Decision to ‘block’ allowances of GBC staff justified – FWSC

The decision to block the payment of allowances to some staff of the Ghana Broadcasting Cooperation (GBC) was justified, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) has said.

According to the Commission, the over GH¢2 million paid as allowances to the staff of the state broadcaster must be refunded.

GBC’s management had petitioned the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission not to stop paying the allowances until a final decision on the matter was reached.

CEO of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, Benjamin Arthur reacting to the issue indicated that “The action that has been taken is the right course. These are unapproved allowances, and they were never negotiated in the Single Spine Salary Structure. It has always been consolidated and they [the allowances] never existed. GBC has four non-core allowances and these are allowances meant for people who are in category four [positions]. When we say category four, it is directorship and above and the people who have been affected are nowhere near directors. We have labourers who are also taking cleaner and domestic servant allowances.”

“We are paying rent allowance for 739 staff who are below the rank of directors and interestingly, you will find a principal who is taking it and all other principals are not taking it and so the question is what is peculiar about that specific principal, and we had written to them [GBC] far earlier indicating that we were going to strike those names out, but they decided to give us feedback that suggested that there was even no need to embark on such an action.”

Source: Ghana Web

Desist from openly supporting presidential aspirants – NPP flagbearer-hopeful

A New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer hopeful, Eric Sakyi Nketiah, has appealed to senior officials of the party to desist from openly supporting any of the presidential aspirants of the party, and also to refrain from speaking to the media about their preferences.

This, he said, will go a long way to prepare the grounds for the much-needed unity required for the historic victory that awaits the NPP on December 7, 2024.

In a press release signed and issued by Eric Sakyi Nketiah, he stated that the rush by some senior officers of the party, including sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), to endorse one candidate, is a recipe for “generating unnecessary tension, disunity, infighting, backbiting and cracks within a party that needs nothing but unity as it prepares itself to Break the Eight.”

He indicated that senior party officials, including constituency chairmen, regional executives, Members of Parliament, regional representatives to the National Council, Council of Elders, national officers, former national officers, the president, and the former president, John Agyekum Kufuor, should refrain from endorsing aspirants to ensure unity and cohesion within the party as it journey’s towards the general 2024 elections.

According to him, the party needs unity among the rank and file, hence, he urged supporters to stay on the path of decent language, progressive debates, critical thinking, positive history and factual accuracy.

“We also call on all to desist from manipulating ethnic and religious diversity for selfish purposes,” he stated.

Eric Sakyi Nketiah also pointed out that the political discourse within the NPP has been taken over by the use of intemperate language, distortion of history, factual inaccuracies, and the manipulation of ethnic and religious diversity among supporters of some presidential aspirants.

“As we have always maintained, Breaking the Eight is within reach. The NPP already has one leg at the Jubilee House in January 2025. Hard work is what is needed in the months ahead to make this fully realizable. Nothing must be spared to make this dream a reality,” he stressed.

Source: Ghana Web

Edem heads to Volta Region for his birthday concert slated for May 28

Award-winning artiste Edem has announced his special birthday bash in the Volta Region this Sunday 28th of May at the RC Park, inside Akatsi – Volta Region.

The Ghanaian hit maker who celebrated his birthday on May 20th, decided to extend the celebrations to his fans inside the Volta Region.

Edem commented on the concert saying: “I have not had a concert in the region for some time now and also I missed out on a couple of shows in the region this year because I was out of town so when the opportunity came for me to host a birthday concert, I decided to go back to the Volta region and celebrate with them.”

The Toto hitmaker also mentioned that the event will be a special one in the region such that it is coming with a fully active experience including a standard setup.

Commenting about his performance, Edem stated that his performance will be a special one. He said: “This performance will be a different one because there are a lot of surprises coming. I have arranged my set list to ensure every fan is treated equally.

He also noted that he will be spending more hours on stage at this event unlike before when there was a balance between him and other supporting artists.

“Of course, there will be supporting artists, but there is a limited number of supporting artists and also a surprise artiste coming to the Volta region,” Edem explained the reason for the limited supporting artists saying: “I want to be able to have more time with my fans on stage and make sure that I leave Akatsi satisfying everyone.”

The versatile Pan-African artiste who celebrated his birthday live on TV with close family and friends also put across that this event is not just a birthday concert. Still, it has a more extensive agenda with it.

