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ZOOMLION DONATES 10 NEW WASTE MANAGEMENT TRUCKS

31 May

ZoomLion Ghana Limited in its quest to rid the country of filth has once again donated ten brand new waste management trucks and other environmental sanitation equipment to the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the Upper East Region. The company believes this is a strategic move to help the MMDAs in their operation.
The brief handing over ceremony took place at the forecourt of the Regional Coordinating Council in Bolgatanga on March 28, 2012.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, the Deputy Upper East Regional Minister, Hon. Lucy Awuni, said Zoomlion Ghana limited has taken up the task to provide effective sanitation services to the nation and due to this it has been able to rid our cities and towns off a considerable amount of waste. She went on to add that “as we are commending the work of Zoomlion, we should not forget that our support is needed to complement their work”.
Hon. Lucy Awuni also added that the bad sanitation habits of Ghanaians are costing the nation huge sums of money. This she said is because the resource that the country spends on managing incidence of sanitation-related diseases such as cholera and malaria could be channeled into a national interest venture such as infrastructural development.
She therefore called on the people of Bolgatanga to support the Assemblies and Zoomlion to rid of filth in the Region.
On is part, the Deputy Upper East Regional Manager of Zoomlion, Mr. AbubakariIssaka, charged the Municipal and District Chief Executives to ensure that the vehicles are put to good use and also maintained properly to enable the community obtain the maximum benefit of the trucks.
He went on to appeal to the Chief Executives devote some time during various Assembly programmes to educate the public more on the need to keep their environment clean.
The District Chief Executive of Bawku Central, Mr. Musah Abdullah, who received the trucks on behalf of the Assemblies, described the donation as a timely one as the region is faced with the urgent need to undertake massive evacuation of waste. He commended Zoomlion Ghana Limited for such collaboration with the government.

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Newmont named to Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens List”

28 May

ACCRA, May 28, 2012

Newmont Mining Corporation, the parent company of Newmont Ghana, has for the fourth consecutive year been named to Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens List” for 2012.

Newmont was one of only two mining companies in the top 50 on the list of leading companies in corporate responsibility. The company ranked number 42 out of 1,000 U.S. companies that were evaluated.

The “Corporate Citizen List” represents many sectors and a variety of companies from the Russell 1000 stock index, and uses ‘publically available information’ to evaluate 1,000 leading U.S. companies in performance areas such as environment, climate change, human rights, employee relations, corporate governance, philanthropy and finance. Newmont joins respected businesses such as, Bristol-Myers, Microsoft Corporation, Coca-Cola, IBM and Hewlett-Packard on the “100 Best Corporate Citizens List.”

Dave Schummer, Regional Senior Vice President for Africa Operations in a congratulatory message to employees said, “This award has been due to the tireless efforts of Newmont Ghana’s employees and those from other Newmont operations around the globe, and I congratulate them for demonstrating leadership in stewardship of the environment and social responsibility and applying best practices in their work.”

This achievement by Newmont coincides with the launch of its 2011 Global Sustainability Report, “Beyond the Mine.” The report contains Newmont’s initiatives on Sustainability Performance in the areas of safety and health, human resources, environmental protection and community and stakeholder engagement.

Newmont Ghana, in contributing to this achievement, has been executing sustainability programs in partnership with host communities and other stakeholders. Major partnership projects include the Agricultural Improvement and Land Access Program, which produced the 2010 National Best Plantain Farmer and the Ahafo Agribusiness Growth Initiative. Newmont Ghana’s continuous improvement effort in environmental compliance and application of best practices has also been recognized by the Ghana Environmental Protection Agency, which confirmed achievement of a Blue AKOBEN Rating for the Ahafo Mine for 2010.

Newmont Ghana is committed to high standards in environmental protection, health and safety measures and social responsibility in its efforts to be the most valued and respected mining company through industry leading performance.

For more information on the 2012 “100 Best Corporate Citizens List” visit Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s Website and on Newmont and Newmont Ghana’s 2011 Global Sustainability Report visit Beyond the Mine.

