Monday, 16 January 2017

GRATIS Foundation optimistic about one district, one factory

16 JANUARY 2017

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Some of the machines manufactured by GRATIS Foundation
With the hectic electioneering and inauguration over, the coming days will see the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and his team settling down to deliver on their mandate as spelt out in their manifesto.

Of the many manifesto promises made by the new administration is the One District, One Factory (1D1F) which arguably caught on with many voters.
Many are those who have expressed scepticism about the policy but the proponents believed it was doable and with the smooth handover of political power, all eyes will be on the government to deliver.
On June 20, 2016 when the then flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) mentioned that he would  set up one factory in every district, it was rubbished by a lot of people that it was not possible and that it was just a political talk.
One agency of state which is, however, optimistic about the success of the concept is the GRATIS Foundation.
Gratis mandate
Mr Emmanuel Asiedu- CEO, Gratis Foundation
The Chief Executive Officer of GRATIS, Mr Emmanuel Asiedu, in an interview with the Daily Graphic noted that industrialisation is the key element in the economic development of any country and thus re-emphasised his outfit’s commitment to help the new government to fulfil its promise of delivering the 1D1F.
Mr Asiedu noted that as an agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry their mandate is to promote industrialisation and the dissemination of appropriate technologies in all regions of the country by developing and demonstrating marketable products and processes which will enable micro, small and medium enterprise to increase productivity, employment and the resultant multiplier effect on the economy.
He said to fulfil that mandate, GRATIS, which has offices in all regions of the country proposed to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government to set up processing centres (200 factories) in all districts in the  area of Agri/Agro processing.
This, he said, was captured in the 2014 government of Ghana Budget statement delivered by the Minister of Finance, Mr Seth Terkper, to Parliament (item 457). However, the policy was not implemented.
Mr Asiedu said as the campaign got off the ground, the NPP and its flag bearer bought into the idea and invited him over as a technocrat to do a presentation on the concept which he did.
He said having been an advocate of the idea to reduce post-harvest losses, he was elated to hear the NPP flag bearer mention the policy on the campaign tour. He said he was later invited to make a presentation to the Nana Akufo-Addo-led team.

 Cassava being processed into gari 

Post-harvest losses
He explained that although 60 per cent of the country’s population were into agriculture, about 40 per cent of farm produce in Ghana was wasted after it had been harvested by farmers.
Mr Asiedu said if there were enough factories to buy, store and process the produce, it would empower the farmers economically and also strengthen the local economy.
He said this explained why he thinks the 1D1F policy proposed by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is a step in the right direction.
Mr Asiedu said building at least one factory in all the 216 districts in Ghana, whose type and size will depend on raw material availability and needs of the district, will ensure continuous operation throughout the year, and will also allow farmers to have their produce processed so they get a good price.
Additionally, migration from the rural areas to urban centres would reduce, he added.
He said a factory needed not to be a huge edifice but one whose capacity would range from 0.5 to  two tonnes per hour, stressing that most of the factories be agri/agro oriented.
Mr Asiedu said the Gratis Foundation currently has the capability to produce  the needed machinery to support the setting up of such factories in all the districts and can also partner other local manufacturers to produce about 90 per cent of machines and spare parts that will be required to produce the items.
Types of products
He enumerated the type of products that can be manufactured locally to include, fish feeds, wrapped and labeled smoked fish, fruit juice (watermelon, mango, pineapple, oranges), fruit concentrate; sugar juice, salt, soap (Alata, washing powder) and porridge making.
Canned kenkey, ekwegbemi and dough. Cassava into gari, cassava flour and cassava dough agbelema.
Others are flours from cassava, yam, plantain, cocoyam.  Animal products such as poultry, goat, sheep, ginger onion and garlic preservation. Chips:- Cassava, plantain, cocoyam and yam chips.
Palm products such as oil, soup, canned snails; tomato paste, puree and ketchup.
Sheabutter products such as raw butter, pomade and soap, among many other products.
Millet & Corn:- Flour, packaged or canned Tuozaafi (TZ), Ayoyo (soup); Bottled or canned pito and other drinks; Groundnut:- Fried (canned), paste, soup (canned) and oil (bottled). Rice:- manufacture machines such as – Mini-Combined Harvester, Reapers, Millers, Polishers, Destoners, packaging machines, etc.; Rice producing factories;spare parts for vehicles and Industry.

