General Secretary of the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) Solomon Kotei, has bemoaned the poor work conditions of Ghanaians especially in the private sector.
He also lamented over the activities of recruitment agencies and outsourcing companies who are using their operations to cheat workers.
According to him, the activities of these agencies usually plunge job seekers into trouble as most of them get poor salaries, no SSNIT or medical benefits and job insecurity.
Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said because of unemployment, workers who are undergoing poor conditions have remained mute and the ICU has demanded for change through petitions and proposals.
The law in Ghana he explained mandates the agencies to search for workers for a prospective company, take their commission from the companies but ‘’what we see today is that these agencies rather receives the salaries of the workers and give them what they want.’’
He has therefore challenged the Labour Commission to conduct serious audit so the agencies violating the laws to be punished.
On 1st October 2011 UK’s Government introduced the Agency Workers Regulations which gives agency workers the right to equal treatment (with permanent staff working at the same organisation).
But Ghanaian employers totally treat agency staff different from permanent staff, he opined.
He said: ‘’several contract workers in Ghana are paid in the margin of 500-800 GHS a month, doing the same job with permanent staff receiving about 3 times this amount.’’
The Nigerian Senate was on high alert Wednesday after armed men interrupted a session at Nigeria’s parliament, stealing its mace.
The men were allegedly led by suspended lawmaker Ovie Omo-Agege who seized the symbol of authority from the upper legislative chambers sitting in Nigeria’s capital Abuja, the Senate said.
The incident was branded “an act of treason” by Aliyu Abdullahi, a Senate spokesman who said the lawmaker was trying to overthrow a branch of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“This action is an affront on the legislature,” he said in a statement.
“Security agencies must stand on the side of due process and immediately mobilize their personnel to retrieve the mace and apprehend the perpetrators of this act,” Abdullahi said.
Laws cannot be passed by Nigeria’s Senate in the absence of the mace, a symbol of authority binding decisions taken on the Senate floor.
Despite the incident, sessions continued Wednesday in the 109-member assembly with a spare mace, Shehu Sani, a senator representing Kaduna Central said.
“I and others insisted that the Senate must not adjourn. I removed my waist belt and lay to serve as a mace for us to continue.”
“My colleagues seconded. Then a spare mace brought in and the session continued,” Sani added.
The lawmaker who condemned the attack on Facebook called the incident an attempted coup that could fester if not addressed.
“Those who sanctioned,organized and supported this will someday do that to the Presidency or the judiciary,” he added.
Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has called Wednesday’s incident an attack on the country’s democracy and called for arrests.
“The APC hereby condemns this action and views it as an attack on our democracy and a desecration of the hallowed institution of the National Assembly, ” Bolaji Abdullahi, a spokesman for the party, said in a statement.
“We therefore call on security agencies to take all necessary actions to recover the stolen mace and ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to justice,” he added.
Violent outbursts are common in Nigeria’s parliament but tensions rose last month over the proposed amendment of an electoral act that seeks to shift the presidential election date until after legislators and other branches have been elected.
Omo-Agege, a member of the ruling party was reported to have objected to the move which led to his suspension from the Senate.
President Buhari is seeking for re-election next year and tensions are set to rise ahead of the polls.
Nigerians are clamoring for change in areas including: security, the economy and corruption- promises made by President Buhari during his campaign before he took office in 2015.
Four years on, Buhari has faced criticism over increasing attacks by terror group Boko Haram in Nigeria’s northeast, frequent attacks from Fulani herdsmen in the central region of the country and a growing separatist movement in the east of the country.
A 62 year-old man, Sampson Azorvatsi has allegedly killed his step son, Dzigblor Olava, 23, for reportedly consuming his banku and okro soup.
The deceased reportedly consumed the meal with his friends.
Narrating the incident to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, our correspondent, Kwesi Nyarko said the suspect prepared the meal and left home for fishing.
The suspect had planned to consume the meal after fishing. However, after returning home, he realized the meal had been consumed by his step son.
He is said to have asked Olava why he consumed the meal. But Olava reportedly insulted the suspect for asking him why he consumed the meal.
The 62 year old man angrily hit the step son with a club and he [Olava] died on the spot, Kwesi Nyarko reported.
He was subsequently arrested and arraigned before the Mpaeso Circuit court where he has been remanded in police custody.
He will reappear on May 8, 2018. The incident occurred at Abrapor of the Kwahu East District in the Eastern region.
The police in the Northern region have said they would be unable to arrest persons who were captured in a viral video assaulting a young lady.
The police according to our Northern regional correspondent, Prince Kwame Tamakloe, says no official complaint has been lodged hence their inability to effect an arrest.
In the 1 minute 16 seconds video, male voices in Dagbani are heard accusing her of roaming unnecessarily and flirting around with men and thus bringing disgrace to the community.
She was stretched prostrate on a table and pinned down by two men whilst two other men subjected her to severe beaten with whips.
The helpless girl was dragged on the ground and beaten up mercilessly while a community of onlookers stood back to watch and record her ordeal.
The girl according to him came home at around 10pm a night before the incident and was accused of sleeping in a man’s room who they suspect is her fiancée.
The Executive Director for policy think tank Institute for Policy and Innovation (ILAPI-Ghana), Peter Bismark has called for the decriminalization of homosexuality.
