The Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) says it will soon start the export of some 50 megawatts of electricity to Burkina Faso once work on the interconnection lines has been completed.
Mr Frank Okyere, the Systems Control Manager at GRIDCo, who announced this, said the supply arrangement with Burkina Faso could reach some 100 Megawatts of power by the middle of 2018.
“There is potential for the exports to go as high as 400 megawatts,” Mr Okeyere said at a stakeholders’ forum on power outlook for 2018, organised by the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI).
The forum, which was on the theme: “Diversifying Our Generation Sources, Strengthening the Base Load Sources to Support Industrial Growth,” seeks to get a holistic picture of the power situation from the three main actors, the Volta River Authority, GRIDCo and the Electricity Company of Ghana.
Mr Okyere said GRIDCo had forecast peak demand to be at 2,523 MW for 2018 based on factors such as VALCO’s operation of two pot lines, the power supply to Burkina Faso and network expansion and rural electrification programmes for Electricity Company of Ghana and the Northern Electricity Company.
He said peak demand to date is at 2229 MW vis-a-vis current totalled installed capacity of 4,966.5 MW.
Mr Kwaku Wiafe, Manager Volta River Authority, said installed generation capacity had increased significantly in recent years in response to the energy crisis, resulting in a reserve margin of about 95 per cent by year end 2017.
“The increased installed capacity and greater fuel diversity means generation system is now more robust and resilient to ensure reliability in power supply in 2018,” he said.
Mr Wiafe said thermal generation had exceeded hydro as the main source of supply, adding that, the hydro-thermal ratio is expected to be 28 per cent to 72 per cent.
There are currently 10 Independent Power Producers in operation, making up 46 per cent of the generation mix.
Mr Wiafe said diversity of fuel for the operation of power plants had reduced over reliance on any one source, making the system more resilient.
“Increased dependence on gas mean less volatility in electricity prices as compared to when crude oil was the main fuel,” he said.
However, he said, the increasing generation from thermal and the high reserve margin could put pressure on cost to recover the massive investment in new generation and cost of increased thermal generation at a time the general expectation was for a reduction in electricity tariffs.
In this direction, Mr Wiafe suggested a careful management of electricity pricing to avoid perpetuation of financial difficulties of the recent past and an improved governance of the power sector to cope with the increasing number of IPPs.
Mr Kivlyn Asante, General Manager Corporate, Electricity Company of Ghana, said the company had to contend with high cases of energy theft despite prosecutions to serve as deterrent and unrealistic tariffs, which were not cost-reflective.
He said the ECG was working to reduce its non-technical losses.
Ethiopian Airlines, the largest Aviation Group in Africa and Goldstar Air, Multiple Award Winner and Wholly Owned Ghanaian airline have signed an agreement for strategic partnership to use Ethiopian”s Maintenance Repair Organization (MRO).
The MRO of Ethiopian Airlines has over 1,800 fully qualified technical staff and state of the art maintenance hangar and paint hangar facility certified by competent regulatory bodies like Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ETCAA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Based at Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Airlines MRO, established in 1957, provides services for aircrafts, engines and components has four main hangars used for airframe maintenance.
These are a closed–door hangar to accommodate one Boeing 767/787/777; and a closed door hangar to accommodate two Boeing 767/787s or four Boeing 737 size airplanes at the same time. The third hangar is an open door and can accommodate three Boeing 737 size airplanes and the fourth is an open door Hangar that accommodates two Q400s.
Also, Ethiopian Airlines has two warehouses for over 100,000 line items; the first is dedicated to aircraft parts whereas the second is used for commercial and bulk items which will be very beneficial to Goldstar Air.
Mr Eric Bannerman, the Executive Chairman of Goldstar Air said with any technical and engineering assistance anywhere in the world, they will immediately dispatch Ethiopian Airlines personnel to the place where the repair works will be carried out.
“Their values at the Maintenance Repair Organization focus on top quality, short turnaround time, highly competitive prices, and excellent customer service.”
According to Mr Eric Bannerman, the airline will be sending personnel of the company, who are retired young Air force engineers and pilots for type rating in Ethiopia on Boeing aircrafts soon.
“The engineers will be back and work as assistants while the pilots will come as first officers, till they all gain more experience on the Boeing aircraft, which will make them captains on their own.”
Mr Bannerman said preparations are far advanced for Goldstar Air aircrafts to be flown to the Ethiopian MRO for final servicing and paint works. Ethiopian will also livery Goldstar Air colors which will also reflect the wings of Ghana and the logo of the supporting bank on the aircrafts.
Goldstar Air will be initially flying to twelve destinations worldwide from Accra, which includes London, Dubai, Guangzhou, Baltimore Washington International, Providence International, Lagos, Abidjan, Monrovia, Freetown, Banjul, Conakry and Dakar.
