Air Liquide Finalizes the Acquisition of the Biggest Oxygen Production Site in the World in Secunda, South Africa
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Air Liquide (Paris:AI) has finalized the acquisition of Sasol’s 16 Air Separation Units (ASU) located in Secunda, South Africa announced on July 29, 2020. Air Liquide will operate this site – the biggest oxygen production site in the world – with a plan to reduce its CO2 emissions by 30% to 40% within the next ten years. As part of this operation, Air Liquide welcomes the more than 220 employees who will continue to operate these ASUs, joining the Air Liquide team in Secunda, where it already operates a 17th ASU.
The initial investment is approximately 8 billion South African Rand (circa 480 million euros). The 16 ASUs will be operated by Air Liquide Large Industries South Africa (ALLISA) with a total installed capacity of 42,000 tonnes per day. Since 2018, Air Liquide has been operating a 17th ASU for Sasol on the Secunda site, with a total production capacity of 5,000 tonnes per day. The 16 ASUs taken over from Sasol will be integrated in Air Liquide’s accounts starting from today.
Air Liquide will bring to the site its expertise in implementing highly mastered operational practices, state of the art technologies, modernization investments and digital capabilities to optimize the operation of the ASUs and the energy consumption. In addition, Air Liquide and Sasol have launched a Request for Proposal (RFP) to pursue supply of 600 MW of renewable energy to the operations in Secunda by 2025. This RFP is part of the joint commitment to pursue procurement of a total of up to 900 MW of renewables by 2030. The implementation of all these solutions will allow Air Liquide to reduce by 30% to 40% the CO2 emissions linked to oxygen production within the next 10 years, in line with the Group’s climate commitments.
Benoît Potier, Chairman and CEO of Air Liquide, said: “The finalization of this deal is a key milestone in our ambition to work together with Sasol, our partner for 40 years, to combine operational efficiency and reduction of CO2 emissions while making a meaningful contribution to the economy of South Africa. We are pleased to welcome the employees who are joining us from Sasol and are looking forward to modernizing the site and implementing our decarbonization plan. In line with our strategy, and with our commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, this operation demonstrates our resolve to act now in favor of the climate and local ecosystems.”
A world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 78 countries with approximately 64,500 employees and serves more than 3.8 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen are essential small molecules for life, matter and energy. They embody Air Liquide’s scientific territory and have been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902.
Air Liquide’s ambition is to be a leader in its industry, deliver long term performance and contribute to sustainability – with a strong commitment to climate change and energy transition at the heart of its strategy. The company’s customer-centric transformation strategy aims at profitable, regular and responsible growth over the long term. It relies on operational excellence, selective investments, open innovation and a network organization implemented by the Group worldwide. Through the commitment and inventiveness of its people, Air Liquide leverages energy and environment transition, changes in healthcare and digitization, and delivers greater value to all its stakeholders.
Air Liquide’s revenue amounted to more than 20 billion euros in 2020. Air Liquide is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (compartment A) and belongs to the CAC 40, EURO STOXX 50 and FTSE4Good indexes
The Referees Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has appointed Daniel Laryea to officiate the Match-Day 31 involving Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday, June 27.
He would be assisted on the lines by Kwasi Brobbey, and Patrick Papala with Benjamin Kwame Sefah serving as the fourth official.
The Match Commissioner would be Adam Makaila and Desmond Worlanyo as the Venue Media Officer.
Elsewhere in Techiman on Saturday, Wiseman Ghansah will handle the Eleven Wonders versus Berekum Chelsea match with assist from Kofi Kyei Andoh and Gilbert Adom Mensah with Jacob Aduntera as the fourth official.
Moses Abaidoo Mensah and Obed Anane Frimpong will be the Match Commissioner and Venue Media Officer respectively.
At the Nana Fosu Gyeabour Park, Bechem United and Medeama Sc will take instrcutions from Julian Nunoo. Mr. Nunoo will be assisted on the lines by Roland Addy and Kofi Nyarko Bekae with Imoro Osman as the fourth official. Joseph Yeboah Achampong will be the Match Commissioner and Prince Agyemang as the Venue Media Officer.
