Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Ashaiman Municipal Assembly embraces ‘Planting for Food, Jobs’

The Ashaiman Municipal Assembly has embraced the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ programme as part of the government’s efforts to encourage farming across the country.
The Ashaiman Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Albert Boakye Okyere, who disclosed this in his maiden sessional address last Monday, said a number of farmers in the municipality had been enrolled onto the programme and supplied with inputs such as seeds and fertilisers at subsidised prices as part of the efforts to promote agriculture and make it attractive for the youth to venture into it.
He promised to ensure that the Assembly, in the coming year, would expand the programme and also go into aquaculture to create employment for the youth and promote fish farming as well.
Dam rehabilitation
 He hinted that plans were underway to rehabilitate the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority (GIDA) facility in the municipality to enhance the ’Planting for Food and Jobs’ concept, as well as promote the programme in the municipality.
Through the government’s policy of Planting for Food and Jobs, farmers have been given the opportunity to engage in the production of rice, maize and onion, he said.
According to Mr Okyere, if we were to encourage urban agriculture and aquaculture, then we needed to protect the irrigation lands which were faced with a number of challenges, including encroachment, pollution, broken canals, as well as the dumping of refuse and undesirable materials in the canals and on the farmlands. He promised to address those challenges to enable the farmers to practise commercial farming and create employment in the area.
Environmental sanitation
Touching on the issue of sanitation in the municipality, Mr Okyere said in addition to the interventions made, the assembly was receiving assistance from the central government and its development partners to address environmental sanitation, since it was still a big challenge in the area.

GNFS carries out fire audit in buildings in Tema

ACFO Frances Roskson (middle) and personnel of the GNFS examining a large size LPG installation outside the kitchen of Tema Senior High School
The Tema office of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has conducted fire audit in some institutions and high rise buildings in the metropolis to ascertain its preparedness in the event of a fire outbreak.
This forms part of the efforts by the GNFS to contain fire outbreaks in the metropolis.
The auditing was led by the Tema Regional Fire Service Commander, Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) Ms Frances Rockson, her Deputy, Divisional Officer 1, Mr Timothy Affum, and other senior fire personnel in the region.
The team paid an unannounced visit to the Tema Senior High School where its members inspected fire safety measures in place in the school, especially the administration block, kitchen and dining hall.
The team also inspected the newly built eight floors of the TDC Towers at Tema Community Two where the members conducted a fire risk assessment of the structure to enable the GNFS plan for the future in the event of a fire outbreak.
The audit team ended its tour at the Tema Central Mall and Hotel where the members briefed the occupants of the buildings on what they should do to save their lives in case of a fire outbreak
In an interview after the inspection, Ms Rockson said the exercise had become necessary because the GNFS had realised that some of the occupants of public and private buildings lacked knowledge in basic fire safety.
Ms Rockson said fire safety and prevention was a shared responsibility that began from the home with parents and employees at workplaces.
At the Tema Senior High School, she advised the management to install fire detectors on the administration block to help detect fire.
She also urged them to create another entrance at the school as a precautionary measure.
During a tour of the school’s kitchen, the team detected that gas cylinders had been placed in doorways, while some doors in the dining halls had been locked.
The regional CFO advised management to relocate the gas cylinders outside the kitchen and also open up the seal doors in the dining hall as a precautionary measure.
At the Tema TDC Towers, the team commended the facility managers for putting in place the needed safety and prevention mechanism to help combat fire.
via: http://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/gnfs-carries-out-fire-audit-in-buildings-in-tema.html

