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Communication cum advertising capo and aspiring presidential candidate hopeful, Dr. Ekwow Spio/Garbrah, has revealed he is replacing the late Jewel Ackah, the composer of their anthem as composer. The man who has served in various state and international capacity in his bid to bear the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flag for Election 2020 has revealed, he is replacing the party's late composer, Jewel Kofi Ackah in order to compose songs for the party. At Osu in Accra where Dr. Ekow Spio Garbrah launched his campaign, he pointed out branding is essential in trading any product or services. It was in this light that the former Minister for Communication, Education, Trade and Industry plus ambassador said, the NDC needs a real and dedicated personality with the requisite experience to lead it in whisking power from the New Patriotic Party (NPP). Jewel Ackah is known to have composed the NDC anthem, "ARISE FOR GHANA". In rubbing shoulders to showcase his ability, Dr. Spio did a remix of an old but popular Ghanaian gospel song, "DAA NA ASE" (thank him). This time around, he sung "DA NDC ASE" (thank the NDC). In what he referred to as Seven Point Agenda, the NDC flag bearer hopeful aim to alleviate the Ghanaian people from all the hardship burdening them by the current NPP leadership. He chants, the NPP and Nana Akufo Addo are in for a term in government meaning the NDC and for that matter Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah will win the 2020 elections. By: Daniel Asuku
Presidential candidate hopeful, Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, has admonished delegates of the opposition National Democratic Congress to give him massive endorsement in order to make it easier for the party to win the 2020 elections. He said, the delegates should avoid voting for any candidate with a tag of corruption, scandals and financial malfeasance. At a ceremony to officially launch his campaign, the diplomat said, Ghanaians are looking for someone who is incorruptible, clean and will stand test of integrity, probity and accountability. According to him, there is a great tsunami of change that is blowing in the NDC and that same wind of change that saw some NDC former executives lose their seats will be recorded in the upcoming flagbearership race which he will massively win. Dr. Spio-Garbrah told the gathering that, Ghanaians are not looking for a candidate who is only liked by the NDC but looking for a candidate who will also appeal to every Ghanaian voter. The aspiring candidate was hopeful he will beat all his contenders and emerge as candidate for the NDC. The delegates of the NDC he said are looking for someone with the requisite kind of experiences, a competent person and a flag bearer who can help to unite the party. He called on other candidates to focus their message on the internal primaries and stop deviating from the race ahead. He further called on the party to spend 10 percent of their campaign funds to conduct a research on who Ghanaians would want to vote for as president in 2020 from all the candidates contesting.
The EXIM bank has allocated an amount of GH¢ 416.5 million for the establishment of agro-processing and pharmaceutical industries under government’s ‘One District, One Factory (1D1F)’ programme. Lawrence Agyinsam, Managing Director of the bank said: “The bank is the major financing institution of government’s flagship ‘One District, One Factory’, and all projects are aimed at creating value addition to raw materials, generating foreign exchange and employment creation”. Speaking at a seminar for small businesses in the shea-based cosmetics sector, Mr. Agyinsam added that the bank has approved GH¢9.3million for processing shea-nuts into cosmetics for export and local consumption. “This injection is expected to create 300 direct jobs by December 2020,” he said. The training seminar, organised by the bank in collaboration with the Global Shea Alliance – an organisation that promotes industry sustainability, quality practices and standards, and demand for shea in food and cosmetics – is aimed at equipping participants to gain access into the global shea market. Mr. Agyinsam added that in recognition of the role shea plays in the livelihoods of several families as well as its significant contribution to the country’s Non Traditional Exports (NTE), the bank has introduced a Shea Empowerment Initiative (SEI) as a special project for economic empowerment of women engaged in the shea value chain. He explained that the initiative, which is under the bank’s Grass Roots Initiative Development (GRID) is aimed at providing capacity-building and financing sectors which are strategic to development of the rural economy. “Under GRID, rural communities will receive support critical to their development that would ordinarily not be provided by commercial banks,” he said. He added that the Shea Empowerment Initiative is in line with the bank’s strategic objective of adding value to agricultural produce in the various regions, and increasing the NTE of Ghana to US$5billion by 2022 from the current value of US$2.45billion. Second Lady, Samira Bawumia who was the guest of honour, noted that the shea tree is a major source of income and important engine of economic growth in the northern part of the country. “Shea trees have always been an important part of life in the north, and produce