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Promotions chocked at Police Service

…As Commissioners request for extensions

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong- Daily Express

Checks at the Ghana Police Service, Headquarters indicates that senior officers who are due for retirement are rather seeking extensions, thereby freezing the promotion the junior ranks who are due for promotions.

The Daily Express can confirm that promotion has been delayed for several years especially from the ranks of the Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Superintendent of Police (SOP), Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACOP), to the level of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP).

Some of the officers especially those in the ranks of ASPs and DSPs have attended command courses and they are yet to be promoted. Some have spent six (6) years after training.

This has affected the promotions of Subordinate Police Officers such as Constables, Lance Corporals, Corporals, Sergeants, Inspectors and Chief Inspectors.

Currently, there …

Genevieve Basigha wins MTN Hero of Change

Genevieve Basigha, a speech and hearing impaired lady and Founder of Research Utilization School for the Deaf (RUSFORD) at Obuasi, has been crowned the overall winner of MTN Heroes of Change Season III at the National Theatre.
PROF. FRANKLYN MANU BOARD CHAIRMAN OF MTN GHANA FOUNDATION PRESENTING THE CHEQUE TO MADAM GENEVIEVE BASIGHA

Genevieve Basigha was announced overall winner. She received spontaneous standing ovation amidst wild jubilation from the audience when she walked on stage to receive her prize.

Speaking through a translator, an excited Genevieve expressed her gratitude to God, her staff and MTN Ghana Foundation for the honour and recognition accorded her.

She recounted the challenges she had endured as a result of her disability and during her effort to support children with speaking and hearing impairment. She said,

“I have suffered but with God everything is possible. I thank my staff for working with me despite the hardship and I also thank MTN Ghana Foundation for g…

National CSR conference hits Accra

The Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), West Africa, one of the sub-region’s leading sustainability and corporate social responsibility advocacy organizations has announced the 4th National CSR and Sustainability Conference to be held in Accra next month.

The Conference will bring together, all major stakeholders in the CSR and sustainability spectrum in Ghana.
Prof. Martin Gyambrah addressing the media at last year's event

The Conference is one of the successful signature advocacy projects of the Centre for CSR, West Africa. It is organized annually, and since 2014, major organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Plan International, Care International, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Unilever Ghana, Vodafone Ghana, Guinness Ghana, Millicom Ghana (Tigo), the Ministry of Trade & Industry, Association of Ghana Industries, AGI, the Federation of Association of Ghanaian Exporters (FAGE) among other major technical partners …

IDA earmarks US$5.5 million to fight climate change in Ghana

The International Development Association (IDA), an agency of the World Bank has earmarked US$5.5 million to support over 55 communities in Ghana to fight climate change as part of the natural resources management project.
The amount US$5.5 million form part of the Ghana’s Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Local Communities project (G-DGM) which aimed at strengthen the knowledge base of these communities and practices towards reducing deforestation and improving the sustainable management of their activities.

The beneficiary communities are selected from Brong-Ahafo and Western Regions of Ghana. According to IDA, the project will contribute towards helping the communities better understand REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from deforestation and Forest degradation plus conservation of Forest, Sustainable Forest management and Enhancement of Forest Carbon Stocks).
Mr. Henry Kerali, the World Bank Country Director for Ghana said "this project contributes to the World Bank Group Country Partnershi…

Westblue CEO picks prestigious Award at Ghana Entrepreneur Awards

Madam Valentina Mintah,  Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of West Blue Consulting, a world class business and IT-consulting and technology firm has been awarded the “Chief Executive Officer of the Year 2016-Business and IT Consulting Services” Award at the prestigious Ghana Entrepreneur Awards 2016 held in Accra.
The Award presented to her by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic Turkey to Ghana, H.E Nesrin Bayazit seeks to recognize Madam Mintah’s outstanding achievement, vision, innovation and growth in the trade facilitation and customs modernization in Ghana. She received a certificate and a coveted plaque.
The seventh Ghana Entrepreneur & Corporate Executive Awards 2017 which was organized by the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Ghana (EFG) in association with the OmniBank seeks to reward excellence among the most committed and dedicated entrepreneurs and corporate executives in Ghana.
The award is in collaboration with the Ministries of Trade and Industry and…

CBOD pledges to support Ghana Energy Award

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong sarpong007@gmail.com
The management of the Chamber of Bulk Oil Distribution Companies (CBOD) has pledged it support towards the upcoming Ghana Energy Award which is slated in December this year.
The Ghana Energy Award is aim at celebration the tremendous work of the players within the energy sector.
It's​ also to bring together the stakeholders in the energy industry to deliberate on issues affecting the sector.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CBOD, Mr. Senyo Hosi recognized the importance of the award and how it will strengthened and encouraged the industry players to live up to expectations.
"The award must be legitimate to be accepted by all stakeholders. Let the industry players be part of the award and let them feel they own it," Mr. Hosi stated.
He said this when the management of the Energy Media Group (EMG), the publishers of Energy Ghana (EG)  magazine visited CBOD to informed them about the upcoming Ghana Energy Award and also to introduced t…