Herein the rest of the officials
Date: Sunday, June 27, 2021
Match: Inter Allies Vs Liberty Professionals
Venue: Theatre Of Dreams, Dawu
Referee: Esoh Doh Morrison
Assistants: Emmanuel Dei & Frederick Danful
4th Referee: Joshua Samadji
Match Commissioner: Thomas Nunoo
Venue Media Officer: Frederick Gyan Mante
Date: Sunday, June 27, 2021
Match: Ashantigold Vs Wafa
Venue: Len Clay Sports Stadium
Referee: Clement Kwame Nkuah
Assistants: Isaac Asante & Mohammed Tijani
4th Referee: Frederick Samena
Match Commissioner: Felix Adjetey Sowah
Venue Media Officer: Nuhu Adams
Date: Monday, June 28, 2021
Match: Karela Vs Ebusua Dwarfs
Venue: Nduom Sports Complex, Elmina
Referee: Isaac Osei
Assistants: Feeeman Awuloo & Isaac Opoku Antwi
4th Referee: Abdulai Ibrahim
Match Commissioner: Oduro Nyarko
Venue Media Officer: Stephen Apaka Quaicoe
Date: Sunday, June 27, 2021
Match: Aduana Fc Vs Dreams Fc
Venue: Nana Agyemang Badu Park
Referee: Selorm Yao Bless
Assistants: Prosper Avinou & Jasper Adenyo
4th Referee: Emmanuel Otoo
Match Commissioner: Mike Amedior
Venue Media Officer: Vincent Ampaabeng
Date: Sunday, June 27, 2021
Match: Elmina Sharks Vs Great Olympics
Venue: Nduom Sports Complex, Elmina
Referee: Abdul Latif Adaari
Assistants: Emmanuel Allou Tebson & Emmanuel Dolagbanu
4th Referee: Rustum Gameli Senorgbe
Match Commissioner: Andrew Tamakloe
Venue Media Officer: Jonathan Nelson Ackon
Date: Monday, June 28, 2021
Match: King Faisal Vs Legon Cities – Live On Startimes
Referee: Andrews Awurisa
Assistants: Alex Osam & Sintim Musah
4th Referee: Mahama Ewuntomah
Match Commissioner: Nana Boamah Darko
Venue Media Officer: Obed Anane Frimpong
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Ambassador Abdal Fatah Ahmed Khalil Alsattari, Palestinian Ambassador to Ghana has called on United States to be fair and balanced in their intervention to resolve the issue between them and Israel to facilitate the peace in the Middle East and Palestine.
“Although there has been a ceasefire between Palestine and Israel following the recent crisis, the issues that led to the conflict are still pending with Palestinian families still under siege, Abdel Fatah Ahmed Khalil Alsattari, Palestinian Ambassador to Ghana said in a statement signed and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Thursday in Accra.
“Despite the commitment of the Biden Administration to bring the conflict to an end, nothing significant has changed towards the termination of the ongoing annexation, occupation, and apartheid activities that Israel has unleashed onto the Palestinian people”.
The statement said lands of Palestine were still occupied by Israel, over hundred court cases still pending with women and children going through hardships at check points, streets, and homes.
“It has been observed that after the ceasefire, litigations are still going on in Sheikh Jarrah and the nearby neighborhood of Silwan, more than 100 Palestinian families are facing lawsuits at different stages, and over 1,000 Palestinians at risk of mass displacement from these two areas alone.
As part of part of plans to bring calm to the Middle East, President Biden is reported to have made some considerations to appoint a former U.S. ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, to undertake a Middle East role of re-enforcing and expanding the already existing country-by-country accords in the Middle East. This strategy is considered effective and if implemented will bring a halt to the Middle East conflicts.
In relations to this new intention of extending the accords, Ambassador Ahmed Khalil Alsattari, reiterated that all Arab states are sovereign states and must be allowed to make their decisions.
On the feasibility of the country –to- country peace accord led by the United State, the statement reaffirmed the commitment and determination of the Palestinian people to fight for their Political rights at all times as they were grateful for the motivations and overwhelming support from the international community.
It acknowledged the fact that both Christians and Muslims of Bethlehem, and almost everybody stood opposed to the bombardment that occurred last month between Israel and Palestine. “I want to make it clear that the conflict was not between Jews and Muslims. It was not a Jews-Muslim conflict, it was Palestine and Israel affair”.
