Ghana Drunkards Association order members to stop drinking alcohol from GIHOC over ‘drink water’ comment

The beverages include Castle Bridge, Mandingo, Takai, Apet Dry Gin, Castidingo, Herb Afrik, Kaiser Imperial Schnapp, and Meridian Water among others.

The boycott is a protest against the MD of GIHOC Distilleries Company Limited for asking Ghanaians to drink water if they cannot afford the new prices of their products.

The MD, Maxwell Kofi Jumah in an interview with the media said the company will increase their products to meet the high cost of production to remain in business.

He added that consumers who cannot afford the new prices of alcoholic beverages should resort to drinking water.

He also stated that excessive intake of alcoholic beverages is often a pastime for people who are lazy to work.

His statement, according to the President of the Drunkards Association of Ghana, Moses Onya, is an insult to the members that include prominent personalities in the country.

In an interview with Otec News’ on Thursday, Moses Onya warned that until Kofi Jumah apologizes to them, the 6.6 million of the Association would “boycott all products of GIHOC Distilleries Company Limited.”

“We take Mr Jumah statement as unfortunate, discriminately and an insult, for labeling us as lazy people and asking us to drink water as a substitute.

“With immediate effect, the 6.6 million members of the association will not patronize the products of GIHOC until he apologizes to us,” Moses Onya also known as Dry Bone stated.

He urges all members to abide by the direction to protect their hard won reputation.

Source: Modern Ghana

Artisanal Palm Oil Millers supports FDA to fight contaminated palm oil

He acknowledged the good initiative that Artisanal Palm Oil Millers and Out-growers Association have put in place to help curb the menace of SUDAN IV in Ghana.

He said the FDA would continue to work with the association to collect samples of the palm oil and test every year to sanction those who add unwholesome chemicals to their palm oil.

According to him, middlemen in the value chain are the cause of contaminated palm oil in palm production.

“I want the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to trace and arrest people who are consistently involved in producing Sudan IV,” Paul Amaning said at a press briefing.

He added, “We would cooperate with FDA and test all palm oil in the market to bring down all those who are using harmful chemicals for production, we are pleading with the producers, wholesalers, retailers, consumers, and the public to refrain from the use of Sudan IV in palm oil for the benefit of our health.”

Paul Amaning noted that Artisanal Palm Oil Millers and Outgrowers Association are already in the process to educate palm oil producers on the effects of chemical additives on human health to help curb the menace of SUDAN IV.

He urged the general public not to panic but patronize the palm oil because FDA and Artisanal Palm Oil Millers and Outgrowers Association are working to clamp down perpetrators in the sector.

Solution

According to research by Artisanal Palm Oil Millers and Outgrowers Association in 2018, they launched a digital transparent platform, ‘Palm Oil goes digital’ which is available on play store. It will aid customers to allocate certified palm oil to buy.

The President Of the Association,Paul Amaning reiterated that his outfit is committed to giving proper training to members to desist from using Sudan IV in oil production.

He further stressed that the training is in collaboration with FDA, Artisanal Oil Millers and Outgrowers Association of Ghana and other stakeholders’ effort to tackle the Sudan IV menace.

However, he revealed that his outfit has been doing extensive training programs in which the last training program was done at Akyem Herman in the Central Region.

He also appealed to stakeholders like Exim Bank, Ghana Export Promotions, Ghana Enterprise Agency and all relevant agencies to support the training and branding of palm oil producers.

“On 17th November,2015, Netherlands band Ghana from exporting palm oil into the country because of the use of Sudan IV production that is why we are working tirelessly with all stakeholders to ensure that we eliminate the dominance of contaminated palm oil in the market,” he added.

On Government

Paul Amaning pleaded with government to help members with funding to do extensive research about consumption and support mill upgrade.

He assured the commitment of the association to work hard to assist the government and the FDA to curb the menace of the SUDAN IV.

He called on the general public to assist in combating this act by identifying producers who use SUDAN IV for production in their communities.

Ministry of Food and Agriculture research shows that 4.5 litre of Palm oil at Agbogbloshie was sold at Ghc18 while the same litre was at Ghc30 at Akyem Asuom, a wholesale point in the Eastern Region.

Source: Modern Ghana

Parliament fails to adopt €20 million loan over lack of a quorum

The facility is to finance the Green Credit Line under the Reform and Investment Partnership between the two countries would help cut down on carbon emissions.

On Friday, Mr Frank Annoh-Dompreh, Majority Chief Whip asked the First Deputy Speaker, Mr Joseph Osei-Owusu, who presided over the sitting to put the question on the motion to be taken because the debate on the matter had been concluded

He said the Leadership of the House had reached some agreement on the issue after it was suspended.

However, Mr Bernard Ahiafor, the Ranking Member on Constitutional and Legal Affairs, raised an issue with the procedure, citing Article 104 (1) of the 1992 Constitution that the House did not seem to have the decision-making quorum looking at the numbers present.

He said the recent Supreme Court ruling was clear on the decision-making quorum that at least the majority of the members must be present and the number in the House did not have members to adopt the motion for the loan agreement.

“Mr Speaker we will be violating Article 104 (1) of the 1992 constitution and will be in contempt of court if we follow the procedure when we do not have the numbers,” he said.

However, Mr Alexander Afenyo-Markin, accused the Minority of “picking and choosing” and that even before this motion had earlier supported the motion on the Criminal and other Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

He said the basis for the Minority’s argument against the House adopting the motion was not right.

However, Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, Minority Chief Whip drew the House’s attention to the claim by Mr Afenyo-Markin that though they did not have the numbers yet supported the motion on the Criminal and other Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

He said if the claim by the Deputy Majority Leader was right then the purported approval of the motion on the Criminal and other Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2021 should be rescinded because the House did not have numbers to take that decision.

Mr Osei-Owusu subsequently adjourned the House to Tuesday, March 22, 2022.

Source: Modern Ghana

Galamsey Fight: Lands ministers to appear before parliament

Presenting the Business Statement of the House for the Eighth Week of the First Meeting of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana, Mr Afenyo-Markin said following ongoing discussions between the Leadership and the Minister, Mr Samuel Abu Jinapor, the House would be duly informed of the date in due course.

He said the leadership expected the minister to find an appropriate date for the brief.

“Mr Speaker, the Business Committee, proposes that minister responsible for Lands and Natural Resources attend upon the House to update the country on the ongoing fight against illegal mining also known as Galamsey,” he said.

Mr Afenyo-Markin said the leadership was also in discussions with the Administrators of the various statutory funds for the expeditious presentation of the disbursement formulae for the consideration and approval of Parliament.

The statutory funds are the District Assemblies Common Fund, GETFund and the National Health Insurance Scheme.

Source: Modern Ghana