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TIME FOR ACTION- Apostle Amoako-Attah, Freedom Chapel Int’l

24 Apr

Apostle Amoako-Attah, Freedom Chapel International Overseer, has taken a swipe on the recent violence that characterized the biometric registration exercise in some parts of the country and has called on the government to live up to its words by creating employment for the unemployed youth.

According to him if those youth involved in the recent violence were employed it would have been difficult for them to be swayed by some politicians to cause trouble during elections.

He dared politicians to exercise decorum and stop inducing the youth to misbehave at political platforms but rather set good examples (foundation) for the youth to build upon it, a legacy that is worth emulating.

He said this in an interview on recent developments which might lead to this year’s General Elections, with the National Times in his Church Office in Accra.

“Politicians should stop promoting ethnocentrism with disregard to invading Ghana’s fledgling democracy’, he noted, adding that it was also necessary for them to exhibit self discipline in their activities at the right time and place.

Apostle Amoako-Atta noted with regret the breakdown of respect in society that has engulf the youth in recent times, stressing that the consiquence of the absence of Religious and Moral Studies in Ghana’s Education Curricula, as well as bad precedence set by ‘our’ politicians and leaders in the country is the cause of the problem.

He seized the opportunity to encourage Christians, especially more women to participate in politics in order to instill discipline and show good examples for the youth to emulate rather than leaving it to some politicians alone.

The man of God further noted that the “Ghanaian Culture” of respect that ‘our’ forefathers bequeath to us is no more.

In his reaction to the recent comments by the Asin North M.P which has been the cause of sensation in the air waves, he urged the security agencies to be neutral in tampering justice and avoid playing politics with wrong doings in order for a lasting peace in Ghana to prevail.

“In practicing our culture, we should note that C-means control, where we all no matter the circumstances’ should try to control ourselves. ‘U’ signifies understanding, where one must understand one other. Whiles ‘L’ stands for learning from our mistakes and moving on in life. ’U’  stands for trusting one another as well as trusting that with a common goal Ghana can develop. ‘U’ means unity, whiles ‘R’ also shows respect  of which the youth must hold fast. ‘E’ means endurance”, he stated.

ROAD SAFETY MANAGEMENT SERVICES LIMITED INAUGURATES BOARD OF DIRECTORS

24 Apr

The Road Safety Management Services Ltd (RSMSL), a subsidiary of the Jospong Group of Companies with the mandate of managing road safety in the country – has inaugurated a new board of directors to steer the affairs of the company.

In a short ceremony witnessed by management and staff of Jospong Group of Companies, RSMSL Management, five distinguished personalities were sworn in as members of the new Board of Directors for Road Safety Management Services Ltd.

The Board of Directors includes Mr. Joel E. Nettey as Chairman, Mr. Alex Kwadjo Boateng as a member of the Board and Mr. Inusah Musah, also as a member of the Board.  The rest are the General Manager of RSMSL, Air Commodore Dery as member of the Board and Madam Gifty Ofori as secretary of the Board.

Prof. Stephen Adei, the Chairman of the Advisory Board for Jospong Group of Companies, thanked the appointed members for accepting their respective roles and entreated them to bring their expertise and experience to help RSMSL undertake a national cause of reducing road carnage to the barest minimum. He told them that their responsibility as members of the Board was not to be involved in the day-to-day activities of the company but to formulate policies, oversee the right recruitment of personnel and set achievable targets for the company. He finally implored members to be dedicated in their duties and make it a priority to always read Board papers.

The Chief Executive Officer of Jospong Group of Companies, Dr.  Joseph Siaw Agyapong was very appreciative of the members for accepting to be part of RSMSL, and accepting to do a national service of preventing the loss of lives and properties through road accidents. He was very optimistic that members would work assiduously to ensure that the Road Safety Management initiative works.