According to the statement, the Ambassador recalled the signing of the Oslo peace pact which wasn’t able to stop the encroachment and emptying of their homes and felt that signing peace accord with all states, country- to- country, within the Middle East with Israel may not stop the occupation of the lands and the apartheid that was currently going on except that this time round much was expected from President Joe Biden to help put an end to the creeping annexation agenda of Israel which targeted taking over Jerusalem to be residence of Jewish tribes alone.
The statement said they expected a lot from President Joe Biden as he pledged his commitment to liberate groups and minorities suffering from oppression in their localities and should sincerely take into consideration the global support from international community for the Palestine state following the recent attacks.
The last month attacks of bloodshed and bombing killed 280 Palestinians including 67 children, 37 women and 15 families were all killed from father to children.
The statement said the stance of America was important and they had unflinching support from America in form of weapons and monetary support.
The peace accords termed as “Abraham Accords” include a general declaration of support for peaceful relations in the Middle East among Jews, Muslims and Christians, all followers of religions linked to the patriarch of Abraham.
The Trump administration saw the accords partly as paving a path toward full ties with Israel by the Arab states, including security and intelligence cooperation to counter common rivals such as Iran.
On the contrary, Joe Biden’s government has endorsed that, the deals former President Donald Trump struck were “an important achievement, one that not only we support, but one we’d like to build on,” as acknowledged by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to the House of Foreign Affairs Committee last two weeks.
Since 1967 Israel has extended its framework, as a nation without boundaries and map, to occupy Palestinian territories, in a process known as “creeping annexation.”
The statement said the Palestine state had no hatred for the Israeli people if they should put an end to the gradual occupation of their lands and discriminating against them.
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The Paramount Chief of the Bawku Traditional Area, Zugraan Naba Asigri Abugrago Azoka II has appealed to the Government to complete the Community Senior High School (SHS) blocks in the Bawku Municipality to solve the accommodation needs of students.
He said the abandoned Community SHS buildings located at Sapeliga, Pusiga and Garu if completed would increase the enrolment of students, especially the girl child in the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) programme in the Kusaug Traditional Area.
Naba Azoka II made the appeal through his spokesperson when President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo called on him at his Palace during his recent working visit to the Upper East Region.
He also appealed to the President to upgrade the Binduri Community Day SHS to boarding status, saying it would “Help curb pregnancies among girls, who for lack of accommodation, are living in local houses.”
This, the Zugraan said exposed the young girls to premature sexual activities with irresponsible men which subsequently affected their academic activities.
He said with the autonomy granted to the Clement Kubindiwo (CK) Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences at Navrongo, the Traditional Council would soon collaborate with the University to explore the feasibility of requesting for a satellite campus at the Manga Research Centre.
He said the campus would focus on Agriculture, especially livestock production which appeared favourable to the people in his Traditional Area. “This will make University education easily accessible to this part of the Region.”
On examinable local languages, the Chief said it was frustrating that Kusaal as a Ghanaian language was taught at the basic school level but not included in the approved examinable Ghanaian languages in the six Districts of the Area where Dagaare, Kasem and Dagbani.
“These are also taught at the Gbewaa College of Education at Pusiga, meanwhile the Kusaal language is a course at the University of Winneba where students graduate with Bachelor of Arts in Kusaal after which they are apparently made redundant.”
The Bawku Naba said pupils in the area did not write any Ghanaian language in their final examination and indicated that the approved ones were alien to them.
“We are appealing to the Ministry of Education through your high office to consider making the Kusaal language examinable,” the Paramount Chief told the President.
In response, President Akufo-Addo said “The Community Day Schools that have not been completed across the country are all being systematically completed and I have no doubt that the turn of the ones here will also come very soon.”
An Accra Circuit Court has remanded a 69-year-old man over an alleged USD100,000 fraud and impersonation.
Sowah Anang has denied the offences and he will make his next appearance on July 5, 2021.
Police Inspector Samuel Ahiabor told the Court presided over by Mr Emmanuel Essandoh that Torbgor Mensah, the complainant, resident of Tema is the Chief Executive Officer of Argon Group of Companies.
He said Anang lived at Osu and in June 2017, he approached the complainant that he was the rightful owner of a parcel of land which shared boundaries with that of the complainant’s property at Cantonments.
Prosecution said the accused, who introduced himself to the complainant as one Nana Kojo Ansah (owner of the land) informed the complainant of his intension to sell the land and asked the complainant to help him look for a prospective buyer.
