Industrial Action: We can’t wait any longer – CLOGSAG

Accra,– Dr Isaac Bampoe Addo, the Executive Secretary of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association, Ghana (CLOGSAG), says the Association can no longer hold on for Government for better conditions of service.

He said the Association was worried about the “undue delay” in finalising negotiations on the conditions of Service for its members and said they (members) would soon embark on an industrial action.

Dr Bampoe Addo said in an interview with the Ghana News Agency that the call for the strike had been necessitated by Government’s “silence on the conditions of service” for its members.

The Association in a press release on December 22, 2021, stated its intent to embark on a nationwide strike from Thursday, January 20, this year, to press home demands for better conditions of service for its members.

Dr Bampoe Addo said members of the Association had been patient enough, saying, ‘‘the time has come to receive what is due us.’’

He said from Thursday, January 20th, members of the Association would be home until they received a response from Government on better conditions of service.

Dr Bampoe Addo said CLOGSAG had presented a proposal on conditions of service of members accepted by the Civil Service Council and the Local Government Council at a joint meeting and later presented to the then Senior Minister now Advisor to the President as directed by Cabinet.

The Executive Director said it had been decided at a Committee meeting that the proposal be officially sent to the Ministry of Finance for a response.

He alleged that the Minister of Finance had since refused to respond to the proposal.

‘‘For almost two years now, the Ministry Of Finance is yet to give comments on our proposal,’’ he alleged.

A driver at the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MLER), pledged support to CLOGSAG’s impending strike.

‘‘I need enough money to pay my children’s school fees,’’ he said and appealed to Government to address their concerns.

A staff at the Ministry of Works and Housing said they had been served with notices of an industrial action by CLOGSAG and that they would abide by the notice.

However, Mr Henry Baafi, a Civil Servant, said it would have been appropriate if they had the strike in the middle of the year, saying it was too early in the year for industrial actions.

He urged the Association to engage Government a bit more.

CLOGSAG, a registered trade union and the mouthpiece of the Civil and Local Government staff has about 55,000 members nationwide.

Source: Ghana News Agency

AGI urges government to engage industry for steady development

Tema,- The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) has advised the government to engage industry players for accelerated national development “we entreat the Government to continue to engage industry, for the ultimate betterment of our country and our people.

“Industry creates jobs, generates revenue, and sustains economic advancement, adding that, in every rank, both great and small, it is the industry that supports us all,” Dr. Humphrey Kwesi Ayim Darke, AGI President stated at the Investiture of new President and National Council of the Association.

He said for the myriad of policy areas, where AGI had achieved success, such as the Value Added Tax Deferment, Duty Drawback for Manufacturers, Electricity Tariff Negotiations, and Advocacy on the Development Bank, the Association was inspired and looked forward to more accomplishments.

Dr Darke assured the government that AGI would continue to study the environment and give its informed positions on various policies, in the belief that, with governmental support would achieve greater heights through its advocacy efforts.

The AGI President said the Association would champion and pursue key policy issues to include the re-consideration of the tariff regime that required industry to subsidise domestic use of power.

“It is our opinion that if we are to compete in the African Continental Free Trade (AfCFTA) market area, we must re-look at our cost of power,” he added.

He reiterated the need for the government to be intentional about creating financial support systems for industries, particularly Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to nurture and grow them.

He stressed that “as the immediate past Vice President in charge of SMEs, I am very familiar with their challenges, which include; the cost of and access to funding amidst others.”

Dr. Darke said the Association would continue to collaborate with government and policymakers to create and foster an enabling industrial environment and proactively stimulate the sustainability and development of industries.

He noted that AGI would strategically strengthen international relations with existing global partners.

He explained that AfCFTA had come to stay and industry remained a key driver of the agreement.

The AGI President noted that for AfCFTA to succeed, it was important for the Association to connect with industries across the globe to collectively increase capacity, create synergy and establish markets for wealth creation to develop the country and the African Continent at large.

Source: Ghana News Agency

One out of four marriages registered at AMA in 2021 collapsed

Accra,– A total of 79 customary marriages were dissolved at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) in 2021, according to data from the Assembly.

