Tacotel Limited Marks 5th Anniversary

Takoradi, –Tacotel Limited, a subsidiary of Ibistek, a handler of import and export cargo at the Takoradi Port in the Western Region, has held its 5th Anniversary celebration to mark its successes chalked over the years in the maritime industry.

The anniversary was heralded with a donation to the Twin City Special School, where the company donated items worth over GHc 10,000 towards the upkeep of the school, and subsequently held a health screening for all staff, screening their eyes, blood pressure, and sugar levels.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Felix Nana Sackey, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tacotel, said although the company was an indigenous organization with success as its ambition, it was not simply set up to make money, rather started to make a difference.

“We really did not know how it was going to go, but we had a dream, and this dream became our vision, which is to be a strong leader in the maritime transport and logistics industry in Ghana and West Africa,” he pointed out.

Dr Sackey explained that for the five years that the company had been in operation, it had recorded a “no casualties,” and “no theft or pilfering” and had also operated a “hazard-free operational environment” using its high compliance attitude and best practices in health, safety, security and environmental requirements for ports operations.

According to him, the company’s well-trained officers who had met the demands of the industry since its establishment have been the first to operate an Inland Container Depot in Takoradi.

Dr Sackey said although the COVID-19 pandemic brought lots of pain to both industries and countries, they were able to sail cautiously through it and thus achieved a 37 per cent increase in exports and a six per cent increase in Imports between 2020 and 2021.

He said the focus of the company was to develop a safe and thriving business and people-centred environment for conducive maritime trade with continuous service to clients, laced with quality, blended with timely delivery, a passionate approach to efficiency and effectiveness in all its operations.

He maintained that Tacotel would continue to respect the interests of all stakeholders, employees, customers, suppliers, and the wider community and would actively explore opportunities to improve the environment and contribute to the well-being of the communities in which it operates.

He, therefore, thanked the dedicated team of staff in all the various departments who have believed in the vision and therefore worked diligently to contribute to the wellbeing and success of Tacotel.

Dr Sackey noted that a satisfied customer was the best business strategy and therefore would always seek to put the needs and expectations of customers first, as it was committed to continuous improvement in service delivery through focused and superior customer service as well as fostering strong working relations with its stakeholders.

He contended that the company had rapidly attracted attention nationwide as well as regionally and globally, because of the competitive standards it brings into the maritime, logistics and transport industry in Ghana and in West Africa.

The CEO added that Tacotel, therefore, aimed to leapfrog to the leading position in the provision of quality service with integrity and value addition through its transformational work approach and technology.

Mr Richmond Adjei Appiah, Terminal Manager of Tacotel, mentioned some challenges the company encountered from the onset and said despite the challenges, they have already worked on approximately 200,000 TEUs over the period of five years with countless successes.

“We have witnessed situations where we tried to sell to a customer and ask the customer to ship through Takoradi port and the first thing he does is to calculate or compute the cost of freight charges, cost of transit delays on the arrival of his container, making reference to unavailability of the truck to carry containers to and from the hinterlands, telling you that vessel calls to Takoradi is not regular and so prefers another port…” he stated.

He, therefore, deemed the theme chosen for the anniversary, “Beyond All Limit: Still Serving with Passion,” suitable for the occasion.

“We smile at customers who frown their faces for reasons best known to them, we explain issues to customers and stakeholders to understand, we help resolve their challenges.

“It can only take passion to resolve one’s challenge when you have challenged yourself,” he stated.

Source: Ghana News Agency

There is much hope and believe in this current Black Stars squad – John Paintsil

Former Ghana defender, John Paintsil believes there is ‘much hope’ in the current Black Stars squad as they prepare to participate in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year.

The West Africans are in a buoyant mood after drawing old acquittances Portugal, Uruguay as well as South Korea in Group H.

Paintsil, capped 89 times by Ghana and played at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, believes the current crop of players can cause problems for teams.

“I believe our current squad is a very balanced one, with youth and experience,” John Paintsil told BBC Sports Africa.

“The two matches they played against Nigeria gave all of us hope that they can go further. We trust that they will do it.”

The Black Stars will open their campaign against Portugal on November 24 at the Stadium 974 in Doha before facing South Korea at the Educatin City Stadium Al Rayyan four days later.

The team will wrap up their campaign with a mouth-watering fixture against nemesis Uruguay on December 2 at the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah.

At the 2010 World Cup, Ghana exited the competition following a 4-2 penalty shoot-out defeat to La Celeste after Asamoah Gyan spurned a last-gasp penalty to win the game for the Black Stars in extra-time.

Source: Modern Ghana

Fisherman jailed 15 years for defilement

– An Accra Circuit Court has sentenced a 53-year-old fisherman to 15 years imprisonment for defiling a 10-year-old girl at La.