Police Inspector Ahiabor said the complainant found the said buyer who made an initial payment of USD 200,000 for two plots of land with the promise to pay the rest later.
He said the accused took USD 100,000 as his part of the money through a bank transfer.
The buyer, he said, could not pay the rest of the money and in 2019, the complainant also found out that the land did not belong to Anang as he claimed and demanded for the refund of the money but Anang failed to do so after several efforts by the complainant.
He said on November 12, 2020, a complaint was lodged with the Police which led to his arrest.
During investigations, he admitted taking the money and asked for some time to refund the money and further investigations revealed that the said Nana Kojo Ansah also known as Michael Ernest Ansah Obuobi died on January 1, 2017.
It was the accused who assisted the late Ansah to acquire the land when alive, police investigations revealed.
After investigations, he was charged and put before the Court.
The Nayiri, Paramount Chief of the Mamprugu Traditional Area in the North East Region, Naa Bohagu Mahami Abdulai Sheriga, has appealed to the government to establish a Senior High School (SHS) in the Yunyoo-Nasuan District of the Region.
He said recent statistics by the Ghana National Household Registry indicated that the North East Region was one of the poorest regions in the country, with the Yunyoo-Nasuan as one of the poorest districts.
The Nayiri, who is the President of the Mamprugu Traditional Council, through his spokesperson, said the District did not have SHS, which affected the quality of education in the area.
“Fortunately, a structure has been identified which could be used to kick start the process, hence, we will be most grateful if you could intervene in this direction,” the Nayiri said.
He added that the District was yet to benefit from the government’s ‘Agenda 111’ which is intended to provide hospitals to every District that had none.
The Paramount Chief made the appeal when President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recently paid a courtesy call on him on the first day of his two-day tour of the Region.
He said apart from the absence of SHS for the area, which was most critical, the Yunyoo-Nasuan District was also faced with poor telecommunications connectivity coupled with an untarred road network.
The Nayiri said he was aware of efforts being made by the government to fix some of the challenges, and reiterated that “The most critical one is the absence of a Senior High School.”
He said a number of the Ghana Education Trust fund (GETfund) projects at the Nalerigu Midwifery and Nursing Training College had stalled for the past two years, which compelled management of the College to limit the required number of admissions to the College.
The Chief also appealed to President Akufo-Addo to consider the establishment of a satellite campus of the University for Development Studies at Nalerigu to build a human resource for the Region.
He expressed gratitude to the President for the “support game-changer projects” in the Region, and mentioned the Pwalugu Multi-Purpose Dam Project, which would provide hydroelectricity power supply, 25,000 hectares of irrigation facility and also solve the perennial flooding in the area.
President Akufo-Addo said he was informed by the Member of Parliament for the Area that there was an E-block that was almost completed at Yunyoo to solve the issues of SHS in the District.
He said steps would also be taken to address the stalled projects at the Nursing and Midwifery Training College, and noted that “These are all very important additions to our infrastructure in the country.
“The Ministry of Education and I will also examine the request you have made on the satellite campus of the University for Development Studies to be established here in Nalerigu. It is a worthwhile idea and we will work on it,” he said.
The President as part of his recent tour, inspected the ongoing construction works of the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) block, the Walewale Watermelon Processing Factory, and a Rice Processing Factory at Nasia, all under the ‘One District, One Factory initiative.
The Media have been urged to help project Dr Hilla Limann Technical University positively to the outside world to help attract the necessary support needed for its growth and expansion.
Professor Elias Nortaa Kunedeb Sowley, the Vice-Chancellor of the University said the media was a key stakeholder of the institution and could contribute significantly to its growth through positive reportage to market it to attract external support.
Prof. Sowley made the appeal during his maiden press conference in Wa after taking over office as the Vice-Chancellor of the institution a month ago.
He noted that the vision was to grow the institution to one of a higher repute that could compete very well with its contemporaries here in Ghana and anywhere in the globe, adding that this could not happen without positive media projection.
The Vice-Chancellor noted that he was not barring the media from reporting on issues affecting the growth of the institution but that the media should do so without compromising on accuracy, balance, and fairness, and above all the facts.
Prof Sowley noted that the institution, which was initially known as Wa Polytechnic was converted into Wa Technical University and later renamed after the late former President, Dr Hilla Limann.