The Assembly, in 2021, registered a total of 345 customary marriages, 79 of, which were dissolved, indicating that, one out of four of the marriages registered collapsed.

They were engagements and Islamic marriages.

Common causes of the collapse of the marriages were infidelity, ill treatment, and child non-maintenance.

Mr Gilbert Nii Ankrah, Head of Public Affairs, AMA, told the Ghana News Agency, in an interview on Monday that, the divorce figures for 2020 were lower as compared to that of 2021.

“In 2020, because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Assembly did not record any significant numbers, but all I can say is that the numbers increased in 2021 as compared to that of 2020,” he said.

Mr Ankrah said in 2021, out of a total of 5403 ordinance marriages registered, only 1776 were conducted by the Assembly.

On the issue of divorce, Mr Ankrah explained that because ordinance marriage had to do with the court and was legally inclined, the Assembly did not have the power to get involved in the dissolution process of those marriages.

“The divorce processes of those marriages are strictly restricted to the court.”

He urged the public to go through the right procedures to register any form of marriage with the Assembly to avoid disappointments.

Though marriages could be registered with other Assemblies, the AMA, he said, had “a unique brand”, and that marriages registered and conducted with the Assembly “has some form of authority.”

Mr Ankrah said: “With the ordinance marriage, after the marriage is registered with the Assembly, the information is published for a period of 21 days to allow for any objects or otherwise after, which the marriage can either be conducted by the Assembly or any church certified to do so.”

Source: Ghana News Agency

Biakoye Assembly supports PWDs with empowerment items

Hohoe (V/R),-A total of 153 Persons with Disability (PWDs) in the Biakoye District of the Oti region have received economic empowerment items and equipment from the Assembly and government.

The items include; 120 wheel chairs, 10 deep freezers, five standing fridges, 10 fufu milling machines, two plastic chairs, two baking ovens, a metal container and three industrial sewing machines.

Madam Millicent Carboo, Biakoye District Chief Executive (DCE) said the presentation was divided into two parts adding that the economic empowerment was funded by the PWDs common fund allocation while the wheel chairs had been donated by the government of Ghana.

She noted that concerns of PWDs were deep-rooted globally and governments worldwide attached particular attention to programmes, projects or activities that were formulated to the effect.

Madam Carboo said the Disability Act 2014 identified a number of key areas for full inclusion for persons with disability including; right to education, training, employment, adequate health care, housing and to enter public premises and right to access to facilities to ensure a guaranteed satisfaction for PWDs.

“It was out of these considerations that governments, both past and present are and were guided and attached much importance to PWDs and by this, 3 percent of the District Assemblies Common Fund is allocated annually to them to cater for their needs.”

Madam Carboo said PWDs accessed the funds in cash and it was not helpful and that was why members were economically empowered.

“It is therefore expected that within a certain frame of time, impact assessment shall be conducted on Beneficiaries to find out the impact of the fund on members,” she added.

Madam Carboo commended the Government for the collective concern on PWDs and related activities and added that the government would continue to deliver on its credible Social Intervention Programmes to ensure equal rights for all manner of persons in society.

She said the packages the beneficiaries received were not gifts neither were they going to pay for them, but was in recognition of their statuses that the government was presenting the items to them.

Madam Carboo urged elected Assembly members of the District to ensure that all persons with all forms of disability registered with the District Branch to facilitate the collation and compilation of data on PWDs fairly and genuinely.

She commended the District Social Welfare and Community Development Office for their efforts which made social work a success in the District and requested that they consider “fishing out” new members in the District.

The recipients were grateful to the Assembly and the Government for the kind gesture and pledged to put them into good use.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Mishasha: The female songstress making a difference in the music industry

In a male-dominated and overcrowded music industry, sensational female vocalist Mishasha is making strides with her unique type of music, a multiplicity of genres including Afrobeats, Afro-pop, and Dancehall.

The female vocalist announced her presence on the local music scene after featuring award-winning Reggae/Dancehall musician Shatta Wale, on her “Dorothy” hit single which made waves on the African continent.