He noted that with about one billion dollars, the one factory-per-district policy should be able to take off and urged the government to liaise with its development partners to get the programme running.
Mr Asiedu said the successful implementation of the policy would help Ghana develop its local capacity to manufacture machines and spare parts. Again, approximately 10,000 direct jobs would be created while post-harvest losses would be reduced to the barest minimum.
He added that the roll-out of the policy would lead to the reduction of importation of goods, increase exports, strengthen the local currency, among other benefits.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Woman, 60, beheaded at Bedeku

A 60-year-old woman has been beheaded at Bedeku, near Ada in the Greater Accra Region.
The decapitated body of the deceased, identified as Sarah Korkor Wormenu, was found about 100 meters away from her house.

The suspect being conveyed by the police

The alleged boyfriend of the deceased, Adoah Kisseh, a  45-year-old farmer, has been picked up by the Tema Regional Police Command for interrogation.
In an interview,  the Tema Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ms Juliana Obeng, said initial investigations by the police revealed that family members of the deceased around 6 a.m. on Monday noticed that Sarah had not returned from town since she went out with the suspect.
According to the police, family members later went to the residence of the suspect, which is about 300 meters away from the victim’s house, to find out why Sarah had not returned home since the previous night.
 The suspect, however, told them that he and Sarah had a nice time on Sunday, January 8, 2017 about 10p.m., after which the two parted company.
Decapitated body
Ms Obeng said an hour later, the town folks found the headless body of the deceased close to where she lived.
She said the police got the information and quickly rushed to the scene of the crime and found the headless body and the knife supposed to have been used to commit the act.
She said a search conducted in the room of the suspect revealed nothing incriminating but indicated he had been detained by police to assist in their investigations.
The body of the deceased has been deposited at the Accra Police Hospital morgue pending autopsy to determine the actual cause of death.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Police confirm death of Times reporter Samuel Nuamah

  The police have confirmed the death of a Ghanaian Times reporter in the presidential press corps accident which occurred at Doryumu junction in the Shai Hills area in Greater Accra on Thursday afternoon.
The Times reporter, Samuel Nuamah was said to have died on the spot, the Doryumu-Asutuare District Police Commander, ASP Stephen Addom confirmed this to Graphic Online’s Tema reporter, Benjamin Xornam Glover who has visited the accident scene.

A number of journalists assigned to the presidency who were on the accident vehicle sustained serious life-threatening injuries and have been taken to the hospital for medical care. They were initially taken to the Shai Hills Military Training School clinic and later transferred to the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.
The journalists were returning to Accra from Ho where President John Mahama had attended the annual convention of the Evangelical Presbyterian (EP) Church.
Benjamin Xornam Glover reported that the police told him a total of 12 people were on the vehicle, a Ford GMC with registration number GB 506 – 12.
According to the police the left rear tyre of the vehicle burst and in an attempt to control the vehicle, the driver applied the brakes and the vehicle veered off the road.
President John Dramani Mahama and his entourage were not in the convoy.

Drivers unhappy with Tema roads

ome motorists using a bad road in Community five,Tema Pictures: Samuel Tei Adano

So much ink has been splashed on the state of roads in the Tema Metropolis but it appears the problem is far from being addressed.

Save the recent asphaltic overlay project which began from the Community 12 roundabout, through the Hospital Road (the frontage of the Tema General Hospital which terminated at the road in front of the St. Paul Methodist Cathedral) and a section of the Sakumono coastal Road and Valco Roundabout to the Tema Oil Refinery Junction, most of the roads in the metropolis are in a dire state and in need of urgent rehabilitation.
The situation has been worsened by the recent rains which have further deepened the craters on most inner roads in the communities  making driving through the Harbour City and the Industrial areas a herculean task.
In February 2015, when the Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr Isaac Ashai Odamtten, cut the sod for the commencement of work on the 4.5 kilometre asphaltic overlay project from the Community 12 roundabout, through the frontage of the Tema General Hospital to the St. Paul Methodist Cathedral area, one assurance that echoed was the release of funds for an additional 23-kilometre asphaltic overlay in the metropolis.
Specific mention was made of the stretch of road from the Tema Development Corporation (TDC) offices area through to the frontage of Tema Senior High School to the Tema Polyclinic oval. There was also mention of the Community Two roads, Industrial Area roads, among others.