“So the proper name of the University is Dr Hilla Limann Technical University and it is important the media keep to the proper name to enhance the identity of the institution”, the Vice-Chancellor said.
On infrastructure, he said the building of hostel facilities was key in the agenda, adding that he had already started engaging with key stakeholders to see how possible they could work to get these hostel facilities so that students could stay on campus and attend lectures instead of staying in town and trekking to campus for lectures.
He said in other jurisdictions, wealthy individuals put up hostel facilities for institutions, and these institutions in turn honour them by naming the facility after them.
Prof Sowley, therefore, appealed to individuals, organisations, and companies that can come to the aid of the institution in that regard and they would, in turn, honour them by naming such facilities in their names.
He said the topography was good and there was a lot of space for development.
The Vice-Chancellor also appealed to prospective students to choose the University for their higher education and assured of effective academic work and relatively low cost of living.
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The Asante Bekwai Circuit Court on Thursday sentenced two commercial motor riders (okada riders) and a driver to a total of 30 years imprisonment in hard labour for robbery.
Francis Akwasi Bio, also known as(a.k.a.) “shadow,” 18, Bright Boakye, 25, both okada riders and Michael Ankapong, 38, driver, pleaded guilty to the charges and were each sentenced to five years imprisonment on conspiracy and ten years for robbery.
However, the Court presided over by Mr Mark Tair-ima Diboro ordered that the sentence would run concurrently.
Police Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Ofori told the Court that Mr Kwaku Acheampong, an okada rider, the complainant, resided at Fiakoma near Jacobu.
He said Bio and Boakye also lived at Trede near Kumasi whilst Ankapong lived at Adansi-Domeabra, explaining that the three had been friends for some time and communicated on their cellular phones from time to time.
On June 19, 2021, Bio called the two and they met at Airport/Jacobu, where they planned to rob motorists, among other road users.
The Court heard that the three set off to the untarred Airport-Adumanu Road and laid ambush in a nearby bush after which the complainant in charge of his Royal motorbike with the registration number M-21-AS-6842 valued GHS4,600.00 emerged from a mining site towards the Airport direction.
Police Detective Chief Inspector Ofori said the convicts wielding a pistol stopped the complainant, pushed him from the bike, dragged him into the bush, gagged and tied his hands and fled with the bike towards Fomena direction.
Mr Acheampong managed to free himself, went to the mining site to raise the alarm as well as informed his colleagues and other riders at Dompoase.
Prosecution said the Dompoase riders mounted a barrier where they arrested the culprits at Kyeaboso and handed them over to the Fomena Police together with the motorbike.
He said the complainant was contacted and he went to the police station to identify the bike and all three, especially Bio, who hails from Fiakoma as the one who rode the bike after the robbery.
Police Detective Chief Inspector Ofori said they were handed over to the Jacobu Police for investigations. They confessed to the crime but denied using any implement.
During further investigations, the Police, together with convicts and the complainant went to the crime scene where the complainant’s torn jacket was found in the course of the struggle between him and perpetrators.
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Nine persons have been arrested by the Airport Police for persistent harassment of motorists along some traffic intersections within the Airport Division.
The Divisional Police Commander for the Airport Division Chief Superintendent Mr. Bismark Agyapong, led a team of officers on June 23, 2021, on the operation which targeted loitering youth at major traffic intersections begging for alms.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Effia Tenge, Head of the Accra Regional Police Command’s Public Affairs Unit, told the Ghana News Agency that, “sometimes these beggers become aggressive when drivers and other road users fail to give them alms and end up scratching their vehicles with metal objects, hence their arrest”.
Mrs Tenge said the suspects aged between 18- 30 years, were arrested around Shiashie, Ghana Standard Authority, N1 -Dzorwulu Traffic Light and Okponglo.
DSP Tenge said the suspects were in police custody under screening and those found culpable would be put before court.
Two gun-wielding men arrested recently at Gausu in the Obuasi Municipality of the Ashanti Region, for causing fear and panic, and conspiracy to commit crime, have been granted bail by a Kumasi Circuit Court.
Emmanuel Dakorah, alias Obour, 26, and Richard Suleman, 28, were arrested after reportedly flaunting assault rifles on social media amidst threats.
A pump action gun with five empty cartridges retrieved from the accused persons after their arrest, are in the custody of the police.
