EC might be testing the waters with their rigging strategy – NDC on voter registration

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused the Electoral Commission (EC) and its chairperson, Jean Mensa, of consistently churning out incorrect figures in critical electoral activities.

According to the NDC, they believed the EC would have learned a valuable lesson after the debacle of the 2020 Presidential election results, which were marred by multiple corrections post-declaration.

However, it seems they were mistaken.

Fifi Kwetey, the General Secretary of the NDC, who addressed the media on Thursday, May 16, 2024, stated that the EC might be testing the waters with their rigging strategy by deliberately misrepresenting and miscalculating registration figures.

“The EC might be testing the waters with their rigging strategy by deliberately misrepresenting and miscalculating registration figures. Our prompt detection and exposure of these egregious errors should serve as a clear warning to the EC about the vigilance of the NDC,” he said.

“We are fully prepared to safeguard the sancti
ty of the upcoming elections. We expect the EC to now firmly renounce any intention, if it exists, to collude with the failed NPP government to rig the election.

“Any such attempts will be decisively thwarted,” read part of Fifi Kwetey’s address to the media.

The NDC also added that they pointed out only a fraction of the errors for the EC to reassess their entire data, but the EC chose a lazy approach by only addressing the points they raised.

“Initially, we pointed out only a fraction of the errors for the EC to reassess their data. Intriguingly, they corrected only those specific discrepancies we highlighted, without conducting a thorough review of all figures.

“It will astonish you to learn that even their revised figures are still riddled with errors and need further corrections,” he added.

Source: Ghana Web

Ghana will move to renewable energy under my presidency-Dr Bawumia

Ghana will make a paradigm shift from fuel-generated power supply to renewable energy-generated power supply under my government,’ the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has promised.

The move intends to cut down cost of power production, reduce power supply interruptions and burden on consumers, strengthen the Ghana Cedi against the major trading currencies and enhance foreign exchange reserves for the country for increased productivity and sustainable development.

‘I want to bring down the cost of electricity, and to do this, I will shift Ghana from fuel-generated power to solar-generated power.

‘…so, I want us to bring in 2,000 megawatts of solar power in the first four years of my government; and that is about half of our consumption, and we can reduce the cost of power by 15 percent if we move in this direction,’ he said.

Interacting with the clergy in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region, as part of his nationwide campaign tour, the Dr Bawumia, who is the 2024 Presidential Candidate of the New Pat
riotic Party, noted that such a paradigm shift will also empower local companies to produce resilient solar panels for export to other countries.

‘When we move into solar power supply, we should not be satisfied with that, I want Ghana to start manufacturing solar panels as well, then supplies to other West African countries,’ he added.

On government expenditure, Dr Bawumia indicated that in the first four years of his government, expenditure on Gross Domestic Product would be reduced by three per cent (equivalent to GHC30 billion).

To this end, he said if elected President, his government would work to create a conducive environment for the private sector to thrive, create jobs and drive the local economy.

‘The so much expenditure that government suffers is due to the fact that government tries to do much, and it doesn’t have the resources to do all that but if the private sector is incentivised, they can do a lot more to support government,’ he said.

The NPP flagbearer has also interacted with leaders
of the Muslim Community, the House of Chiefs, and the youth among other stakeholders to share his vision and policies with them to solicit their votes on December 7, 2024.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Editorial by Ghanaian Times: Help educate public on climate change

Media practitioners everywhere must be aware of problems in their societies and be advocates, educating the public on these problems and also demanding actions for solutions from the relevant quarters.

Since media practitioners are also humans and, as such, suffer from some human frailties, they sometimes have to be prompted to or reminded about what is happening in society and the need for them to act as it is required of them.

Sometimes they have to be called upon to pay particular attention to some specific problems because of their serious effects on society.

Media practitioners must not deem such calls as moves to denigrate them, but ones meant to emphasise how society values the role they can play in its forward march.

Thus, it is not out of place for Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, Chief of Staff, Office of the President of the country, to call on media practitioners in Africa to prioritise advocacy on climate change and other environmental crises to support efforts to mitigate their impacts.

The Ghanai
an Times believes this call is paramount because, generally in Africa, those who are supposed to take the necessary actions to address certain problems most of the time neglect their roles because, whether they perform or not, no one will hold them accountable.

In the face of the lack-of-accountability situation, it would take only the media to expose those neglecting the duties for which they are paid by the taxpayer.

Sometimes, it is not as if duty bearers have shirked their responsibilities, but they have challenges they cannot just wake up to talk about for various reasons, and so media promptings create opportunities for them to ease their frustrations.

On such occasions, the media can demand action from the relevant institutions or ministries.

It is also important for the media to inform and educate the public about occurrences that affect their very existence and progress.

Relating these to climate change and other environmental crises to support efforts to mitigate their impacts, we can say that
the media must continuously study environmental crises in terms of their causes, effects, and how they can be addressed.

They can then get to know who does what, who should do what, and, if need be, what media practitioners themselves can do to help stem the crises or mitigate their effects.

This is a daunting task because in Africa, due to the diverse perspectives in different societies on even the same problems everywhere, the African media practitioner has to diagnose the particular situation and report on it for effect.

