United Cadres Front urges Minority MPs to fight the E-levy policy

Tema,- The United Cadres Front (UCF), Tema has urged the minority caucus of Members of Parliament (MPs) not to renege in their fight against approving the proposed 1.

75 per cent e-levy contained in the 2022 budget.

The UCF, Tema, in a statement signed by its Chairman, Mr Oliver Agbenyo-Ahiafor and copied to the Ghana News Agency commended the Minority MPs for opposing the bill.

They indicated that as Parliament would resume sitting on January 25, 2022, “the United Cadres Front wishes to urge our minority caucus on and encourage them to do more to fight for the ordinary Ghanaian, the coconut seller, pure water seller, a truck pusher who struggles daily to make a living.”

It stated that Ghanaians as well as mobile money vendors nationwide have raised questions and opposed the 1.75 per cent E-levy tax embedded in the 2022 Economic Policy and Budget as it would add up to the hardships people faced.

It added that the government had run out of borrowing options as according to UCF, currently, Ghana’s debt to its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was about an inch to 80 per cent, therefore it was not true that the intent to introduce the e-levy was mainly to develop the country.

The Cadres suggested to the government cut down on its spending and the wastage in the system instead of introducing the e-levy as citizens were already facing hardships in Ghana.

They said it was unfortunate that the government that promised to move Ghana from taxation to production, among others was introducing more taxies and levies instead of reducing citizens’ hardships.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Burial service held for Nunoo-Amarteifio

Accra,- A burial service has been held for Nathaniel Nunoo-Amartefio, a former Mayor of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), at the All-Souls’ Chapel, Lasihibi Funeral Home in the Tema- West Municipality on Friday.

The one- hour, 30 minutes solemn virtual and in-person final burial service was attended by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, First Lady Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, a delegation from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, the National Chairman of the NDC and Madam Elizabeth Kwatsoe Tawiah, the Chief Executive of AMA.

Also in attendance were Mr. Henry Quartey, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, former mayors of AMA and government delegations from Nigeria and Mali.

The mortal remains of the former AMA mayor would be laid to rest at a private burial.

Delivering the homily, Pastor Nii Addy, a resident chaplain of All-Souls’ Chapel advised the bereaved family and mourners to consider the word of the Lord Jesus Christ and not let their hearts be troubled.

“Think of a permanent home to have a relationship with God, whatever we do we must always do in anticipation of what there is to come.

“Be consoled in the Lord, believe in God as we are pilgrims here and would one day transition to the Lord,” he said.

Pastor Addy described the late Nunoo-Amartefio as a professional who discharged his duties with a deep sense of humility and graciousness of attitude.

“Uncle Nat placed his talent and expertise at the disposal of people. I am convinced that he paid his dues not only to his family, but to Accra, Ghana and today whatever is done at AMA I am sure he is remembered for his legacy.

“He was a loyal friend, faithful in his relationship, and an exceptional conversationalist who brightened lives and was an eye for the family,” he said.

The late Nunoo-Amartefio was appointed the Mayor of Accra between 1994 and 1998 during former President Jerry John Rawlings’ administration.

He was born in 1943 and died on December 20, 2021, at age 79.

Source: Ghana News Agency

A conversation with Alice Senam Nimoh-Appea

The twenty-first century has seen a dramatic shift in traditional family dynamics and greater recognition of gender in legislation has helped pull apart gender-role divisions. As a result, women are now becoming far more economically independent and socially autonomous.

In spite of these significant achievements, the multimillion-dollar question on the lips of several people is whether gender equality can be achieved? As some people have argued, gender equality can be achieved just by holding everyone to the same standard.

In addition, it is believed that affirmative action creates gender equity by overcoming the barriers women face simply because of their gender. However, others hold the view that when gender-based discrimination is eliminated, no such action will be necessary.

Last night, I had a great conversation with an emerging force within the African content and television space. Couple of weeks ago, she was co-producing the grand finale of Ghana’s leading music reality show on television, TV3’s Mentor X, at the National Theatre in Accra.