Friday, 7 July 2017

Tema General Hospital gets Gh¢100, 000 incinerator

The GH¢100, 000 incinerator donated to the TGH by Rotary Club of Tema
The Rotary Club of Tema has installed a modern incinerator for the Tema General Hospital to help the health facility manage its surgical and medical waste.
The GH¢100,000 equipment runs on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). It is made up of the burning chambers, a primary chamber which loads and starts the burning process and a secondary chamber for further burning to remove all hazardous materials into smoke, which comes out of the incinerator through a 40 feet chimney.
The previous incinerator used for the disposal of medical and surgical waste at the hospital broke down five years ago.
As a result, the hospital relied on an external contractor to handle and manage its surgical waste,  a situation which meant, surgical and general waste could be left on the hospital’s premises for days.
The breakdown of the previous incinerator came to the notice of the President of the Rotary Club of Tema, Mr Mark Deiden, following a visit by members to the facility in the 2014/ 2015 Rotary year.
He said with support from its international partner, the Rotary Club of Odder in Denmark and some individuals and corporate organisations in Tema, the club raised funds to procure the incinerator.
He named the others as B. DEKS Educational Institute, Port Medical Centre, Narh-Bita Hospital and Everpure Ghana Limited, as well as individuals such as Nana Ato Dadzie, former Chief of Staff, Mr Djabanor Narh of Ernst and Young and Mr Philip Owiredu of Cal Bank.
Mr Deiden stressed the need for a proper maintenance system to be put in place to ensure a longer lifespan for the incinerator.
He said the hospital could also use the incinerator to generate some revenue by allowing other health facilities to use it for a fee.
Regular maintenance
The District Governor of the Rotary Club in Ghana, Mr Sam Worentetu, underscored the need for regular maintenance of the system to make it serve its purpose.
“This our unenviable distinction as a people with very low or totally deficient culture of maintenance is even more stark when the powers that be do not feel any close affinity to the object requiring maintenance. Thus a new minister sees an immediate need for a brand new 4x4 vehicle for his personal use but may not notice that the hospital ambulance just requires an oil change for it to give more service to the community, until the engine collapses,” he said.
Highlighting the importance of an incinerator, Mr Worentetu said in today’s world, hospital waste was becoming increasingly complex due to changing technologies and increase in the services that the hospitals perform for the community.
The Medical Director of the Tema General Hospital, Dr Kwabena Opoku-Adusei, thanked the Rotary Club of Tema for the initiative and called on other institutions in Tema not to abandon the health facility since it was the only referral hospital in Tema.
Dr Opoku-Adusei reiterated his appeal to the government to consider rebuilding and expanding the facility, stressing that the hospital was the only referral point serving about 50 communities and 900,000 people in and around Tema.
The Deputy Minister of Transport and MP for Tema East, Mr Daniel Titus-Glover, said due to the increasing pressure on the facility, the hospital was unable to cope with the health care needs of the people. He promised to liaise with his colleague MPs in the hospital’s catchment area to lobby the government on the need to upgrade the Tema General Hospital to a regional hospital.
The Greater Accra Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Linda Van Otoo, also thanked all those who made the provision of the incinerator possible, stressing that it would go a long way to reduce the hazards faced by health workers and the general public.
via: http://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/tema-hospital-gets-gh-100-000-incinerator.html

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Senior citizens feted, honoured in regions

 03 JULY 2017
Music Legend, A.B. Crentsil (with mic) treating the senior citizens to highlife tunes. Picture: Benjamin Xornam Glover
In Tema, more than 200 senior citizens in the metropolis were feted by the Tema Metropolitan Assembly, reports Benjamin Xornam Glover.
The senior citizens were treated to a sumptuous lunch and quality highlife tunes by A.B. Crentsil, one of Ghana’s most prolific highlife artistes, backed by the Matts Band.
he MCE of Tema, Mr Felix Nii Annang Mensah-La, presenting a parcel to a retiree,  Nana Ogyedom Tsetsewa I, who is also a Divisional Chief of the Gomoa Akyempim Traditional Council. Picture: Benjamin Xornam Glover
The Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr Felix Nii Annang Mensah-La, said the event was also part of efforts by the assembly to compensate senior citizens in the metropolis for their hard work which had led the city’s growth.
“We recognise the efforts and contributions you have made to the development of Tema and Ghana in general and we are very grateful to you. We do not have opportunity often to bring you all together to say thank you. As a nation, we are proud of your contributions,” he said.
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TDC ejects over 300 Kaiser Flats tenants

