BH Fertagro Ghana Limited seeks court order for release of seized bags of fertilizers

Accra, Dec. 29, GNA – Lawyers for BH Fertagro Ghana Limited, a fertilizer manufacturer and importer, have filed a motion at an Accra Circuit Court for an order for the release of seized bags of branded NPK fertilizers.

Mr Ekow Ampah Korsah, one of the lawyers, said the blended formulation of (14-23-14) was for cotton production and not for cocoa as had been alleged by officials of the Ghana Cocoa Board.

On September 17, 2022, a production warehouse of the company situated at Amanfrom near Adenta, was raided by a combined team of police and officials of Ghana Cocobod and the fertilisers were seized.

Mr Ampah Korsah said Mr Ayitey Redeemer Kotsanu, the Logistics Manager of the company together with two other persons, Mr Abdulrazak Sani and Mr Cisse Sin Ali, were arrested and the production warehouse of the company closed.

He said the team also impounded 15 articulator trucks loaded with fertilizer for export to Burkina Faso.

The Lawyer said BH Fertagro Ghana Limited, is a company registered under the laws of Ghana and engages in the importation and production of fertilizers for farming.

He said the said fertilizer loaded on the trucks was presently the subject of another application before the Court.

“That the accused persons were subsequently charged with four counts of conspiracy, stealing, attempting to smuggle and misbranding fertilizer and have all pleaded not guilty to the charges,” he added.

It is the Company’s case that the fertilizer found at the Company’s premises was not products belonging to Ghana Cocobod but rather a fertilizer which was freely available on the open market for purchase by anybody, who wished to do so.

The lawyer said it was a fact, which was well known in the Cocoa fertilizer industry, that last year Cocobod did not purchase the solid fertilizers produced and the producers had to put the same on the open market.

Mr Ampah Korsah said it was also a fact that all the Cocoa fertilizer-producing companies placed their products on the open market for sale to all buyers although the fertilizer was ordinarily branded “For Cocobod.”

“That Cocobod does not have an exclusive purchase agreement with any of the fertilizer production companies in the country,” he added.

He said Cocobod had not reported any of its fertilizer as missing and “we challenge the complainant to show where and when its warehouses have been broken into and how much fertilizer was stolen and to which police Station, they made a report of the said occurrence.”

The lawyer said the fertilizers seized from the Company’s premises were mainly the “Cocoa Aduane’ brand manufactured by Omnifert and Yara that the Company through its agents purchased from the manufacturer.

He said the fertilizer seized from the Company’s premises was purchased from the right source and not stolen as was falsely alleged.

He said BH Fertagro had a contract to supply fertilizers to an agricultural Company in Burkina Faso called CAIMA for cereal production.

It was pursuant to this that the Company purchased some cocoa fertilizer as a base to blend the cereal fertilizers for the purchasing company.

Mr Korsah said since the beginning of the case on September 19, 2022, the police had allegedly failed to test the blended fertilizer seized and had taken no steps to verify whether the Cocoa fertilizer was purchased on the open market or not.

He said BH Fertagro had already presented all its purchase waybills to the police in the verification of the fact that the fertilizer was legitimately purchased.

The lawyer prayed to the court for the re-opening of the Company’s production facility and that it would not in any way derogate from the prosecution’s case since they could not take samples of the contents of the trucks for evidential purposes if they need to.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana: Factsheet October – December 2022

Final stages of voluntary repatriation movements for Ivorian refugees in Ghana.

Registration of refugees for Ghana Card begins.

GRB and UNHCR commence registration for newly arrived Burkinabe asylum seekers in Ghana.

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Mohammed Sahnoon retains position as president of Ghana Cycling Federation

Lawyer Mohammed Sahnoon has been elected as President of the Ghana Cycling Federation on Wednesday at the media centre of the Accra Sports Stadium.

He thanked the delegates for the trust and confidence they have in him and urged them to unite and work hard to make Cycling the preferred sports discipline in Ghana.

“We have to create an environment for Cycling to develop,” he said.

Mr Riyadh Mohammed was elected as Vice President of the Ghana Cycling Federation with Shaaban Mohammed taking a new role as Secretary General of the Ghana Cycling Federation

Mr Bright Kwaasi Nyarko of River Park Eastern Region was appointed as the Treasurer of the Federation.