The Court, presided over by Mr. Ebenezer Kwaku Ansah, granted the accused persons bail in the sum of GH¢50, 000 each with two sureties to justify.
They are to re-appear on July 7, 2021.
Prosecuting, Police Chief Superintendent Kofi Blaggogi, pleaded with the court to allow the law enforcement agents to keep custody of the accused persons for further investigations, however, the court refused.
Mr Kwamena Bartels, Board Chairman of GOIL Company Limited has revealed that GOIL’s resilience in withstanding crisis is unmatched in the history of this nation.
“One good example is when the Company was placed on the divestiture list. The collective efforts of members of staff, management and the Board helped to pull the Company out of the list and subsequently got listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange, a feat that continues to attract the admiration of many in Ghana.
“We successfully dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 at our numerous filling stations. GOIL has an inherent capacity to withstand and quickly recover from difficulties.
“GOIL is a company determined to be significant in the development of the nation’s economy,” Mr Bartels stated at the 52nd Annual General Meeting of GOIL to receive and consider the reports of Directors, Auditors, and Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2020.
Mr Bartels however revealed that the year 2020 witnessed a drastic economic slowdown mainly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, growth in the downstream oil industry was, higher than expected, 4.8 per cent compared to the same period last year.
He said the two dominant products, diesel, and gasoline contributed significantly to the growth registering approximately 13 per cent and 9 per cent respectively.
On holding the Virtual AGM, Mr Bartels explained that it was in compliance with the current restrictions on public gatherings in force pursuant to the imposition of Restrictions Act, 2020 (Act 1012) and consequent Regulatory Directives, attendance and participation by all members and/or their proxies in this year’s GOIL AGM shall be strictly virtual-online participation.
Meanwhile Nana Ama Kusi-Appiah, Company Secretary who presented agenda for the meeting indicated that dividend for the year under review would be declared.
She said the GOIL Virtual AGM would also elect Directors retiring by rotation; authorize the Directors to fix the remuneration of the Auditors; and fix the remuneration of the Directors.
She explained shareholder were entitled to attend and vote may appoint a proxy to attend via online participation and vote on his/her behalf; such a proxy need not be a member of the Company.
The appointment of a proxy will not prevent a member from subsequently attending and voting at the meeting (via online participation). Where a member attends the meeting in person (participates online), the proxy appointment shall be deemed to be revoked.
According to arrangements for accessing and voting at the GOIL Virtual AGM, a unique token number would be sent to shareholders by email and/or SMS from June 10th, 2021 to give them access to the meeting.
“Shareholders who do not receive this token can contact KEN MATE-KOLE or [email protected] or call 059-310-5735 any time after June 15th, 2021 but before the date of the AGM to be sent the unique token.
“To gain access to the GOIL Virtual AGM, shareholders must visit https://www.goilagm.com and input their unique token number to access to the meeting.
For shareholders who do not submit proxy forms to the Registrar of the company prior to the meeting they may vote electronically using their unique token number.
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Field Officers of the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) engaged for the 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC) in Ashanti, are to be given maximum security, Mr. Simon Osei-Mensah, the Regional Minister, has stated.
He said the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) was working to ensure that the Officers discharged their duties without any fear or intimidation from the public.
“We are committed to safeguarding the processes for a successful exercise,” he told the media in Kumasi, stressing that recent reports of some GSS Field Officers being manhandled in the listing of structures was unfortunate.
The GSS, in a recent interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), had reported of some of its Officers being threatened and forced out of some communities, including; the Ahafo-Ano North District, as they went there to collect data as part of the listing of structures.
Another incident involved a pastor virtually keeping a GSS Field Officer hostage at Bantama in the Kumasi Metropolis, when the said Officer visited the pastor’s residence to perform his legal duties.
The issues, according to the authorities, were being investigated by the police.
Mr. Osei-Mensah said the PHC was a necessity, citing its relevance to the socio-economic and general planning and development of the country.
“Everybody must cooperate with the GSS to realize the objectives of the exercise,” he told the GNA, on the sideline of the media briefing.
The GSS says that more than 90 per cent of structures in the Region, including slums, have been listed ahead of the Census.
This is serving as a prelude to the official take-off of the Census on Sunday, June 27, and in all, about six million people in the Region are targeted for counting.