Payment Systems and Services Bill, 2017 in the offing

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong sarpong007@gmail.com
The Bank of Ghana (BoG) is to introduce Payment Systems and Services Bill, 2017 as a result of reviewing the existing Electronic Money Issuers and Agents’ Guidelines (2015) and the Payment Systems Act 2003 (Act 662).
According to the central bank, the idea is to consolidate these two laws into one piece of legislation.
Dr. Johnson P. Asiama, the 2nd Deputy Governor of the BoG said they have consulted widely with stakeholders in drafting the bill, and the draft is currently with the Ministry of Finance, which it’s ready to be presented to the Cabinet.
Addressing a cross section of bankers in Accra, Dr. Asiama mentioned that the central bank initiated the review because of the response to the changing banking and payment landscape.
“Information and communication technology (ICT) is transforming the financial services industry with rapidity. ICT is challenging the traditional banking model by providing alternative channels for banking and payments,” he…

Nestle Ghana to donate shoes to 4,000 pupils

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong sarpong007@gmail.com
Nestle Ghana is to distribute shoes to a total of 4,000 pupils to selected basic schools in the country.
The project aim at helping the children in deprived communities to take their first step towards becoming champions in sports and in life.
Already, a total of 2,000 pupils have so far received their sports shoes in the Central and Volta Regions. The Category Manager for Milo, Mrs. Funmi Osineye said the 4,000 shoes are to be distributed at the end of the exercise all across the country.
According to her, the distribution started in March and expected to end by ending of May 2017 with distribution to the Ashanti and Northern Regions.
The beneficiary schools in Volta region includes Methodist primary, Freetown basic school, Salvation army primary, Armfield basic school, Agove Basic school, Lokoe basic school, Ziave Methodist primary, Klefe Demeti primary, Matse E/P primary and Mate R/C primary.
The beneficiary schools in Cape coast region includ…

Accra Psychiatric to raise GHc500,000 to support the hospital

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong sarpong007@gmail.com
The management of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital will this week raise about GHc500,000 at it maiden fundraising dinner in Accra.
The amount GHc500,000 will be use for refurbishment and purchasing of the equipment such as Biochemistry Analyzer, Haematology Analyzer, Electroconvulsive Therapy Machine, Anaesthetic Machine among others.
Speaking to the Daily Express, Mr. Emmanuel Aboagye, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) at the hospital mentioned that apart from the items listed above, the hospital lacks good toileting facilities, unavailability of medication and inadequate staffing.
Others are lack of beds, lack of bed sheet, shortage of thermometers, shortage of detergents, painting, cracked roofs, lack of food, and among others.
He stated that if they are able to raise this amount, it’s going to help them improve the condition at the hospital.
The management has invited dignitaries from the government, the industry players, our suppliers, government…

Fuel smuggling hits OMCs

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong sarpong007@gmail.com
Some Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) in Ghana are losing huge sums of revenues as a result of smuggling of fuel into the industry while others are gaining.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PETROSOL, Mr. Michael Bozumbil said some OMCs have team-up with some of the tank owners and drivers who are eventually smuggling fuel to these OMCs.
According to him, the oil industry in Ghana is suffering from "illegal fuel galamsey" which is coordinated by cabals within the industry. 
“This is very serious than the main galamsey in mining we are all talking about. It has more security implications and its rippling effects unmatched. We are operating from a system where you suffer to do the right thing while others are benefiting from doing the wrong things. If you cannot beat them then you must definitely join them has been the message from these cabals,” he stated.
He spoke to the Daily Express after the Energy Media Group (EMG) team called on him …

4 MPs banned

…Speaker to response
Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Ocquaye will officially response to the ban placed on three sitting Members of Parliament (MP) and one former MP by the UK High Commission in Ghana either this Friday or Monday May 8, 2017.
According to the Madam Kate Addo, the acting Public Affairs Director of Parliament, the Speaker Prof. Ocquaye has traveled out of the country and expected to be at the House this Friday.
After Jon Benjamin, British High Commissioner to Ghana issued the ban letter on the four MPs, the legislature has not responded officially. However, some MPs including the four banned MPs, the Majority Leader, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu and Madam Kate Addo have given comments to the banned.
The UK High Commission in Ghana, headed by Jon Benjamin placed a ten-year travelling ban to the UK on some Ghanaian Members of Parliament (MP) and a former one.
The four MPs include: former MP for Asunafo South George Boakye, NDC MP for Bia East constituency in the Western…

ACEP warns government not to review AMERI contract

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
sarpong@gmail.com

The African Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), an energy think-tank has warned the government not to consider reviewing the AMERI power deal, because it may end up causing financial lost to the state.

Mr. Benjamin Boakye, the Deputy Executive Director at ACEP said government decision to renegotiate the AMERI deal is dangerous and it can put the government in a big trouble.

