MUSIGA elections rescheduled to February 23

Accra, – The Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) has announced Wednesday, February 23, 2022, as the new date for the election of new executives.

The elections, originally scheduled for January 12, 2022, was postponed indefinitely by the National Elections Committee (NEC) of the Union.

According to the NEC, the postponement of the election was to enable the Union to put in place adequate measures to ensure free, fair and transparent elections.

Mr. Peter Marfo, Chairman of the NEC of MUSIGA, who disclosed this in an interview with the GNA Entertainment, said the decision was arrived at after a NEC meeting on January 14, 2022.

He said the new date would also give the Union ample time to resolve all its outstanding issues to pave the way for a smooth electioneering process.

Mr. Marfo explained that the election would be held at both the regional and national level with results expected on the same day.

Contesting for President of the Union are, Mr. Bessa Simons (Acting MUSIGA President), Madam Deborah Freeman (General Secretary of MUSIGA), and Ras Caleb Appiah Levi (Greater Accra Regional Chairman for MUSIGA).

Source: Ghana News Agency

LCB Worldwide Ghana, GUTA take market centres fumigation to Eastern Region

Internationally acclaimed crisis management company, LCB Worldwide Ghana Limited in collaboration with the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), has taken the fumigation of market centres in the country to the Eastern Regional Capital, Koforidua.

Thousands of shops in the city, spanning six market centres namely, Central Market, Juaben Serwaa Market, Adweso Market, Zongo Market, Agartha Market and Beads Market were fumigated on Sunday, January 23, 2022, in efforts to help quell the spread of COVID-19.

This comes on the back of a similar fumigation exercise jointly carried out by GUTA and LCB Worldwide Ghana Limited at the Abossey Okai spare parts market in the Greater Accra Region last Sunday, January 16, 2022, during which more than one thousand shops were fumigated.

Outlining why the company decided to partner with GUTA to embark on the Market Centres Fumigation Project, Chief Executive Officer of LCB Worldwide Ghana Limited, Mr Kareem Abu said as part of the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), it viewed the market centres COVID-19 prone areas due to the crowded nature.

“We believe the traders are highly prone to the COVID-19 virus because of the way they are usually crowded in the market. We know that most of them do not adhere to safety protocols, especially the wearing of nose masks. They exchange money with customers and all that. And so naturally these are groups that are prone to catching the virus and it was very easy taking the decision to do the market centres”.

According to Mr Abu, the company has decided to intensify the Market Centres Fumigation exercise because of the inception of the fourth wave of the virus, explaining that plans are afoot to cover market centres across the country.

“As a company, we are resolute in our conviction that we must give back to society and we cannot have the expertise, experience and resources and not put them to use for the benefit of the Ghanaian people. They say a rising tide lifts all vessels and so we believe whatever affects the Ghanaian people, affects us as well. That is why we have resolved to pitch in and give our best shot at this initiative to help the government win the fight against the pandemic. The Market Centres Fumigation Project is wholly financed by LCB Worldwide Ghana Limited and comes at no cost to government or the traders”. Mr Abu averred.

The vice president of GUTA, Mr Clement Boateng underscored the importance of fumigating the market centres in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“GUTA is very keen on the welfare of its members and so this partnership with LCB Worldwide comes in handy. We aim to ensure that we reduce drastically, the risk of our members catching the virus and ensure that they operate in a conducive environment” he said in an interview with media during the exercise.
He was optimistic that the exercise will yield the right benefits to the trading community and the country at large.

The Municipal Chief Executive for the New Juaben South Municipal Assembly, Hon. Isaac Appau on his part expressed delight at the efforts of LCB Worldwide and GUTA to offer some relief to the traders through the Fumigation exercise.

“This could not have come at a better time when the government is doing all within its power to win the COVID-19 fight. I’m delighted and New Juaben South and Koforidua are grateful to LCB Worldwide and GUTA for this great initiative. It will go a long way to help the traders operate in a safe environment” he averred.

Current COVID-19 Figures from the Ghana Health Service indicate that active COVID-19 cases currently stands at 6,224, confirmed cases 154,891, 277 new cases, 1,357 deaths and 147,310 recoveries.

LCB Worldwide Ghana Limited has been contracted by the Government of Ghana to see to the disinfection of all cargoes leaving or entering the Ports as well as points of entry and exits.

The move is in line with the requirements of the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations.