According to the GSS, some of the challenges encountered by its Field Officers other than the intimidation reported, related to the reluctance of a section of the citizenry to patronize the exercise, refusing to give information where necessary.
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Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture says the ministry has unveiled several activities to grow Ghana’s tourism sector to become the number one contributor to the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
He said the ministry has embarked on a robust domestic tourism drive, targeting one million Ghanaians to visit tourism sites around the country every year.
Dr Awal was speaking during the commissioning of a receptive facility and the Big Tree Tourist site at Aprokumase near Akyem Manso in the Asene Manso Akroso District of Eastern Region.
He said about 250,000 diasporans were expected in Ghana in the last quarter of 2021 under the ‘Beyond the return project.’
The project is a 10-year initiative of the government to promote tourism and homecoming of Africans and Ghanaians in the Diaspora to foster economic relations and investments.
The Big Tree Tourist Site was not originally designated as a tourist site until 2004, when under the leadership of late Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, then Minister for Tourism, a receptive facility was built for the site and officially listed the Big Tree as a tourist site.
The project was financed by the Ghana Tourism Development Company (GTDC) through its internally generated revenue with support from the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA).
While urging the two bodies to discharge their mandate proficiently, Dr Awal also charged them to make sure that Oda Big Tree Site received 3000 visitors every year.
He said the site would be made one of the best tourist attraction spots and called on stakeholders to ensure its proper upkeep to create job opportunities and also last for generations to come.
Mr Seth Acheampong, Eastern Regional Minister, said the region abounds in many tourist sites of nature, heritage, culture, leisure, and eco-tourism, however, “more focus is given to agriculture, trade, commerce, construction, and other economic activities.”
He said the government did not doubt that tourism has the potential to engineer Ghana’s economic growth and job creation that would transform the lives of citizens.
He said the region was focused on upgrading its existing tourist sites and developing discoveries as part of the national agenda to promote the country’s tourism sector.
Mr Kwadwo Odame Antwi, Chief Executive Officer of GTDC said the re-development project of the Oda Big Tree site involved two major activities that included; complete renovation of the receptive facility and upgrade of the entrance and hiking trail in the Essen Epam Forest where the Big Tree is located as well as the Esuboni forest reserve.
The general renovation would involve the complete re-roofing of the facility, reconstruction of toilet and urinal facilities, visitor information area, a cafeteria, office, arts, and craft shop, and children’s playground.
The rest included the development of a paved car park and the creation of an event space to be used for occasions such as parties, funerals, graduation, and passing out ceremonies.
Obrempong Sintim Poku III, Benkumhene of the Akyem Kotoku Traditional Area, urged the district assembly to create avenues to generate revenue from the tourist site to embark on more development projects in the area.
He also called on authorities to deal with illegal chainsaw operators who have resorted to depleting the forest by logging trees for personal gains to the detriment of the people and the government.
Tourism is a key economic driver in Ghana which generates foreign exchange earnings, creates jobs and wealth as well as stimulates other sectors of the economy.
However, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and the subsequent lockdown regulations implemented worldwide, have caused unmitigated impacts on the global economy, hitting the tourism and events industry hard.
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The Takoradi Technical University (TTU) has been tasked to spearhead the rapid socio-economic development using Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
They are also to identify the requisite needs of the nation and provide hands-on solutions.
Nana Kobina Nketsia V, a Historian and Paramount Chief of the Essikado traditional area tasked TTU when he delivered the third convocation lecture series of the TTU on the theme: “Repositioning Ghana as the TVET Hub for Africa- The role of TTU”.
The convocation lectures were to allow the University to discuss pertinent issues in the TVET arena, enrich the knowledge of the sector and make research finding an integral part of the university’s decision-making to make it become a Technical University of Choice.
He indicated that vocational skills were distinctive to societies and are the wheels on which every society survived.
According to him, the use of appropriate technology has become even more pronounced in recent times to advance growth and development and therefore the need for institutions offering such education to provide the right skills and leadership.
Technical and vocational education was a manifestation of creativity hence, the need for TTU as an institution to develop the Will Power, mindset, and plan for vocational and technical education.
Nana Kobina Nketsia V, therefore, encouraged the TTU to brand itself with innovations alongside passing on requisite skills needed for developing not only Ghana but the world at large.