Samuel Odoi Yemofio, charged with defilement, pleaded not guilty.

At the end of the trial presided over by Mrs Christina Cann, Yemofio was found guilty.

The case as narrated by Chief Kofi Atimbire is that the complainant is a trader at La and she is the victim’s auntie.

Chief Inspector Atimbire said the victim was a class four pupil who lived with the complainant.

On January 12, this year, at about 4:30 pm, the victim who was asked to go and sell ice cream came home and reported that, on her way home, Yemofio lured her into his room, gagged and defiled her.

The complainant on hearing the victim’s ordeal reported the matter to the Police at La.

The matter was later transferred to the Cantonment Division of the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit where a medical form was issued to the complainant to seek medical care for the victim.

Yemofio was later picked up by the Police but he vehemently denied the offence in his caution statement.

Source: Ghana News Agency

TMA to support GNFS to sensitise residents on fire outbreaks

Tema,– The Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) will collaborate with the Tema Regional Office of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) to sensitize residents on means to stop fire outbreaks.

Mr Yohane Ashitey Amarh, TMA Chief Executive Officer said there was the need to educate residents and provide them with the GNFS emergency numbers to call whenever there was a fire outbreak to prevent the loss of lives and property.

He said this when he visited a squatter community behind the Tema Timber Market which got burnt down on Wednesday during the rainstorm that hit some parts of the Greater Accra Region.

He noted that the Tema Office of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) was gathering data on the affected persons of the Wednesday Tema Timber Market fire outbreak to support them.

On squatter communities in the industrial city, he said the Assembly was about to embark on the demolition of such communities starting with the one on the premises of the Tema General Hospital and unauthorized structures along the major roads of the metropolis.

Mr Timothy Affum, Assistant Chief Fire Officer who led a team of firefighters to bring the fire under control, told the Ghana News Agency that they received information about the incident after 12:00 hours.

Mr Affum said even though no casualties were recorded, three shops were affected with two totally burnt and one partially, adding that a few wooden structures accommodating them were also destroyed.

He explained that preliminary investigations revealed that embers from sawdust that was burnt around blew into the makeshift structures to start the fire.

He added that they were able to bring the fire under control within an hour after mobilizing 10 appliances including a turntable ladder, fire tenders, and water tankers, noting that it included two appliances from the GPHA fire brigade which came in to support the team.

He advised the public to always call the GNFS quickly whenever there was a fire outbreak for prompt action.

Source: Ghana News Agency

CEO of Cal Bank, Phillip Owiredu pledges unflinching support to UPSA

The CEO of Cal Bank and alumnus of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Mr Phillip Owiredu, has assured the University of his outfit’s pledge to partner them in most of its endeavours.

He made this known to the Management of UPSA when he paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abednego F. O. Amartey at his office on Wednesday, April 6, 2022.

The two gentlemen deliberated on a number of issues including a sponsorship package by the bank for the University’s upcoming Academy of African Business and Development (AABD) conference slated for May 17, 2022.

Mr Owiredu said the doors of Cal Bank were always open to the University for future partnerships and collaborations.

Prof Okoe Amartey, on behalf of the Management of the University, thanked Mr Owiredu for his visit and unflinching support to the UPSA.

President of the Global Alumni of UPSA, Francis Dadzie made it known to Mr Owiredu how the association was proud of him. He again assured him that the University would collaborate with Cal Bank in their upcoming programmes.

Mr Dadzie called for the support of all alumni members, wide and far, to help improve their alma mater.

The Academy of African Business and Development (AABD) has established itself as one of the world’s leading organizations committed to fostering functional education, broadening and deepening global understanding of the various challenges facing African development and business, and advancing alternative solutions to Africa’s business and economic challenges.

Source: University of Professional Studies

Switzerland supports Ghana with Ghc 3.2 million to deepen decentralization process

Accra,- The Swiss Government has given Ghana a grant of Ghc 3.2 million to build the capacity of local government officials to provide quality services in a responsive manner.

The grant would be applied to a pilot project christened: “Capacity Building for Responsive, Effective and Efficient Local Governance in Ghana.”

It would be implemented by the Office of the Head of the Local Government Service (OHLGS), the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

Under the project, four key capacity building interventions would be implemented in 40 Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies to achieve the goal of responsive, effective and efficient local governance in the country.

The interventions include: building the professionalism of Local Government Service (LGS) staff, developing the competencies of Local Government functionaries, building the organizational culture of Local Government and promoting effective social accountability mechanisms in local governance performance.

Mr Philip Stalder, the Ambassador of Switzerland to Ghana, Togo and Benin announced this in Accra when he signed an agreement with Ghana for the commencement of the pilot project.

Mr Daniel Botwe, the Minister of Local Government, decentralization and Rural Development signed the agreement on behalf of Ghana.

