New 169 Local Government Staff for Volta Region undergo training

Ho, The Volta Regional Coordinating Council (VRCC) has provided new Local Government Service recruits for the Volta Region with an orientation and training workshop.

A total of 169 new hands had been shared among all assemblies in the Region, following this year’s recruitment activity to fill vacancies in the local government’s administrative structure, and the weeklong training would enable the recruits to adjust to their new work environment?

Mr Steven Adzah Tettey, Regional Economic Planning Officer, told the employees at the opening of the training to master their trade and endeavour to impact well on their respective offices and communities.?

He asked them to consider the Service in its national essence, commit “fully” and remain abreast with its mechanisms to affect the realization of the mandates.?

Mr Prosper Afenyo, Acting Regional Coordinating Director, also asked the recruits to imbibe technical knowledge to take on their roles effectively as technocratic bureaucrats.?

He charged them to help maintain the repute of the Service and consider continuous knowledge enhancement key to relevance within the evolving working environment.?

Mr Cyril Dzinyanu Xatse, Regional Head of the Department of Human Resources at the VRCC, told GNA on the sidelines that the annual recruitment helped maintain and strengthen the output capabilities of the Various Assemblies.?

He noted how understaffing at the various Assemblies was being addressed, and said the performance was expected to grow with the new workforce.?

The orientation covered the operations of the Regional Coordinating Council, legal frameworks of the Local Government Service, and the structures of the local assemblies.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Accra Floods: We are tired of lip service-Asylum Down Residents

Accra, Some residents of Asylum Down in Accra are livid about the perennial flooding of the community and asked Government to address the situation and desist from “paying lip service.

Residents along the main drain at Asylum Down said they had always been submerged by floodwaters with reports of people losing their lives and said it was time Government fixed the problem.

Mr Kofi Atsu Dogbadzi, a resident, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said Government officials had failed to honour their pledges of fixing the problem after many engagements with the people.

He said the floodwaters usually accumulate from the Mamobi-Nima stretch through Paloma and to Asylum Down, destroying lives and property.

” The big gutter is not able to contain the volume of water here in Asylum Down. The flood breaks the wall and overflows. Besides, the gutter is not that deep and needs proper reconstruction,” Mr Dogbadzi said.?

“Former Works and Housing Minister Atta Kyea had been here, Zanetor Rawlings, MP for Korle Klottey Constituency had been here and Former Assembly leaders as well. We explained to them but they went and nothing happened till date,” Mr Dogbadzi alleged.?

He said Madam Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, in her quest to finding solution to the problem, erected parts of the wall destroyed but it got broken again with a heavy flow.?

” We are begging the Government! We are Ghanaians and we deserve better than this…” Mr Dogbadzi said.

The main drain has two footbridges connecting Nima, Kokomlemle, Paloma and Adabraka.

Residents in these communities complained of the weakness of the bridge and asked for it to be fixed in time.

Madam Deborah Amiorkor Sarpie, a resident of Asylum Down, said parts of the bridge had broken, exposing metals at the sides and the floor.?

Source: Ghana News Agency

Global Evangelical Church holds Presbytery Representative Conference at Akatsi

Akatsi (VR), Leadership of the Akatsi Presbytery of the Global Evangelical Church (GEC) has held the ‘2022 Presbytery Representative Conference’ of the Church with a call on members to remain faithful stewards.

The two-day event, which was attended by representatives from the various Parishes and Districts, also served as the local synod, the highest decision-making body of the Church.

The Reverend Francis F.K. Tsagli, the Akatsi Presbytery Chairman, in an address, touched on some Presbytery activities, achievements, challenges, and work-in-progress, among other issues to be addressed during the event.

He said the church had maintained the current theme for the conference for the third time to lay emphasis on the need for faithfulness in stewardship responsibilities at all levels in life and every sector of services to God and humanity.

“For me, one way that stewards of the church and country must prove their stewardship faithfulness is to uphold truth and order,” he said.

Reverend Tsagli charged participants to continue to pray for the church, the country and their stewards to uphold truth and order, saying “that is the only way to win spiritual and economic battles as a church and a nation.”

In progress, Reverend Tsagli also disclosed among others that the Akatsi Presbytery had seen improvements in the implementation of the National Ten Years Strategic Plan by organising seminars for Districts and Parishes within the Presbytery to help develop the Congregational Strategic Plan.

Mr Bernard SK Attatsi, former Catechist and former Senior Committee Member of the Church who served as a Special Guest, implored all leaders especially religious leaders to live exemplary lives by upholding truth and order in all endeavours of life.

He also appealed to members of the Christian faith and all Ghanaians to go according to the dictates of the laws of Ghana for peaceful coexistence.

Mr Martin Kofitsey Nyahe, the Municipal Chief Executive for Akatsi South, on his part commended the Church for contributing to the development of the country.