Tema was among four other metropolitan areas selected by the Department of Urban Roads (DUR) to benefit from more than 250 kilometres of asphaltic overlays, as captured by the Daily Graphic in November, 2014.  
The other cities mentioned in that publication were Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast and Sekondi-Takoradi. Work on the selected roads was to begin in January, 2015 and scheduled for completion within six months.
The selected roads in these communities were to be asphalted and critical drainage systems provided. The stretch of roads was also provided with road furniture, among other facilities, to improve their conditions and ensure safety for road users.
Current state
Fast forwarded to June this year, and the works earmarked for the Tema Metropolis are yet to materialise.
The potholes and patches that were supposed to be fixed to ensure smooth surfaces have further developed into deep craters of varying sizes, shapes and depths.
Earlier this year, some captains of industry, in the face of frustration threatened to withhold the payment of levies and fees until the Assembly fixed the decrepit road network particularly in the industrial enclave.
Indeed, the road from the Tema Steel Works Junction through the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) junction to the Tema Oil Refinery Junction needs serious attention. Though some efforts had been made on that portion of road in the past including the stabilisation of the base course, a lot more attention is needed on that road to facilitate easy travelling.
The Metropolitan Chief Executive for Tema, Mr Isaac Ashai Odamtten, during a working visit to some factories in the Industrial enclave recently told the media that the assembly acknowledged that some of the road infrastructure in the enclave needed critical attention.
He gave the assurance that the Assembly was committed to collaborating with its stakeholders to fix the roads.
Mr Odamtten disclosed that as part of efforts to address the bad road network in the industrial area, the assembly had initialled what he termed a 50-50 accelerated infrastructure development programme, which was a collaborative plan with its stakeholders including industry to help fix the roads.
“By that, the assembly is calling on people who have immediate needs to team up with us with some cost-sharing arrangement for us to get the benefit of fixing those challenges.
The road network is one of such projects and we will put a team together to talk to the industries in order to execute the concept,” he explained
Shared responsibility
While acknowledging the fact that development of the metropolis was the responsibility of the assembly, he maintained that residents and business operators had a role to play by ensuring that they paid their rates promptly to cushion its finances to take up more projects.
Another challenge the MCE touched on was the emergence of squatter settlement and slums not only in the residential areas but also in the industrial enclave. The assembly takes a strong view of the situation and would soon deploy its security sub-committee on slum control to the industrial parts of the city to deal with the issue.
The assembly, he said, would also deal with security needs such as the provision of street lights in the industrial enclave and provide a police post to curb the incidence of crime.
The Chief Executive Officer of Reroy Cables, one of the companies visited by the mayor, Mrs Kate Quartey-Papafio, welcomed the concept of collaboration with the assembly to rehabilitate the roads and other infrastructure but stressed that it must be a win-win situation.
“If they (Assembly) say we need to collaborate, we will, but at the end of the day, we will take it out of our taxes. Because we pay the taxes, salaries, etc. If the roads are not being fixed and we are being called to contribute a little to the kitty, which will require that we borrow from the banks  to contribute, then the only way out is that once we contribute, we are not going to pay taxes for some time to enable us pay back our loans”, she told journalists.
Nana Kwame Oteng-Gyasi, the Marketing and Business Development Manager of Tropical Cables and Conductors Limited, another factory the Mayor visited in an interview also bemoaned the state of the roads stressing that it was impacting negatively on the movements of products and raw materials to their premises.
To him, roads leading to the vital parts of the city such as the industrial enclave to facilitate the movement of goods and services to enhance production and generate more wealth deserve a better road infrastructure.  He called on the assembly and other agencies to pay attention to the roads.
Some of the drivers reiterated the need for the assembly to rehabilitate the roads in the metropolis in order to make travelling more convenient. Mr Joshua Fosu, a taxi driver, plying Tema Community One to Sakumono said driving on the deplorable roads, especially between Communities two and three was nightmarish and frustrating and urged the assembly to take action. 
It is the hope of many road users that the assembly will actualise its plans to tackle the challenge of poor network in the metropolis to help boost economic activities in the area.