“I am using this concert to push out a campaign called Safe Sex with Ebony condoms. I believe that impacting while entertaining people is the best, so I made sure we had a great course to go along the concert” – Edem added.

The rapper who has spent some time in America meeting with the likes of USA producer and artiste Swizz Beats, legendary Jim Jones, Paxton Baker, and Jay Z’s cousin among others used the opportunity to invite all his fans across the Volta to come to RC Park – Akatsi, Volta Region on Sunday, 28th of May.

Source: Ghana Web

Did NPP govt appoint Kennedy Agyapong as Minister for grassroots?

So it came to pass, that Hon. Akompreko Ken Ohene Agyapong delivered an unmatched message to the grassroots, and to the Ghanaian public. Whilst his message has aroused excitement and hope for the people of this country, it has correspondingly caused fear and panic amongst his fellow contenders. I have followed the Hon. Member of Parliament for Assin Central on his campaign tours. I have listened to him deliver his message to the grassroots. I have watched polling station executives and many party faithfuls open their mouths in awe as Hon. Ken recounted the numerous assistance he has offered to the New Patriotic Party, to institutions, and to Ghanaians at large.

First, it started that Hon. Ken Ohene Agyapong talks too much. And the question is; what is he talking too much about? I answer: he is talking about the numerous sacrifices he single-handedly made to keep the New Patriotic Party very much alive during difficult times. He is also talking about how he has assisted countless individuals and institutions in desperate situations without expecting any reward from them. Hon Ken Ohene Agyapong is talking about how he mobilized logistics in collaboration with another selfless personality, Mr. Oppong Bio, to support the NPP during its difficult times. I dare say that, without Hon. Ken Ohene Agyapong and Mr. Oppong Bio, NPP would not have survived into the 21st Century.

Now, the new mantra is that, Hon. Ken Ohene Agyapong was given contracts to support the grassroots of the New Patriotic Party. Really! This is indicative, that Hon. Ken’s message has gone down well, and his fellow contenders cannot sleep, hence the attempt to water it down.

Is Hon Ken Ohene Agyapong the only person in NPP given contracts?

And which NPP government gave him contracts to support the party throughout the ten year period of the 1990s?

Has Hon. Ken Ohene Agyapong being appointed Minister For the Grassroots?

After clinging to the ‘branches’ and finding no balance, and having neglected the grassroots for a long time, other contenders are now feeling the Ken’s movement, which is unstoppable until it enters the fourth floor of the Jubilee House.

One lesson we could however learn from all these, is that, in the next NPP government, who knows, there could be a Minister For the Grassroots.

Vote Hon. Akompreko Ken Ohene Agyapong, to continue representing the Voice of the Voiceless, and, the Hope for the Hopeless.

Source: Ghana Web

Fear grips residents of Akim Oda Kubease over ‘death trap’ toilet facility

Residents of Akim Oda Kubease in the Eastern Region are living in fear as a public toilet serving the community has now become a death trap endangering their lives.

The poorly maintained toilet facility which was built during the Kufuor regime as part of the HIPC benefit is currently in a terrible state as the structure looks very weak with some of its parts loosely hanging and in a near collapsed state.

A concerned resident of Kade Kubease, Kwaku Nsafoa in an interview disclosed that the toilet facility which has been managed by an Assembly member for 11 years, currently has portion its floor collapsed exposing the fecal matter which is full to the brim.

According to him, when he wrote a letter to the Municipal Assembly over the state of the toilet facility, he was informed that the assembly member who managed the facility for the past 11 years has not accounted for even a pesewa of the proceeds generated to the District Assembly.

“Recently when I questioned the Assembly member over the state of the toilet facility, he told me the facility was abandoned for so many years and that he had to spend his own money to put it back in proper condition for use. He added that he’s yet to recoup the GHC4,000 he spent on rehabilitating the facility,” Kwaku Nsafoa stated.

He noted, that despite the dangerous state of the facility, it is still being operationalized with patrons having to pay GHC1.00 to use it.

Kwaku Nsafor who further lamented how the toilet is breeding sickness among the residents, consequently urged the Assembly to immediately take action to prevent the facility from collapsing and killing innocent residents.

Source: Ghana Web

Cutting Trees for Galamsey: A serious threat to climate change and food security in the Upper Denkyira East Municipality

When Madam Adwoa Ampomah at Denkyira Kyerewere started losing her cocoa farmland to illegal gold miners, she parked out of the land. “The miners are very evasive,” she said.

