Skip to main content

Ghana lost GHc1.8 million on occupational injuries and diseases in 2012

By Fred Yaw Sarpong
The Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Hon. Nii Armah Ashietey has announced that in 2012 the Labour Department paid an amount of GHc956,362.00 as Workmen’s Compensation to 121 victims of occupational accidents in the public sector.
He stated that the victims sustained various degrees of injuries rendering them invalid and some lost their lives. The Minister said this at the World Safety Day celebration held in Accra last week. It was under the theme ‘Prevention of Occupational Diseases and Injuries. Whose Responsibility is it?’
According to him an additional amount of GHc915,177.00 was  paid to 273 private sector workers who sustained various degrees of industrial injuries.
‘In all, the economy of Ghana lost about GHc1.8 million on occupational injuries  and diseases apart from the loss of live, and source of livelihoods,’ said the Minister.
He noted that the department of Factories Inspection and the Labour Department records, investigate and pays workmen’s compensation every year.
‘Ghana continues to lose critical workforce to chronic diseases, injuries and death because of laxities on the part of Employers and Organizations to observe occupational safety and health standards,’ he Hon. Ashietey.
The Hon. Minister said evidence collected show that occupational diseases and injuries remain predominant in the private sector.
He said leadership of some private establishments ignore occupational safety and health standards and guidelines due to cost implications and profit consideration. ‘For example, as I have already indicated the number of victims paid workmen’s compensation in the private sector for 2012, was more than double that of the public sector,’ he emphasized.
In order to prevent occupational diseases and injuries, Hon. Ashietey said Government, Employers and Employees groups must continue to work together and even harder than before to put in place system, guidelines, standards, legislation and regulations of occupational safety and health at the workplace and ensure their strict enforcement.
He promised that the government through the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations will continue to play its regulatory role and offer leadership and direction for the way forward.
‘We shall continue to dialogue with our constituents, including the International Labour Organization (ILO) to come with appropriate solutions and causes of action,’ he added.


Popular posts from this blog

Akuapem-Apirede to promote tourism

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
The Chiefs and people of Akuapem-Apirede in the Okere Constituency of the Akuapem North Municipality have put in place strategic plans to promote tourist sites in the town.
Apiredehene, Nana Saforo Okoampah III told the Daily Express that their vision is to develop Apirede in a modern way.
“We want to have a modern society and environment. We are doing this on the basis of promoting tourism here,” he added.
According to the Apiredehene, it’s their plan to promote the historic sites and the geographical location of the community.
Apirede is one of the 17 towns that forms the Akuapem State and historically, it used to house the armours of the Akuapem State. The community is part of the Nifa division of Akuapem.
He stated that one of those things was called ‘Odosu’ (the war god for Okuapemhene). “The Chief Executioner in those days for Akuapem also came from Apirede and items that he used were also kept here,” he stated.
“These are a lot of things …

Ghana to benefit from oil spill fund

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong

Ghana as crude oil importing country will benefit from the International Oil Pollution Corporation Fund if the country witnesses oil spill at its ocean.

“The fund is a global fund and it’s meant for the countries that import crude oil. The fund is voluntary but Ghana through the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) contributes annually on behalf of Ghana,” Mr. Kojo Agbenor Efunam, the Deputy Director in charge of oil and gas at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told the Daily Express.

He explained that the fund is mostly for crude oil importing countries but not those into production and exportation.

Mr. Efunam further explained that once Ghana is part of the fund, anytime there is an oil spill involving an oil tanker on the seas of Ghana, the country can apply for the fund to solve any problem resulting from the spillage.

“If the incident does not involve a tanker the country does not benefit. But if the incident involves a tanker the country applies for the fund,” he ment…

PFM Act to guide local government authority borrowing

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
The bill, Public Financial Management (PFM) Act 921 which has been passed into law by Parliament is to guide public institutions especially the local government authority borrowing. The law was pass on 3rdAugust, 2016
According to the law, local government authority, a public corporation or state-owned enterprise is liable for the debt and other obligations without recourse to Government, unless otherwise explicitly guaranteed by Government in accordance with this Act.
Madam Eva Esselba Mends, the Chief Economic Officer and Group Head of PFM at the Ministry of Finance told the Daily Express that the law involves a lot but it also give instruction to how state institutions can borrow especially with the  local government authority.
She mentioned that there is no specific law in place that gives direction as to what local authority can do when it comes to borrowing by the authority. Other public corporations sometimes borrow with huge amount for their operation but loca…