02 JULY 2017
Occupants of Kaiser Flats in Tema Community Four have had their properties thrown out following an eviction exercise yesterday morning.
More than 300 people have been rendered homeless following an eviction exercise carried out by the Tema Development Corporation (TDC) at Kaiser Flats in Tema Community Four.
Some macho men, under the protection of armed policemen as early as 5a.m. yesterday, forced their way into the rooms of the tenants and threw out the belongings of its occupants.
The affected residents, who included women and children, told the Daily Graphic that they had not been notified before the eviction exercise.
Information gathered by the Daily Graphic indicated that the TDC in 2013 secured an order from the Tema High Court to possess four block apartments within the Kaiser Flats at Tema Community Four.
Court order
Following the court order, the TDC served eviction orders and notified occupants of the impending demolition of the flats which had been declared uninhabitable due to serious structural defects.
The decision to demolish the building has resulted in a long-standing battle between the TDC and the occupants who have declared their resolve to resist any such move.
When the Daily Graphic visited the area yesterday, a number of rooms had been broken into, and properties belonging to the tenants thrown out.
Some of the tenants were seen going through their properties to see what could be salvaged.
Residents’ defiance
The Assembly member for the Horticulture Electoral Area, Mr Richard Anning, who acted as a spokesperson for the affected tenants, challenged the rights of the macho men and the police to carry out the eviction.
“We challenged them to produce whatever court order that they were acting on but they couldn’t show us the said court order so quickly I called the Metropolitan Chief Executive to inform him.
“He tried to talk to the leader of the group supervising the action but he refused to talk to him. The MP also tried but he refused to speak. They ended up ejecting the people.
“My worry is that they (the gang) came as early as 5 a.m. when most of the people were still in bed, while others were preparing their children for school.
“You could see the trauma that the children were going through this morning. If they had told us ahead of time, we would have assembled the people and prepared their minds, but we were not informed.”
In an interview, the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Felix Nii Annang Mensah-La, said the situation had not been fairly handled.
“I was told that at a Metropolitan Security meeting somewhere last year when the issue came up for discussion, there was clear information that before this eviction 
exercise is carried out, the TMA should be informed.
As a I speak to you, TMA has not been informed. So for me, I have decided not to comment on it since it’s a court order and one has to be careful when commenting.
That notwithstanding, those living here are Ghanaians. At least, one week sensitisation to move out of this place would have been enough,” he said.
The MCE said a meeting would be called for all stakeholders in the matter to sit and discuss the issue further.
Writer's email: benjamin.glover@graphic.com.gh

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Govt urged to help Maritime University acquire training vessel

26 JUNE 2017
Mr Teddy Mensah handing over the mattresses to Mrs Jane Antwi, Head of Nursing at the Tema General Hospital. With them are some staff members of the hospital and members of the club