“Our intention as Ghanaians is to build a state of the art and trend-setting aviation industry in terms of safety, quality, reliability, punctuality, efficiency and costs,” the Goldstar Air CEO said.
Charter House, organizers of the annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) have made some changes to the ceremony which has been slated for April this year. The definition for the Most Popular Song of the Year has been changed. The public in the past voted for the category. However, they would have the opportunity to decide who gets nominated with the final decision for the winner, splitted amongst the Board, Public and Academy. CEO for Charter House, Theresa Ayoade said, the Instrumentalist of the Year category will be competitive and not honorary like in the previous years and a call for submissions or nominations will be opened on www.ghanamusicawards.com from 10th to 24th February. Read Below the full definition The New Artiste of the Year is the Artiste(s) adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the most promising and talented emerging artiste(s). The award goes to a relatively new artiste(s) who released a single/album that establishes the public identity of the artiste. The Song of the Year is the song nominated SOLELY BY THE PUBLIC and adjudged by the Academy, Board and General Public as the most popular song released in the year under review. The song must have enjoyed a lot of patronage and generated the most excitement during the year. The Song Writer of the Year is adjudged by the Academy and Board as the Song Writer(s) responsible for the song with the most original lyrics and compositions for any released song during the year under review. The Record of the Year is adjudged by the Academy and Board as the most outstanding original song that was released during the year under review. It may not have enjoyed huge commercial success, but has quality artistic and production values. The Music Producer of the Year is adjudged to be the Producer(s) directly responsible for the production of the Song of the Year. The Sound Engineer of the Year is adjudged by the Board to be the Sound Engineer(s) directly responsible for the recording, mixing and technical production of the song adjudged as the Record of the Year The African Artiste(s) of the Year is the Artiste(s) (non- Ghanaian) adjudged solely by the Board as the act whose music crossed borders and made the most impact on the continent at large during the year under review. The Instrumentalist of the Year is adjudged by the Board as the most outstanding live instrumental performance on a single/album that was released during the year under review. It may not have enjoyed huge commercial success, but has quality artistic values.
The Government of Ghana has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Dubai-based Thumbay Group for the establishment of a Teaching Hospital and a medical university to be known as the Gulf Medical University (GMU) in Ghana.
The signing of the MoU comes three months after the Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, paid a working visit to the campus and facilities of the Thumbay Group and the Gulf Medical University at Ajman, United Arab Emirates at the invitation of the authorities.
The Thumbay Group is expected to collaborate with the Ministries of Education and Health to build and establish the Ghana campus of the Gulf Medical University and the Thumbay Teaching Hospital in the Greater Accra Region, in phases over a period of 5 to 8 years, at an estimated cost of $600 million.
The proposed university would offer Vocational, Diploma, Undergraduate, Post Graduate, and Doctoral programmes in Medical Sciences, Allied Health Sciences among other disciplines to Ghanaian and International students.
It is expected to employ about 3000 Ghanaians in addition to attracting a student population of over 3000 from around 80 countries. It would also provide opportunities for local hospitals through cross-referrals and partnerships.
It is expected to sited on a 25-acre plot of land provided by the Government of Ghana.
Hon Mathew Opoku Prempeh, Minister for Education and Hon Kwaku Agyemang Manu, Minister for Health signed on behalf of Ghana while Mr Thumbay Moideen, Founder President of the Thumbay Group initialled the MoU at a brief ceremony witnessed by Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia at the Flagstaff House on Friday February 9, 2018.
Also present at the ceremony were the Minister for Aviation, Hon Cecilia Abena Dapaah and Ghana’s Consul-General to the United Arab Emirates, H.E Hajia Samata Gifty Bukari.
In brief remarks before the signing ceremony, the Vice President lauded the Thumbay Group for its decision to set up the medical university and the hospital in Ghana, saying it fits into President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s vision to provide first class health care to Ghanaians while providing enhanced training to medical personnel.
“We are very happy with the proposed establishment of this medical university, as well as the Thumbay Hospital, as it will help to train more doctors and allied medical personnel and fill in the gap in our health care delivery.
“It is also a demonstration of confidence in Ghana, and we encourage other companies and organisations to take advantage of the enabling environment Government is providing to put down roots and set up business in Ghana” Vice President Bawumia added.
Explaining the rationale behind the choice of Ghana, Dr Thumbay Moideen said the Thumbay Group had explored the possibility of setting up such a facility in several African countries including Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique and Kenya but failed due to a number of factors.
“From the research done by our team in Africa- we have been to almost all countries – Ghana is the best place to do business” Dr Thumbay indicated.
