JUSAG suspends strike for two weeks, pending negotiations

Accra, The Judicial Service Staff Association of (JUSAG) has suspended its strike and all pending industrial actions for two weeks, ending on June 12, 2023.

During the period of the suspension of the strike, the parties shall negotiate in good faith, conclude and make the necessary arrangements for payment of the reviewed salaries and related allowances of staff of the Judicial Service in the month of June 2023.

The suspension followed a meeting held between the Government, represented by the Office of the President, the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Justice and JUSAG represented by the National Executive Board on Monday, the May 29 2023.

The Association on May 24, 2023 declared an industrial strike over the delay in approving the recommendation/advice of the Judicial Council on the review of members’ salaries and related allowances in accordance with Article 149 of the 1992 Constitution among others.

Mr Samuel Afotey Otu, National President of JUSAG, said an engagement between the Government, Management of the Judicial Service and JUSAG was scheduled for May 31, 2023 to commence the review of the salaries.

He said in view of the commitment from the Government, JUSAG in consultation with Senior Staff Association hereby resulted to suspend the ongoing strike.

The National President said Staff were to report to work to carry out their normal duties.

He said JUSAG shall not entertain any undue delay beyond the timeline given.

He said the processes for the approval of the new salaries must be completed and salaries made to Staff in June, 2023.

‘The strike is only suspended not called off,’ he added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Laboma Beach, the reveller’s preferred destination in Accra

Accra, The sea waves beckoned as revellers thronged the Laboma Beach Resort to cool off and pass time with family and loved ones.

Many have found this seaside space nestled between the Teshie Shooting Range and the Kpeshie Lagoon, the preferred destination for recreation.

People from all walks of life and various age groups excitedly make their way to the facility everyday, with some walking leisurely, holding hands and chit-chatting, whilst others rush into the sands to secure a strategic location to relax.

Family, friends and the wider community come together to share in the celebration of public and religious festivals and even life as they renew bonds wrapped around food, drinks, horse riding, swimming and games.

The Beach is one of the cleanest in the country despite the crowds that patronize it.

With almost zero rubbish seen along the shores, the clean and clear sea water has the luxury to sparkle in the warm sun rays in the afternoons.

Le Shrine Executive Club is one of the clubs at the Beach. It was opened recently and has quite an unusual allure.

Weaved on modern and traditional concepts, local artefacts adorn its walls with bright colours to match as the Disc Jockey’s repertoire and glitz recreate a dancer’s paradise.

It provides the interface between the sunlit open sandy beach and the pristine grass draped moulds along the Accra-Tema Beach road.

Various local artisans positioned outside its walls display their wares, ranging from handmade beads, woven bags and baskets, African print dresses in various designs and other handmade products.

Mr Gabby Kiss, a Disc Jockey (DJ) at Le Shrine Executive Club, told GNA that Beach is mostly busy in the evening and on holidays.

‘The patronage is quite high on holidays but I’m expecting more people to troop in. There are alot of local foods and drinks to enjoy as well as artefacts to buy. I’m encouraging everyone to visit Laboma and have a view of the wide variety the Beach Resort is made up of,’ he added.

As the sun began setting, a crowd of revellers was surging onto the beach to live the night.

From afar, bright and dainty lights litter the beach as the sea absolved the pitch dark night, flicking waves, rumbling, bidding some farewell and welcoming those wishing to spend the night away on this beautiful beach.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Sixth Accra-Weizor West African Travel Expo held in Accra

Accra, The Akwaaba Travel Market, Nigeria in collaboration with the Ghana Tourism Authority has held the sixth ACCRA WEIZO West African Travel Expo, in Accra.

The three-day Expo on the theme: ‘Tourism development through digitalization’, was aimed at creating a platform as Africans to market the continent to each other.

The Expo commenced with a tour to Akosombo in the Eastern Region for participants to engage in leisure activities like hiking, cruising, night life, B2B

networking and climaxed with a conference and Balafon Award of Excellence and Exhibitions.

Speaking at the opening of the conference, Mr Ikechi Uco, Founder African travel fair, said ACCRA WEIZOR was divided into three parts, the first part is experience for non-Ghanaians, knowledge sharing through the conference, and networking.

He said, ‘the conference since its inception has brought a little bit of collaborations in West Africa because countries like Kenya and South Africa have joined and we want to grow it.’

He said with ACCRA WEIZOR they had created a West African product for the West African domestic market where over 400 million people could benefit and urged industry players to invest in Africa more than in the outside world.

Mr Uco said, ‘the highest spending tourists are Africans, and so all our markets must not go to Europe, we must invest in Africa, and share our strengths together to grow the continent.’

Mr Vitus Otto Langmagne, Director, Human Resource, Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture, said the theme for the conference was appropriate because tourism could not be enhanced without digitalization in this age of globalization.

He said digitalization in Ghana had taken off and running hence the collaboration was going to be an effective one, saying ‘we need that synergy to enhance that stakeholder tourism in the sub region.’

He said the cooperation was aimed at facilitating travel within the sub region and urged the travel professional within the sub’region to champion the process.

‘This initiative has provided the platform for Ghana to lead the discussion on tourism development promotion in the sub region, and I wish to commend the organisers and GTA for the Expo and assured of the Ministry’s continues support.’

Mr Langmagne said digitization being the major driver in tourist data collection was critical in the process, and encouraged industry players to

embrace digitalization, utilize it effectively for the purpose for which we are here.

Mr Ekow Sampson, Deputy Chief Executive Officer in Charge of Operations, GTA, said one of the many strategies adopted by the GTA was to create local and international awareness of Ghana’s tourism products through participation in both local and international tourism fairs and exhibitions.

He said, ‘fairs and exhibitions are considered the most effective ways of reaching out to the markets and also provide unique platform for buyers and sellers to interact for business through face to face, business to business in a unique manner.’

‘Nigeria is a major source market as far as Ghana’s tourism is concerned and continue to play a vital role in Ghana’s tourism business, and the expo is one of the events geared towards getting stakeholders in the tourism industry in West Africa to cooperate amongst themselves.’

He said the event aimed at creating a seamless travel environment in West Africa by bringing

together travel professionals, consumers, suppliers, intermediaries, media personnels, academia from the sub-region for interaction, effective marketing, sharing of knowledge, promotion and development of tourism in West Africa.

Mr Sampson said tourism and technological advancement were tightly interwoven and crucial on all operational, structural, marketing, and strategic levels to facilitate global communication between suppliers, consumers, and intermediaries.

The tourism industry is being transformed by a number of key technologies, and it is therefore important for tourism enterprises to embrace digitalization and innovation to drive sustainable and inclusive growth of tourism in Africa.

Source: Ghana News Agency