MERIFEST 2016 launches in Tema

MCE for Tema, Mr. Isaac Ashai Odamtten with some of the hiplife artistes billed to perform during Merifest 2016

The third edition of the Tema Greenwich Meridian Cultural Festival (MERIFEST) has been launched with a call on all to promote Ghana's unique culture and values.
MERIFEST seeks to promote tourism and cultural activities of various tribal groups residing within the Tema metropolis. 
It is a melting pot for the exhibition of tradition and culture of people from the various parts of the country residents in the metropolis.
This year’s week-long celebration which starts on Monday, October 24, and ends on Saturday, October 29, 2016 is under the theme, “Peace, unity and development in cosmopolitan Tema”.
The festival, initiated three years ago, by the Tema Metropolitan Assembly in collaboration with the Tema Traditional Council is aimed at fostering peace and unity among the various ethnic groups residing in Tema.
 Activities scheduled for the event are a pilgrimage to be led by the Tema Traditional Council to the ancestral home of the people of Tema located at the defunct Meridian Hotel.
There, the traditional priest would pour libation in front of a 400 year old tree, affectionately referred to as “Teeshi”, which, according to the people, is the umbilical cord of the people of Tema.
The rest are a colloquium for Senior High School students, street carnival and concert slated for Friday, October 28, featuring artistes such as Five 5, Masaame, Stay J, R2Bees, Sarkodie, Donzy, Ephraim and the legendary A. B. Crentsil.
The festival will be climaxed with a grand durbar of all the traditional groupings in the metropolis on Saturday, October 29, 2016.
Launching MERIFEST 2016, the Metropolitan Chief Executive for Tema, Mr. Isaac Ashai Odamtten, said, “I believe MERIFEST has come to stay. It has that hemming factor which can bring the inhabitants of Tema together. As demonstrated in previous celebrations, we have seen how we can use culture and tradition to preach peace and co-existence in our Metropolis.”
He appealed to all to see the event not only as a cultural activity but also as a consensus building to enable residents make Tema that beacon of peace, the place where all will find homely and go about  their daily activities in peace and tranquility.
The Paramount Chief of Tema, Nii Adjei Kraku II, called on all residents, especially the youth to take keen interest in the festival since it offers them the opportunity to learn the various about cultures of inhabitants of Tema.
Before the launch, the Tema Wulomo, Nii Ashiboi Kofi, poured libation while the Anuonyam Traditional Music and Dance Group entertained the gathering with traditional Ghanaian dances. The Tema Senior High School Choir also delivered melodious choral music.

Articulated trucks take over shoulders of roads in Tema

Some of the articulated trucks parked on the shoulders of the road in Community 1

The haphazard manner in which articulated trucks have been parked along some major streets in the Tema Metropolis has become a source of concern for road users.
Every available space on the precincts of the port of Tema has been turned into a parking lot for articulated trucks which have come to fish for cargo to transport.
Along the Meridian Road, right from the Community Three traffic lights, the Rotary Avenue and the Tema Polyclinic Area, articulated trucks have taken over the shoulders of the road, posing a threat to other road users.
In addition, the drivers and their mates have turned sections of the shoulders of the streets  into their abode, creating sanitation challenges as they bath and defaecate in open spaces due to the absence of sanitary facilities.
That aside, road engineers maintain that the constant smearing of gas oil on the surface of the roads due to maintenence works carried out by mechanics on these trucks, affect the durability of the road.

Increased traffic

The Tema Port, which was recently adjudged the best-performing port in West and Central Africa, is currently handling one million Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit (TEUs) of containerised cargo and it is envisioned that in the next 10 to 15 years, that traffic is expected to increase to about 2.2 million TEUs. With this comes the need to develop  a parking space for the large number of haulage trucks seeking to do business at the port.
The Marketing and Public Relations Manager of the port, Paul Asare Ansah, in an interview, said the failure of the metropolitan assembly to match up to the pace of development at the port and the lack of parking spaces for the large number of trucks had forced the truck drivers to park indiscriminately along the major roads in the city.


When contacted, the Metropolitan Chief Executive of Tema, Mr Isaac Ashai Odamtten, said the issue had come to the attention of the assembly and efforts were underway to address it.
While admitting that it was the responsibility of the city authority to plan development, he noted that such planning could not be done in isolation.
"If the port authority would also plan their activities with the city authority in mind, we would have a coordinated plan. We cannot have the port planning separately without involving the assembly and when a problem is created, then we say it is the responsibility of the assembly.
"We knew we had a port infrastructure and ports thrive on haulage and transportation, so why were these interfaces not created?" he questioned


That notwithstanding , Mr Odamtten said, the assembly had identified three likely places to be developed into a parking terminal for the trucks. He said one of the places was located along the Ningo-Prampram area, adding that the assembly was talking with the Haulage Drivers Association to ensure that the menace was reduced.
He disclosed that the assembly was also coming out with a task force to ensure that at least the trucks did not endanger the lives of other road users.