Air Commodore Dery on his part welcomed the setting up of the Board of Directors to oversee the operations of the Company.  He said that the Board and Management will share responsibilities in the policy making and policy implementation for the firm. He emphasized that Management of RSMSL would have to work hard in order to account to the Board.

Members of the Board of Directors were sworn in to office by Rev. Asante Ayerh of the Church of Pentecost, Teshie District. In his acceptance remarks, Mr. Joel E. Nettey, Chairman of the Board, thanked the CEO of Jospong Group for the appointment of members. He stressed that members will not take the challenge of overseeing the operations of RSMSL lightly and they will implement policies that would affect the company positively. He also promised that the Board will not interfere with the day-to-day running of the company, which is the sole responsibility of management.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE OF THE VICTIMS OF SLAVERY AND THE TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE

4 Apr

Field visit for Ghanaian students

Friday, March 30, 2012

“Imagine being torn from your weeping family as a result of ethnic warfare…forced to walk hundreds of miles until you reach the sea on the West African side of the Atlantic Ocean. You are stripped of your name, your identity, of every right a human being deserves. The European ship that you are forced to board is headed across the Atlantic to Caribbean and South American plantations, a voyage through the awful “middle passage”. A multitude of black people of every description chained together, with scarcely room to turn, traveling for months, seasick, surrounded by the filth of vomit-filled tubs, into which children often fell, some suffocating. The shrieks of the women and the groans of the dying render the whole scene of horror almost inconceivable. Death and disease are all around and only one in six will survive this journey and the brutal, backbreaking labour that follows.”

This scenario lasted for 400 years from the 16th century to the 19th century with the sale and exploitation of millions of Africans by Europeans. It is estimated that between 15 to 20 million people, men, women and children, were deported from their homes and sold as slaves in the different slave trading systems.

On 17 December 2007, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution (62/122) which declared 25 March the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

The resolution also called for the establishment of an outreach programme to mobilize educational institutions, civil society and other organizations to inculcate in future generations the “causes, consequences and lessons of the transatlantic slave trade, and to communicate the dangers of racism and prejudice.”

Why do we commemorate the Day?

The purpose of this Day is to honour the memory of those who died as a result of slavery as well as those who have been exposed to the horrors of the middle passage and have fought for freedom from enslavement. The yearly remembrance also serves as an occasion to raise awareness to the world’s youth about the dangers of racism and prejudice. This commitment by the UN and the actions used to fight against the system of slavery had an impact on the human rights movement.

2012 Theme: “Honouring the Heroes, Resisters and Survivors”

ZOOMLION HANDS OVER WASTE MANAGEMENT TRUCKS TO MMDA’S IN CENTRAL REGION

20 Mar

 Zoomlion Ghana Limited, a waste management organization, in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, last Friday handed over refuse trucks and other equipment for distribution to 17 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the Central Region.

Handing over the keys to the trucks at a ceremony in Cape Coast, the Central Regional Manager for Zoomlion, Mr. John Sackey, said the new trucks would provide additional logistical support to the MMDAs in order to enhance their capacities to deliver higher quality waste management services in their respective areas and also to help Zoomlion realize its vision of being champion of clean, green and healthy communities by the year 2015.

“Waste management in the country has been a daunting task that needs concerted efforts to help achieve a five-star delivery in the country”, he said while calling on all and sundry to play a part in curbing the menace.

The Minister for the Central Region, Mrs Ama Benyiwa-Doe, receiving the keys to the trucks, called on experts in the environmental sector to develop more efficient ways of managing waste in the country.

She warned that “Ghana has come far and cannot afford to stick to the old traditional ways of waste management especially in the wake of the fact that now more waste is being generated than it could be dealt with by the Sanitation Units of the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs)”. She also appealed to the Assemblies to adopt new ways of dealing with the problem.

Mrs Benyiwa-Doe handed over the keys of the trucks to the Chief Executives of the various Assemblies and said that even though waste disposal and management had become a major problem in their areas, they could network with other organizations to solve the problem.

