On-air attack on journalist must be investigated – Ghana

Ghana’s Ministry of Information has called for an investigation into an attack on a journalist on live radio, while condemning the act and promising swift action by police in future.

Abubakari Sadiq Gariba, a broadcaster at Dagbon FM in the northern city of Tamale, was on air on Wednesday when two men stormed into the studio and seized him by the neck.

They threatened to slap him if he made any comment. The presenter then walked out of the studio with the two attackers.

Gariba has told the BBC he is fine, but a heated argument continued outside the studio. He said one of the men was a regular panellist on his show.

The man, a local politician, was upset about Gariba’s perceived criticism of his view on a chieftaincy dispute in the area, according to the presenter.

The Ghana Journalist Association has condemned the attack and made a complaint to the police.

Source: BBC

Wooden plaques won’t feed you – Great Ampong to colleagues who ‘buy’ awards

The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) over the years after its inception has seen countless criticisms on the criteria the scheme uses in selecting its winners.

The criticism mostly comes from the public, entertainment pundits, and a section of musicians who usually claim some awards are bought by some contenders.

Charterhouse, the organizers of the event has however rubbished these allegations numerous times insisting that, the selection of its winners is done based on both the voting system and the decision by the board.

Gospel musician Great Ampong known in real life as Isaiah Kwadwo Apmong has admonished musicians who pay to receive awards to put a stop to it because it doesn’t help in any way.

The singer cum songwriter also described the awards usually presented as a wooden plaque adding that it does not provide food for any artiste hence there is no need to pay for it.

“There is no need to pay money for a wooden plaque. Ours are in the house, it doesn’t feed us so there is no need to pay money for it.” He stated in an interview with Kingdom FM monitored by MyNewsGH.com.

Source: Ghana Web

TECNO CAMON 20 Series bags prestigious MUSE Design Awards 2023

The new CAMON 20 Series will be launched on 8th May 2023 in Ghana with a unique three-dimensional deconstructionist design that was unanimously commended by the judges of MUSE Design Awards 2023.

TECNO’s soon-to-be-unveiled CAMON 20 Series on the Ghanaian market picked up the prestigious MUSE Design Awards 2023 as a Gold winner in the Product Design of Telecommunications category.

TECNO’s CAMON 20 Series embodies a groundbreaking stylish design thanks to its industry-first CAMON PUZZLE deconstructionist design. This win further illustrates TECNO’s commitment to product design innovation and continues to gain recognition from well-established international authorities.

Held by the International Awards Association (IAA), the MUSE Design Awards is one of the most influential international awards in the global design industry, known for its rigorous judging system and high-standard criteria. The award focuses on exploring artistic beauty and design innovation to foster “design muses” and promote global innovation and design excellence with expert judges from creative and design-led disciplines across the globe.

According to IAA spokesman Thomas Brandt, “We celebrate good design in all forms and TECNO CAMON 20 Series caught our eye with its outstanding attention to detail, superb craftsmanship, and innovative design qualities, making it a worthy winner of our Gold Award.”

TECNO fused the aesthetic concepts of top fashion brands and pioneering designers to create its unique CAMON PUZZLE design. TECNO has engraved a three-dimensional luxury lychee-pattern back cover material of Magic Skin while integrating sapphire-grade nanocrystalline ceramic into the construction of the device’s back cover.

TECNO challenges the traditional smartphone design language with advanced materials and bold design philosophy with their latest CAMON 20 series for users to make a stylish statement. Despite the amazing visual aesthetics of the TECNO CAMON 20 series, the user experience is also impeccable with the introduction of the newest material technology “Magic Skin” which brings out the best of deconstructionist design, creating an incredible comfort with a natural tactile texture that is fingerprint proof.

With its unique appearance and high-quality material standard, the CAMON 20 series is undoubtedly a trailblazer by industry design standards with high commendation from the MUSE jury that highlights TECNO as a pioneer in

smartphone design.