Ghana @ 59 - A look at Tema township

Tema is a coastal city situated 25 kilometres east of Accra, Ghana’s capital. The Greenwich Meridian passes through this city.
Until 1952, when the Government of Ghana decided to develop a deep seaport there, Tema was a small fishing village. Tema became an Autonomous Council in 1974 and was elevated to the status of a Metropolitan Assembly in December, 1990.

The Tema Port 

The Tema Metropolitan Area shares boundaries with the Ashaiman , Adentan and Ledzokuku Krowor Municipalities to the west; the Kpone Katamanso District to the east, the Dangme West District to the North and the Gulf of Guinea to the South.
Before independence, the government identified a small fishing village called Torman as the site for an ultra modern seaport for the new Ghana. Torman residents also grew the calabash plant (gourd), known as Tor in the local language; hence, the name of the village Tor-man (gourd-land), which was corrupted to Tema.
The government in 1952 acquired 166 square kilometres of land north of the harbour. The acquisition was entrusted to the Tema Development Corporation.
Tema is a planned city built as Ghana achieved independence in 1957 and was an icon for modernisation on the continent.
The construction of Tema as an industrial city was linked to the construction of the harbour at Tema. Doxiadis Associates designed the master plan of Tema for an eventual population of 250,000, and Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew designed the master plan for Tema Newtown, the relocated fishing village that originally occupied the site of today's Tema port.

Tema is the only planned city in Ghana and the second in the West African sub-region aside Abuja in Nigeria, (which was built after Tema) but it is beset with over population that has led to insanitary conditions.
The Tema central sewerage system, which was constructed more than 50 years ago, is now a major challenge to the assembly, with frequent sewer burst and the flow of effluence from houses.
The current Chief Executive of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), Mr Isaac Ashai Odamtten, in an interview reiterated the Assembly’s resolve to pursue a master plan to restore the old and damaged sewer systems in the metropolis.
The Assembly, according to him, is pursuing a master plan, which when implemented, will bring to a halt the continuous flow of effluence into the streets.
As part of its resolve, the assembly is undertaking the replacement of old sewer lines in a number of communities.
The Assembly, in the meantime, does regular repairs on the sewer system, but has a long-term plan to revamp the entire system.
Mr Odamtten said as a short-term measure, the assembly had provided logistics for personnel of the Waste Management Department to enhance the maintenance regime.
For the medium term, the Assembly is rehabilitating the sewer trunk lines and pump stations, while in the long term, he said, plans were afoot to incorporate a decentralised community treatment centre to tackle the challenges.
The road network in the Port City is not in the best shape currently. The Communities Two, Five and the industrial area roads are examples. Some of these roads have developed gaping potholes, making them extremely impassable, especially after rains.
Though the Metropolitan Assembly and the Urban Roads Department have made efforts to resolve the problem, a lot more needs to be done.
In February, last year, for instance, the Tema Metropolitan Assembly commenced work on the second phase of asphaltic overlay to improve its roads infrastructure in the metropolis.
The project included the Community 12 roundabout through to the frontage of the Tema General Hospital to connect Road 51 near the St Paul Methodist Cathedral.
These efforts, though commendable, do not appear to be responsive to the rate of deterioration of the roads in the metropolis.
The haphazard manner in which articulated trucks are parked along some major streets in the metropolis have also become a source of concern for road users.
The trucks are mostly parked on the shoulders of the roads near the Tema Port enclave and adjoining communities in the metropolis. Aside the danger posed to other road users and the damage caused to the road, most of these illegal parking places also serve as hot spots for anti-social activities by the truck drivers and their mates.
In a bid to curb the growing risks associated with the reckless parking of vehicles, especially heavy duty trucks, the Metropolitan
Assembly is working in partnership with the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) and the Tema Development Corporation (TDC) to develop a permanent terminal for haulage trucks.
The MCE said his outfit was negotiating with the TDC on a land close to the Tema Labour Office and at Community Three to be developed into a terminal for the trucks. Already, the GPPA has developed a transit park for haulage trucks and is in use.
Established in 1954 as the only health centre to take care of workers at the port city, the Tema General Hospital has diligently served its purpose and was among the best hospitals in the country in its hey days, after the two main teaching hospitals.
It caters for patients from the city and serves as the referral centre for other health posts in the South-Eastern part of Greater
Accra, providing emergency services for accident victims from industries and the Tema motorway. It is the health sanctuary for residents of Ada, Dodowa, Ashaiman, Teshie-Nungua and beyond.
At the time of construction, the facility was big enough to cater for the population, but over time there has been a need to construct a modern hospital on the vast land on which the current facility is located.
As observed by the Paramount Chief of Tema, Nii Adjei Krakue II, it is about time the government made use of the large tract of land set aside to construct a proper hospital for the metropolis to cater for the health needs of the residents and those in adjourning cities.
As Ghana marks another Independence Day, there is the need to redevelop the metropolis into a modern model city in the country to regain its lost glory.
The move appears to have been given a great boost. For some time now, the TDC, with the responsibility of managing the spatial development of the Tema Township, has been seeking to demolish the Kaiser and Segeco flats in Community 4.
Some block of flats were declared uninhabitable more than 20 years ago due to serious structural failures, while the other flats are getting weaker. The TDC is thus poised to prosecute its redevelopment agenda and has earmarked the flats to be pulled down.
That project, when implemented, will see the Community 4 area converted into a modern residential area with a shopping mall, recreational centre and other facilities that make a modern residential enclave complete.
Already, the TDC has constructed four blocks of eight-storey flats under its in-filling project at Tema Community 1 site three.
The TDC in-filling project is in tune with objectives of the Housing Policy to promote housing schemes that maximise land utilisation and accelerate home improvement, which includes the upgrading and transformation of the existing housing stock.
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Graphic rewards Tema newspaper vendors and agents