He also assured the leadership of the church of his continuous collaboration in moving the Municipality to a better position where residents would enjoy abundant prosperity and progress.

The conference, held at the GEC’s Shalom Chapel Auditorium at Akatsi, brought together representatives from 90 congregations from the five political-administrative Districts and Municipalities of the Volta Region and was on the theme “Faithful Stewards.”

The areas included Akatsi South, Akatsi North, Ketu South, Ketu North, and parts of Keta.

The representatives were briefed on some financial decisions taken and other matters of concern for the growth of the church.

Also, in attendance were executives of Akatsi Local Council of Churches, Heads of Government Department, Mr Wonder Gatepe, Assemblymember for the area, and some retired pastors of the church.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Cellphone usage in the kitchen poses fire threat-GNFS

Tema, The use of cellphones at the kitchen is dangerous as it can lead to fire explosion, the Ghana National Fire Services (GNFS) has cautioned.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer I (ACFOI), Madam Doris Lamptey, the Tema GNFS Commander in an interview, told the Ghana News Agency that, there were some micro magnetic substances in the mobile phones that were combustible and taking them closer to the gas, could ignite fire explosion in the kitchen.

She said all types of phones could spark such explosions and it was important to keep mobile phones away from the kitchen especially when the gas cylinder was on; “You may never know when the unexpected can occur, so it is advisable not to take the phone to the kitchen especially when the place is hot.”

ACFOI Lamptey also warned against the use of coal pot containing fire close to gas cylinder as it could easily spark fire explosion in the various homes adding that, the smallest amber of fire can cause a fire explosion.

She indicated that, “Gas is dangerous, and any naked flame can cause explosion and that is why we say do not let the cylinder get close to the burner because of the fire.”

The Commander explained that, to reduce fire outbreaks this year and raise awareness on fire safety, the command had embarked on a day-to-day sensitization of the various communities in the region.

“This 2022, the service has taken it upon itself that, we want to prevent the fire to its lowest minimum, so we are doing fire safety campaign, realizing that domestic fire is always on the ascendancy, we have started with the slums because most of the residential fires are coming from such places,” she stated.

Source: Ghana News Agency

UMB celebrates staff contribution to 50 years of growth

Accra, Universal Merchant Bank has marked its Jubilee May Day celebrations with the recognition of its staff, both current and alumni.

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The Bank celebrated all its staff with particular focus on 27 members, who have cumulatively served the Bank for 757 years.?

The ‘Dedicated 27’ as they have been dubbed, are being celebrated as part of the 50th Anniversary for serving the Bank and its customers for over 20 years, and as living examples of the Bank’s core values of Speed, Passion, Excellence, Ethics and Diligence.?

UMB was established as a policy bank in 1972. The Bank was purposely set up to provide an indigenous merchant banking capacity for Ghana.?

Nana Dwemoh Benneh, the Chief Executive Officer of the Bank, in commemoration, said, “This an inspiring feat and a wonderful example for colleagues to follow during our 50th anniversary celebration as a leading indigenous bank.”

He said, “we are also proud that our colleagues have progressively grown and developed their careers in the Bank and their service have been underpinned by a clear focus on customer centricity.”

Mr Akwelley Bulley, the General Manager for Human Resources, said, “The interesting feature of this cohort of talent is the progressive growth they displayed during their career here at the Bank.”

He said this was a tangible testament of the Bank as an employer of choice, and a key highlight of their Jubilee.?

“Long serving staff are a remarkable example to us all on dedication, honest and hard work,” he added.

Madam Rejoice King, the Head of Trade at the Bank,? on behalf of the long serving staff, said she was proud of her 34 years of service to the Bank.??

“This is a great institution which has impacted Ghana positively in many ways. I urge all of us to live up to our heritage and do great things for the Bank, in its next 50 years,” he said.?

“The Dedicated 27” include Benjamin Adjetey Adjei, Rejoice Natalie King, Jacob Newton Hytey, James Puorifanga Coffie, Kate Amui, Francis Ebenezer Amo-Oduro, Veronica Doku and James Kweku Awuah.

Others are Michael Mamah Nelson, Cecilia Indira Armoo, Dorothy Hackman, Audrey Bulley, Michael Akoto, Yussif Osman, Richard Abu, Vincent Larnor Adjemfra, Harriet Antwi and Marjorie Frances Simpson.?

The rest are Noel Tetteh-Ashong, Betty Alberta Acquah, Sylvester Yaovi Jnr. Apedoe, Lovet Naa Korkoi Mensah, Michael Baah, Hamza Adam, Emmanuel Kofi Okyere, Annie Essah and Joseph Biney.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Methodist Bishop expresses concern over youth unemployment

Kumasi, The Right Reverend Stephen Kwaku Owusu, Kumasi Diocesan Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana (MCG), has called for brainstorming to a lasting solution to the high rate of youth unemployment.