The company specializes in prevention solutions and disease control at airports, seaports and border crossings. The company applies its proprietary disinfection systems to control and kill infectious pathogens on humans, clothing, surfaces, baggage, cargo, containers, conveyors, goods and postal parcels by direct exposure to chemical or physical agents.

Source: Ghana Web

GPL Week 14: Striker Agyenim Boateng nets brace for Dreams FC in 3-1 win against Aduana Stars

Clinical striker Agyenim Boateng netted a brace for Dreams FC on Monday afternoon to propel the side to thump Aduana Stars 3-1 in the Ghana Premier League.

The Dawu-based club today hosted the team from Dormaa at the Theatre of Dreams to feature in a game serving as a matchday 14 encounter of the 2021/22 Ghanaian top-flight league season.

Following an intense first half display, Dreams FC went into the break with a narrow lead courtesy of a strike from Agyenim Boateng in the 44th minute.

The forward after recess stayed sharp in the attack of the home team and netted his second of the afternoon in the 75th minute.

Now in control of the game, Dreams FC capitalised on the frustrations of Aduana Stars and scored a third through an effort from Samuel Boakye.

Although Bright Adjei will in the final minutes of the game equalize to give the visitors a consolation, it could not earn the side any point.

The 3-1 result at full-time has seen Dreams FC bagging the maximum three points from the exciting contest in the Ghana Premier League today.

Source: Modern Ghana

2021 AFCON: Misfiring Senegal look to avoid Cape Verde upset

Senegal will square off with Cape Verde in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Last 16 match at the Stade Omnisports de Bafoussam in Cameroon on Tuesday.

The Lions of Teranga progressed to the knockout phase as Group B winners and they remain the strong favourites to win this year’s year’s tournament.

Having failed to score in their last two matches, Senegal’s key attackers Sadio Mane and Boulaya Dia will be under pressure to find the back of the net against Cape Verde.

Aliou Cisse, the Senegal head coach, is looking forward to facing their WAFU rivals, Cape Verde and he knows what to expect from the Blue Sharks.

“We are ready, we worked well on Friday the most decisive session of the week. We worked on the power, yesterday we worked well,” Cisse told the media.

“We were able to take advantage of our entire squad to make it two very interesting sessions. Yes, we know Cape Verde. I think in the last few years we must have played them four or even five times.

“The last time we played them was in June, of course, it was a friendly match but it was quite a contested… it’s a derby, a very good team, they are not in the last 16 by chance,” he added.

“A team that we respect, the proximity of the two countries gives even more flavour to this match.”

Meanwhile, Cape Verde reached the knockout phase for the second time in the history of the Afcon finals as one of the four best third-placed teams having finished third in Group A.

Just like Senegal, the Blue Sharks are winless in their last two matches and they will look to their influential attackers Garry Rodrigues and Julio Tavares when they face the Lions of Teranga.

Cape Verdean Football Federation have announced that they do not have any positive Covid-19 cases in their camp ahead of this encounter.

“The Cape Verdean Football Federation reports that on this Sunday morning, January 23, the entire team was subjected to Covid-19 detection tests,” a statement read.

“And following these tests, everyone tested negative for Covid-19.”

Their head coach, Bubista is confident of masterminding a win over a much-fancied Senegal side having faced the Lions of the Teranga as a player in the 2000 Amilcar Cabral Cup final.

“We are a strong team and our main objective is to pass the next stage and bring joy to the Cape Verdean people,” Bubista told the media.

“We beat Senegal in the Amilcar Cabral Cup. At the time, I was a player and the score was 1-0.”

The last meeting between Senegal and Cape Verde was on 8 June 2021.

Senegal emerged 2-0 winners in an international friendly match at Stade Lat Dior in Thies.

Source: Modern Ghana

Fidelity Securities Limited donates medical supplies to Ghana Police Hospital

Accra, Jan 24, GNA – Fidelity Securities Limited, a subsidiary of Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited, has donated medical supplies to the Paediatrics Department of the Ghana Police Hospital, in Accra.

A statement issued by Fidelity Securities Limited, copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the supplies, comprised: a CPAP machine, perfusor, X-Ray viewer, pulse oximeter, digital thermometer, paediatric ambubag, industrial nebulizing machine, oxygen concentrator (5L) and oxygen flow meter.

They would assist in providing healthcare delivery to children at the unit.