Alice Senam Nimoh-Appea is a creative brain who works with Adesa Production Limited (APL), an audiovisual production unit of the Media General Group, Ghana’s leading Media Company, which owns and operates some of the industry’s largest and most diversified businesses spanning television, radio, digital media, and productions.

A Bachelor of Arts graduate of the University Of Ghana, Legon, Senam, as she is widely known within the industry, over the years has learned the rudiments of the trade to earn her a place in the league of enterprising and young female creatives to look out for.

Prior to joining APL, she worked with some leading Ghanaian platforms, Metro TV and GhOne TV, a subsidiary of the EIB Network. There, she worked on the production and direction of several live and recorded television shows and events.

A year after joining the leading media conglomerate, Senam has been deeply involved in some of Media General’s flagship productions including reality shows such as Ghana’s Most Beautiful, Mentor X, Talented Kids, Ghana’s Strongest, aspirational talk shows including Today’s Woman, Ladies Circle, and several others.

Without a doubt, many women of her generation still face various challenges in regards to equality and the workforce, specifically in television and production. Our conversation focused on the reason for these challenges and the behind-the-scenes decisions for other issues such as unequal pay for equal work and discriminatory hiring practices.

Within the space, success stories of women are few and far between. Unfortunately, the women who do find success often confront considerable resistance from the male-dominated establishment. Less publicity, poor ratings from critics, and a harder time landing the job are all normal challenges facing women in television and production roles.

Senam spoke about the reality of writing for television as a woman citing the story of Gertrude Berg who made it big by writing and producing one of the longest-running radio shows of all time, “The Goldbergs,” which eventually transitioned to Broadway and television. However, Gertrude’s media triumph shines a light on how scarce such success can be, highlighting the continued challenges facing women in production and writing today.

The statistics are clear with only eleven percent of writers working on top-grossing films from 2014 to date recorded to be women. In addition to this, five percent of cinematographers globally are women, and directing is mainly male, with only seven percent of films directed by women.

It is obvious women are getting more spots in journalism, but to what end? The more hard-hitting the topic, the more the gender disparity becomes clear. Senam mentioned her mentor, Afeafa Nfojoh, the General Manager of APL who has become a household name for content design, television management, and programming deserves more acknowledgment and ought to be celebrated for her exploits.

She further spoke about Judy Crichton who become widely known for her work as the executive producer of the “American Experience,” as well as one of the first women to produce the news, but the journalistic opportunities for women in crime, justice, and world politics are rare.

This disparity extends into the production studio and Senam stated that Barbara Walters broke grounds as the first female co-anchor of an evening network news program and still faced her own battles within the network.

Another subject of importance Senam touched on is the problem of equal billing and equal pay, which she indicated still affects most women even at the top of the pyramid across the industry, from news to production.

The main gaps women face in the industry over the years have been attributed by several leading personalities and key stakeholders to the lack of funding, mentoring, and training opportunities open to women. It has become obvious that what is needed currently is consistent women-focused advocacy to speak to the real issues affecting women in the sector.

In addition, some of these challenges are very controversial, such as corruption, nepotism and sexual harassment are difficult to speak about for women individuals but these conversations are needed to move forward as a collective.

There is also a need to put real action plans in place that involve not only women but men too so that women can overcome the seemingly insurmountable issues. While it might be difficult to eradicate these barriers to women’s empowerment in the short term, it is possible to certainly reduce the occurrence of these obstacles that prevent women from participating effectively in the sector.

In wrapping up our conversation, Senam indicated that there is no middle ground when it comes to women in the industry. One of the other factors that can affect a woman’s career in television is the superstar syndrome. There are examples of women who have earned incredible media success such as Oprah Winfrey but they are not common.

For every female character on television, there are 2.42 male characters. Fewer female writers mean fewer women working in the industry, and the negligible number of female directors influences the number of female producers.

On the way forward, there is almost a universal recognition that more female-led projects will influence the representation of women, promote equality and encourage tolerance in our society. Furthermore, the most important way to encourage women to direct and be more involved is by celebrating them and airing more of their works on platforms at the highest levels.

