Titus-Glover appointed Managing Director of VALCO

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has named the former Member of Parliament for Tema East, Titus Nii Kwertei-Glover as the Managing Director of the Volta Aluminium Company Limited (VALCO).

The Presidency in a letter dated March 2, 2023, entreated the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor to take the needed steps to regularise his appointment in accordance with the law.

“The President has nominated Daniel Nii Kwaertei Titus-Glover (Hon.) for the appointment as Managing Director of the Volta Aluminium Company Limited (the “Company”).

“Kindly take the necessary steps to regularise the said appointment in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Companies Act, 2019 (Act 992) and the constitution of the Company,” the letter signed by the Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo read.

Source: Ghana web

Group of collapsed banks and financial institutions support Mahama’s bid

The Defunct Banks and Other Financial Institutions Network (DEBOFIN) have thrown their support behind the quest of former President John Dramani Mahama to lead the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2024 general elections as a presidential candidate.

According to them, if the former President had won the 2016 presidential election, the management of the banking sector clean-up under his leadership would have been better carried out to save lives and jobs, secure people’s investments and businesses whilst at the same time increasing business confidence.

The Executive Secretary of DEBOFIN Thomas Ayisi Kumah said “The entire membership of DEBOFIN welcome with great joy and relief, the decision of the former president John Dramani Mahama to contest for the flagbearership of the National Democratic Congress and eventually the 2024 presidential elections.

“We acknowledge his extensive leadership, experience and in-depth knowledge espoused from the regulation of the microfinance subsector in 2012 to the challenges in the banking sector, beginning with the passage of the depositors’ protection ACT 2016. ‘Building Ghana we want’, is to build strong institutions including, building strong indigenous Ghanaian Banks and non-banks to be able to support the private sector for growth.

“It’s not about creating an economy that favours only foreign investments and businesses, neither is it only about building a financial service sector to satisfy the business interest of a few Ghanaians holding political power.

“We believe that had Ghanaians renewed John Dramani Mahama’s mandate in 2016, management of the banking sector clean up under his leadership would have been better carried out to save lives and jobs, secured peoples investments and businesses whilst at the same time increased business confidence.

“We however, on the contrary, express much regret on the part of the former finance minister, Dr Kwabena Duffuor – a victim of the bank closures for his extreme muteness and restraint in criticizing the current government for the mismanagement of the sector and the economy at large.

“Indeed, Ghana at this time needs ‘experience but not experiment’. We, therefore, call on delegates of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to give the former president, John Dramani Mahama a resounding victory in their upcoming presidential primaries to enable him to rescue this country from the corrupt and incompetent NPP government to build the Ghana we want together.”

Launching his campaign in Ho on Thursday, Match 2, 2023, John Mahama said “We will strictly enforce prudence and responsibility in the management of public finances by cutting out waste and ostentation, which have become commonplace under this administration.

Together, we will build the Ghana we want. We shall restore faith in our almost collapsed financial system and embark on sweeping reforms at the Bank of Ghana.

“We shall actively pursue policies to ensure robust local participation in our banking, financial, telecommunications, mining, agriculture, agribusiness and manufacturing sectors. This will be anchored on our plan to grow the economy and create sustainable employment for our youth,” Mr Mahama added.

 

Source: Ghana web

CLOGSAG branch in Sefwi-Wiawso furious over salary deductions

Members of the Sefwi-Wiawso Branch of CLOGSAG are agitated over what they claim to be wrongful deductions on their salaries.

This wrongful deduction is described to be a 5% deduction for their tier-3 pension scheme, which they claim they were not consulted for it to be done.

They therefore met as a union at the Sefwi-Wiawso Municipal Assembly Hall on Wednesday 22nd February 2023 and resolved that the action by CLOGSAG be reversed and plans for any future deduction of that sort be halted.

Ernest Akoto one of the concerned members of the CLOGSAG Branch mentioned that Tier-3 pension is voluntary and therefore needed the consent of the beneficiary before inception.

“This is the same way they started the deduction of the CLOGSAG Fund and because we kept quiet over it, they took us for granted. We demand a reversal of this new move for proper consultation to be done.”

Another member who had already subscribed to a Tier-3 pension scheme with another fund manager mentioned this exercise meant he was going to be deducted twice for the same purpose. He mentioned he should have been consulted before such a move was undertaken and that it was going to be a massive blow on his already meagre salary.

In a petition to the Controller and Accountant General and the Executive Secretary of CLOGSAG, the concerned members called for an investigation into the matter and an appropriate action to be taken to ensure that such deductions do not occur in the future.

 

Source: Ghana web

The success of Ghana Cylinder dear to me – Energy Minister to GCMC Board

Energy Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has assured the Board of the Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company (GCMC) of his support in their efforts to offer excellent service to Ghanaians.

Dr. Prempeh made these remarks when he was called on at the Ministry of Energy by the Board of the company led by its chairman, Mr. Anthony Evans.

The visit was primarily to officially introduce the newly appointed Managing Director of the company, Mrs Genevieve Sackey to the Minister.

As part of some administrative concerns the Board Chairman raised, he particularly assured the Minister of the company’s deepened resolve to serve the people of Ghana through their flagship programmes such as the cylinder recirculation module.