Presenting the items to the Ghana Police Hospital, Mr Edward Opare-Donkor, a Board Member of Fidelity Securities Limited, said, “Fidelity Securities Limited is more than grateful to be able to fulfill our civic duty by helping to save the lives of children across the country who visit the facility.”

“Indeed, we are committed towards supporting the Government in the delivery of the best healthcare to the people of Ghana.”

Mr Opare-Donkor said this was just the beginning of Fidelity Securities Limited’s relationship with the Ghana Police Hospital.

He encouraged the Hospital to continue with their selfless sacrifice to the nation.

Receiving the items on behalf of the Ghana Police Hospital, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Dr Ebenezer Ewusi-Emmim, Medical Director of the Ghana Police Hospital, said: “We appreciate Fidelity Securities Limited for supporting us with these valuable medical supplies at this very critical time.”

“We will put these supplies to good use as we encourage them and other corporate institutions to continue to support us in delivering first-class health services to the people of this country.”

Fidelity Securities Limited’s support to the Ghana Police Hospital is a demonstration of its commitment towards the general well-being of Ghanaians, through its social impact initiatives.

Fidelity Securities Limited (FSL) is the Asset Management Subsidiary of Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited.

Licensed and regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ghana, and the National Pensions Regulatory Authority, FSL is in good standing with both regulators and other stakeholders.

FSL’s core objective is to empower their clients with financial freedom by undertaking well-researched investments on their behalf.

Having operated for 15 years, prides itself with understanding the Ghanaian investment landscape, saying it had a proven track record for building sustainable investment portfolios, which created financial stability over time.

FSL manages institutional funds – pensions, provident funds, and endowments among others – collective investments schemes and individual wealth portfolios.

Fidelity Securities was adjudged the Investment Fund Manager of the Year for the second consecutive time and the Pension Fund Manager of the Year at the 2019 Ghana Accountancy and Finance Awards.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Comoros and Gambia tackle big guns Cameroon and Guinea for berth in last eight

Cameroon is expected to come to a standstill on Monday night as the Indomitable Lions take on Comoros for a place in the last eight at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Olembé Stadium in Yaoundé – the venue for the final on 6 February – is likely to be a cauldron of partisan frenzy as the hosts continue their bid for a sixth continental crown.

Tournament debutants Comoros stand in the way of the hosts who finished the group stages in top spot after two wins and a draw.

Comoros moved into the knockout stages as one of the four best third-placed teams.

But they will face the biggest game in their footballing history weakened after the squad was decimated by Covid-19 infections.

The Comoros Football Federation reported 12 cases in their camp on Saturday including their only two fit goalkeepers.

Setback

Coach Amir Abdou said his players would go into Monday night’s tie with a makeshift goalkeeper.

“We have already chosen an outfield player who will start as a goalkeeper. He is a player who, during training, showed that he could play as a goalkeeper,” said goalkeeping coach Jean-Daniel Padovani without revealing the identity of the player.

First choice Salim Ben Boina suffered a shoulder injury after a collision with the Ghana striker André Ayew during their final game in Group C on 18 January.

The other goalkeepers Ali Ahamada and Moyadh Ousseni are in quarantine after testing positive.

Also out of Monday’s match are defenders Kassim Abdallah and Alexis Souahy, midfielders Nakibou Aboubakari and Yacine Bourhane and attacking midfielder Mohamed Mchangama.

Regulations

Tournament rules state that teams must play as long as they have a minimum of 11 players available. If they have no goalkeeper available, another player must play in that position.

Before the sides clash, Guinea take on Gambia – another team excelling in its first appearance at the continent’s most prestigious national team competition.

Gambia moved into the knockout stages from Group F following wins over Mauritania and Tunisia as well as a draw with Mali.

“Everybody in the team is very motivated,” said Gambia midfielder Saul Marreh.

“Even though we know Guinea are favorites on paper, they should expect a good game. We’ve played every game like a final and that is the same game plan we have against Guinea.

“Our motivation as players is getting a new challenge and coming out victorious.”

Guinea boss Kaba Diawara acknowledged his team was under pressure. “We have to start the game fast and not let them gain confidence.”

Source: Modern Ghana

NYA to recruit 100,000 young Ghanaians as volunteers

Kumasi, – The National Youth Authority (NYA), is set to recruit 100,000 young Ghanaians as volunteers as part of initiatives to formalize the activities of youth volunteer groups in the country.

