cement Ghana Limited by the right (instead of the left) when a motorbike, coming from the opposite direction, crashed into him knocking him and the children off the motorbike.


Supt. Sarpong said the deceased went under the clinker truck and got run over in the head leading to her instant death and the body subsequently deposited at the morgue.


He disclosed that the rest, Israel, was seriously injured and was rushed to the theater ward of the Ketu South Municipal Hospital while Petro and the father who suffered severe injuries in the head and the right thigh respectively, were on admission at the same Hospital.


The District Commander said the driver of the clinker truck had been detained by the Police to help with investigations while the other motorcyclist had absconded.


The stretch, popular referred to as Diamond Cement Road just like many roads in the Municipality, is in a bad state (dusty and with potholes) compelling mostly motorcyclists (for commercial vehicles hardly ply the stretch) to ride at all directions of the road in attempts to either dodge potholes or avoid the dust from heavy trucks.


Residents had in the past made many attempts to get the road fixed to no avail with the latest being a demonstration in May this year.


Source: Modern Ghana

REFIRE présente des solutions d’énergie propre via le Cloud à l’Expo 2020 de Dubaï

Représentant la ville de Shanghai, REFIRE a exposé ses derniers systèmes de piles à combustible PRISMA à l’exposition Cloud de l’Expo

REFIRE renforce ses partenariats industriels et vise à atteindre plus de clients dans le monde entier

DUBAÏ, Émirats arabes unis, 11 décembre 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Lors de l’Expo 2020 à Dubaï, qui a officiellement ouvert ses portes le 1er octobre 2021, Shanghai REFIRE Technology Co. Ltd. (REFIRE), l’un des principaux fournisseurs de technologies de piles à combustible à hydrogène, a présenté ses systèmes de piles à hydrogène PRISMA de moyenne et haute puissance ainsi que ses composants de base, les piles à combustible. C’est la première fois que REFIRE présente ses produits aux visiteurs du monde entier par le biais de l’exposition en ligne de l’Exposition universelle.

Fondé en 2015 et basé à Shanghai, en Chine, REFIRE est l’un des plus ardents promoteurs de l’industrie des véhicules à pile à combustible et pionnier dans l’innovation continue, la collaboration industrielle et la culture de la chaîne de valeur.

REFIRE a rejoint l’Expo en tant que représentant des entreprises les plus innovantes sur le plan technologique de Shanghai. Conformément à l’objectif de neutralité carbone de la Chine pour 2060, REFIRE a présenté ses dernières technologies de piles à combustible qui offrent des solutions d’énergie à hydrogène propre pour la mobilité future.

Les systèmes de piles à combustible à hydrogène PRISMA sont le dernier fruit de l’innovation de REFIRE. Les systèmes ont été développés sur la base du scénario d’application typique des véhicules commerciaux, en particulier les véhicules lourds. Afin de garantir que les véhicules puissent fonctionner dans toutes les conditions et faire face à des situations de haute intensité tout en émettant zéro polluant, REFIRE a considérablement amélioré les indicateurs techniques clés de son dernier système de pile à combustible PRISMA XII+, garantissant la durabilité, la fiabilité et la sécurité du système.

Robin Lin, fondateur, président et PDG de REFIRE a déclaré : « REFIRE est honoré d’être l’une des entreprises représentant la Chine et Shanghai à l’Exposition universelle. Bien que nous n’ayons pas pu nous rendre à Dubaï en raison de la pandémie actuelle, nous avons eu le plaisir de présenter nos innovations technologiques et nos produits dans le cadre de multiples scénarios d’application au public mondial en ligne. »

« Pour nous, l’Expo est une excellente plateforme d’échanges internationaux afin que nous puissions renforcer nos collaborations mondiales dans l’industrie de l’hydrogène, accélérer notre expansion commerciale à travers le monde et offrir encore plus de produits fiables et de qualité à des clients mondiaux. Nous nous engageons à fournir de l’énergie verte pour la croissance économique et le développement durable dans le monde. »

Au cours des six dernières années, REFIRE a collaboré activement avec de nombreux partenaires de la chaîne industrielle mondiale afin de construire un écosystème pour les applications de l’énergie hydrogène et de promouvoir le développement à grande échelle de la technologie des piles à combustible. La technologie de l’entreprise est non seulement adoptée dans les régions du delta du fleuve Yangtze et du delta du fleuve Pearl, en Chine centrale et du Nord, mais a également été étendue aux marchés internationaux, tels que l’Allemagne, le Japon, la Malaisie et les États-Unis d’Amérique.

Dans le contexte de la promotion d’une croissance verte durable, REFIRE s’est engagé à accélérer l’adoption massive de la mobilité à pile à combustible zéro émission à travers le monde, et cette année marque une nouvelle année fructueuse pour ses activités internationales. En mai, REFIRE a obtenu des certificats de l’autorité européenne agréée RDW par l’intermédiaire de TÜV Nord, ouvrant ainsi la voie à l’expansion de REFIRE sur le marché européen. En août, REFIRE a collaboré avec eCap Mobility, un partenaire stratégique en Europe du Nord, et a commandé un bus à piles à combustible dans le parc national de la vallée de la Basse-Oder en Allemagne. En outre, REFIRE a signé deux partenariats cette année avec Schaeffler AG et Toyota respectivement pour accélérer l’innovation technologique en matière de piles à combustible.

L’un des plus grands pavillons de l’Expo, le Pavillon chinois présente les innovations scientifiques et technologiques du pays et favorise les échanges et la coopération internationaux. L’exposition « Shanghai Day Exhibition on Cloud » présentée au Pavillon a vu près de 60 entreprises de haute technologie de Shanghai et de la région du delta du fleuve Yangtze présenter plus de 300 produits de pointe, ce qui reflète les réalisations et les applications de la région en matière d’innovation technologique et de transformation numérique.

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À propos de REFIRE

Basé à Shanghai, en Chine, REFIRE est l’un des principaux fournisseurs mondiaux de technologies de piles à combustible à hydrogène. L’entreprise est spécialisée dans la conception, les tests, le prototypage, l’ingénierie d’application et la production de systèmes de piles à combustible intégrés pour bus, camions, véhicules spécialisés et applications marines. Depuis décembre 2021, les technologies et les produits de piles à combustible de REFIRE alimentent quotidiennement les véhicules à pile à combustible (FCV) dans 17 villes de Chine et 5 pays étrangers.