Elect people who can deliver on their promises – Nduom

By Frank Owusu-Ofori

President of Groupe Nduom and the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the party, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom
President of Groupe Nduom and the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the party, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom

As the country gears up towards the 2016 elections, the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the Progressive People’s Party, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, has advised Ghanaians to elect people who can deliver on the promises.

According to Dr. Nduom, “who you vote for can either have a positive or negative consequence” so Ghanaians need to critically examine the ability of those who want to lead the country to deliver on their promises before deciding to vote for them.

He made these comments on his official Facebook Fan Page “Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom”

“I believe in accountability and holding our leaders to their promises and insisting that they deliver positive results to the people. President Mahama said during the State of the Nation address in January 2013 in Parliament that, ‘…I shall work to ensure that every household in this country will soon enjoy uninterrupted water and power supply’. At the IEA Presidential Debate in Tamale in 2012, he promised that load shedding would be a thing of the past. The President’s promises include solving the unemployment crisis, improving education and related infrastructure and stemming down corruption. Mr. Mahama’s Administration promised to build 50 new community schools by September 1, 2015. President Mahama has not delivered on these promises,” he lamented.

Although the National Committee of the PPP has confirmed to hold its 2015 National Convention on Saturday 31st October, 2015 at Takoradi in the Western Region, Dr. Nduom hinted that the 2016 campaign of the PPP, which has already started, will be based on the successful track record of the leadership of the party and the strength of the policies that they propose to implement- stewardship, education, healthcare and jobs.

“No insults, no mud throwing…just the fact,” he concluded.

 

PPP entrenches its dominance as Greater Accra hold Regional Congress

By Frank Owusu-Ofori

 

 

Strengthen efforts to address challenges with AIDS patients – NACP

By Frank Owusu-Ofori and Wisdom Jonny-Nuekpe

Dr. Ayisis Addo (middle) and Ambassador Francis Tsegah (right) at the event
Dr. Ayisis Addo (middle) and Ambassador Francis Tsegah (right) at the event

The Programmes Manager of the National AIDS Control Programme Dr. Ayisi Addo, has said that there is an urgent need to strengthen efforts to address challenges that confronts Persons Living with Human Immune Virus (PLHIVs).

Some of these challenges he cited as the non- availability of Anti-Retrieval Therapy (ARVs), stigma against PLHIVs and unavailability of test kits for the virus among others.

These challenges when not addressed according to him will derail efforts to ending HIV/AIDS in the country.

Dr. Addo was speaking at round table discussion held in Accra to deliberate and highlight on the human right abuses and access to treatment challenges faced by vulnerable groups.

It was organized by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development CCD-GHANA and the United Nations.

According to him, the country has done relatively well by steadily reducing the HIV and infection rate drastically from 3.2 percent in 2006 to a very low rate of 1.3 percent in 2013.

He noted that, people who are affected by HIV do not only suffer personal stigma but the relatives of those affected also suffer discrimination.

A senior research associate at the centre for democratic development, Ambassador Francis Tsegah said despite the consistent decline of HIV over the years, infection rates remain high among certain key populations such as homosexuals, commercial sex workers and drug users.

He said the new UNAIDS Agenda to end HIV/AIDS calls for a renewed focus to ensure that 90 percent of people living with HIV know their status while 90 percent of them are put on treatment to suppress the virus.

Mr. Tsegah called on stakeholders to effectively participate in the campaign to highlight the human right abuses and access to health care by these vulnerable groups in order to harness efforts to address them.

 

Zero HIV / AIDS infection rate in Africa is possible – UNFPA Country Director

By Frank Owusu-Ofori

Dr Babatunde Ahonsi (middle) flanked by Mr.  Luc Armand Bodea and Mrs.  Pavelyn Tendai Musaka
Dr Babatunde Ahonsi (middle) flanked by Mr. Luc Armand Bodea and Mrs. Pavelyn Tendai Musaka

The Country Manager for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr. BabatundeAhonsi, says Africa can achieve zero HIV / AIDS infection.

Speaking at the press briefing of the 2015 International Conference on AIDS and STI’s in Africa (ICASA) which would be held in Harare, Zimbabwe, from the 29th November to 4th December 2015, Dr. Ahonsi said Africa can only achieve through a strong leadership which is linked with science and human rights.

He therefore commended the organisers of the conference, the Society for Aids in Africa (SAA), for coming up with the theme which he described as “very timely”

The 2015 conference theme “AIDS in Post 2015: Linking Leadership, Science & Human Rights,” engages the whole continent and all stakeholders in the post MDG framework, where sustainability of the response in reaching 90, 90, 90 of UNAIDS will not be possible if Human rights are not key priority for a new vision of leadership in the context of strengthening the application of science based evidence

Speaking in an interview with The General Telegraph newspaper, the Coordinator of SAA, Mr. Luc Armand Bodea called on government to ensure that funds are readily made available to end HIV / AIDS in Africa.