up to 12 percent of income for women who are usually collectors of the nuts,” she said. Ms. Bawumia noted that exports have increased by 600 percent over the last two decades and continue to bring stable income to rural West Africa; and in recent years the demand for shea-based cosmetic products has been growing and manufacturers are creating products with African ingredients desirable to global consumers. “As the world is moving rapidly toward knowledge-based economies, adequate education and access to information can make all the difference in creating a robust industry. Training and seminars provide essential opportunities to expand knowledge and network. As the industry grows, our people must grow with it,” she said. Aaron Adu, Managing Director of Global Shea Alliance, noted that as part of the Global Shea Alliance promotional strategy to increase markets for shea industry players, the seminar is aimed at training these women-owned small businesses to prepare for and attend international trade shows. “With support from EXIM Bank today, we are training exhibitors on export strategies, packaging, labelling, preparing for trade shows, and engaging customers. These shows are the Professional Beauty Trade Show in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the Middle East Natural and Organic Trade Show in Dubai. This year, we are supporting 20 exhibitors from Ghana,” he said. According to COCOBOD, there are about 600,000 women in Ghana who collect shea; and across West Africa, the number is 4 million. Exports of shea reached 350,000 metric tonnes at the end of 2016, and this brought US$200million into West Africa
Seven persons have sustained bullet wounds after the police reportedly fired gun shots in an attempt to disperse aggrieved farmers who were demonstrating against Newmount in Akyem today (Tuesday). The aggrieved farmers have accused Newmount of acting in bad faith and failing to compensate them after destroying their farmlands. Speaking in an interview with Rainbow Radio, Kofi Denkyira, Chairman of the Newmont Akyem Affected Farmers Association,(NAAFA), slammed the police for abusing their rights by firing gun shoots and tear gas at the demonstrators unprovoked. He claims the association notified the police over the intended demonstration and were given the greenlight to organize it. He has also accused traditional leaders in the area of conspiring with Newmount to cheat farmers whose farmlands have been destroyed due to activities of the company. The persons who were shot have been sent to New Abirem whilst three of them has been transferred to Koforidua Regional Hospital for treatment. More soon...
As part of efforts to provide digital platform for small and medium-scale enterprises to market their goods and services to both local and international markets, a Ghana Online Market has been launched. The initiative was jointly launched by the Ministry of business development and national entrepreneurship and innovation plan (NEIP). CEO of NEIP, lawyer John Kumah said government would support 10,000 businesses with full directory, product images and brief videos onto the digital platform from October to December this year under the first phase of the project and that 8,000 jobs were expected to be created in a year. Ghana Online Mall is a business development and marketing digital platform to help small and medium-scale enterprises to use technology to market their products and services to the global community. The online platform comprised four digital platforms namely; Ghana Online Mall, Africa Online Mall, NEIP e-Mall and NEIP Marketplace. It will be a business directory for all businesses that will be hooked onto the platform to trade among themselves, showcase and sell their products to the global community. He further explained that, interested persons and businesses could visit the homepage of the digital platform through www.ghanaonline.com to register their businesses, market their goods and services for free, as well as identify potential businesses for investment relationship and funding. He also revealed that the platform will also help start-ups and small and medium-scale enterprises to access funding and global market as 500,000 businesses are expected to be hooked onto the platform in a year. He said, ‘’It forms part of the NEIP’s mandate to provide three key support services to entrepreneurship ecosystem in Ghana-Business Advisory Services, Access to Funding and Access to Local and International Market.’;’ Delivering the keynote address on behalf of Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Labour and Employment Minister, Ignatius Bagffour Awuah said, “The online mall platform which will be a pool of services providers with diverse backgrounds is an avenue for job creation especially for our students, unemployed graduates, busy mums, artisans and all those who can offer some form of services in the comfort of their homes. “This will further boost trade with other African countries within the context of the Continental Free Trade Area Agreement signed by 50 African countries this year,” he said. “In addition, the online mall platform, which will be a pool of service providers with diverse backgrounds, is an avenue for job creation, especially for our students, unemployed graduates, artisans, and all those who can offer some kind of services in the comfort of their homes. 8,000 jobs are expected to be created in the first 12 months.”