Mrs. Sackey assured the Minister that she was ready to co-operate with the Board and colleagues to deliver on the mandate of the company.

“GCMC has immense potential and I’m more than happy to contribute my quota to its mission”, she said.

“It is also heart-warming to learn the commitment of the board and staff towards the work and look forward to collaborating with everyone” she added.

Dr. Prempeh, further expressed his continuous and unwavering support for the agency in pursuit of its mandate.

 

Source: Ghana web

UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office: Humanitarian Situation Report, 1 January to 31 December 2022

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

Throughout 2022, children continued to face multidimensional humanitarian crises across West and Central Africa region. UNICEF’s Regional Humanitarian Appeal for Children focuses on 10 countries without a dedicated inter-agency Humanitarian Response Plan, but with unmet humanitarian needs.

In Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Togo, UNICEF supported populations facing rising emergency needs and a deteriorating security situation due to the impacts of spill-over from conflicts in the Central Sahel. On the border between The Gambia and Senegal, clashes between Senegalese security forces and separatist groups in March and April 2022 resulted in population displacement and humanitarian needs. Across the region, public health threats and disease outbreak remain widespread, from COVID-19 to Marburg Virus and Mpox, as well as persistent outbreaks of malaria, cholera, and other diseases. UNICEF Country Offices also supported populations facing natural hazards including seasonal floods

Source: UN Children’s Fund

Church, state must work together to advance country’s interests-Speaker

Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Sumana Bagbin, says the church and the state must work together to advance the country’s interests. He has therefore called on religious leaders to focus on governance rather than engaging in partisan politics to ensure continuous growth and development. Mr Bagbin said when he was presented with the Defender of Faith award by the Bible and Governance Ghana, at Parliament House, Accra. He was honoured with the award in recognition of his remarkable efforts to promote cultural values and embody the principles of Christ. Expressing his gratitude for the honour, Mr Bagbin emphasised his commitment to upholding Ghana’s unique cultural values and encouraged Ghanaians to promote them rather than imitating other cultures. He said: ‘Reflecting on Ghana’s 30-year journey as a republic, there is the need for Ghanaians to view each other as brothers and sisters, disregarding any differences based on colour, tribe, or political affiliation, and work towards creating a society where merit was valued.’ Mr Bagbin encouraged African nations to unite and embrace their cultural values as a means of gaining respect and value in the global arena. Reverend Jonathan Blay, the Leader of the delegation, expressed his admiration for Mr Bagbin’s leadership, stating that he was a role model who was passionate about cultural values. Mr Bagbin was presented with the honour for serving as a shining example of a leader whose public service sets an admirable benchmark for others to emulate. ‘His exceptional leadership qualities and unwavering commitment to his values make him a true inspiration and a symbol of excellence in public service,’ he said. Mr Blay commended Mr Bagbin for his experience in parliamentary works, describing him as an epitome of an elder at home.

Source: Ghana News Agency

John Mahama eulogises late Togbui Binah Lawluvi VI

Mr John Dramani Mahama, former President of Ghana has described the late Togbui Binah Lawluvi VI, Paramount Chief of Ziope Traditional Area as a man of immense intelligence and great character. He acknowledged the contribution of Torgbui Binah to the successes he chalked as a President, saying, ‘the late traditional ruler was a great friend and a confidante, full of praise for his leadership qualities.’ Mr Mahama stated this in a tribute when he attended the funeral of the former member of the Council of State at Ziope in the Volta Region. The late 64-year-old leader’s body continued to lay in state as mourners including traditional rulers, government officials, and sons and daughters from Ziope and the diaspora, file past to pay their final homage. The final funeral rites would be held today, Saturday, March 4 with a requiem mass to be led by Bishop Emmanuel Kofi Fianu SVD, Catholic Bishop of Ho Diocese. Several political and traditional leaders are expected to be in attendance. Earlier, Mr Mahama, as part of his campaign tour to the region, met delegates at the various constituencies including Hohoe, South and North Dayi, Central Tongu, South Tongu, and Akatsi South. Mr Mahama would end his tour in North Tongu after engaging delegates at Akatsi North, Ketu North, Ketu South, Keta, and Anloga constituencies. Some personalities including Professor Joshua Alabi, Mr Julius Debra, Mr Edward Doe Adjaho, and others form part of Mr Mahama’s entourage.

Source: Ghana News Agency

AIO Prep Academy offers non-STEM programmes to SHS graduates

The American International Online (AIO) Prep Academy, a virtual/online high school in the United States, is offering courses other than Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) for senior high school (SHS) graduates and students in Ghana. The offer has created the opportunity for students who desired to study Non- STEM programmes, qualifying them to attend universities in the United States of America (USA). It allows the students to work on their coursework throughout the seven days of the week, designed for working adults too, to attain diplomas from Ghana and the USA. Mr Rodney Abernathy, Senior Director of Business Development, AIO Prep Academy, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Sunyani the students must be at least 13 years old, with no age restriction for adults. He encouraged SHS students and graduates to opt for the AIO independent study programmes while taking advantage of the opportunity to study in an American university. He said the Academy also offered the highest level of advanced mathematics and science courses to prepare students for the 21st century technological environment.

Source: Ghana News Agency