MUSE Design Awards 2023 Gold Winner:

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Source: Ghana Web

Tamale MSMEs in shea sector receive AfCFTA training to boost operation

The Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) and the Global Shea Alliance have trained over 50 businesses operating in the shea industry in the Northern regions of the country.

The businesses were trained in the registration process under the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) to enable them to take advantage of the export market, and to export duty-free and quota-free within Africa.

This was done as part of efforts by the two organizations to build the capacity of businesses in the northern part of the country to understand the ‘Rules of Origin’ regime in the AfCFTA and by that, position them to expand their operations on the continent.

The training which was held on Tuesday 18th April 2023 was the second in the series of capacity-building workshops on AfCFTA after a successful event in Accra on Friday 10th March 2023.

Speaking at the event, the CEO of the GSA, Ms. Benonita Bismarck noted that studies conducted have revealed that African countries stand to benefit enormously from the AfCFTA; therefore Ghanaian businesses, especially Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) must be equipped and positioned to trade favourably under the regime.

She said, “It is for this reason that this workshop has been organized to build the capacity of MSMEs in the shea business on market access options available under AfCFTA and the various tools being developed to engender inclusiveness in trading across the continent.”

The training provided information on the Shipper Complaints and Support Units of the GSA located at all the country’s entry and existing borders to provide real-time assistance and information to support the operations of cross-border traders.

The Head of Export at the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI), Mr. Charles Arthur Ntiri gave an in-depth presentation on the “Rules of Origin” for exporting and importing under AFCFTA and urged the business to consult and seek assistance when the need arises.

The training workshop was a collaboration between the Global Shea Alliance, the GSA and the USAID Feed the Future Ghana Trade and Investment (GTI) Activity. There are plans to replicate the training for shea producers in other parts of the country.

Source: Ghana Web

T-Bills: Government borrowed GH¢8.25 billion in April, targets GH¢1.83 billion on May 5

By the end of April 2023, the government borrowed GH¢8.25 billion in treasury bills.

These were used to refinance maturities worth ¢6.3 billion.

In April, the 91-day and 182-day yields saw an increase by about 19.95% (+56 basis points month-on-month) and 22.71% (+85 basis points month-on-month) respectively.

However, the 364-day settled at 27.26% (+160 basis points month-on-month).

Meanwhile, the government is targeting GH¢1.83 billion from treasury bills auction on May 5, 2023.

The target is expected to be generated from the 91, 182, and 364-day treasury bills. This amount is higher than the government’s target of GH¢1.58 billion from last week.

The government secured GH¢3.88 billion from the sale of treasury bills in its latest auction held on March 10, 2023.

This was an oversubscription of the GH¢1.10 billion it was targeting.

The government secured GH¢2.07 billion from the sale of treasury bills in its latest auction held on April 28, 2023.

Despite increasing interest rates, the auction saw an over-subscription of GH¢483 million.

Last week, only the 91-day bill and the 182-day bills were subscribed at an interest rate of 19.95% and 22.71% respectively.

According to the auction results from the Central Bank, the government secured GH¢1.53 billion from the 91-day bill and GH¢537.02 million from the 182-day bill.

Treasury bills have become one of Ghana’s only source of borrowing after it was shut out of the international capital market.

Source: Ghana Web

Zenith Bank, B and O thrill platinum customers at maiden Experience Fair

Platinum customers of Zenith Bank Ghana Limited have been treated to a breath-taking experience at the Bang and Olufsen (B and O) showroom located at Airport City in Accra.

The Experience Fair is a collaboration between Zenith Bank and Bang and Olufsen with the aim of offering premium customers a unique brand shopping and interaction experience with a wide range of bespoke audio-visual products.

Speaking on behalf of the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Bank Ghana (Mr. Henry Onwuzurigbo), Divisional Head of the Bank, Kwame Adadey remarked that the bank remains keen on creating opportunities for customers to network, grow their business and enhance their lifestyles through the Bank’s partnerships with global luxury brands like Bang and Olufsen, which offers a variety of distinctively designed and innovative audio-visual solutions for purchase.