Frema Osei-Opare is, therefore, right to point out that the media should take up the responsibility of informing Africans about the adverse effects of human activities on the environment and the need to protect it.

She is equally right when she says media education is critical in influencing public opinion on environmental issues, as it can positively impact the larger society in combating climate change and other environmental crises.

Elsewhere, society is well informed about climate
change and its effects on society, and there are also measures adopted by governments to address the situation.

In Africa, it will only take the media to push for that state of affairs, as the people find it difficult to demand such accountability.

Source: Ghana Web

 WRAN-UK donates to Effia Nkwanta Hospital 

The Western Regional Association of Nurses in (WRAN-UK) has donated some medical equipment to the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital to aid in the delivery of quality health care services.

The equipment includes patient monitors, oxygen machines, suction machines, observation machines and ECD machines, among others.

The aim of the donation is to improve quality health care and delivery.

Madam Winnie Ohene Kissi, the Chairperson of the Association, said the group, as part of its 10th anniversary last year, decided to provide the hospital with the necessary equipment to improve healthcare delivery and noted that the Association’s aim was to impact lives, intensify healthcare services and support the hospital to help administer good and quality healthcare to patients.?

She hoped such an initiative would continue as far as healthcare provision was concerned.?

Dr. Joseph Tambil, the Medical Director of the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital, expressed gratitude on behalf of the hospital’s management to the Associa
tion for the kind gesture saying the equipment would go a long way to help the Accident and Emergency Unit function effectively.?

He said the equipment would help in healthcare management and brighten up the Accident and Emergency Unit and therefore called on individuals, philanthropists, organisations, healthcare professionals and stakeholders to assist the hospital for effective and efficient health care services.?

‘Effia Nkwanta Hospital is the flagship of all other health care institutions in the region and must be given the needed assistance and attention,’ he said.?

Source: Ghana News Agency

Emirates returns to Nigeria from October 1

Emirates will resume services to Nigeria from 1 October 2024, operating a daily service between Lagos and Dubai, and offering customers more choice and connectivity from Nigeria’s largest city to, and through, Dubai.

The service will be operated using a Boeing 777-300ER. EK783 will depart Dubai at 0945hrs, arriving in Lagos at 1520hrs; the return flight EK784 will leave Lagos at 1730hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0510hrs the next day. Tickets can be booked now on or via travel agents.

Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Deputy President and Chief Commercial Officer said, ‘We are excited to resume our services to Nigeria. The Lagos-Dubai service has traditionally been popular with customers in Nigeria and we hope to reconnect leisure and business travellers to Dubai and onwards to our network of over 140 destinations. We thank the Nigerian government for their partnership and support in re-establishing this route and we look forward to welcoming passengers back onboard.’

With the resumption of operations to N
igeria, Emirates operates to 19 gateways in Africa with 157 flights per week from Dubai, with further reach to an additional 130 regional points in Africa through its codeshare and interline partnerships with South African Airways, Airlink, Royal Air Maroc, Tunis Air, among others.

As a major economic hub in Africa, Nigeria and the UAE have built strong bilateral trade relations over the years, headlined by Lagos as the nation’s commercial centre. With the resumption of daily passenger flights, the airline’s cargo arm, Emirates SkyCargo, will further bolster the trade relationship by offering more than 300 tonnes of bellyhold cargo capacity, in and out of Lagos every week.

Emirates SkyCargo will support Nigerian businesses by exporting their goods via its state-of-the-art hub in Dubai, into key markets such as the UAE, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Bahrain, among others with key anticipated commodities such as Kola Nuts, food and beverages, and urgent courier material.

Emirates SkyCargo will also import vital g
oods such as pharmaceuticals and electronics as well as general cargo from key markets such as the UAE, India and Hong Kong. Keeping trade flowing seamlessly, these goods will be transported quickly, efficiently, and reliably via the airline’s multi-vertical specialized product portfolio.

The Emirates Boeing 777-300ER serving Lagos will operate with 8 First Class suites, 42 Business Class seats, and 304 seats in Economy Class. Offering the best experience in the sky, passengers can dine on regionally inspired multi-course menus developed by a team of award-winning chefs complemented by a wide selection of premium beverages.

Customers can tune in to over 6,500 channels of global entertainment, including 23 Nigerian movies, in addition to series and other content on ice, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system.

Source: Ghana Web

Israeli strikes deep inside Lebanon kill at least three people

The number of dead after an Israeli attack in Lebanon has risen to three and several others were seriously injured, according to Lebanese security sources.

The sources that a member of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia and two Syrian workers were killed in the attack on Friday south of the Lebanese coastal town of Sidon, some 55 kilometres north of the border with Israel.

Hezbollah confirmed the death of the member. The militia does not usually specify when, where and how its fighters are killed.

The Israeli military also confirmed the attack. It was aimed at a Hezbollah air defence position that had endangered Israeli fighter jets, it said.

According to Israeli military reports, northern Israel was earlier attacked with drones.

Several drones entered Israeli airspace early on Friday morning and at least one was intercepted off the coast, broadcaster Kan reported, citing the Israeli army.

