The Group Chairman for Dek-Ruby Engineers, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Prime C-Ventures, Prime Wings and Adinkra City Projects, Mr. David Ekufful, says hard work, perseverance and excellence have been his key factors to success.
The businessman who has been described as an astute business executive and planner by his staff says his chain of businesses has survived due to the dedication to customer satisfaction.
The business executive whose chain of business operates a number of businesses including a hospitality firm underscored the need for business owners in the hospitality and food industry to employ professional working methods to ensure customer satisfaction.
The hospitality industry he said is one that relies entirely on customers’ being happy hence the need for practitioners to be guided by that principle in providing luxurious services but at an affordable rate.
The industry he added concentrate heavily on providing an excellent level of service for customers and in doing so, it must employ highly and professionally trained staff to give the customer the satisfaction they want.
In another separate interview with the General Manager of Adinkra City Projects, Mr. Eric Ashie, he revealed Mr. Ekufful is an experienced business man who after careful planning, designed the city complex, to comprise of a first class service station, under the colors of shell Ghana, a guest house, a restaurant and bar, conference hall and travel and tours desk.
He said: ‘’Mr. Ekufful is an experienced business executive. He has established a chain of businesses that has created jobs for the youth. His vision is to ensure that he creates opportunity for the youth. He has served and delivered on nothing but the best through his various businesses ranging from hospitality, leisure, and other areas. He has also contributed immensely to the private sector. I can confidently say that, he is one of the business executives who have sacrificed for the private sector and I am also confident that, he has more to deliver.’’
He has invested heavily also in the petroleum sector and he [Ekufful] decided to run his own petroleum division after many years of working for other companies. There is also the Adinkra Longe which assist guests makes travel reservations, confirm their flight tickets, on-line visa applications and offer protocol services at our airports. And so one can arguably say Mr. Ekufful is indeed a shining example. He has created jobs for the unemployed youth and he will do more. That is his dream as a businessman.’’
Adinkra City, is an edifice par excellence, sprawled on a 20 acre piece of land off the Kasoa/Bawjiase stretch, near Awutu Bawjiase in the Central region of Ghana.
Vodafone Ghana has affirmed its commitment to the development of the country through the efficient delivery of modern telecommunication services across the country.
The second largest telecom company by market share in Ghana, has consistently proven a thought-leader in the delivery of creativity and innovation in the industry.
The company recently outdoored its essence as a SuperNet with a promise to ensure customers are empowered across every facet of theirs needs – at home, in the office or on the go.
In an interaction with President Nana Akuffo-Addo at the Flagstaff House, the Chief Executive of the Africa, Middle East and Asia (AMAP) region, Vivek Badrinath, and Ghana CEO, Yolanda Cuba emphasised a concerted effort to ensure the company pursues a digitalisation agenda that will leave no one in the country behind in the technological advancement process.
The visit to the Flagstaff House was to formally congratulate H.E. Nana Akuffo-Addo on his assumption of the high office of President of the Republic Ghana. It was also to discuss issues of mutual interest to Government and Vodafone, both shareholders in Vodafone Ghana (30% Government, 70% Vodafone).
Over the years, the two have forged a close shareholder relationship, as Vodafone Ghana aims to remain a significant player in Ghana’s telecommunications industry.
Ms Yolanda Cuba said Ghana remains a very important market for Vodafone, hence the continuous introduction of new products and initiatives to support government in transforming the sector and the economy at large.
She mentioned some of the interventions as Vodafone’s Instant Schools project, the Farmers’ club product, Vodafone Cash, and said they were proving to be key enablers in shaping the socio-economic landscape of Ghana.
Present at the meeting were Director of External Affairs and Legal, Gayheart Mensah and Director of Finance, Kenneth Gomado.
Credit: Vodafone Ghana
Parliament is in the process of facilitating the acquisition of new vehicles for the official use of Members. The House is expected to meet today in a Committee of the Whole, to consider a loan agreement between the Parliamentary service and Societe General Ghana Limited for an amount of Twenty-Two Million, Five Hundred thousand Dollars with the government of Ghana as the guarantor. The Parliamentary Service is raising the money to be lent to the MPs on terms applicable to public officers for the purpose of acquiring the vehicles for the performance of their duties. It is however, not clear if all the 275 MPs will be taking advantage of the package. GBC
Lawyer Foh Amoaning, a private legal practitioner has said, it was improper for the 3-member committee set up to review and investigate the Ameri deal to accept a sponsorship package from the same firm they investigated.
The Minority at a press conference addressed by the former Power Minister, Kwabena Donkor under the Mahama administration alleged that, the Philip Addison committee had their plane tickets and hotel bills paid by Ameri when they traveled outside the country as part of their investigative work.
Kwabena Donkor at the press conference quizzed: ‘’We want to ask; who paid for their tickets, who paid for their hotel accommodation? We have the evidence that Ameri energy paid for the hotel that they used, paid for their tickets.