Mishasha can be described as a lyrical and a vocal gem having dropped created songs for the broken-hearted, confused, and emotional persons which even earned her nomination as one of the best-emerging artistes at last year’s 3Music Awards.

With a couple of hit songs including “Energy”, “I by 1 (ft Mzvee), “Addiction”, ‘Pretty and Dangerous’, among others, Mishasha’s music is certainly gaining ground on the local scene and also crossing boundaries with her inspiring lyrics for the youth.

Mishasha’s journey of becoming one of the top female musicians in the country started in the middle of the pandemic under the Rave United record label with her exceptional vibrant craft, exceptional singing prowess, and songwriting abilities.

According to Mishasha, her aim was not to relish fame but to inspire the masses and help heal the broken-hearted with her lyrical vibes.

“I am doing music with the purpose of touching lives and influencing behaviour, especially when it comes to relationship issues. Fame is not really the focus but making an impact and a difference in the music industry is the target and gradually I feel I am making strides,” she said in an interview.

The songstress known in real life as Mishasha Jacobs announced that she had some ground-breaking music projects that would debut in February and music-loving fans should be on the lookout.

Mishasha has been getting some massive attention on social media especially on her Instagram handle (@mishasha_j) where she has over 35,000 followers.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GAEC appoints new Director-General

ACCRA,—THE BOARD OF THE GHANA ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION (GAEC) HAS APPOINTED PROFESSOR SAMUEL BOAKYE DAMPARE AS THE NEW DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE INSTITUTION EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 1, 2022.

THIS FOLLOWS A DECISION OF THE COMMISSION’S BOARD AT ITS 122ND REGULAR MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2021, WHICH CONSIDERED AND APPROVED THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF A SEARCH COMMITTEE.

A STATEMENT SIGNED BY MADAM SHEILA FRIMPONG, ACTING DIRECTOR, COMMERCIALISATION AND

COMMUNICATION DIRECTORATE, GAEC AND COPIED TO THE GHANA NEWS AGENCY, SAID PROF DAMPARE WOULD TAKE OVER FROM PROFESSOR BENJAMIN JABEZ BOTWE NYARKO, WHO HAD REACHED THE STATUTORY RETIREMENT AGE AND WHOSE TERM OF OFFICE WOULD END ON JANUARY 31, 2022.

IT SAID PROF DAMPARE, BY THE APPOINTMENT, WOULD BECOME THE NINTH EXECUTIVE HEAD AND THE FOURTH DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE FOREMOST SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH INSTITUTION IN GHANA WITH A NICHE IN NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, GAEC.

THE STATEMENT SAID UNTIL HIS APPOINTMENT, HE WAS THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF GHANA SPACE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE (GSSTI) OF GAEC.

IT SAID HE ALSO SERVED AS THE VICE DEAN OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF NUCLEAR AND ALLIED SCIENCES (SNAS) OF THE UNIVERSITY OF GHANA–ATOMIC AND THE HEAD OF THE NEUTRON ACTIVATION ANALYSIS LABORATORY AT THE GHANA RESEARCH REACTOR–1 (GHARR–1) CENTRE OF GAEC.

THE STATEMENT SAID HE HAD HIS BASIC EDUCATION AT MAASE METHODIST SCHOOL, ABUAKWA AND OBTAINED HIS GCE ORDINARY AND ADVANCED LEVELS AT THE OFORI PANIN SECONDARY SCHOOL, KUKURANTUMI IN THE EASTERN REGION.

IT SAID PROF DAMPARE WAS AN ALUMNUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF GHANA AND GRADUATED WITH A BACHELOR’S DEGREE AND M.PHIL. IN GEOLOGY IN 1996 AND 2001, RESPECTIVELY.

THE STATEMENT SAID HE OBTAINED HIS PHD IN GEOLOGY IN 2008 AT THE OKAYAMA UNIVERSITY IN JAPAN THROUGH A JAPANESE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP (MONBUKAGAKUSHO).

IT SAID AFTER OBTAINING HIS PHD, PROFESSOR DAMPARE WAS AWARDED A TWO-YEAR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP BY THE JAPAN SOCIETY FOR THE PROMOTION OF SCIENCE (JSPS) TO CONDUCT COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH AT THE SAME UNIVERSITY.