Speaking to the Daily Express he pointed out that revisiting the AMERI contract will not favour Ghana.  “AMERI was just doing business so they can’t be held responsible for anything,” he added.

He mentioned that “some portion of the Philip Addison’s report doesn’t match on what the final part put out, especially concerning the contract termination.”

“Ghanaians should bear in mind that AMERI used government’s own security to get the money to address Ghana’s energy challenge. AMERI will have to agree to the negotiation. We cannot compel them,” he stated.

Mr. Boakye made mention tha…

Ghana’s gross foreign assets hits US$6.4 billion

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong sarpong007@gmail.com
The economic and financial data from the Bank of Ghana (BoG) shows that Ghana’s Gross Foreign Assets for the month of February, 2017 was US$6,455.3 billion.
This represents increased to an equivalent of 3.7 months of import cover, as compared with 3.3 months in the same period in 2016, which had US$5,531.3 billion of import cover.
Total export was US$2,489.5 billion recorded in February, 2017 compared with US$1,582.0 billion recorded in 2016. Gold export for the period was US$1,176.4 billion in 2017 as against US$532.0 million in 2016.
Meanwhile, cocoa export fetched Ghana US$619.0 million in February, 2017 compared with US$688.5 million realized in February 2016. Ghana’s oil export receipt in February 2017 was US$378.8 million as against US$212.3 million the country had in February, 2016.
The date indicated that the country’s total import declined in February 2017. The figure was US$1,916.5 billion, compared with US$2,156.1 billion Ghana had in Fe…

World Bank Africa Vice President visits Ghana

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong sarpong007@gmail.com
Mr. Makhtar Diop, the World Bank Africa Vice President for Africa paid a two-day visit to Ghana from Tuesday 4 April, 2017.

He is also expected to visit Benin and Togo after his visit to Ghana.
While in Ghana, Mr. Diop is expected to pay a courtesy call on President Nana Akufo-Addo to discuss development challenges and opportunities in Education, Energy, Agriculture, and other sectors of the economy.

The World Bank Africa Vice President will also have discussions with the head of Ghana’s economic team, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
The two Vice Presidents discussions will strengthen the relationship between Ghana and World Bank Africa. They are expected to deliberate on macroeconomic issues and explore ways to work together to support Ghana's development agenda.

This will be the third time Mr. Diop is visiting Ghana, since he became Vice President in 2012.
The World Bank has been in Ghana since 1957. The current Country Partnership Stra…

Ghanaians consume over two million local chickens annually- USAID survey

By Evans Boah-Mensah-USAID
Ghanaians consumed more than two million locally-produced chickens last year, a new USAID survey of the sector has revealed. This suggests a vibrant market for live birds, amid concerns over the viability and competitiveness of the broiler industry in the country.
In a survey that is expected to provide clarity and hope for the performance of the country’s poultry industry, broiler producers generated an estimated GHC53.6 million from the birds sold, which represents 0.7 percent of the total GDP of the agriculture sector in 2015 and 7.9 percent of the GDP of the livestock sub-sector.
According to the results of the survey, each bird cost GHC35 on average.
When put into context, the number of birds sold, which excludes imported chicken products, is equivalent to the size of 51 football fields. Ghanaian consumers are now eating more and more chicken fueled by a rise in incomes. The country’s  per capita income increased from GH¢400 reported in the 2008 published G…

Ghana District Profile series launched

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched the first-ever Ghana District Profile Series report in Accra.

The report is part of USAID’s work to support evidence-based decision making, and to bridge the data and information gap at the sub-national level in the implementation of Ghana’s local government decentralization policy.

The Ghana District Profile Series, arguably the most comprehensive report ever to be developed in Ghana, is designed to help stakeholders better  understand the development progress and challenges being made in the districts where USAID works.

The 486-page report, which covers all 59 districts in the three northern regions and part of Brong Ahafo bounding the Northern region, was launched at this year’s Feed the Future Implementing Partners Meeting in Accra. It details each district’s demographic information, agricultural activities, women’s empowerment, education and nutrition, water, sanitation and health issues.

The annual mee…

GLACY+ advocates for efforts to combat cybercrime in Ghana

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
sarpong007@gmail.com

The Global Action on Cybercrime extended (GLACY+) has advocated for a shared Reporting System to combat the menace of cybercrime in Ghana.

Mr. Joe Anokye, Ghana’s GLACY+ National Coordinator and the Director General of National Communications Authority (NCA) said with Ghana’s total mobile data subscriptions at 20,064,110 and with a penetration rate of 70.90% at the end of January, 2017, Cybercrime cases are expected to escalate.

According to him, as new technologies and strategies are being developed daily to advance network security, these programmes sometimes have the effect of preventing Law Enforcement and Justice Agencies from securing the much needed electronic evidence.

Mr. Anokye called for the development of a shared system which would enable all relevant institutions upload cases and share information to avoid duplication of efforts and ensure data and statistics integrity.

The NCA Director General said this when he addressed partici…