“If you’re going to investigate someone, do they pay for your accommodation and host you? We are in a country of law, our side will not want to see an energy sector divided between NDC and NPP and therefore they should be candid with us’’
Responding to the allegation on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the lawyer said, the committee shouldn’t have taken anything from a company they were investigating if the allegation by the Minority, was factual or true.
‘’In my honest opinion, the committee shouldn’t have taken anything from the company they were investigating. Government should have paid for the tickets and other expenses for the committee. That is unethical.
In his view, accepting the sponsorship may comprise the final decision or recommendation by the committee.
‘’Justice must not only be seen to be done but must be seen manifesting to be done. Those watching you must have confidence in your work. They should see fairness, firmness.They should also see you deliver on your work without fear nor favour.’’
Private legal practitioner, lawyer Foh Amoaning has explained that, the abrogation or annulment of contracts cannot be done in the blue rather, due diligence must be followed to prevent any judgment debt.
Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said, setting up a committee to investigate any contract awarded under a particular administration, should be subject to law.
Governance he indicated ''is in a continuum and every government when elected, goes into a contract with the public-to protect and uphold our constitution-which gives guidelines in dealing with cases of corruption, mismanagement and misappropriation.
He said, before a contract is awarded, it must have parliamentary approval and when a new government comes and suspects any foul play, they have the right to investigate and make recommendations. However, efforts must be explored to prevent any case of judgment debt, he stressed.
Lawyer Foh Amoaning said, ''everyone must be given an opportunity to respond to any accusation leveled against them. This will ensure fairness and ensure the rule of natural justice comes to play.
Committees have been setup over the years to investigate certain contracts and after the committee, have submitted its report; the people involved in those deals come to say they were not invited to tell their side of story.
When a committee was set up to investigate the KT Hammond drill ship saga, KT Hammond raised concern after their investigation that he was not called to tell his side of story hence his decision to go to court.
Alfred Woyome raised similar concerns and now, the people involved in the Ameri Power deal, are raising similar concerns that the 3-member committee set up to investigate the deal did not invite them.
Responding to a question on how valid is a committee’s report if the main person(s) involved is/are not invited and can such report be used to take a decision; he said, everyone mentioned in an allege corrupt deal, must be given an opportunity to respond.
‘’This is referred to as the fundamental rule of law. Any committee or judicial body that violates this constitutional provision may have their report quashed. But in some cases, some of the cases may have documentations and so, it may not be necessary to invite them. However, to be honest with you, when such cases come up, you will have to invite those involved.’’
When asked what we can do to get the best out of committees set up to investigate cases of corruption or contracts awarded, he had this to say: ''You have asked a very important question and that is why the constitution has allowed us to set up institutions that can investigate independently; matters of omissions or commission by people to whom power has been given. We have institutions like CHRAJ-an independent body mandated to deal with such cases. We also have the judiciary that is also mandated to administer justice to aggrieved persons. The solution is to have independent bodies that can oversee these things especially government contracts. We are losing so much money and we need a process to prevent that, and so we need an independent body to help us deal with all such cases. That is why I support the Independent Prosecutor because it will help us deal with corruption once and for all. We also need competent and men of integrity at the bar and the bench to help safe guard the integrity of the judiciary,'' he emphasized.
The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr. John Peter Amewu has assured that he will support the media campaign against the menace.
Speaking at the launch of the media coalition against illegal mining popularly called galamsey, the Minister asserted that, the media has the power to end the menace.
“I assure you that the President, Nana Akufo Addo, is so passionate about the environment, the pollution of water bodies, degradation of our forest and is strongly behind you. We in politics and in government are solidly behind you.”
“The people who are currently going around and destroying the environment are total killers. It is not different from armed robbery. Metal content in our water bodies have increased, the mercury content has risen, the cyanide content has increased,” he added.
According to him, there is no one better or bigger than the media to help in fighting galamsey.
“We have no better time than today and now to go after those guys… Yes I agree with you perfectly that there are some people, so called big shots behind them, but who can be bigger than the media, if there are politicians behind them, can they be bigger than the media? If there are chiefs behind them, can they be bigger than the media? My simple answer to that question is no.”
The Minister of Science, Environment and Technology and Innovation, Prof. Frimpong Boateng has said activities of illegal mining popularly called galamsey in the country, is affecting neighboring Ivory Coast.
Speaking at the media launch of the media coalition against galamsey, the Minister said he was confronted with the issue when he attended a conference in that country.
“I was in Abidjan from Wednesday to Saturday for a conference and I was confronted with galamsey almost immediately on the effects that the galamsey in Ghana is having on Ivory Coast because River Bia enters Ivory Coast almost at the lower thirds. And Tano enters the Lagoon and it is polluting the Bia lagoon so they cannot even treat water in some of their treatment plants.” “So they [Ivorians] took advantage of my presence to organize a press conference. I met the Minister for Environment and the Mining Minister and they asked me to speak to their people. I made it clear to them that we are very serious to stop galamsey and I was able to convince them that indeed we are serious. The good thing is that, they always made reference to the good relationship between Ghana and Ivory Coast and especially between Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo and the President of Ivory Coast.’’