The other drones caused no damage or injuries, the army said. Hezbollah has claimed responsibility for the attac

The group said that the drone attack was aimed at the headquarters of an artillery battalion near the Ga’aton kibbutz.

The situation between Hezbollah and the Israeli military has been escalating. Since the beginning of the week, there has been heavy mutual shelling.

Several people were killed on the Lebanese side, including a high-ranking Hezbollah commander. An Israeli soldier was also seriously injured on Wednesday.

He was still in critical condition as of Friday, Kan reported.

Since the beginning of the Gaza war after the Hamas massacre in Israel on October 7, Hezbollah has been firing rockets, artillery and anti-tank grenades into the north of Israel.

Israel is using air and artillery strikes to combat Hezbollah’s positions, which, according to a UN Security Council decision, should not be that close to the border.

However, the Israeli military has also repeatedly attacked targets deep inside Lebanon and far from the border.

There have been casualties on both sides. It is the most serious esca
lation since the second Lebanon war in 2006.

Source: Ghana News Agency

EU launches project to improve sustainable mining to safeguard environment and people

The European Union (EU) has launched the “Building Resilient and Active Communities in Extractive Landscapes in Ghana (BRACE)” project, aimed at improving sustainable mining to safeguard the environment and protect individuals living in mining areas.

BRACE underscores the EU’s strong commitment to fostering responsible resource extraction practices that prioritize environmental preservation and the well-being of local communities.

With EUR 1.718 million in funding from the European Union, the BRACE project, implemented by a consortium of not-for-profit organizations, including WACAM and the Nature and Development Foundation (NDF), and led by A Rocha Ghana, also aims to ensure adherence to human rights, transparency, and accountability in mineral governance.

This contributes to sustainable and equitable environmental management and good natural resource governance in Ghana.

The BRACE project targets a diverse array of stakeholders, including Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), particularly youth groups,
women’s groups, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Traditional Authorities (TAs) in host mining communities, media partners, Community Resource Management Area (CREMA) Executive Committees (CECs), and their communities, partners from the extractive industry, and mining communities.

“Mining is important for local jobs and revenues, but mining operations can cause serious damage to local communities and the environment,” said Massimo Mina, Head of Cooperation in the EU Delegation to Ghana.

He noted that Ghana’s extractive sector is vital to the nation’s economy, contributing significantly to export revenues, while mining in rural areas also provides much-needed income and jobs to many.

“The global demand for minerals, particularly transition minerals and other strategic minerals, keeps rising and is projected to increase even further in the future. The Government of Ghana plans to develop the country as a mining hub for such minerals,” he said.

He noted that irresponsible mining practices by both licensed
and unlicensed mining operators over the last two decades have resulted in serious negative environmental and social impacts.

Communities residing near large-scale mining sites endure loss of land, contamination of water sources by toxic substances, and health diseases.

“A responsible mining sector is urgently needed and possible. We are ready to act with our partners to make mining work better for the people and minimize environmental impacts. We want to open up ways for a more sustainable development of Ghana,” he added.

During the project launch, Dr. Seth Appiah-Kubi, the National Director of A Rocha Ghana, reiterated the significance of acknowledging the diverse interests within our landscapes, spanning food and water security, sustainable forest management for ecosystem services, and climate resilience.

He stressed the urgent necessity for a balanced mining framework that respects community rights to benefit from these various land uses.

In his project overview presentation, Project Coordinator Dary
l Bosu highlighted Ghana’s exceptional opportunity to leverage the ongoing review of minerals and mining policy to prioritize social and environmental protections.

He emphasized the importance of mainstreaming Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) as the foundation of mineral governance in Ghana, particularly amidst the expansion of the extractive sector for transition minerals.

Source: Ghana Web

Sunyani Forest Services Division starts seedling distribution towards Green Ghana day 

The Forest Services Division, Sunyani has commenced the distribution of seedlings to stakeholders in preparation for the Green Ghana project scheduled for?June 7th, 2024.

It has?targeted the distribution of?400,000 seedlings for this year’s planting initiative, which is on the theme, ”Growing for a Greener Tomorrow’.

This initiative aims to promote environmental sustainability and increase greenery within the country.?

During a media briefing following an inspection of nursery sites at Nsoatre, Atronie and Sunyani in the Sunyani West and East Municipalities, Mr. Francis Brobbey, the District Manager, emphasized that they were fully prepared for this year’s Green Ghana Day.?

He said the office?had successfully raised 260,000 seedlings?ready for distribution but?was still waiting for other stakeholders?who?have been?contributing?to?the additional seedlings?to reach the district’s goal of 400,000 seedlings.?

He expressed optimism that the Sunyani District would surpass their target, just as they did in th
e 2023 exercise.?

Mr. Brobbey stated that?a variety of tree seedlings, including teak, mahogany, malania, cassia and ceiba have been?raised, adding that the seedlings were carefully nurtured for the purpose of reforestation and environmental restoration.

?He expressed the office’s?dedication to environmental sustainability and forest conservation, emphasizing the Division’s commitment to ensuring the success of such an important initiative and anticipated collaborating with their partners to achieving their shared goals.

Source: Ghana News Agency