It is aimed at helping the youth to contribute their quota to national development through volunteerism in the areas of infrastructural development, health and wellbeing, education, and environmental protection.

Mr Pius Enam Hadzide Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NYA, announced this when he led a delegation of NYA management to pay a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, at Manhyia Palace, in Kumasi.

The visit was to seek the support of the Asantehene, for the Authority’s impending launch of one of its flagship programmes, the National Youth Volunteer Programme (NYVP), which would be launched in the coming months.

The CEO, briefing the Asantehene on the rationale and expected outcomes of the programme, said the NYVP was expected to recruit and deploy 100,000 young people in the short term, to train and inculcate the spirit of volunteerism in them.

The CEO added that the programme will also contribute to meeting a number of targets in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of 2030.

According to the CEO, the Authority had noticed a problem of lack of the spirit of volunteerism in the youth of the country, which was worrying.

“It’s regrettable in our view that, when your car breaks down on the road, and you ask for the assistance of a young person to help you push and park properly, many at times they end up demanding some financial consideration from you.

Because of financial benefits, many youth refrain from offering their assistance to others in solving problems they confront, which is a shame,” the CEO lamented.

To that end, Mr Hadzide said the Authority had decided to embark on NYVP to train the youth with the spirit of volunteerism to help contribute meaningfully to the development of the country.

He then pleaded and asked the Asantehene to host and chair the proposed launch of the programme at the Manhyia Palace, in Kumasi.

The Asantehene, in his remarks, welcomed the delegation and commended the team for conceiving such a noble and well-meaning initiative.

He touched on many benefits the country stood to gain from the successful implementation of the programme and pledged his full endorsement and support of it.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II encouraged the youth in the country to make themselves available to the NYVP initiative to help create jobs for them.

He advised the management of the NYA to do everything in their power to help develop the youth in the country.

The Asantehene said his secretariat would be working closely with the Authority in the planning of the launch to ensure its success.

Members of the delegation included Mrs Akosua Manu, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO), Mr Nelson Owusu Ansah, DCEO, as well as some Directors and Unit Heads from the Authority’s head office.

Source: Ghana News Agency

PNC mourns Appiatse explosion victims; calls for probe

The People’s National Convention (PNC) has said it is awfully saddened by the heart-wrenching disaster that has claimed at least 13 lives and injured scores of people at the community of Appiatse, near Bogosu in the Western Region.

The PNC said it is equally disturbing that the community has been razed as a result of the heavy explosion.

“As a Party, our hearts go to the bereaved families and the scores of people who are injured and under-going medical treatments. We also commend government, security agencies, private and voluntary organizations and individuals for their endless show of support and statesmanship to alleviate the pain of our compatriots,” the PNC said in a statement signed by its General Secretary Janet Nabla.

Given the depth of the accident and the degree of destruction, the Party stated that it is adding its voice to calls for dispassionate investigations into the incident to unravel the actual cause and extent of damage.

This, the PNC said, should be the main fulcrum to herald implementation of medium to long-term intervention to revive the fortunes of the community.

“Government’s interventions should focus on re-organising the community’s architectural makeup and create monuments to remind us of the need to keep watch over activities that can easily tip-down our collective existence. As a developing country, we need to continuously examine our safety protocols to bring them up to speed with international best practices. One life lost to a safety breach is one too many but sadly, this is more of the norm than the exception,” the statement said.

The PNC noted that the country has grave issues around its safety culture that require urgent attention.

One particular area worth singling-out according to the PNC is the “poor safety environment suffered by women in palm-kennel oil production.”

According to the party, their exposure to fume and pathogens as a result of poor working environment is worrying adding that there are also countless number of Ghanaians dying or suffering severe injuries on their lines of work as a result of breaches to simple safety protocols.

The PNC is calling on the state to fashion-out a comprehensive safety policy to consolidate “our progressive gains on our developmental efforts.”

The party further recommended to the government to comprehensively ensure the implementation of existing laws on health and safety of the citizenry and where necessary overhaul the laws as a tribute to the lost souls at Appiatse.

The PNC described as “sad” that there are countless number of residential facilities including educational facilities, correctional facilities, private houses and markets without the minimum fire and disaster detection systems to initiate early warning signals to save lives and property.

The Party has pledged to support the government to improve upon the country’s safety culture.

Source: Modern Ghana