Source: Ghana Web

Australian Open: Defending Champion Naomi Osaka knocked out in third round

Naomi Osaka’s Australian Open defence came to an end at the hands of Amanda Anisimova with the American fending off two match points to advance.

Anisimova rallied from a set down and saved two match points in the deciding set to eliminate defending champion Osaka 4-6 6-3 7-6 (10-5) on Margaret Court Arena.

It was the first meeting between the four-time Grand Slam winner Osaka and Anisimova, who will next meet Australian world No 1 Ashleigh Barty for a place in the quarter-finals.

Barty continued her smooth progress through the draw with a third-round victory over Camila Giorgi.

Italian Giorgi is one of the fiercest hitters in the game but Barty used her nous to keep the 30th seed at arm’s length in a 6-2 6-3 victory.

Giorgi managed only eight winners, three fewer than her opponent, and committed 24 unforced errors in the 61-minute match.

Source: Modern Ghana

Desist from self-imprisonment—Police Warns Public

Kasoa (C/R),– ACP Oduro Amaning, the Central East Deputy Regional Commander, has advised Ghanaians against what he describes as ‘self-imprisonment’ for fear of robbery and other criminal activities.

He observed that many Ghanaians had become prisoners in their own homes in an attempt to protect themselves and their properties from armed robbers and other criminal elements.

“We have burglar proofed our doors and windows and lock them up when going to sleep, this becomes difficult if there is a fire outbreak. It is very dangerous; the situation in many homes is not different from what we have in our cells,” he revealed.

His comments come on the back of the fire incident that killed a family of seven at Big Apple, a suburb of Gomoa Buduburam in the Central Region on Saturday.

Some residents have said that the burglar-proofed doors and windows of the headteacher and his family made rescue mission impossible.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), the Deputy Commander urged citizens to find alternative means of providing security in their homes for easy access in case of emergency.

“Let us protect ourselves but we should be careful not to imprison ourselves,” ACP Amaning cautioned.

He further implored the public to be security conscious to protect one another in their respective neighbourhoods.

“Neighbours can call the Police or the Fire Service when an incident occurs. When you hear somebody scream from their house, let us pay attention because the person could be under attack,” he implored.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NGO Paints Kantankrubo D/A JHS in Juaboso District

Kantankrubo(WN/R),-A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) XENDER Foundation, has painted the Kantankrubo D/A Junior High School block in the Juaboso District of the Western North Region to give external beauty to the school block.

Commissioning and handing over the painted school to the community leaders and school management team, Mr Alexander Adjei, President of XENDER Foundation said the painting of the School formed part of an initiative by the Foundation to paint at least one School block in each of the nine districts of the Western North Region.

He indicated that a serene and clean environment could help attract pupils to attend school regularly to learn, hence the initiative.

Mr Adjei pointed out that the government alone could not bring all the needed development in the country, stressing that development especially at the local level was a shared responsibility.

He announced that the Foundation would in March this year move to the Akontombra District to paint another school and engage in other social intervention programmes as the mission of the Foundation was to touch lives and put smiles on the faces of people, especially school children.

He disclosed that the Foundation last year provided about 150 teaching and learning materials to pupils of Santase D/A primary and Junior high school in the Juaboso District.

He said the Foundation also donated food items worth GH¢3,560 to the Kumasi Central Prisons and Office equipment as well as PPEs worth GH¢6, 534 to the Wiawso Government hospital among others.

Mr Adjei called on other benevolent organizations to support the government’s development agenda.

Nana Ekyeah Kwame II, Chief of Kantankrubo commended XENDER Foundation for the initiative and asked the school management committee to ensure proper maintenance of the facility.

He called on traditional authorities to give such organisations the needed support.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Minister predicts brisk economic growth in Bono Region

Sunyani,– Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, the Bono Regional Minister has predicted a prosperous socio-economic growth and development in the region in the few years ahead.

She said though the region had huge economic prospects, limited infrastructure had made the region unattractive to drive investors for centuries.