“We believe that with B and O being a leading global luxury brand in the consumer electronics industry, our platinum customers would be excited to experience the thrill these products bring,” Mr. Adadey said.

Store manager at Bang and Olufsen, Mr. Bernard Barnor on his part lauded Zenith Bank for the partnership and took customers through the range of bespoke products on display.

“We are thrilled to have this partnership with Zenith (Bank) Ghana, and this is a testament to our relenting efforts to give premium customers the best of the best when it comes to audio systems, brand-name TVs, and home automation products,” he noted.

He continued, “Zenith Bank has been our family and friend from time immemorial and we are privileged to host platinum customers of the bank at our showroom. It is our hope that this relationship will continue to last long”.

A platinum customer of Zenith Bank, sharing her experience, recounted how impressed she was especially with the design, display and craftsmanship built around the products and appliances.

“I must say I am very impressed with the products on display, and I am happy that I will be getting the chance to try one of the bespoke headphones from B and O. The design and craftsmanship of the products is what attracted me to make a purchase and so thank you to Zenith Bank for this wonderful experience,” she expressed.

Another platinum customer of the bank extolled the ambience of the B and O showroom and pointed out the uniqueness and craftsmanship that was used to develop the products on display.

The showroom of B and O, which is located at Airport City in Accra, is home to bespoke home appliances and lifestyle products ranging from televisions and speakers to headphones, ear pods and many others. The products have been carefully manufactured with sustainable and eco-friendly designs and materials to ensure longevity as well as meet the unique needs of customers.

Zenith Bank Ghana is committed to investing in its people and infrastructure, innovating its products and services, exploring strategic partnerships, and putting the customer at the heart of its business.

Source: Ghana Web

We have recouped GH¢3.1 billion from defaulters so far – ECG MD

Over the past few weeks, power-distributing company Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) says it has been able to recover over GH¢3.1 billion from its bill defaulters.

This was disclosed by the Managing Director, Mr Samuel Dubik Mahama at a press conference on Thursday, 4 May 2023.

The company is still hoping to recover more of its debts.

The ECG MD also announced a reward package for members of the general public who report illegal power connections.

Members of the general public who report illegal power connections in their various communities will earn 6 per cent of the total debt of the illegal connection reported.

“Citizens who report illegal connection will get 6 percent of the amount,” the Managing Director of the ECG, Mr Samuel Dubik Mahama, disclosed.

He appealed to the public to seize the opportunity to assist the power-distributing company to recover money owed it.

“Let’s all use this as a means to help ECG. ECG is not for one person, it is for all of us,” Mr Mahama said.

The ECG recently embarked on a nation-wide revenue mobilisation exercise to recover debts owed it.

This resulted in the cutting of power supply to various notable organisations, who were owing the power-distributing company.

Source: Ghana Web

We have recouped GH¢3.1 billion from defaulters so far – ECG

Over the past few weeks, power-distributing company Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) says it has been able to recover over GH¢3.1 billion from its bill defaulters.

This was disclosed by the Managing Director, Mr Samuel Dubik Mahama at a press conference on Thursday, 4 May 2023.

The company is still hoping to recover more of its debts.

The ECG MD also announced a reward package for members of the general public who report illegal power connections.

Members of the general public who report illegal power connections in their various communities will earn 6 per cent of the total debt of the illegal connection reported.

“Citizens who report illegal connection will get 6 per cent of the amount,” the Managing Director of the ECG, Mr Samuel Dubik Mahama, disclosed.

He appealed to the public to seize the opportunity to assist the power-distributing company to recover money owed it.

“Let’s all use this as a means to help ECG. ECG is not for one person, it is for all of us,” Mr Mahama said.

The ECG recently embarked on a nation-wide revenue mobilisation exercise to recover debts owed it.

This resulted in the cutting of power supply to various notable organisations, who were owing the power-distributing company.

Source: Ghana Web