Commissioner General for the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Mr Emmanuel Kofi Nti, has said the implementation of the Cargo Tracking He has therefore appealed to the Media to help in educating the public on the benefits of CTN. Mr Kofi said, the CTN would not only benefit the GRA but other state institutions including health and finance. He was addressing the media on Monday at the headquarters of GRA. ‘’The CTN provides benefits not only to GRA but other government agencies and institutions. At the custom division level, it provides a risk assessment engine to swiftly and proactively address major malpractices in the import mobilization revenue process…For the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, CTN will help in a broader and more comprehensive viewing of global and logistic chain and timely receipt of manifest for effective planning. For the Ministry of Finance, it will help in revenue forecast, for the Bank of Ghana, it will help in the forecasting of currency flow from the Marine time Industry.’’ The CTN he noted will also help the Ministry of Health to have control over prohibited pharmaceutical and medical products and on the part of the Ministry of Trade, ‘’CTN provides a reliable and early statistics to ascertain level of imports for strategic economic decisions. For the Ministry of Interior and Defence, monitoring of importation of weapons.’’ ‘’At the National Development Planni8ng Level, CTN will ensure reliable data for strategic national development planning…The Association of Ghana Industries; Local Industries can now compete effectively with foreign imports since the right duties would be paid to create a level playing field for all products.’’ Meanwhile, he denied being served a suit challenging the implementation of the CTN. He said, ‘’I want to say it here and now that, the petitioner never served me a copy,’’ of the suit. The Cargo Tracking Network Policy seeks to allow shipments to Ghana including transit Cargo and shipping exporters and forwarders at various ports of loading globally to obtain validated CTN number to help track the right content of consignment to avoid undervaluation at the ports. facilitation. According to the statement, the intervention is to provide greater scrutiny of our major imports for both valuation and security management purposes, a statement from GRA said. Importers whose imports, from records, exceed thirty-six (36) Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs)per year will be required to obtain a CTN Number in the country of export. ‘’This means, any importer who imports less than 36 TEUs per year is exempt from CTN compliance. Further, businesses that import more than 36 TEUs per year but can demonstrate that the nature of their imports and their turnovers make them small importers will also be exempt,’’ the statement added. ‘’These exemptions are to ensure that our small and medium scale importers, mostly petty traders, our market women and men, small distributors, and other small to medium businesses are free from the requirements of this intervention. Government will monitor closely the implementation of this important customs management tool with a view to learning the needed lessons and adjusting the scope and mechanics of the policy to achieve both the valuation and security enhancement objectives of the intervention,’’ the statement concluded.
Embattled businessman. Alfred Agbesi Woyome, has descended heavily on the Deputy Attorney General, Mr Godfred Dame describing him as a small boy. He is claiming that Mr Dame is peddling lies about him and using the media to engage in propaganda over the refund of the GHc51 million wrongfully paid him. He was reacting to revelation by the deputy attorney general that, the state has uncovered substantial properties supposedly owned by Mr Alfred Agbesi Woyome estimated at $1.5million each that could prove vital in retrieving the GH¢51.2 million judgement debt he received from the state. This disclosure was made by Deputy Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame moments after the Supreme Court had adjourned hearing of a case in which defunct UT Bank claimed to be the receiver of certain properties of (Woyome) the state had identified. The court presided over by Justice A Benin, directed UT Bank to mount the witness box and give evidence but the witness was not in court. The presiding then ordered lawyers of defunct UT Bank to make available their witness next Monday, October 22. But Mr Woyome in an interview with Accra based Citi FM wondered why the state officer was ‘’spewing lies’’. The businessman who has been asked to refund the GHc51 million back to the state said, he felt sad when he heard Godfred Dame using the media to ‘’spew lies.’’ According to him, he has never disrespected the court and has threatened to drag the deputy attorney general to court over the matter. He alleged Godfred Dame sent army officers to his house to intimidate him earlier this year. ‘’He should do his job properly…He should stop spewing lies, he should respect the court and stop spewing lies.’’ He went on to state he is not a king Kong to prevent state officials from retrieving the GHc51 million. Mr Woyome said, ‘’somebody higher in the NPP should talk to him…they should call Odame to order…Odame you are a small boy, you are just growing up.’’ When his attention was drawn to the fact that he was personally attacking Mr Dame, he refuted insisting he [Odame] has been spewing lies about me. In 2014, the Supreme Court unanimously ordered businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome to refund GhȻ51.2million to the state. According to the court, the contracts upon which he made and received the claim was in contravention of Article 181 (5) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, which requires such contracts to be laid before and approved by Parliament. The court was ruling on a review application filed by a former Attorney General, Mr Martin Amidu.
Former President John Dramani has outlined his vision for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC). Mr Mahama has promised to lead efforts to provide decent offices for the party in the various regions and constituencies. Mr Mahama is also promising to fashion out a programme that links the youth of the party with experienced individuals for mentorship and political development that prepares them for leadership roles ‘’I will as flagbearer, create a platform for constant engagement and brainstorming among professionals and intellectuals within the party on policy and governance proposals to arrive at workable alternatives for implementation in government,’’ he assured. The former president who is seeking the opportunity to lead the NDC in 2020 said, ‘’ I will support the compilation of a database our party's human resources at the constituency and branch levels to enable us identify the capacity and qualification of NDC members.’’ Mr Mahama was optimistic of victory 2020 and believes with unity, they will surely win the 2020 race, He said, ‘’ I am committed to working hard to unify our members as well as strengthen the structures of our great party for victory in the 2020 elections
The State has identified five substantial properties supposedly owned by Mr Afred Agbesi Woyome estimated at $1.5million each that could prove vital in retrieving the GH¢51.2 million judgement debt he received from the state. This disclosure was made by Deputy Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame moments after the Supreme Court had adjourned hearing of a case in which defunct UT Bank claimed to be the receiver of certain properties of (Woyome) the state had identified. The court presided over by Justice A Benin, directed UT Bank to mount the witness box and give evidence but the witness was not in court. The presiding then ordered lawyers of defunct UT Bank to make available their witness next Monday, October 22.
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