The Maritime Professionals Club (MPC) has urged the government to provide the Regional Maritime University (RMU) with a training vessel to enhance practical training of cadets from the institution.
The MPC said the provision of such a facility would enable the RMU to offer hands-on training that meets global standards for the cadets.
The First Vice-President of MPC, Chief Engineer Teddy Mensah, made the appeal in an interview with journalists last Thursday after members of the club had donated 50 mattresses and pillows worth GH¢19,000 to the Female Ward of the Tema General Hospital.
The donation was part of activities by the club to mark this year's World Seafarers Day which fell on June 25.
Maritime Professionals Club
The MPC was formed in 2014 with the main objective to enhance and promote professionalism in the maritime sector.
It serves as the backbone for providing expertise and the necessary professional inputs in formulating policies for the emerging oil and gas industry.
Some of its members are engaged in capacity building and in the training of undergraduates at the RMU.
Mr Mensah said shipping companies were in need of experienced seafarers but most of them were not prepared to give graduates the opportunity for practical training.
According to him, although the RMU has partnered the Bernhard Schulte Ship Management (BSM) to provide training and employment opportunities for graduates, such opportunities are limited to only a few while majority of graduates from the university have to look elsewhere for such practical training opportunities, a situation he described as very challenging.
He noted that as seafarers and an alumni body of the Regional Maritime University, which will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year, they were happy to donate to the hospital.
YAF donates
In a related development, members of the Tema Community One branch of the Young Adults Fellowship (YAF) of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) have also donated items worth ¢5000 to the Children's Ward of the Tema General Hospital.
The items included 30 pieces of mosquito nets, medical examination kits, water bottles, cups, kettles, as well confectioneries for the children on admission
A member of the fellowship, Madam Ida Boahene, expressed the hope that the items would help the hospital satisfy some of its pressing needs.
 She said the group also visited the various police cells in the metropolis to share food and fellowship with the inmates in a bid to “take the word of God to the unsaved”.
The items were received by Madam Vivian Danso, a Nursing Officer on duty.
She expressed her gratitude to the group and appealed to other individuals and organisations to emulate them.

via| http://www.graphic.com.gh/news/education/govt-urged-to-help-maritime-university-acquire-training-vessel.html

BOST explains why it sold contaminated fuel

27 JUNE 2017

The Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST) has challenged anyone with information on the illegal sale of contaminated or off-spec product at the pumps to report such action to the appropriate authority for immediate action.
A statement from BOST and copied to Graphic Online said a technical team of BOST carried out due diligence and inspected the facility of the off taker and was satisfied that the product released was going to be scheduled to reflect the capacity at any point in time.
“BOST deploys the use of only Bulk Road Vehicles (BVR) that have tracking devices installed and have duly met the requirements of NPA to haul products, thus rendering BOST extremely responsible. Anyone who has a contrary view should provide a credible laboratory report and detail analysis,” the statement said.
Responding to a call by the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) for the Chief Executive Officer of BOST, Mr. Alfred Obeng Boateng to step aside for a full-scale investigation into the alleged sale of contaminated fuel, BOST defended its decision to sell off the contaminated or off-spec products to Movenpiina saying the move was the most prudent considering the potential loss in revenue.

“BOST sold the off-spec product GH c 1.30p per liter as against the normal ex-refinery rate of GH c1.75p for normal products. Thus 26 percent discount off the normal product and this is normal and acceptable practice in the industry”

“The assertion that, the off-spec product should have been sold at GH 2.50p is misleading because ex-refinery price and pump price are completely different. BOST only sells products at ex-refinery rate. BOST does not sell its products at ex-pump price so those who are quoting same should move away from that assertion,” the statement said.
Touching on the status of oil company, Movenpiina in the whole deal, BOST said nothing prevents an entity from having business discussion with a company which is at a business promotion stage.
The statement said, at the time Movenpiina was engaged by BOST in respect of the off-spec product sales, it had been duly registered with the Registrar General Department.
BOST said the product in question was declared off-spec after going through an in-house technical assessment and a laboratory test by the Tema Oil Refinery adding that after the realisation of the state of the product, BOST, after a thorough analysis and consultation, had three options to deal with the situation.
“The first option is to have a corrective treatment of the off-spec product at TOR but this option was however not possible because TOR is not refining at the moment.”
“The second option was to gradually inject a total of about seventy thousand (70,000) litres of the off-spec product into ten million litres (10,000,000) of normal product over a period which will take about ten (10) solid months for BOST to accomplish. The implication of this option is however the opportunity cost of losing the commercial value of over five million and seven hundred thousand Ghana Cedis (GHS 5,700,000). This arrangement would have deprived the BDCs of getting space to store their products. The capacity of the tank holding the off-spec product is twenty million litres (20,000,000 lts).”
“The third option involves the selling of the off-spec product at a competitive ex-depot price. Comparatively, the possible revenue loss here cannot outweigh the loss in Option 1 and 2.”
“Clearly, OPTION 3 was the ideal from a business point of view,” the statement added.
The statement concluded by saying BOST would ne pleased if ACEP will advice the category of NPA license for such a waste oil dealer.