About Newmont Ghana

Newmont Ghana is one of five core operating districts for Newmont Mining Corporation (www.newmont.com), one of the largest gold companies in the world. Newmont Ghana operates the Ahafo Mine in the Brong-Ahafo Region and also has a development project, the Akyem Project in the Birim-North District of the Eastern Region. Newmont Ghana employs approximately 4, 600 employees and contractors, with the majority working at its Ahafo Mine. Newmont’s industry leading performance is reflected in Newmont Ghana’s high standards in environmental management, health and safety for its employees and creating value and opportunity for its employees, host communities and Newmont’s shareholders.

ZOOMLION ORGANISES PROJECT MANAGEMENT TRAINING FOR DISTRICT SUPERVISORS

18 May

As part of its efforts to build the capacity strength of its staff, ace waste management company, Zoomlion Ghana limited has organized project management training for its District Operations Supervisors for the Southern Sector.

This consists of the Greater Accra, Eastern, Central, Western and Volta Regions.

The week long certificate awarding training programme which was organized by the College of Project Professionals was aimed at equipping the district operations supervisors who are mainly at the grassroots level with communication and interpersonal skills so as to offer better services to clients and also help the company achieve its strategic objectives.

In an address, The Chief Executive Officer of Zoomlion Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong said the company sees the year 2012 as a year of capacity building and thus would ensure that all staff of Zoomlion across the length and breadth of the nation would have an opportunity to be trained.

He also charged them to take opportunities surrounding them to make themselves better and not to always rely on the company to organize training programmes before they learn.

The Dean of the District Operations Supervisors on behalf of his colleagues expressed their sincere gratitude the CEO and Management of Zoomlion for reposing confidence in them and promised to replicate what they have learnt to ensure the survival of Zoomlion.

Some of the course they were taught included proposal writing, project scope management and project time management.

Other Officials of Zoomlion who addressed the gathering included the Director of Administration Mr. E. O Okomeng, other heads of departments of the Company as well as project coordinators.

A similar meeting is being held in Kumasi for supervisors from Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions.

PRESS RELEASE: UNAIDS launches “Believe it. Do it.” action campaign For HIV infections among children by 2015

9 May

 GENEVA, 8 May 2012

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today launched a new campaign, “Believe it. Do it., aimed at bringing attention and action to the global goal of ending new HIV infections among children by 2015 and ensuring mothers living with HIV remain healthy.

Each year, about 390 000 children become newly infected with HIV and as many as 42 000 women living with HIV die from complications relating to HIV and pregnancy. In 2011, world leaders at the United Nations High Level Meeting on AIDS committed to ending new HIV infections among children by 2015 and saving mothers’ lives. A bold new global plan was adopted and action is underway.

“We have an amazing opportunity to change the world,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “We have the commitment of world leaders but the clock is ticking and we cannot get from 390 000 to zero without you.”

UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassadors Naomi Watts and Annie Lennox are among the personalities adding their voices and commitment to “Believe it. Do it.” In addition, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Whoopi Goldberg joined Blair Underwood, Denis O’Hare, Alexandra Wentworth, George Stephanopoulos and Sujean Rim to create a public service announcement for the campaign with the message “I believe children everywhere can be born free from HIV—Believe it. Do it.”

Under the premise that ‘every day is Mother’s Day!’ UNAIDS also teamed up with artist Sujean Rim to create a series of e-cards celebrating families. Through public service announcements, an interactive web site and social media outreach, the campaign asks the public to take three simple actions:

Get the facts about ending new HIV infections among children

Send a message about the issue and the actions people can all take

Support a mother through one of the great organizations working with families

The campaign will be featured ahead of Mother’s Day on 11 May on the American morning television show Good Morning America and the 30-second public service announcement will appear on CNN International, CNN Domestic (U.S. market) as well as other media outlets.

For more information visit http://www.unaids.org/believeitdoit/

Contact UNAIDS Geneva | Sophie Barton-Knott | tel. +41 22 791 1697 | bartonknotts@unaids.org

UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, is an innovative United Nations partnership that leads and inspires the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. Learn more at unaids.org.

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.

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.