“Ghana is a serious place to do business and we are happy to be here. We pledge to fulfil our part of this agreement to ensure the University and Hospital are built to benefit both Ghana and the Thumbay Group.”
The Thumbay Group, is a UAE – based diversified international business conglomerate, headquartered in Dubai, with operations across 20 sectors including Education, Healthcare, Medical Research, Diagnostics, Retail Pharmacy, Health Communications, Retail Opticals, Wellness, Nutrition Stores, Hospitality, Real Estate, Publishing, Technology, Media, Events, Medical Tourism, Trading and Marketing & Distribution.
The Seventh Great Princess Academy, a private school located at Dansoman has ended a three-day sporting event with Sharon Agannah emerging as the overall best sports student.
The Sports Festival held at the Kaneshie Sports Complex and the Dansoman campus of the school, witnessed over 200 sporting talents to battle for honours in football, basketball, athletics, scrabble among others.
The 18-year old, Agannah at the Senior High level, was awarded the Academic and Sports Personality of the Year at the end of the sports festival.
She won the same award in 2017.
She expressed interest in playing for the senior national team, the Black Queens.
The most promising sports student went to Julius Boateng whereas the outstanding female student went to Sharon Agannah.
Best footballer went to Wisdom Ayirigya.
Dansoman Senior High School was adjudged the overall best school.
They swept the second best school under the Junior Level whereas Lartebiokorshie Junior High School took the third position.
According to the Deputy Director of the School, Madam Yvette Brown,the award winners would be assisted to better their skills and polish them up to become good sports men and women for the country.
She encouraged the public to send their children the school because of its track record.
The school was adjudged the best in the BECE for 2017 and 2015, she touted.
‘’We are doing our best…Education is the best thing to give to your children. We build the children to have confidence in themselves as well as be able to achieve their goals and aims when it comes to their personal life,’’ she told journalists.
The event was chaired by George Palmer Asare.
A minute silence was held in honour of the late Ebony Reigns- the female dancehall artiste who lost her life in a gory accident Thursday night.
Ebony started school at Seven Great Princess Academy, a private school located at Dansoman in Accra.
She later continued her Senior High School education at Methodist Girls High School at Mamfe in the Akuapim North District of the Eastern Region.
Organizers of the annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) Charter House have revealed at a press conference that, Ebony Reigns qualifies to be nominated in this year’s ceremony despite her death.
This was disclosed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Theresa Ayoade, at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra today [Friday].
She further indicated that the passing of the ‘Maame Hwe’ hitmaker would not in any way affect the possibility of her works being nominated.
The nominations for this year’s ceremony are expected to be unveiled on March 2, 2018.
The theme for the 19th edition is dubbed ‘’Our Music Beyond Borders.
The main ceremony is slated for Saturday April 14, 2018.
Prior to the main awards night, there will be a nominees jam on March 24, 2018 at Cape Coast, and a music seminar on April 12, 2018 at the Movenpick Hotel.
The VGMAs is powered by CharterHouse in partnership with the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) and under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts and sponsored by Vodafone Ghana.
Comedian Togo Borga, has slammed actress Lydia Forson over her recent comment on the discussion over who to cook.
Lydia Forson in her latest write up attacked journalists and questioned if Ghanaians were so stupid to be discussing cooking.
Lydia Forson in a Facebook live post described journalists, engaged in an ongoing debate on whether women who cook are slaves, as “stupid”.
Lydia Forson’s comment came on the back of claims by some feminists on social media that men must know how to cook before they get married, adding that women who cook for their husbands can be likened to slaves.
Lydia Forson’s statement said: ‘’ “It’s only a stupid country that will come to a standstill because of cooking. Think about it. We have healthcare issues, terrible roads, our economy is a mess. But guess what we’re talking about, people – we’re talking about cooking. People are angry that someone is threatening to take away the right to be cooked for. We’re upset and we’re dedicating every single moment of our lives to talking about cooking. Do you see how stupid it makes us seem as a people?,” she said in the video.
“Do you see how stupid we seem? Do we see how unserious we are that seasoned journalists, radio presenters and proclaimed intellectuals are spending all their time and energy talking about someone trying to take away their rights? Are you stupid? Is food going to build roads, put clothes on your back or change the power crises? I am shocked that we have come to a standstill because of cooking. The fact that we reduced this discussion to food shows how far gone we are,” she further stated.
But reacting to the comments on the Away Bus Show, Togo Borga slammed Lydia Forson for her comments and asked why an unmarried woman like her, would attack journalists over the matter.
In his view, Lydia Forson was advocating for women to disrespect their husbands adding, the actress is a young lady and should not have attacked journalists in such a harsh manner.