THE STATEMENT SAID HE HAD BEEN A RECIPIENT OF SEVERAL AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS SUCH AS THE DEAN OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF NATURAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AWARD FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, OKAYAMA UNIVERSITY (2006); BANK OF GHANA GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP, UNIVERSITY OF GHANA (1998–1999) AND MACCALLIEN MEMORIAL PRIZE FOR BEST GRADUATING STUDENT IN GEOLOGY GIVEN BY GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF GHANA IN 1997.

IT SAID PROF DAMPARE’S SCIENTIFIC CAREER AT GAEC STARTED IN 2002 AS AN ASSISTANT RESEARCH SCIENTIST AT THE GHANA RESEARCH REACTOR–1 (GHARR–1) CENTRE.

THE STATEMENT SAID HE WAS UPGRADED TO THE RANK OF RESEARCH SCIENTIST IN 2003 AND PROMOTED TO SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST IN 2008, PRINCIPAL RESEARCH SCIENTIST IN 2011 AND CHIEF RESEARCH SCIENTIST IN 2018.

IT SAID HE WAS CONFERRED WITH THE TITLE OF ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND PROFESSOR IN NUCLEAR EARTH SCIENCES IN 2012 AND 2020, RESPECTIVELY.

THE STATEMENT SAID AS A RESEARCHER, HE UNDERTOOK WORKS IN PETROLOGY AND GEOCHEMISTRY OF IGNEOUS AND SEDIMENTARY ROCKS, CRUSTAL EVOLUTION STUDIES OF THE WEST AFRICAN CRATON (WAC), ISOTOPE HYDROLOGY AND HYDRO GEOCHEMISTRY, URANIUM GEOLOGY, ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION, DEVELOPMENT OF NUCLEAR ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES FOR MEASUREMENT OF GEOLOGICAL/GEOCHEMICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SAMPLES AS WELL AS SPACE TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS FOR SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AMONG OTHERS.

IT SAID PROF DAMPARE ALSO PARTICIPATED IN SEVERAL TRAINING COURSES, WORKSHOPS, CONSULTATIVE MEETINGS, AND CONFERENCES, WHERE HE HAD PRESENTED HIS RESEARCH FINDINGS AND GIVEN INVITED TALKS.

THE STATEMENT SAID HE PARTICIPATED IN THE GOVERNANCE OF THE GAEC THROUGH HIS SERVICES ON SEVERAL STATUTORY AND AD-HOC BOARDS AND COMMITTEES.

IT SAID HE ALSO SERVED ON EXTERNAL BOARDS AND COMMITTEES, INCLUDING THE COLLEGE OF BASIC AND APPLIED SCIENCES (CBAS) BOARD, UG (2018–DATE); AND COUNCIL OF GHANA INSTITUTION OF GEOSCIENTISTS (GHIG), 2019.

FURTHERMORE, THE STATEMENT, SAID HE SERVED AS A MEMBER OF THE AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION’S (AUC) AMREC WORKING GROUP FROM 2017–DATE AND THE PROJECT COUNTERPART FOR GHANA FOR SOME IAEA TECHNICAL COOPERATION PROJECTS

IT SAID HE WAS A FELLOW OF THE GHANA INSTITUTION OF GEOSCIENTISTS AND A MEMBER OF SEVERAL PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS, INCLUDING THE GHANA NUCLEAR SOCIETY, GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AFRICA, JAPAN ASSOCIATION OF MINERALOGICAL SCIENCES, AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION, THE GEOCHEMICAL SOCIETY AND GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA AND GHANA SCIENCE ASSOCIATION.

THE STATEMENT SAID PROF DAMPARE AUTHORED AND CO-AUTHORED OVER 75 ARTICLES IN INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL MAJOR PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS.