There were new appointments including women commissioners and other management positions to ensure that Ghana Cycling Federation takes its proper place in Ghana sports.

Source: Modern Ghana

GRA reverses discounts on FoB value of goods, home delivery value on cars from January 1

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has said it is completely reversing the benchmark discount policy on goods and vehicles from January 1, 2023.

In a statement dated December 22, 2022 and signed by Ag Commission, Customs Division, Iddrisu Iddisa Seidu, the GRA notified its command centres to start implementing the complete reversal of the discount on the Free-on-Board (FOB) value of general goods and Home Delivery Value (HDV) on vehicles from new year’s day.

This means importers will no more enjoy a 10% discount on vehicles and a 30% discount on all other goods from 2023.

The order was titled: ‘Complete reversal of the discount on FOB value of general goods and HDV of vehicles effective 1 January 2023’.

Referencing the budget and economic policy of the government of Ghana for the year ending 31 December 2023, dated November 24, 2022, the notice said the attached Commission-General’s Order (CGO) is hereby released for implementation, effective 1 January 2023.

“All sector commanders are to ensure that copies are made available to their officers and other stakeholders”, it said, adding: “Officers are advised to take note of the content of the order and apply the provisions, accordingly”.

It said: “Any difficulties encountered in the application of the directives should be communicated to the Commissioner for clarification”.

Source: Ghana Web

Ghanaian teen Gideon Kodua inks first professional contract with West Ham United

Ghanaian winger, Gideon Kodua has signed his first professional contract with English Premier League club West Ham United.

The club announced the deal in a statement on Wednesday, December 28.

“West Ham United is delighted to announce that Gideon Kodua has agreed professional terms with the Club,” a statement on the website of West Ham United said.

The statement added, “Kodua put pen-to-paper on his first professional contract with the Hammers at the Club’s iconic Chadwell Heath training ground and becomes the third Academy talent to agree professional terms in recent weeks, following Callum Marshall and Ollie Scarles.

“The 18-year-old has scored seven goals in eleven appearances for the U18s so far this season and made his debut for the U21s in October, featuring four times for the development side in all competitions.”

Speaking on his deal, Gideon Kodua said he is excited and looking forward to what the future will bring to him at the club.

“I’m excited and proud to sign my first professional deal with West Ham United, and I’m really eager to see what the future holds for me now,” the talented 18-year-old forward said as quoted on the website of West Ham United.

Source: Modern Ghana

Gold for oil: No value can be deduced except handing control of Ghana’s mineral to politicians – ACEP

The Executive Director of the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), Benjamin Boakye, has stated that the government’s gold for oil barter policy is only a project that gives politicians control over the country’s minerals.

According to ACEP, it is obvious that the policy will not achieve its intended purpose.

“The structure presented as gold for oil only seeks to hand control of the gold and oil value chain to politicians. No other value can be deduced. It is obvious that if cheap oil comes to Ghana, other unknown factors will be responsible and not gold.

“The government has still not been forthright about the cost of the structure to justify its competitiveness to the current private sector-led approach,” citinewsroom.com quoted Ben Boakye.

He, therefore, lambasted stakeholders and government agencies who are backing the policy.

He noted that these organizations including the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST), Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), and the Precious Minerals Marketing Company (PMMC) are historically poor performers in oil and gold trading.

Ben Boakye also raised concerns over the lack of transparency in the government’s dissemination of information as far as the project is involved.

“Interventions of this magnitude should not leave people in doubt in the interest of good governance and assurance of the international community which has shown significant interest in Ghana’s gold for oil programme,” he added.

He explained that “The government also needs to be cautious and guided by the challenging context of state agencies in the oil and gold business because when these agencies make losses, it is the public that pays, and the energy sector is already inundated with debts because of similar trading abuses. There are no guarantees in the current structure that insulates the public from debt.”

Source: Ghana Web

Time To Think Foundation saves street children in Kumasi

Some close to a thousand (1,000) less privileged children with their mothers, including head potters (Kayayo) in Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital received charity from the Time to Think Foundation.