The braggart further jabbed the actress and asked her to stay in her shell if she was not ready to tie the knot and cook for her husband and allow those ready to do so.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says his government recognises the importance of exploiting the countries offshore hydrocarbon resources, stressing that it is equally critical not to ignore the possibilities of the nation’s onshore deposits, especially in the Voltaian Basin.
It is for the reason that, according to President Akufo-Addo, he, last year, directed the state-owned oil development company, the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), to pay particular attention to this potential.
“It is good to hear that that directive appears to be yielding dividends, as GNPC, from the results of its pilot survey in the Voltaian basin, has established the presence of a working petroleum system. I hope that, eventually, there will be something big for us to cheer about,” President Akufo-Addo said.
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Thursday, 8th February, 2018, when he delivered his Message on the State of the Nation in Parliament.
Touching on the area of Sports, President Akufo-Addo stated that this year, Government will continue the process of passing the Legislative Instruments of the National Youth and Sports Act, pursue the enactment of the draft National Sports College Bill, and create a Sports Fund to improve sports development in the country.
“Government also remains committed to the development of football in the country. We have begun the rehabilitation of the Accra Sports Stadium, aka Ohene Djan Sports Stadium, and in partnership with the Inner City and Zongo Development Ministry and the Ghana Football Association, we are constructing a number of football pitches in the Zongos and across the rest of the country, to aid in the revival of colts football, which has been responsible for the production of talents like Abedi Pele and Tony Yeboah.
We need to catch the talents at a young age, if Ghanaian football is to continue with its traditions of excellence, and perform well on the national and international stage,” he said.
On the need to create the space and atmosphere for the country’s artists and creatives, President Akufo-Addo pledged the support of government for them.
“The foundations for the passing of the Creative Arts Bill have been laid, and, ultimately, processes for the setting up of the Creative Arts Fund will be completed to enable our creative artists to access funds to boost their art,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo was confident that as the country makes progress in its undertakings, more and more people will come to Ghana to find things out for themselves, to conduct business and, increasingly, simply as tourists to experience Ghana and enjoy themselves.
“I am happy to report that we have now recognized the need to go further than our reputation for being hospitable. We are building a Ghana, where tourists will feel at home, and we shall feel proud when they say ‘I was in Ghana’”, he added
It is in view of this that, the President indicated that, “on December 15, 2017, I joined the chiefs and people of Osu and Gbese to cut the sod for the 241-acre Accra Marine Drive Project. This project, during construction and upon completion, will generate thousands of jobs for the local community and across the value chain, and position Ghana as a key tourism destination”.
The Minority has downplayed claims by government of its plans to exit from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The Minority at a press conference said government will only exit if the benchmark of fiscal consolidation is met and of one such fundamental, is debt management and superior debt management strategy and its sustainability.
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund in September 2016 approved the third tranche of $116.2 million under Ghana’s three-year programme with the fund.
The third approval brought the amount disbursed so far under the programme to $464.6 million.
Ghana entered the three-year arrangement under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) for about US$918 million on April 3, 2015.
Government in August 2017 met the board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to present its decision not to extend the programme.
Already, President Akufo-Addo has stated that government will not extend the programme when it ends in December 2018.
But the Minority Leader says their side is worried at the announcement by the president and how that can affect the international market and the Ghanaian economy as they continue to issue bonds.
‘’We have not met all the requirements and we are not likely to meet all the requirements because when you have them accumulate arrears and pretend that they are fiscally disciplined,’’ then we have a challenge.
The Minority has promised to match the Majority boot for boot as the House prepares to debate the President’s State of the Nation Address.
The Minority in Parliament has expressed their deepest condolences to family and fans to the late Ebony Reigns, who lost her life in a gory accident late Thursday evening.
Led by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, described her as an amazing and talented musician.
The Leader also called on the House to observe a minute silence in her honour.
He said: ‘’our deepest condolences to her family, the fans and the entire nation for the demise of the promising and enterprising musician who is gone. We commiserate with those who perished in the fatal accident and pray that the good Lord will comfort their families and love ones.’’
President Akufo-Addo had earlier expressed his condolence to the bereaved family saying: ‘’ The president in a short message said: ‘’I am saddened by the news of the death of the young, but extremely talented female artiste, Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng, aka Ebony Reigns. By all accounts, she had a very promising music career. My deepest condolences to her family, and to the families of the two others who died in the tragic accident,’’ he added.
The controversial artiste died in a gory accident on the Sunyani-Kumasi road late Thursday evening.
The 21-year-old ‘Maame Hwe’ hitmaker was on board a Jeep with two other military officers with registration number, AS 497-16 FROM Sunyani heading towards Kumasi when it collided head on with a VIP bus heading towards Sunyani from Accra.
The two other military officers were reported to have died later at Bechem Government Hospital after they were rushed there.
According our reporter, the driver however survived and is receiving treatment.