He argues that the most important thing we can do is to pursue a path of education on the negative medical effects of homosexuality so persons who practice the act will stop.
He made reference to how fake pastors are fleecing members in the name of offertory and how corrupt leaders are draining state resources through their corrupt deals and compared it how homosexuals are demonized by the public.
He however maintained that although the act is frowned upon by our religious beliefs, people who practice it see it as a choice hence the need to intensify education on the cat and that will help people to stop practicing it, he added.
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Stop criminalizing LGBT and educate them on the medical repercussions. LGBTs and corrupt politicians who deserves to be maimed? Even though LGBT is termed immoral to Christians and other religious bodies, who are we to judge what is moral and immoral when majority of the laws are made by immoral leaders? Look at how churches are extorting and faking miracles for offertories? Look at how leaders in governance are drinking from the public envelop. It is a choice to be a fake pastor or gay. If LBGTs are humans like us but a choice they took to be one they must not be condemned. It's a choice to be a politician and lie to voters. Help them to overcome such and not to stigmatize or make laws to cage them while existing laws to fight corruption are left hanging.
Some angry concerned youth of Bia West and East in the Western region have given a one week ultimatum to government to fix their electricity problem for them else they will embark on a naked demonstration.
Speaking to the general secretary of the group, Ackaah Joseph, aka Nana Kass ,he said businesses in the affected areas are collapsing due to the erratic power supply popularly known as 'dumsor'.
He is alleging that their lights go off more than 20 times in a day without any notification from the ECG.
''Meanwhile both the past and the present government have failed in solving this problem, he lamented.
They also complained about the poor nature of their roads a situation they noted has affected activities in the region.
‘’We are therefore asking the government to address our grievances’ or we will never vote again in the upcoming election and will never allow any political party to campaign in the area again,’’ he warned.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the effective execution of the National Strategic Plan for Malaria Control, as well as the introduction of other innovative strategies, means that “Ghana stands ready to beat malaria.”
Speaking at the Malaria Summit London 2018, on Wednesday, 18th April, 2018, on the sidelines of the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, President Akufo-Addo stated noted that the fight against malaria in Ghana is an age-old one.
“According to the Ghana Health Service, malaria tops Out Patient Department cases, and is responsible for the death of three children, every day, in the country. Indeed, in 2016, 10.4 million cases of malaria were recorded in a population of some 30 million people,” he said.
The President continued, “Although the figure from 2016 represents an improvement over that of 2015, we recognise that a lot of work has to be done in reducing prevalence of malaria to the barest minimum.”
Reiterating the “solid, decade-long work and advocacy undertaken by my fair lady, Rebecca, Ghana’s First Lady, through her Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation”, the President stated that this has reinforced his conviction that Ghana’s aim of reducing malaria morbidity and mortality by 75%, by the year 2020, is attainable.
Ghana’s goal, through the National Strategic Plan for Malaria Control, he said, is to achieve and sustain near-zero malaria deaths, and, ultimately, a malaria-free Ghana.
Key interventions of this Plan, the President outlined, include integrated vector management; malaria case management, including malaria in pregnancy; integrated community case management; seasonal malaria chemoprevention; integrated support systems, including advocacy and behavioural change communication; surveillance, monitoring and evaluation; and the strengthening of health systems.
“Additionally, Government is providing tax exemptions on anti-malarial commodities, adopting measures to deal with antimalarial drug resistance, and implementing policies to mitigate the effects of climate change and environmental degradation, that impact on malaria transmission,” he added.
Ghana’s strategy, the President told the gathering, is based on innovation, as Ghana is one of the first countries to adopt the new generation of insecticides for indoor-residual spraying, as well being one of the three countries testing the new malaria vaccine.
“I am confident that the effective execution of this Plan and strategy would mean that Ghana stands ready to beat Malaria” he concluded.
Head Coach for Kumasi Ash Town Ladies, Nana Sekyere, has told Rainbow Sports that, the defeat the team chalked when they played Pearl Pia Ladies was as a result of ill health.
The coach noted that majority of the players were suffering from malaria and that weakened them hence their defeat.
He was however quick to add that the team is hopeful they will fully recover to play their next match during the weekend.
‘’The players are sick. They suffered malaria and that affected their health and the performance. We are however hopeful they will fully recover before they play their next game,’’ he added.
Pearl Pia Ladies defeated Ash Town Ladies in the week play off of the Fresh Park Women’s League over the weekend.
CDH Financial Holdings has renewed its annual commitment to the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) Awards Night, with a sponsorship package of GHc 25,000.
The package forms part of the company’s sponsorship for the 43rd MTN SWAG Awards fixed for Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Accra International Conference Center (AICC).
Mr. Kwabena Yeboah, President of SWAG commended the company for renewing their support for the Association.
He said, the package comes at an opportune time for the Association, since it would provide the necessary financial backing for the organization of the event.
Mr. Martin Asamoah, Executive Director of CDH Financial Holdings commended the Association for ensuring the continuous growth of the event.
“We shall continue to support the development and growth of the event and the awards each year.
“We believe in the SWAG brand and the idea of rewarding sports men and women each year.
“CDH Holdings would continue to support the organization of the event each year,” he added.
SWAG would confer honours over 30 sports men and women, who excelled in the year 2018.