The “Save The Street Children Campaign” took place on Tuesday, December 27, with the Time To Think Foundation as the main sponsor supported by the Aim Ghana Foundation, a like-minded non-profit organization.

The programme commenced with a street carnival, starting on the street of Dr. Mensah through to the Kejetia Market, Kumasi Central Market, and some other principal streets to create awareness of the need to show love and kindness to the street children during the celebration of the yuletide.

The carnival ended at Adum-Pampaso, where a series of activities, including health screening, free barbering, distribution of food and drinks, clothes, and other prized competitions were done in a bid to put smiles on the faces of the participants.

The leading foundation, Time to Think, and the supporting organization, Aim Ghana intend to help remove the children off the street and enrol them in some educational institutions for a better future.

Speaking to the media on the sideline, Ms. Claudia Hagan, the brand ambassador for Time to Think Foundation, said the initiative was in furtherance of the mission of the foundation.

According to her, the foundation is in the process of assisting some less endowed educational institutions in the remote communities in Ghana’s Northern Region and will also offer scholarships to less privileged students in the areas of education, sports, and any other training that will get them off the street for their socioeconomic independence.

On why the Time to Think Foundation took it upon itself to be the main sponsor of the campaign, Mr. Akosah Kofi Richard, the CEO and founder said redeeming the less privileged will aid the country’s efforts to achieve rapid socioeconomic growth.

He added that the country will be a violent-free place if citizens make it a priority to secure the future of the children, who normally grow up to engage in social vices and thereby pose numerous threats, including ending innocent lives in society.

Mr. Akosah called on government institutions and NGOs with similar objectives to push for the advancement of the well-being of the street child.

On her part, Mrs. Gladys Biney, CEO and founder of Aim Ghana, bemoans the lack of sponsorships and the failure of potential sponsors to deliver on their promises, calling on organisations to come to their aid.

She also hinted at taking the programme to each of the 16 regional capitals in Ghana with the help of the Time to Think Foundation so that many street children would be helped for their lives to be transformed.

The beneficiaries could not leave the programme without pouring out their appreciation to the organizers.

Interacting with Modernghana News, some of the children said they truly welcome the initiative, particularly the plan to take them off the street and give them lives deserving of humans.

They prayed for God’s guidance and blessing on the foundations and called on potential sponsors and the government to get involved and help them get better lives so they can one day contribute their quota to national development.

The two organizations also appreciated people who donated or supported in diverse ways and asked them to continue collaborating with them to help make Ghanaian society one where children from diverse backgrounds will get the opportunity to education just like their colleagues from fortunate homes.

The programme was made more successful and lively through the performances of some celebrated gospel singers and worshippers with music played by some of the finest disc jockeys.

Source: Modern Ghana

I don’t have money for food and my rent is up – Ghanaian striker in Zimbabwe cries

Ghanaian striker Dela Akorli has cried out about the financial struggles he is currently going through at his Zimbabwean club Bulawayo Chiefs.

The striker has not been paid by the Zimbabwean side since June 2022 and has been crying about struggling to survive.

Akorli, 19, is contracted to the club till 31st December 2022 but he is struggling to even get money for flight tickets back home to Ghana as his club’s financial woes deepen.

The player in an interview with soccer24.co.zw, that he is struggling to afford food, and also his rent has expired, and has been perching with a colleague.

“Since I signed for the club, they have not given me my signing-on fee and they are owing me 5 months’ salary,” Akorli told Soccer24.

“Since we finished the league, I had no money on me, to even buy food or data bundle. I have no entertainment at home it has been very tough for me.

“I couldn’t watch the World Cup that took place recently. Life has been very tough for me,” he added.

The player says that he has contacted the Zimbabwean Player Union to help to him get his money in order to return to Ghana.

“I want to go back home because the stress that I have gone through this season with this club (Chiefs) is too much for me,” said Arkoli.

He urged the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) to carefully vet all individuals who want to own football clubs in the country, so that the dignity of players is not lost.

“I’m calling on ZIFA to make sure football is being run by proper football people who respect players,” he said.

“Club owners and executives should treat players well because this job of ours needs a sound mind to be able to perform on the field of play,” added Arkoli.

Source: Ghana Web