He said Africa is very rich as a continent so it is only when our leaders start taking HIV / AIDS issues seriously that it be a thing of the past.

“Leadership must think about their people and address their issues. One of their issues now is to end HIV / AIDS now so we do not know why they can not allocate resources so we end it because Africa is not poor”

“The only problem is that our leadership must be more proactive and think about sustainability and stop waiting for help from above,” he added.

For her part, the Ambassador of Zimbabwe, Mrs. Pavelyn Tendai Musaka, said Zimbabwe is the best country to host the ICASA 2015 and outlined some reasons for that.

“Giving the efforts that we have made to manage HIV / AIDS infection, we feel we are the correct venue to host such a conference. We are looking at zero infection rate by 2020 so it is an opportunity for us for all the member countries of Africa and the whole world to come and agree on how we are going to improve on the treatment of HIV / AIDS,” she indicated

She said the ICASA 2015 Conference would also showcase and market Zimbabwe to the world.

“A lot has been said about Zimbabwe and it is high time the media and the private citizens of the world come and see what Zimbabwe is all about,” she concluded.

 

Ghana needs processing plant for waste plastics – Voltic GM

By Frank Owusu-Ofori

Philip Redman (L) interacting with The Biz portal reporter during the tour of Akwadum Plant
Philip Redman (L) interacting with The Biz portal reporter during the tour of Akwadum Plant

The General Manager of Voltic (Gh) Limited has bemoaned Ghana’s inability to add value to all the plastic wastes that it generates in the country.

According to Philip Redman, the biggest challenge at the moment is that there is no capability or capacity of processing and recycling plastic waste in the country.

He said Ghana needs to introduce that capacity and add value to all the plastic waste it generates.

He indicated that Voltic Ghana is currently undertaking that assessment with other partners around to introduce the necessary capacity so we can recycle the plastics we generate and get value on them.

“Once you create value on it, you can then pass it down the chain so we can get people collecting that waste off the streets,” he added.

Philip Redman made these comments when Voltic Ghana invited a group of journalists to tour the company’s new manufacturing plant at Akwadum near Nsawam, in the Eastern Region.

“The cost is one of the things we are assessing – we have looked across the world as to what other people are also doing. We have not decided which route to take. The more expensive the process the better and more value you get on your plastic product. However, the less expensive the process, the less value you get on your product.  So we are still assessing the two processes.”

He revealed that Voltic Ghana will soon introduce a community recycling project in the coming weeks to study how feasible the project will be.

The tour was aimed at solidifying an existing relationship with the media and further deepen stakeholder confidence in the company’s operation and the high international standards which the Voltic mineral water is produced.

The 20 acres Akwadum Plant which cost the company an initial three and half million dollars of investment currently produces about 6,000 bottled cases, 4,500 dispensers and 5,000 sachet waters all in a day. It would in the next five years be transformed to be on the same level with the Midei plant which produces over 35,000 – 40,000 bottled cases in a day.

Philip Redman indicated that the company will be investing one million dollars within the next 18 months to increase its capacity so it can meet the five years long term plan.

Voltic Ghana holds about 70 percent market share and is bent on remaining a market leader as it marks its 20th year of operating in Ghana.

 

Ghana Association of Bankers Honour Asare Akuffo

By: thebizportal.wordpress.com

Dr. Asare Akuffo - former MD, HFC Bank
Dr. Asare Akuffo – former MD, HFC Bank

The Ghana Association of Bankers (GAB) has honoured the former Managing Director of HFC Bank, Dr Asare Akuffo, for his exemplary and transformational leadership qualities.

The honour was bestowed on him at a cocktail held in Accra recently.

According to Mr. Daniel Ato Kwamina Mensah, Chief Executive Officer of GAB, members in several words and forms, lauded Mr. Akuffo who is also a past President of the Association, for his achievements during his ten years membership of the Association.

Recounting his achievements, Mr. Mensah said they include the introduction of a new Articles of Agreement and a Conduct of Business Standards (GABCOBS) which set the standards for intra-bank ethical behavior in the country.

Mr. Akuffo served the Association in various capacities including Vice-President from 2009 to 2011 and President from 2011 to 2014.

Until his retirement from HFC Bank on 30 June, 2015, Mr. Akuffo was a council member of the GAB.

He was not only instrumental in the formulation of the constitution of GAB but also he engineered the physical relocation of its present offices to the Accra Financial Centre.

A pioneer Management staff of HFC Bank from 1990, Mr. Akuffo rose to become the Financial Controller and Finance Director before assuming the leadership of the Bank in July 2005.

“He will be sorely missed and the Association wishes him well in his new endeavours”, Mr. Mensah stated.