Mr Stalder said Ghana had become a priority country for Switzerland’s economic development cooperation since 2002, and his country was implementing more than 30 projects in Ghana.

The Ambassador stated that it was aimed at promoting the private sector and an attractive framework for sustainable growth that would unlock decent income opportunities.

“Switzerland is a highly decentralized country and we believe in the advantages given by a decentralized system in terms of development and better accountability to the people.

“Our commitment to decentralization makes us proud for giving power directly to the people to decide on important things that affect their lives,” he said.

Mr Stalder was confident that the project would build consensus with all relevant stakeholders on the capacity-building framework to make it the main anchor for continuous professional development within the LGS.

“The project is ambitious because it seeks to promote dialogue between staff of District Assemblies and Regional Coordinating Councils, elected and appointment of members of the Assemblies and the political actors at the local level,” he said.

Mr Botwe, who is also the Member of Parliament for the Okere constituency in the Eastern region, commended the Swiss Government for the support, stating that the implementation of the project would enhance the technical and administrative capacities of local authorities.

Parliament in 2003 and Pursuant to Article 240(2) (b) of the 1992 Constitution promulgated laws for the establishment of the LGS and ILGS for the country’s Decentralization programmes.

Both institutions, the Minister said, worked together to ensure that the capacities of local government staff across the country were adequate for them to discharge their mandates.

Mr Botwe said the present inadequate quality of service delivery at the local governance level called for capacity-building that emphasized improvements in local governance processes and outcomes.

The training, he said, when properly organised, would provide a structured and coherent way to systematically improve the performance of local governments and strengthen the links between staff training, performance assessments and career development.

Professor Nicholas Awortwi, Director of ILGS said the Institute was committed to ensuring that the objectives of the project were achieved.

Mr James Oppong Mensah, Chief Director, OHLGS pledged to ensure that the project succeeds and scales up in other districts’ assemblies.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Mobile phone thief remanded in police custody

Tema,– The Ashaiman Circuit Court has remanded a 20-year-old, unemployed, Augustine Eli Ganyo into police custody for stabbing Ibrahim Musah, a 27-year-old Mason, and taking his Infinix Hot eight mobile phone Valued GH₵700.00.

The case was adjourned to April 19, this year for the prosecution to file a witness statement.

The court presided over by Mr. Richard Anku Delali remanded the accused after he pleaded not guilty to the charges of offence.

Complainant Ibrahim is a resident of Borteyman near Ashaiman, whilst the accused Ganyo, lives at Atadeka, also a suburb of Ashaiman.

Police Chief Inspector Samuel Apreweh, prosecuting, told the court that, on March 3, 2022, at about 02 50 hours, the complainant was making a call on his Infinix hot eight mobile phone at Presby junction in Ashaiman.

According to the prosecution, the accused approached the complainant and alerted his accomplice one Latif, now at large to join, and together they ordered the complainant to hand over the phone.

The accused pulled a pair of scissors out of his trouser and stabbed the complainant five times in his chest in the process his accomplice snatched the complainant’s mobile phone and bolted.

The prosecution said, the complainant struggled with the accused but he eventually took to his heels, the complainant courageously gave the accused a hot chase, arrested him, and subsequently handed him over to the police at Asahiaman, and a complaint was lodged.

A police medical report form was issued to the complainant to attend the hospital, a caution statement was obtained from the accused, and he confessed to the crime.

After investigations, the accused was charged with the offence and arraigned before the court while efforts are ongoing to arrest his accomplice.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Akosombo Dam is regularly maintained and preserved – VRA

Ada, (E/R)– Mr Kwame Darkwah, Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP) Coordinator of the Volta River Authority (VRA), said the authority regularly undertakes inspections and maintenance of the Akosombo dam to expand its life span.

He said aside from the internal examinations conducted by the Authority, there were other international bodies and experts who assessed the facility every five years or less and provided comprehensive instructions to ascertain the status of the facility.

Mr Darkwah said this during a workshop at the Ada-East District Assembly on EPP and Environmental Management Plan (EMP).

He was responding to questions raised by some participants at the workshop on plans in place in case of damage.

He added that people who visited the facility for excursion purposes would attest to the fact that the place looked new and safe, saying, “we had a visitor from International Centre for Hydropower (ICH) and the facilitators were amazed how we have kept the facility over the years.”

The EPP Coordinator, however, indicated that should the unforeseen happen, the VRA had outlined measures to cater for the needs of the victims and property.

He added that safe havens had also been mounted at various points to accommodate victims and support them with some relief items until they permanently got accommodation.

Ms Akosua Owusu-Efaa from the Engineering Service Department of VRA said EPP identified potential conditions and specified pre-planned activities to be followed to minimize property damage and loss of lives.

She said the plan specified the roles and responsibilities of parties in case of any eventuality.

Source: Ghana News Agency