In this area, most cocoa farmers are selling their fields out to artisanal miners ‘a situation which affects agriculture and food security’.

This perceived lucrative business is however affecting the environment in many ways as discovered during a recent visit to the Upper Denkyira East Municipality in the Central Region where serious felling, and destruction of trees and water bodies within some communities of which the River Offin is no exemption can be noticed.

At Denkyira Kyekyewere, it was observed that over 50 acres of land which were used for farming, and forest reservation have been destroyed by illegal miners for their activities.

The situation was not different from Denkyira Denyase, Esaase, Obuasi, Abesewa, KwamPrakrom and other surrounding areas where all farmlands especially cocoa farms have been ripped off for galamsey.

Hundreds of farmers are in a similar predicament where their farmlands have been taken by illegal miners, thereby posing a severe threat to agriculture in the municipality.

Just 30 kilometers away from Ampomah’s farm lies once a lively thick forest of biodiversity Awuram, in this forest, contained different species of trees strap flora and fawona were once preserved here but the activities of the miners have robbed the forest of these relevance.

Forest reserves meant to protect the environment to absorb the gases for reduction of global warming have been destroyed for these activities.

Despite the benefits mankind and animals derive from trees, the area is experiencing changes in weather patterns, and prolonged droughts among others due to the destruction of trees that help in climate conditions.

Impact of these trees has been recognized in developed countries where there has been a serious threat of climate change causing them huge sums of monies to fight against it.

Trees give off oxygen that we need to breathe, and reduce the amount of stormwater runoff, which reduces erosion and pollution in our waterways and may reduce the effects of flooding. Many species of wildlife depend on trees for habitat and provide food, protection, and homes for many birds and mammals.

Therefore, when these trees are cut off for other purposes including galamsey, where do we stand to get all these benefits they provide mankind and other defendants. The rate at which trees are brought down in the country reinforces the need for individuals, and authorities to stand up front to fight against the menace for the betterment of all.

This saddens Ampomah that the future of the country which relies on agriculture is at risk and needs eminent intervention and prevention.

“I am home jobless doing nothing, and now struggling to feed myself and children,” she told GhanaWeb’s Central Regional Correspondent, Victoria Agyemang.

Ampomah disclosed that most farmers who sold or lost their farmlands have resulted in galamsey or jobless adding up to the already high rate of unemployment in the country. This has increased the rate of unemployment and poverty among residents resulting in poor living conditions in the area.

“We are jobless home feeding on anything we get in the day, others who are stronger have joined illegal mining which we are fighting due to lack of employment,” she told our correspondent.

Though authorities such as the Agriculture Officer of the Municipality have declined to speak to the reporter either for fear of victimisation or threat from the miners, the situation remained the same if care is not taken. Marcelinus Dery, WASCAL scholar and PhD candidate in Climate Change and Education, University of The Gambia told GhanaWeb that illegal mining activities were causing the country hugely as far as climate change was concerned.

“We realize now winds are becoming stronger because the trees serving as windbreaks are cut off leaving the land bare thus the higher speed of wind through the environment,” he added.

He said the number of trees and farmlands destroyed for illegal activities in the country in the past years cannot be downplayed.

Dery who doubles as Executive Director, the African Climate Change Initiative expressed worry about the current situation adding that in a few years to come if the effect of the illegal activities will surface and it will be hard to stop it at the time.

Additionally, he said in light of the growing phenomenon, state institutions which are mandated to protect the environment are often having a tough time with some illegal miners who destroy the environment to extract gold because of the lack of political will to deal with the offenders.

The fight against illegal mining activities was paramount as it significantly contribute to environmental sustainability, fight against climate change and food security. The phenomenon is having a toll on the vegetation cover of the area, where few forests and economic trees such as cocoa, cassava, and cashew which constitute about 90 per cent of the ecology are being ripped off.

Additionally, trees such as Odum, Wawa, and Sapele, which reduce the ‘greenhouse’ effects by absorbing carbon dioxide from the air and releasing oxygen have been destroyed by the miners.

The rate of destruction of vegetation through indiscriminate cutting, and felling of trees raises alarm and concerns that if the canker is not immediately halted, the area would soon lose its already depleted vegetation, worsening the climate change situation.

The Forestry Commission estimates that about 6.6 million hectares of Ghana’s 8.2 hectares of forest trees have been depleted over the years through indiscriminate human activities.