She appealed to Ghanaians to be prepared to pay “a little money” to have their waste disposed of properly and ensure a clean environment at all times.

She urged Zoomlion to monitor and ensure that the equipment and vehicles were well utilized in the districts.

Receiving the keys from the regional minister, Hon. Nii Ephraim, MCE for Efutu who also doubles as the Dean of MMDCE’s in the Central Region, expressed his gratitude to the government of Ghana and Zoomlion Ghana Limited for the move which he believes will go a long way to help enhance waste management operations in the region. “This ceremony is to show that the relationship that exists between Zoomlion and the various MMDA’s is bearing fruits and all we hope for is a continued partnership.”, he said.

 

UN WOMEN ORGANISES MOUNT ABURI CLIMB TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS

2 Mar

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women- UN Women, one priority area is to end gender-based violence and through the Ghana UNiTE Campaign initiative organized a walk to raise awareness on the need to end violence against women and girls. This was in preparation towards the Africa UNiTE Mount Kilimanjaro Climb, the regional component of the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Global UNiTE Campaign to end violence against women and girls.
The historic climb to the Aburi Mountain under the theme ‘Speak Up, Climb Up’ also coincided with the events to mark this year International Women’s Day in Ghana. About 500 women and men from various institutions in the country participated in the event.
The National Programme Coordinator for UN Women Ghana, Ms. Afua Ansre explained that the Africa UNiTE Campaign was launched in 2010, during the week of the Africa Union’s Heads of State Summit., and it is a United Nations Inter-agency initiative bringing together 11 UN organizations to undertake coordinated actions and activities to eliminate violence against women and girls. She noted that, Mount Kilimanjaro Climb has been planned from March 5 to 9 this year and would involve at least one participant from each of the 54 African countries, members of from civil societies and the media.
Ms. Ansre further stated that, every woman and girl should live in a home where she is free from the threat of violence and every girl should be able to attend school without the risk of abuse. This she believes, together, we can change deeply rooted attitudes and practices that discriminate against women and girls in Ghana.
Ms. Salamatu Musah, an athlete and Ghana’s Representative in the Mount Kilimanjaro Climb, espoused that sports can be a venue for the empowerment of women, and through the leadership of female athletes, we can draw attention to the plight of abused women and children in Ghana and on the African continent.

Virgin Atlantic announces new flights from Accra to London

23 Feb

In response to growing demand, Virgin Atlantic is increasing the number of flights to London Heathrow. From 26 March 2012, Virgin Atlantic will be flying 5 times a week with travel between Accra and London Heathrow, also giving connections further on the Virgin Atlantic network to the United States.

In the last six months, sales have grown by more than 50% in Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class and Premium Economy cabins aimed at business travellers and those looking for some luxury.  A service will now run every day apart from Thursdays and Sundays, with Thursday being the busiest day for travel between the two locations.

Nick Taylor, Virgin Atlantic’s Country Manager for West Africa said, “Virgin Atlantic is making a clear commitment to Ghana and we’re pleased to be supporting business links to and from the UK. We understand time is so valuable, especially to our business travellers, and we’ve responded to feedback increasing the number of weekly services.”

This news comes hot on the heels of Virgin Atlantic’s announcement to invest £100m in its business class products during the next three years.   New flights to Vancouver, Cancun, San Francisco and the Caribbean have also been announced in the past six months.

Kwame Achampong-Kyei, the executive Chairman of GLICO Group; and one of Virgin Atlantic’s top Flying Club members said, “This is welcome news to us who have come to value the service style and attention to detail that Virgin Atlantic brings. This is what really defines great business delivery and we look forward to more flights also being announced”

ROAD ACCIDENTS TO REDUCE DRASTICALLY …As RS Management Services Gears up to Begin Operations.

17 Feb

ROAD ACCIDENTS TO REDUCE DRASTICALLY

…As RS Management Services Gears up to Begin Operations.

 

 

The Road Safety Management Services Limited (RSMSL), a road services provider, is set to start operations, amidst high prospects for job creation for thousands of Ghanaian youths.