He said, ” As academics, we know that education is about gaining, maintaining and handling of power as well as transforming the reality of that power into planning and development, ensuring a power construct which, guarantees one community the ability to survive as a people”.
He indicated further that technical and vocational education should be a set of skills required for the African environment and that which can profess answers to the myriad of issues bedeviling the continent.
The revered Chief and Academician, therefore, entreated stakeholders in education to turn attention to the sector, give it the needed support and ensure its maximization.
Reverend John Frank Eshun, the Vice-Chancellor of the University giving a comparative analysis of Ghana and Singapore and strides in per capital income noted how TVET had done the magic for the latter country.
He said TVET had the potential to solve the over ten million unskilled labour particularly young people of Africa, change their fortunes and bring hope to many homes through poverty alleviation.
The VC said integrating TVET in the general education system of the country has a lot of good to offer and it holds the key to Ghana’s industrialization.
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The Bethel Seventh-Day Adventist Church (OSU) in Accra, will hold a live musical concert dubbed: “The King is Coming” at the Church auditorium on Saturday July 17, 2021.
The maiden edition of the concert, which would be streamed virtually, would feature some of the talented music prodigies within the Church.
According to a statement by the organisers, the primary aim of ‘The King is Coming’ concert was to “herald the soon return of Christ” as stated in Revelation 3:11, Revelation 22:20 through music as well.
The concert, the statement added, “seeks to draw its audiences’ attention to the closing events of our journey on earth.
It would feature the host Choir, Bethel Praise, PESDAC Praise, Day Spring Choir, Julia Asante Mensah, Baritone Kennedy Dankwa, Eni Larbi and a host of other surprises.
Personal Ministries Director of the Bethel-Osu, SDA Church Elder Frank Aning said “a world of peace, prosperity and general wellbeing is the wish of every person. This is what the King of Kings has promised”
“The King is Coming” Concert is a reminder of this Blessed Hope
The musical concert would also be streamed live on social media (Facebook, Zoom and YouTube @bethelsdaosu).
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GOIL Company Limited’s profit after tax in 2020 dropped to GHC90.03 million down by 14.5 per cent compared to the previous year.
Consequently, earnings per share also fell by 14.5 per cent In 2019 GOIL’s Profit after tax stood at GH¢105.5million.
A final dividend of GH¢0.045 per share amounting to GH¢17,633,841.00 has been proposed for the year ended 31 December 2020. (2019: GH¢0.045 per share, amounting to GH¢17,633,841.00).
Despite the fall, the Board has decided to pay a dividend of GHC0.045 per share, Mr Kwamena Bartels stated at the 52nd Annual General Meeting of GOIL to receive and consider the reports of Directors, Auditors, and Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2020.
The Virtual AGM was in compliance with the current restrictions on public gatherings in force under the imposition of Restrictions Act, 2020 (Act 1012) and consequent Regulatory Directives, attendance, and participation by all members and/or their proxies in this year’s GOIL AGM shall be strictly virtual-online participation.
He said in 2020, GOIL prepared and successfully received the ISO
9001:2015 re-certification and ISO 14001:2015 second surveillance audit.
Mr Bartels noted that the renewed certification has reinvigorated the company’s commitment to ensure that customers get the very best quality products and services.
He said as part of the measures to upscale the quality of GOIL products at all stations, the GOIL Test Van was extensively deployed to ensure that all reports of suspected quality issues were fully investigated, and proper feedback was given to the customers.
“We also facilitated training and availability of the necessary equipment needed to ensure that the products received are of the right specifications. We have worked in close collaboration with certified external laboratories, in ensuring that supplies to critical industries like aviation and the mines are of
the expected quality,” he said.
Mr Bartels said GOIL is in the process of procuring more test equipment to further minimize the probability of handling products of poor quality within our supply chain.
Mr Kwame Osei-Prempeh, GOIL Group Chief Executive Officer explained that the company was committed to protect and safeguard the communities in which it operates through the adoption of safe and environmentally friendly procedures and processes that will positively impact the lives of the people and community at large.
To this end, GOIL’s approach to community investment has been to acknowledge the needs of the communities, through the provision of water
and sanitation, donations to needy institutions and deprived organizations, and the provision of health facilities.
“We also contribute to the development of sports and education in the country. We aim to unearth talents and develop the youth to be valuable citizens of their communities” he said.