Currently, the country’s remaining forest cover of 1.6 million hectares is threatened by illegal mining, lumbering and other human activities.

A situation which raises alarm to damages and problems illegal activities causes the country and must be fought to its barest minimum. Dery noted that climate change was a pandemic and thus it affect every aspect of life including agriculture and food. The country’s crop and food production was at risk because it is mostly dependent on rain so when the trees to release the carbon for the cloud development fails there will be crop failures.

“Cocoa for instance does not need warmer weather which increases the temperature so when that happens then it would not do well in its growing. Crops, and food are under threat as the chemicals used in the extraction of gold destroy the soils, affecting biodiversity which contributes to global warming,” he added. Yaw Adjabeng, a farmer in an interview with GhanaWeb said at first, he used to get about GHC2,000 from his farm every month but due to the activities of the illegal miners, the soil has been destroyed and it was affecting the growth of the crop resulting to low production as compared to first.

He feared he might lose his farm which was the sole source of their survival as a family due to the menace.

The miners he said were furious and armed therefore, he could not approach them in order to protect his life and family.

Though he has lost a portion of his farm to the perpetrators, the remaining was getting affected due to the substance used in extracting the gold and affecting the growth of the crops.

“Now I have lost about 2 acres of my farmland to galamseyers due to the substance and chemicals they use in extraction,” he bemoaned.

Adjabeng noted that prices of foodstuffs have increased due to the unavailability of land to farm to produce food to supply the whole municipality.

Although there were food deficit in the area due to the activities of illegal miners, some farmers have taken advantage of the situation to make profits.

“There are no lands to farm so the few privileged ones have increased prices of foodstuffs and we are unable to purchase at the market,” he added.

The adverse impacts of galamsey by surface mining method include deforestation, and reduction of soil fertility through stripping off top and sub-soils.

It also includes aggravated soil erosion, chemical contamination of surface and underground water, air pollution, physiological disorders in crop plants and low yields, food price hikes and high cost of living, displacement and a general increase in air and water-borne diseases.

Effort by Authorities

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 13 stress on countries to initiate policies and strategies to protect the climate, which could significantly affect goals one, two, three, six, 14 and 15.

Ghana, in that regard, had implemented a number of programmes in the protection and restoration process which include the Green Ghana Project, and Youth in Afforestation among others.

It spends huge sums of monies in these projects, especially the recent Green Ghana project but is yet to expect results with most of them dying due to the lack of nurturing.

Dery noted that the Government before rolling out the project should understudy the regions by knowing what best suit them before distribution of the seedlings

He said people protect trees that have benefits on their lives, therefore the project should be focused on that regard for the full restoration of the depleted forests. Dery called on the need for a leadership transformational role in the fight against illegal miners so that all relevant stakeholders would commit to the fight.

He said perpetrators and citizenry needed proper sensitization to understand the threat and consequences of the activity

Dery told politicians and other bodies to refrain from politicizing the fight to collectively halt the canker

This report was completed as part of the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development‘s 2023 Climate Change Fellowship with funding support from the Centre for Investigative Journalism’s Climate Change in News Media project.

Source: Ghana Web

Dr William S. K. Anarfi appointed CEO of Prife International Africa

In a significant milestone for the healthcare industry in Ghana, Dr. Williams S.K. Anarfi has been appointed as the CEO of Prife International Africa, a renowned and rapidly growing multinational company specializing in advanced healthcare and wellness solutions.

According to him, this appointment heralds a new era of innovation, progress, and transformative leadership in the field of healthcare and wellness in Ghana. As part of his appointment, he has received an endorsement statement from the group’s vice president, Dr. Jimmy Chong, highlighting his role as CEO and director.

Dr. Anarfi’s appointment as the CEO of Prife International Africa brings with it a wealth of experience, an impeccable track record of success, and a visionary approach to business development and growth. As the founder and president of WASK Group, one of Ghana’s fastest-growing consulting agencies, Dr. Anarfi has already made a significant impact on the entrepreneurial landscape in the country.

With a profound belief in the power of networking and its ability to catalyse change on a national scale, Dr. Anarfi has been recognised as a master networker and an influential figure in Africa’s networking marketing sector. His dedication to providing job opportunities, both physical and virtual, has empowered countless individuals in Ghana and across the African diaspora.