The Regional Minister, however, indicated that completion of the rehabilitation of the Sunyani inner-city road project as well as the expansion and rehabilitation of the Sunyani Airport would well position the region to attract investors to push forward trade and commerce.

Madam Owusu-Banahene told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) when she inspected the progress of work on the 30-kilometre road project and expansion of the Airport that, on completion, both projects would facilitate and enhance land and air transport that would subsequently spur brisk economic activities.

She said from all indications, the flight would resume at the Sunyani Airport in March this year, while the Chinese contractors speed up work to complete the inner-city road project in 2023.

The Regional Minister commended the Sino-hydro Corporation of China, contractors executing the inner-city road projects for quality works, and asked them to speed up.

“Our people desire to see bitumen on the road and I plead with you that, as you deliver excellent work, try and speed up as well”, she told the contractors.

Madam Owusu-Banahene said under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government, the region had witnessed significant progress, saying “there are many more in the offing, with particular emphasis on infrastructural development”.

She, therefore, asked the people of the region to cherish and help preserve the prevailing peace in the region which remained the surest way of benefiting from the “massive infrastructure development this government has to offer the people of Bono region and Ghana as a whole”.

Touching on the progress on the inner-city road, Mr Jacob Nelson, the Bono Regional Director of Urban Roads Department, said work done so far on the project was about 31 per cent, saying, 41 per cent of drainage works had also been completed.

He said though 41 percent of the contract period had already elapsed, he was optimistic that major works would be completed this year, and the rest of the project would be completed next year.

He told the Ghana News Agency that though 41 percent of the contract period had already elapsed, from all indications, the contractors would be able to meet the deadline, because they were almost through with the major works, saying, 41 percent of drainage works had also been completed

Mr Nelson explained other major works, including the construction of five culverts, on the nine-kilometre ring road from the Jubilee Park to the Fiapre roundabout would also be completed in March.

Describing the level of work done on the project as excellent and standard, Mr Nelson said he was hopeful the construction work would not slow down, as the rains set in a few months ahead.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Women’s role essential in breaking eight-year election string

Cape Coast,– Ms Sarah Afful, Central Regional Director of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) has stated that the role of women in breaking the eight-year jinx was very essential and must be given the needed attention.

She, therefore, called on women to be optimistic and work assiduously to retain the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in government in the 2024 general election for the continuation of its pro-poor policies for the benefits of the vulnerable and the poor.

In an interview with the GNA, Ms Afful who is also contesting for the Central Regional Women’s Organizer position cautioned that voting for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) would be “a vote for insensitivity, hardship and a visionless government”.

She stated that the NPP government had brought enormous socio-economic relief to many women than any other government in the history of Ghana through its pro-poor policies.

Ms Afful pointed out that many Ghanaian women, who could not afford to send their children to Senior High School due to high school fees, were now saving thousands of Ghana cedis for other economic ventures as a result of the policy.

Also, under the NPP administration, many women caterers had been employed to provide delicious meals to basic school pupils under the Ghana School Feeding Programme.

Many other women farmers had also benefited from the Planting for Food and Jobs to boost food security and generate sustainable income for women.

She said that the Micro Finance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) was disbursing loans to women to engage in small and medium enterprises.

Under the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme, she noted that vulnerable aged people with severe disabilities and pregnant women had also been given their monthly stipends.

“All of these programmes initiated to assist and empower the livelihood of women must inform them on the need to retain the NPP Government to be able to continue its goods works of bettering their lives”.

She entreated women in the region to “show appreciation to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the NPP by working hard to win all the lost seats back from the NDC in the region”.

To achieve that, they must embark on a door-to-door campaign and propagate the achievements of the government to give the NPP, a resounding victory in 2024.

“Our impact must be felt within the party and as you know women are good at reaching out to a lot of people in the grassroots with good messages.

“The party appreciates the efforts of women in the region and urged they must continue supporting the party to win both the presidential and parliamentary elections,” she added.

Source: Ghana News Agency