The media launch is to elicit public support for the campaign in order to get their buy-in as galamsey activities provide livelihoods for millions of Ghanaians.
Reports reaching rainbowradioonline.com indicates that the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has confirmed James Kwesi Appiah as the coach for the senior national team, the Black Stars.
The decision from our sources was taken by the Executive Committee of the GFA on Tuesday after approving the report of the six-man coaching search committee.
The GFA received over 300 applications from interested coaches including Frenchman, Willy Sagnol and Cameroon boss, Hugo Broos who were all invited for interviews.
He has received technical training from English clubs Manchester City and Liverpool.
James Kwesi Appiah was Ghana's assistant coach between 2007 and 2012.
Appiah was coach of Ghana U23 as they won the 2011 All-Africa Games.
He was appointed as the Head coach of the Ghanaian national team in April 2012, describing himself as "the underdog" in the process. His Ghana team qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, making him the first black African coach to take the country to the World Cup.
He was given a new two-year contract in May 2014.
After the country exited the World Cup in the group stages, Appiah defended his team. He left his position as Ghana manager by mutual consent in September 2014.
He became manager of Sudanese club Al Khartoum in December 2014.
Member of Parliament for Ofoase Ayirebi and a member of the Finance Committee in Parliament, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has lamented over the 15% increment in transport fares.
According to him, it would have been prudent for operators to maintain their old prices following the new tax regime [tax cuts] which has taken effect.
The new tax regime came into effect from March 31, 2017, following the amendment of some tax laws. Changes to the tax system follows the repeal of the Customs and Excise (Petroleum Taxes and Petroleum Related Levies) Act of 2005, Act 685, and amendment of the Special Petroleum Tax Act, 2014 (Act 879).
Following the amendment, the tax rate on petroleum products has been reduced from 17.5 per cent to 15 per cent.
However, the transport operators yesterday [Monday] announced a 15% increment in transport fares which is expected to take effect April, 6, 2017.
According to a statement released, the increment is line with the Administrative Instrument on public fares.
The statement said, ‘’the road transport operators have reviewed the prices of various elements that go into running of commercial transport services and have increased road transport fares by 15%.’’
The increment the statement further indicated, cover the following transport operators; Intra-City (Trotro); Inter-City (Long Distance) and Taxi Cabs.
But Kojo Oppong Nkrumah was of the view that, the transport operators could have exercised patience in increasing their fares.
Government he explained has shown commitment in fulfilling its campaign promises.
‘’The campaign promise to cut nuisance taxes; to ensure businesses are relieved, has taken effect. What is left is for us to ensure that the various agencies will do their part so Ghanaians benefit fully from the tax cuts-so our efforts will not be in vain. One of such worrying situation is the increment in transport fares. We expected that, transport fares would have been maintained due to the reduction on petroleum tax and spare parts. The increment should not have been rushed because Ghanaians are lamenting over the increment. They are of the view that, the tax cuts should have led to a reduction in fares or the old fares maintained.’’
He hinted that, government will meet with the various stakeholders on the matter.
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah who is also a Deputy Minister designate for Information said, although the NPP government is only three months old, we have started delivering on our campaign promises, and with God on our side, we will deliver on the rest, he noted.
He was speaking in an interview with Kwaku Owusu Frimpong host of Frontline on Rainbow Radio, UK.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) had received a report from the Regional Director Education, Mary Owusu Achia about some four students who died at the Kumasi Academy in the Ashanti Region.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the GES, Rev. Jonathan Bettey confirmed only four students lost their lives in the school debunking media reports that between seven to ten students died in the school.
Students of the mixed senior high school demonstrated against school authorities over what they term as mysterious death of students.
The students demonstrated last week Friday, when three students fell sick and were taken to the Garden City and Manhyia Government Hospitals respectively.
‘’GES would like to inform all the general public that, we lost only four of our students in that school,’’ the PRO said.
Management he revealed, ‘’is collaborating with the Asokore Mampong Municipal Health Directorate- a doctor called Sam Payne; a pathologist is working closely to give us the report. We’re waiting for the report before the GES will know what happened to the four students,’’ he added.
He described the incident [demonstration] as a worrying situation. He said, the authorities and stakeholders have met with parents and assured them that, situation in the school ‘’is calm. And there was no need for parents to come for their wards in the school.’’
The current situation he added, was calm with teaching and learning going on smoothly.
He appealed to the media to be circumspect as investigation is still underway.
On the claims that, the students died from food poisoning, he said nobody would be in the rightful position at this time, to say that the food was poisoned in the school or the students went out to eat.
‘’GES is not happy with the reportage from some media houses.’’
He stressed more students may have died if indeed there was food poison as reported considering the number of students.
He hinted that the report would be ready by Wednesday, April 5, 2017. He concluded by calling on parents who have come for their wards to return them as the situation has normalized.