He said the problem threatened the security of the nation, adding “there are some who left the university more than six years ago and are still unemployed.”

The Rt. Rev. Owusu argued that the development and growth of any society depended on a vibrant youth, therefore, issues relating to their empowerment and welfare ought to be taken seriously.

He was speaking at a synod in Kumasi, organised by the Kumasi Diocese of the MCG, to discuss national issues and those concerning the accelerated growth of the church.

They ranged from education, economic development, security of the nation, employment, youth development issues to church projects.

The Methodist Bishop said the church was worried over the reported cases of suicide and crime amongst the youth.

“This menace is largely borne out of frustration,” he noted, emphasizing that the society ought to work together to tackle these unfortunate developments head on.

In furtherance of a stable society devoid of deviant behaviours, the Methodist Bishop suggested to corporate bodies and stakeholders to support the government in its quest to deepen the base of technical and vocational education and training (TVET).

He said, this was a step in the right direction given the critical role TVET played in equipping the youth with the requisite skills needed for productive lives.

The Rt. Rev. Owusu pointed out that promoting a disciplined society was a prerequisite for sustainable socio-economic progress, therefore, all hands must be on deck to find a lasting solution to youth delinquency, which could be a threat to the peace and harmony in the Ghanaian society.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Cost of Living is high and we need living wages

Cape Coast, Workers in the Central Region have appealed to government for a Cost of Living Allowance (CoLA) of at least 20 percent for all public sector workers to cushion them against the prevailing hardships in the country.

They said the rapid depreciation of the Cedi, coupled with the galloping inflation in Ghana was pushing many workers below the poverty line, requiring urgent measures to salvage the situation.

Regional Secretary of TUC, Madam Cynthia Aba Sam Ananoo, who was speaking to the media said the proposed allowance would cushion workers against the high cost of living and prevent mass poverty among workers.

She said the allowance must also be extended to private sector workers earning the minimum wage and pensioners taking home a maximum of GHC300 per month.

Madam Ananoo maintained that the time had come for workers to be paid the living wage instead of minimum wage, adding that salaries must be adjusted to respond to the high cost of living.

She called on government to suspend all taxes and levies on all petroleum products to reduce the prices of fuel and ease the burden of citizens as the 15-pesewa reduction offered by government was inadequate, adding that the move would demonstrate that government was sensitive to the plights of the people.

She urged government to consider a review of the method of fuel prices adjustment because the current method was adversely affecting consumers. “Government should also consider revamping the Tema Oil Refinery to refine petrol domestically. This will insulate us from the high fuel prices due to exchange rate fluctuations,” Madam Ananoo said.

Corroborating the concerns raised by the secretary, she observed that the country’s economic recovery had not been as robust as projected as it was faced with challenges from multiple sources.

“Ghanaian workers’ income cannot take us home and government and other employer agencies must address it as a matter of urgency to rescue workers from extreme poverty,” he said.

He also called workers to help to accelerate the growth of Ghana as their leader negotiated for better conditions of service on their behalf.

The Central Regional Minister, Mrs Justina Marigold Assan appealed to workers to use dialogue to demand reasonable conditions of service in the wake of the economic distress all over the world.

“I believe that we should be able to resolve all labour issues in a friendly manner through negotiations and constructive dialogues to ensure a peaceful industrial atmosphere in the country,” she stressed.

She noted that it was the vision of government to collaborate with organised labour to lift the country from its present lower middle-income status to upper middle-income status and wean Ghana from dependency on foreign aids.

“As the economy rebounds, government will do everything possible in intensifying creation of more jobs, by collaborating with the private sector and also protect incomes of those already in employment through continuous dialogue with labour unions for mutual benefit,” she assured.

The Minister added that government would continue to motivate the worker by providing them with logistics and better conditions of service “so that you can also reciprocate it by upscaling your performance to put our country on the path of growth and development.

Some workers who distinguished themselves in their workplaces were awarded at the event.

Source: Ghana News Agency

155 trees planted at LEKMA hospital

Accra, Growing Tree and Grow a Tree Network Ghana, an NGO spent four hours planting 155 tree seedlings on the premises of LEKMA Hospital within the Greater-Accra Region.

The planting was supervised by the CEO of Growing Trees, Mr Chris Boatin and assisted by the staff of LEKMA Hospital.

Some of the planted seedlings included; Mahogany, Acacia, Moringa, Guava, Pawpaw, Coconut, Cocoa, Oranges and Prekese.

Ms Esther Quaye, a Health Services Administrator and Mr. Felix Lumor, Head of Environment who welcomed the NGO showed them areas that needed re-cropping of plant seedlings.

Educational Flyers on importance of trees were distributed.

The LEKMA Hospital officers thanked the NGO and promised to take good care of the plants.

Source: Ghana News Agency