via: | http://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/bost-explains-why-it-sold-contaminated-fuel.html

2 injured as workers on Tema Port expansion embark on sit down strike - Injuries at Tema port expansion sit down strike

22 JUNE 2017

Two people, including the Operations Commander of the Tema Regional Police Command were injured on Thursday when workers on the Tema Port Expansion project embarked on a sit down strike.
Two people, including the Operations Commander of the Tema Regional Police Command were injured on Thursday when workers on the Tema Port Expansion project embarked on a sit down strike.
The commander sustained the injury when one of the stones the workers hurled at the police hit him, reports Graphic Online's Benjamin Xornam Glover from Tema.

The workers undertaking the Tema Port expansion project on behalf of Chinese Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) embarked on the industrial action to demand for better conditions of service.
The strike action, which followed a similar one held on May 18, 2017, saw the workers protesting about poor remuneration, discrimination between them and their Chinese counterparts.
A representative of the workers, who gave his name only as Steven who spoke to Graphic Online outside the company’s premises, said the workers only engaged in a sit-down strike to press home their demands for better working conditions following a stall in negotiations at the National Labour Commission (NLC).
Sit-down strike
What started as a peaceful sit-down strike action turned chaotic when police personnel called in by the management to quell the workers action fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the stone throwing demonstrators.
This led to the injury of one of the workers, identified only as William. He was hit in the left eye and rushed to the nearby hospital for treatment.

Also injured in the clash was the Operations Commander of the Tema Police Command, who sustained a cut in the lower left eye after the workers pelted the police with stones.
The police personnel on arrival at the scene tried to disperse the workers but that failed. This resulted in a confusion and the stone-throwing by the protesters. One of the stone allegedly hit the Operations Commander.
The police responded to the immediate threat by chasing the demonstrating workers into the Community Three SSNIT residential compound which is opposite the project site while firing tear gas and rubber bullets towards the angry workers.
One of the rubber bullets injured the eye of one of the workers while three of the protestors were arrested by the police and sent to the Community Two Police Station.
Management response
Lawyer for CHEC, Mr Raymond Twumasi later in an interview with Graphic Online said the action of the workers was about grievances with respect to their condition of service.
According to Mr Twumasi, CHEC, as a matter of policy had outsourced recruitment of workers to a third party L’aine Services Ltd.
He said the workers were not happy with the conditions of service offered them by L’aine Services Ltd hence they embarked on a strike action three weeks ago.
He said a few days back, management of CHEC picked snippets o9f information that the workers were going to undertake another strike action so management petitioned the National Labour Commission for certain declarations.
These declaration, he said included the fact that since the workers were not employed directly by CHEC, management does not have the capacity to even negotiate the condition of service with workers but rather with L’aine Services Ltd.
Mr Twumansi said the National Labour Commission upheld CHEC’s grievances and cautioned the workers against any strike action since that will be illegal.
“We were however surprised that after the declaration by the NLC, we came to work today only to realise that the workers have declared a strike without notice to management,” he said.

The lawyer for CHEC said management therefore called in the police to protest life and property at the site.
He said CHEC was ready to engage the workers on the way forward in order not to cause unnecessary delays of the Port Expansion Project.
Mr. Twumasi indicated that CHEC, because of the demand of the workers to sack L’aine Services Ltd have initiated steps to terminate the contract with the Human Resource Agency and engage another agency which will offer better conditions of service hence were surprised by the action of the workers.
He urged the workers to remain calm while management with another service provider
At the time of filing this report, the workers had dispersed and calm restored to the scene.
Writer’s email: benjamin.glover@graphic.com.gh
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Monday, 19 June 2017