IT SAID HE SERVED AS AN EXAMINER AND EXTERNAL ASSESSOR OF SEVERAL GRADUATE THESES AND PROMOTIONAL DOCUMENTS FOR ACADEMICS AS WELL AS CO-SUPERVISED SEVERAL PHD, M.PHIL./M.SC. THESES AND B.SC. DISSERTATIONS FOR STUDENTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF GHANA, AND OTHER PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES IN GHANA.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GES distributes resource packs to teachers

Aburi (E/R),-The Ghana Education Service (GES) has distributed teacher’s and learner’s resource packs to Junior High School (JHS) teachers to guide them in the implementation of the newly designed Common Core Programme.

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) designed the Teacher’s Resource Pack and Learner’s Resource Pack to complement the CCP.

The resources are to guide teachers in lesson planning and delivery, and assessment of the performance of learners, and not to be treated as a substitute for the CCP.

The Eastern Regional Public Relations Officer for GES, Mr Emmanuel Acheampong, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said a three-day training workshop was organized for all JHS teachers.

He said the training covered nine learning areas with the teachers grouped and trained according to the subject they taught in school.

He classified the resources as Teaching and Learning Materials (TLMs) meant to assist teachers in the CCP implementation.

Mr Acheampong said textbooks were written and published for students, adding: “Textbooks are made for students to practice what they have been taught in the classroom.”

He also quizzed, “I am surprised at the way teachers are being trained today. Does it mean that without textbooks, can’t the teacher teach.”

However, he said several textbooks have been written with some approved by NACCA for publication and were currently available for sale in the local market.

“What the public wants, is to see government buying the works of others, publishing them and supplying them to various schools,” he added.

He advised teachers to be creative and innovative in the implementation of the CCP. “Look out for improvisation. The classroom should not always be the only environment. They must improvise.

“Learners must be able to apply what is being learned in the classroom to the society,” he said.

Meanwhile, an investigation by the Ghana News Agency showed that teachers have been introduced to some new words or terms in the Learning areas that include; Career Technology to replace Basic Design and Technology, and Physical and Health Education replacing Physical Education.

Although textbooks on the CCP are currently not available, GES encouraged teachers to improvise and be creative in their lesson delivery.

However, the African Education Watch, education policy research organisation, has raised concern about the rollout of the CCP without providing textbooks.

The education policy think tank in a statement early this month urged the Ministry of Education to make textbooks available to all kindergartens and primary schools and also called for provision of textbooks for the CCP in the 2022 academic year.

“This is to prevent a repetition of the two-year absence of textbooks that occasioned the primary school curriculum,” it said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

TMA to pilot operation clean your frontage

Tema,– The Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) to pilot the implementation of the Greater Accra Regional Minister’s ‘Operation Clean Your Frontage’ initiative which is part of the ‘Make Accra Work’ campaign on Tuesday, January 18.

Mr Frank Asante, TMA Public Relations Officer in an interview with the Ghana News Agency said the Assembly would use the piloting to assess expected challenges that might arise during the actual implementation of the initiative in the first week of February.

Mr. Asante said it would be carried out at the frontage of the TMA and the central business area of Tema Community One saying, the day would not only be used for cleaning, but also for sensitization of residents and traders in the area.

He noted that they would dwell on the punitive part of the initiative and make use of education and sensitization for all to buy into the need to clean their immediate surroundings.

According to him, when nuisance (if the frontage is not well kept) is detected at any premises, a notice for the prohibition of nuisance would be issued to occupants to rectify within three days, failure to do so would attract a final notice, and followed by prosecution.

He said the Assembly would not only concentrate on the cleaning of the frontage, but also the beautification of the various communities and therefore urged residents not to hesitate to contact the horticulture department for advice to support plants to be planted at their frontage and surroundings.

Touching on the road map for the implementation of the ‘Operation Clean Your Frontage’ initiative, Mr Asante said the TMA had held a number of engagements with stakeholders to get them to understand the initiative as a way to get everyone to comply.

He said the management of the Assembly had so far met the Tema Traditional Council, clan heads, Dzaase, Ghana Private Road Transport Union, Market Association, Association of Ghana Industries and consultations were still ongoing to capture every grouping in the Metropolis.

Mr Asante also said internally, Management had also met the Public Health, and Waste Management Departments as they would lead the implementation of the ‘Operation Clean Your Frontage’.

Source: Ghana News Agency