The award winners with some management and staff members of the GCGL
The Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL) rewarded its newspaper vendors and agents at a ceremony in Tema on Sunday.
The event was in line with the company's objective to deepen its relationship with the vendors and the agents who are an integral part of its operations. 
Seven vendors and sub-vendors were rewarded for excellence, loyalty and dedication to the company’s newspaper vending policy.
The winners took home items ranging from rice cookers, microwave ovens, table-top refrigerators and flat screen television sets. 
Ms Mercy Abbey of Sakumono was adjudged the overall best vendor for 2015, having made the most sales in the year under review.
She took home a 32-inch LED television set.
Mr Samuel Nkansah, who also doubles as the spokesperson for the vendors and agents in Tema, came second and received a table-top refrigerator as his prize.
The third position went to Ms Lilian Yevugah of Ashaiman, who took home a 24-inch LED television set. 
Mr Stephen Piddah and Mr Joseph Koranteng won the best sub-vendors awards, while veteran vendor, Ms Mary Kyei, won the Managing Director's special award for loyalty and adherence to the GCGL vending policy. 
Speaking at the event, the Director of Human Resource and Administration at the GCGL, Ms Peggy Addo, indicated that the awards scheme had been instituted to appreciate the vendors and agents of the company’s products.
She commended the vendors and agents for their loyalty over the years and urged them to work even harder in the coming years.

Ms Addo asked the vendors to take advantage of the scholarship schemes that existed for their children.
The vendors and agents
The scheme, which she said had been in existence over a decade, had provided financial support for many vendors’ children across the country to access education at the second-cycle level.
While most of the vendors in the Tema Zone had complained that they had never benefited from the package, thereby killing their interest in the scheme, Ms Addo indicated that there had been times when in a whole year no vendor applied.
“We do not look at zones or regions when we are awarding the package. Once your child has secured the needed grade of aggregate eight to 24 and passes our interview assessment, the child is awarded the scholarship”, she told the vendors.
She, therefore, encouraged the vendors who  had children in junior high schools to endeavour to apply to reduce their financial burden.
Ms Addo also outlined the progress being made by the company to digitise the various newspapers, in line with technological advances which were impacting on newspaper sales globally.
She told the vendors that the GCGL was working to build an online presence, which she believed could be a major revenue source for the company.
The Spokesperson of the vendors in Tema, Mr Samuel Nkansah, said that the late arrival of the newspapers at the newsstands was impacting negatively on their sales.
“Often when the quota for the Tema Region is increased, our expectation is that the papers will arrive early, so that we can meet industrial workers before they begin work. However, those are the days the paper could delay till about 9 a.m. In some cases, we end up receiving our consignment at midday”, he said.
He appealed to the management of the company to endeavour to address the challenges involving the transportation of the newspapers to the zone which covers Tema, Ada to Battor and Sogakope.
The Tema Business Manager of the GCGL, Mrs Eugenia MacCready, in her welcome address, challenged the vendors to be motivated by the feat achieved by the award winners. 
She expressed the hope that the scheme would motivate them to work extra hard in the coming years.

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