 

 

Rlg  Nigeria inducted into Nigeria Computer Society 

By Frank Owusu-Ofori

RLG'S NCS INDUCTION CERTIFICATE
RLG’S NCS INDUCTION CERTIFICATE

Rlg Communications Nigeria, a subsidiary of Rlg Communications Group has been inducted into the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) as a Corporate Member.

The Pan African mobile phone manufacturing giant received its certificate last Friday with Membership Number 09420, valid until July 2017.

The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) is the umbrella organization of all Information Technology Professionals, Interest Groups and Stakeholders in Nigeria.

“This is to certify that RLG Communication Nigeria Limited being duly qualified has been admitted as Corporate of the Society and is entitled to all rights, benefits and privileges accorded by the constitution and Bye-Laws,” the certificate jointly signed by the NCS General Secretary, Mr. Iyiola  Ayoola and President, Prof. Ganiyu Adesola Aderounmu read.

The certificate is the national platform for the advancement of Information Technology Science and Practice in Nigeria.

Commenting on the induction, the Head of Technical and Training of  Rlg Nigeria, Elvis Osagiede said the membership alignment is as a result of Rlg’s desire to standardize their operations and to also align with regulatory bodies and key stakeholders in the ICT industry.

He noted that Rlg has now been set apart from other IT practitioners and duly recognized for all their works

The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) was formed in 1978 as Computer Association of Nigeria (COAN) and transformed into NCS in 2002 as a result of harmonization with other stakeholder and interest groups.

The Society’s mission is the Advancement of Information Technology Science and Practice;  and their deployments as solutions and business enablers to all industry practices of human endeavour.

 

 

Despite Group among 50 best places to work in Ghana

By: thebizportal.wordpress.com

Dr. Osei Kwame Despite
Dr. Osei Kwame Despite

The Despite Group has made it to the list of 50 best places to work in Ghana.

A report released by Goodman AMC ranked the Despite Group as the 16th best place to work in the country. The ranking placed the Despite Group ahead of other media houses including the Multimedia Group and Citi Fm (Omnicom) which were ranked 19th and 25th respectively.

The United States Government foreign aid agency, USAID topped the list. Following USAID is multinational telecommunication giant; Vodafone Ghana. Google Ghana, Ecole Francais Jacques Prevert and the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS) follow in this order.

The 6th place was occupied by UT Bank with Lister Hospital, Office of the President, General Electric following in that order.

For the building and construction industry, construction firms WBHO and Group Five ranked 10th and 21st respectively with adk Consortium, being the only consulting firm providing consultancy in the field of engineering also making it in the list.

Goodman AMC said it conducted a survey to figure out this year’s Top 50 Best Places to Work in Ghana.

The survey sampled employees based on a set of unique metrics calculated to give an overview of key happiness factors at work including: job security, teamwork, public perception, growth opportunities, work environment, organization’s reputation, effective leadership, support for diversity, innovation, organization’s culture, strategic management and relationship with boss and co-workers.

“Each review is then given an average score indicating where the company or organization places, out of a maximum score of five. The reviews from organizations were tabulated to determine the Goodman AMC Top 50 Best Places to Work in Ghana for 2015,” the release on their website indicated.

Below is the full list of Goodman AMC’s Top 50 Best Places to Work in Ghana for 2015.

 

Rank Organization Business description
              1      USAID U S Government Agency
              2      Vodafone Ghana Telecommunication provider
              3      Google Ghana Internet related services
              4 Ecole Francais Jacques Prevert Educational institution
              5      GhIPPS Financial service
              6      UT Bank Banking
              7      Lister Hospital Healthcare
              8      Office of the President Government body
              9      General Electric Conglomerate
            10      WBHO Construction firm
            11      Databank Financial services
            12      Ashesi University Educational institution
            13      Oxford and Beaumont Legal firm
            14      PHILIPS West Africa Electronics
            15      DANIDA Danish Development Agency
            16      Despite Group Media
            17      GIZ German Aid Agency
            18 Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa &Ankomah Legal firm
            19      Multimedia Group Media
            20      Rancard Solutions IT services
            21      Group Five Construction firm
            22      Africa Development Bank Financial institution
            23      PWC Professional services
            24      Fidelity Bank Banking
            25      Citi Fm (Omnicom) Media
            26      SofTribe IT services
            27      Broll Property management
            28      Enterprise Insurance Insurance services
            29      UNICEF United Nations body
            30      Ministry of Foreign Affairs Government Ministry
            31      Deloitte Professional services
            32      Chase Petroleum Bulk oil distributor
            33      Kasapreko Beverage company
            34      ADK Consortium Consulting firm
            35      Tullow Ghana Limited Oil and gas
            36      GridCo Power transmission
            37      AIRTEL Ghana Telecommunication provider
            38      MET Insurance Insurance
            39      Zormelo and Associates Consulting firm
            40      Phoenix Insurance Insurance services
            41      Kulendi and Associates Legal firm
            42         Volta River Authority Power generation
            43         Ghana Gas Company Natural gas
            44         Tobinco Pharmaceutical
            45         ZOOBASHOP Online retailer
            46       MTN Telecommunication provider
            47       IMANI Think Tank
            48       RINGIER Media related services
            49       SCANAD Advertising agency
            50         Stanbic Bank Banking