Police arrest another suspected killer of cop

19 JUNE 2017
The late Constable Micheal Kporyi

The Tema Regional Police Command has arrested a second person suspected to have participated in the murder of Police Constable Micheal Kporyi.
The suspect, Razak Salifu, alias Baba, was arrested about 2 a.m. last Friday.
The Public Relations Officer of the Tema Regional Police Command, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr Joseph Benefo Darkwah, said police investigations revealed that the suspect was one of the two persons who had trailed the constable on a motorbike, shot and killed him and later sped off.
"On arrival at the suspect’s residence, Salifu, on seeing the police, decided to escape by scaling the fence wall of the house. To prevent the suspect from running away, the police shot him in the leg and immediately rushed him to the Tema General Hospital for treatment,” he said.
Mr Darkwah added that the suspect was currently on admission under police guard.
Last Monday, Constable Kporyi was gunned down by unknown assailants on the Tema-Akosombo highway.
Constable Kporyi, who was with the Tema Regional Rapid Deployment Force, was on a motorbike patrol duty when he was attacked by the assailants, who were said to be riding a motorbike too.
Impounded bikes
In a related development, the police in Tema have impounded nine motorbikes in an operation that was carried out last Thursday.
According to Mr Darkwah, intelligence gathered by the police indicated that a member of a gang, identified as Alidu, kept a fleet of motorbikes on his premises at Lebanon Zone 2, Ashaiman, which were used by the gang in its operations.
He said the police embarked on an operation to arrest the suspect and retrieve the said motorbikes, but on sighting the police, suspect Alidu fled.
However, the motorbikes which were parked in his house were impounded by the police.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Rawlings calls on Ghanaians to embrace family planning

Former President John Jerry Rawlings

Former President John Jerry Rawlings has called on Ghanaians to embrace family planning to control population explosion.
He pointed out that the means to have safe sex was always available and that people should explore it in order not to burden society with children they could not take care of.
The former President who was addressing a political rally last Saturday at the Mandela Park in Ashaiman as part of the 25th anniversary celebration said one of the things that undermined Ghana’s development was the lack of serious family planning.
“No matter what we do or how hard we work, if we do not do something about family planning, it will keep undermining our attempt to develop. You can see it right in your homes, your ability or capacity to feed your children, clothe them and pay their school fees, etc. so it is, this kind of situation is transmitted into the community, society and nation. Let’s think about it”
“When I see children all over the place, the way they sweat it out in the streets, trying to sell, just so they can survive, it is so difficult. Every Friday, I have to look for money so that when I am passing by, I can give to them for the weekend,” he said.
Embrace Family Planning
He, therefore, called on Ghanaians to embrace family planning as a way of controlling the rapid population growth with its attendant impact on national development.
Rapid population growth has also been identified as having negative impacts on overstretched health systems and other resources and amenities.
The use of family planning methods is said to have a number of benefits, including reducing maternal and neonatal mortality,as well as unsafe abortion which contributes to 20 per cent of all maternal deaths and positive socio-economic benefits to the family and community.
Family planning does not only deal with pregnancy prevention or delay, but it also includes support for people living with infertility by providing them with counselling and methods to assist them achieve pregnancy.
Bush burning
The former President also bemoaned the recent incidence of bush fires leading to the burning of electric poles.
He recounted a recent newspaper article in The Ghanaian Times about some electric poles that got burnt through bush fires and advised municipal and district assemblies to form volunteer groups to weed around tension poles in their communities in an effort to curb the burning of electric poles.
“Telephone your people in the various parts of the country to be a little more responsible and take responsibility for these poles. During our era, assembly people were constituted into gangs to regularly weed the little bush and bushels around the teak poles in order to prevent the poles from catching fire. This is not an NPP, NDC matter. This is electricity which we all need,” he said.
via: http://www.graphic.com.gh/news/politics/rawlings-calls-on-ghanaians-to-embrace-family-planning.html
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