 

The company, which is pursuing a multifaceted road safety management initiative aimed at enhancing safe road transportation, is making huge investments in what would change the face of road safety in the country.

 

Among other things, the company is rolling out its road safety project which is focusing on, investments in the establishment of facilities to provide advanced road safety.

 

The project, which is expected to generate some 4,000 jobs for the youth, is a collaborative initiative with the Ministries of Transport and Finance & Economic Planning, National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and the Police Motor Transport and Traffic Unit (MTTU).

 

As part of the project, RSMSL is financing the supply, installation, operation and maintenance of a network of traffic cameras to check excessive speeding on the roads.

 

It is also investing in the building, operation and maintenance of a vehicle recovery and towing service centres on the highways for rapid removal and recovery of accident or broken down vehicles on the roads.

 

To aid the towing operations, the company is also investing in the construction of a full service vehicle parking centres that would accommodate towed and accident vehicles, as well as offer repair services to for faulty vehicles.

 

Additionally, the company, which is a wholly-owned Ghanaian firm specialised in road safety management through the use of electronic traffic, security and safety solutions, is building of rest stops on all the major roads in collaboration with the relevant Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).

 

This is aimed at providing motorists with driving breaks so as to reduce road accidents attributable to driver fatigue.

These rest stops would also serve as service centres equipped with eco- and family-friendly facilities and will offer quick service dining, coffee, convenience retail, tourism information and fully-furnished washrooms.

 

The 24-hour rest centres are expected to be adequately equipped to provide motorists and travellers alike all the safety, security and other basic needs for total comfort during the course of the journey, such as emergency vehicle serving.

 

Furthermore, the company is financing the acquisition of an initial 20 state-of-the-art ambulances to ensure the provision of a consistent and reliable ambulance services at vantage points on major roads.

 

The benefit of the company’s planned investments range from job creation through skills acquisition and technology transfer to accelerated economic development.

 

On job creation, with the exception of a few expatriate staff who are expected to provide technical advisory services and support in the stages of the project, the entire operations is to be fully staffed by Ghanaians.

 

The project is envisaged to provide an initial employment for about 1,000 Ghanaians who will man the communication, recovery and service centres along the major roads.

 

The establishment of the various Rest Stops and Service Centres along our highways will also create about 350 construction related jobs and around 2,500 in the service delivery system. Aside from these direct job avenues to be created, these centres will also generate other economic spinoffs for the surrounding communities

 

It is also envisaged that the ambulance service to be established would generate employment for at least 100 Ghanaians at the onset.

 

According to management of the company, the project will significantly contribute to poverty reduction, and also help the government to save cost from effects of road accidents.

 

Apart from the generation of close to 4000 jobs for the youth, the project is expected to offer a further boost to vehicle and equipment parts dealers as all other providers of resources needed for the smooth running and maintenance of the various facilities under RSMSL projects.

 

“The smooth take off of these projects present the nation with opportunities for significant development and transfer of skills in technology applications to road safety and security management. The operations of the company are geared at addressing the four major areas identified the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) as contributing factors to road traffic accidents.

 

According to the NRSC, the company’s collaborative partner, human Factors unsafe vehicles, including broken down and abandoned vehicles, road and environmental hazards and poor emergency medical response are the contributory factors to road accidents in the country.

The Police Administration, which has expressed its commitment to work with RSMSL, is optimistic that the project would help to the major challenge of the unavailability of proper towing services facing MTTU.

Paul Tawiah Quaye, the IGP, recently expressed about the operations of RSMSL, whose technological expertise and resources in towing services, he observed, will help to reduce deaths, create jobs and accelerate the economic development in the country.

Recent statistics show that six people die daily through road accidents, culminating in some 1,800 people perishing annually.

Twenty three percent of the victims are occupants of commercial vehicles, while majority accidents are caused by the presence of broken-down vehicles on the roads.