 

MP gives 14,300GHC to Muslims for Ramadan

By Frank Owusu-Ofori

Hon. Nii Armah Ashitey(R) interacting with Muhamed Bashiru Nii Narh Alema (M)
Hon. Nii Armah Ashitey(R) interacting with Muhamed Bashiru Nii Narh Alema (M)

The Member of Parliament for the Osu Korle-Klottey constituency, Nii Amarh Ashitey, has donated items worth GH¢14,300 to the Muslim community in support of their Ramadan.

The items included bags of rice, cartoons of milk and boxes of sugar.

Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is a month where the Holy Quran was first sent down to the Prophet Mohammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa’Sallam). During the Ramadan month, Muslims all around the world must fast.

Presenting the items, the MP, a former Minster of Employment and Labour Relations, said that the items were to support all the Muslims in his constituency as they continued with their fasting.

He urged every Muslim never to give up along the way but endeavor to see the fasting through to the end.

“The last 10 days are very crucial because it is believed that is when the Angels come down and bless his people.

“So pray for the constituency and the nation as a whole so that Allah blesses the land. This flood and fire disaster must never happen again,” Hon. Nii Amarh Ashitey remarked.

Receiving the donation, the Osu Korle-Klottey Constituency Chairman, Muhamed Bashiru Nii Narh Alema, thanked the Minister for his unflinching support towards all the Muslims in the constituency.

He promised to ensure that the donations were “equitably distributed to the right people” in the constituency.

The Ramadan is obligatory on all Muslims if they are physically and mentally sound and fit. Except for the traveler, elderly, pregnant, menstruating, or chronologically ill. Whoever cannot fast, it is their duty to feed the poor, if they have the financial ability. It is not only abstinence from food and drink but, Ramadan is also a test of patience in refraining from evil actions, evil thoughts, and bad words.

Ramadan is a test to demonstrate submission to ALLAH (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala), the only God. Ramadan is a way to keep the mind and body focused on good deeds and attaining self discipline.

 

Bosch opens regional subsidiary in Nigeria

…plans to open one in Ghana later in the year

By Frank Owusu-Ofori

(L-R)Jennifer Anoyika,Robert Bosch GmbH, Uwe Raschke, , Joerg Steckhan,
(L-R)Jennifer Anoyika,Robert Bosch GmbH, Uwe Raschke, , Joerg Steckhan,

Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology and services, has officially opened a new sales, marketing and service subsidiary in Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria.

The establishment of the regional subsidiary in Nigeria is expected to boost Bosch’s activities in the West African market.

A press release issued by Bosch and copied to The Biz portal noted  that the company sees Africa in general and Nigeria in particular as an important long-term growth market.

The opening of a representation in Algeria, Ghana and Tunisia, is planned for later in 2015.

“We see high potential for our business in Africa. Thanks to its rapidly-growing population, low median age, increasing middle class, and optimistic economic forecast, we expect a significant demand for Bosch products ‘invented for life’,” said Uwe Raschke, member of Bosch’s board of management.

Bosch Group’s President for Africa, Markus Thill, also underscored the essence of setting up their regional subsidiary in Nigeria.

“By opening a location in Nigeria, we’re taking a decisive step forward in expanding our presence in West Africa,” he noted.

The company generated sales of some 350 million euros* in Africa in 2014. Including the new location in Nigeria, Bosch will have a presence in ten African countries by the end of this year. The company currently employs more than 760 associates in Africa. Depending on the further business development, Bosch plans to increase this figure in the next years.

Christened “Robert Bosch Nigeria,” the regional subsidiary is operating a sales, marketing and service office in Lagos, covering all of Bosch’s four business sectors- Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, including Energy and Building Technology.

The company will particularly focus on catering to demand in the food processing as well as energy and infrastructure industries – working closely with local partners to ensure the best possible customer benefit and, on a larger scale, the benefit of Nigeria’s economy and society.

All four Bosch business sectors have operations in Africa. The current focus of the company’s manufacturing activities is South Africa, where there are two manufacturing sites, in Brits and Midrand. They primarily manufacture automotive components and assemble packaging machinery. There are additional regional subsidiaries and representative offices in Egypt and Morocco.

In 2014, Bosch established a presence in the east African market with the opening of a branch office in Kenya. The company, recently, opened representations in Angola and Mozambique.

Bosch has been present in Africa since 1906.

 

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