The accolades bestowed upon Dr. Anarfi serve as a testament to his exemplary entrepreneurial spirit and innovative mindset. In 2018, he was honoured as the youngest CEO to receive the innovative award in Africa, further solidifying his position as a trailblazer in the business world.

Additionally, he was recognised as the “Best Global Business Growth Influencer” at the World Changers’ Summit in Dubai and received the prestigious Best Enterprise Award from the European Business Assembly. Dr. Anarfi’s outstanding contributions have also earned him the appointment as the Europe Business Assembly Ambassador to Ghana and West Africa.

As CEO of Prife International Africa, Dr. Anarfi envisions a five-dimensional future that encompasses: The future of Wealth Networking, The future of Wealth Creation, The future of Wealth Multiplication and, The future of Wealth Transfer and The future of Wealth Sustainability.

His passion for empowering individuals to achieve financial independence and create generational wealth led him to establish WASK Millionaires in 2018. This initiative has provided training, mentorship, and inspiration to over 30,000 young and talented individuals across Africa, with 5,000 already embarking on their entrepreneurial journeys.

In addition to his entrepreneurial endeavours, Dr. Anarfi is also the CEO of Spintex Medical Center, a leading healthcare facility located in Accra, Ghana. This hospital, under his astute leadership, has become a beacon of quality healthcare, providing comprehensive medical services to the community.

With Prife International Africa’s cutting-edge product range, including the groundbreaking iTeraCare devices, the Ion-shield pendant, and the revolutionary 7 Wonders flask, Dr. Anarfi is poised to revolutionize the healthcare and wellness landscape in Ghana. These innovative products, backed by rigorous testing and certifications, harness the power of terahertz technology, quantum energy, and advanced minerals to promote cellular activation, enhance well-being, and improve overall health.

Dr. Anarfi’s appointment as CEO of Prife International Africa not only signifies his remarkable achievements but also highlights the company’s unwavering commitment to delivering transformative solutions and improving the quality of life for individuals in Ghana. Through his visionary leadership, Dr. Anarfi aims to connect people to wealth, stimulate economic growth, and create a lasting impact on the healthcare industry.

As Ghana’s healthcare landscape evolves, Dr. Williams S.K. Anarfi stands at the forefront of this transformation, leading Prife International Africa towards a future defined by innovation, prosperity, and improved well-being. With his entrepreneurial acumen, extensive experience, and unwavering dedication, Dr. Anarfi is set to redefine the boundaries of success and inspire a new generation of leaders in the healthcare sector.

Prife is derived from the combination of “prime” and “life,” symbolizing the high quality of life that partners can enjoy by utilizing and sharing the range of products.

Prife International has set a bold corporate vision for itself: to expand into 100 countries by 2023. They aim to continue to grow and expand, and they also create new opportunities for those who share their passion and believe in the company.

Prife International provides a rewarding lifestyle to its members by delivering products of the highest quality.

Source: Ghana Web

Dr. Spirit Clanton: Renowned clinical director and licensed therapist on mental health visits Ghana

Dr. Spirit Clanton, the owner, founder and clinical Director of the Behavioral Health firm T2S Enterprise based in Atlanta in the United States of America is visiting Ghana.

The four-day visit from 27 May to 1 June 2023 seeks to among other things look at the progress of mental health care delivery in Ghana and other parts of Africa and how treatment and caregivers can work effectively on managing and reducing cases to the barest minimum.

Ms. Sally Torpey, a Ghanaian International Fashion Designer and CEO of Sallet Fashion House who doubles as the convener of the visit, in an interview yesterday disclosed in Accra and underscored the importance of this visit, one she described as opportune looking at the depressive times the world has to deal with in recent years.

According to Ms. Torpey, this visit brings a team of mental health experts/ professionals, documentarians and social sustainability consultants working together to create positive social impact through collaborative global partnership.

“During their time in Ghana, the group hopes to identify and visit significant organizations and persons throughout the country who are working to raise awareness, decrease stigma and increase access to mental health “she clarified.

According to Ms. Torpey, it is also an opportunity to showcase Ghana’s culture and its hospitable people to elicit a repeat visit and add to the tourism visits Ghana consistently enjoy annually.

The group while in Ghana will visit the Office of the President, Ghana mental health authority, Accra psychiatry hospital and later engage the media on mental health at stakeholders at the African Regent Hotel.

The group will also take time to visit Cape Coast Castle in the Central Region to acquaint themselves with the historical monuments situated in the Region.

Source: Ghana Web