Friday, 21 April 2017


By Benjamin Xornam Glover, TEMA

The Tema Office of the Ghana National Fire Service, (GNFS) recorded 112 fire outbreaks in the first quarter of 2017 as compared to 150 recorded within the same period last year, which is a 25.3 per cent reduction.

The Regional Commander of the GNFS, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, (ACFO), Ms Frances Rockson attributed the strides made to intensified public education on basic fire safety tips by the service.

ACFO  Rockson in an interview with the Daily Graphic in Tema revealed that her outfit in collaboration with other stakeholders including the Metropolitan Assembly, Traders, and Ghana Police Service have been organising a series of public campaigns to educate the general public on basic fire safety tips.

In the era of recent incidents of fire outbreaks in major markets across the country, the Tema Community One market, the major market in the Metropolis,  is yet to record any major market fire incident and this the Regional Fire Commander said was due intensive patrols of the market.
She said to protect this enviable record,  Market Patrol Teams have been formed to regularly patrol all major markets within the Tema area and beyond to avert any unfortunate incidents and the attendant destruction of wares and goods in the markets.
Ms Rockson said the GNFS would collaborate with the Tema Metropolitan Assembly and the Market Queens on this to educate traders in the markets for them to adhere strictly to safety practices in the various markets
She also spoke of the need for rigid enforcement of bye-laws on fire prevention passed by the TMA stressing that District Commanders of the GNFS have been tasked to liaise with their respective Assemblies to put in place and enforce by-laws that prohibits indiscriminate use of naked flames in the markets.

The Regional Fire Commander said the District Commanders have also been tasked to help the market authorities to designate specific areas for cooking and heating and also clear allays in the markets for easy access to the markets by Fire Tenders in case of emergencies.
Ms Rockson said an audit of fire hydrants meant to serve as water sources to fight fire in the metropolis revealed that a number of them have been encroached on by illegal structures while others have been sealed by the Ghana Water Company.

She said the GNFS working with the Assembly and the Ghana Water Company to ensure that the hydrants are functional especially in and around the markets to aid in fire fighting.
ACFO Rockson said her outfit has also initiated an education campaign to ensure that peoples home and their families as well as business and are prepared in the event of a fire.

She said the focus is to highlight the importance of fire prevention throughout the year with the view to reducing fire-related deaths, injuries, and damages.
ACFO Rockson said the GNFS is also responsible for the rescue and evacuation of victims from all forms of accidents to safety and as a region that has the Motorway and other highways running through its jurisdiction, rescue squads have been formed to ensure the quick extrication of road crash victims.

She mentioned the Tema-Accra Motorway, Tema-Ada Highway, Afienya-Akosombo Highway and Accra-Dodowa-Somanya Road as some of the highways in focus.

ACFO Rockson said the Command is also liaising with Assembly members and Opinion leaders along those routes  to train Community Rescue Volunteers on the proper and scientific way to extricate road crash victims on all the accident the prone roads in the Tema area.

This, she explained is to ensure that in the event of road crashes along these routes, the public does not end up aggravating the conditions of the victims.

The Regional Fire Commander said as a region, the GNFS has identified the time lag between when they receive emergency calls and the time they arrive at emergency scenes on the Tema – Ada road and as a measure to stem the tide, the Command is in consultation with the Ada West District Assembly to establish a new Fire Station at Sege to reduce the response time in those area.
A similar move, she indicated is being explored for the establishment of a Fire Station on the Spintex Road which houses many homes and industries, stressing that when this is done, many more lives and properties will be saved in the event of fires and road crashes.
Tema is home to many industries and thus very prone to fire incidents. It would be recalled that on February 25 this year, twelve fuel tankers went up in flames when fire engulfed a tanker yard near the Ashaiman Timber Market.
Also on January 25, 3017 three trucks containing fuel got burnt after a tanker exploded at Kpone, near Tema. In both instances, no casualty was recorded following the swift intervention by personnel of the GNFS to bring the inferno under control.

In order to prevent fire outbreaks and in line with the  Fire Precaution (Premises) Regulations, L.I. 1724, the Command in March this year embarked on a number of  industrial visit to inspect fire safety certificate.

During the visit, premises which were operating without a fire safety certificates had their premises locked up and asked to cease operations until they acquire the necessary certificate.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Seamen in Tema protest over poor working conditions


More than 300 sailors yesterday staged a protest at the Tema Fishing Harbour to demand better working conditions from operators and masters of industrial trawlers operating on Ghanaian seas.

The General Secretary of the local chapter of the National Union of Seaman, (NSU), Mr Isaac Impriam, in an interview after the protest, said for the past few years, the members of the association had been demanding signed conditions of service from the Ghana Industrial Trawlers Association, their employers, but their efforts had not yielded any results.
According to him, the existing pay structures did not provide for the payment of overtime, medical, public holidays, and night time allowances.
He said the union had already petitioned the Ministries of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and Employment and Labour Relations through its national officers at the Ports, Seamen, Maritime and Dockers Union (PSMDU), and reiterated the need for the two ministries to ensure that their working conditions were improved.
“We want the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development to note that the Licence Owners has refused to sign the contract they, the license owners, submitted to the ministry for the acquisition of new licences or renewal of old licences per the ministerial directive of September 16, 2016,
“We want to notify the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, through our National Union, that some of our employers told our members that if they were members of the union, then they, the employers, would not hire them. This is discriminatory and contravenes section 14 A of the Labour Act 2003, Act 651”, Mr Impriam said.

The sailors urged the government to take into account the harsh and unhealthy working conditions at sea and direct their employers to honour their obligations since they, the workers, also contributed to the national economy.
The demonstrators claimed ship owners were employing seafarers at rates below the minimum wage for which reason they demanded better working conditions in the form of regular working hours as well as the payment of additional allowances according to the labour law

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Disband political vigilantes to sustain democracy - Atik Mohammed

The General Secretary of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Mr Atik Mohammed, has re-echoed the need for political parties in the country to disband all political vigilante groups to sustain Ghana’s democracy.
He noted that the continuous existence of such groups in the country was not healthy for the nation’s democracy.

In an interview with the Daily Graphic on the sidelines of a two-day post-election workshop organised by the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) at the Aqua Safari Resort in Ada on Monday, Mr Mohammed said failure to disband such unauthorised vigilante groups could encourage other political parties to also set up such groups to defend their officers.
“PNC will not hesitate to also raise a vigilante group to provide security for its national officers if those of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) continue to operate in this country,” he stressed.
The governing NPP’s Invincible Forces and the Delta Force,  and  the NDC’s  Azorka Boys and the Bolga Bulldogs are the most popular political vigilante groups operating in the country in recent times and in the past.
Mr Mohammed  said the political parties were using these vigilante groups to do all kind of things and that phenomenon, if not checked and discarded from our body politic, could erode the gains made in Ghana’s democracy.
The PNC General Secretary said though there could be a correlation between unemployment and the recruitment of individuals into such groups, there was no justification for their existence.
Election review
Among the topics discussed at the workshop included the preparatory phase, the election-day phase and the post-election phase. The forum also examined the roles played by key stakeholders such as the Electoral Commission (EC), political parties, security agencies, the media and civil society organisations, with a view to identifying challenges as well as opportunities for future improvement in the conduct of elections in Ghana.
Participants in the workshop were drawn from key constitutional bodies, faith-based and civil society organisations.
Learning platform
At the programme, the co-Chairs of CODEO, Professor Miranda Greenstreet and Justice V.C.R.A.C. Crabbe, said the workshop would serve as the platform to take stock of valuable lessons from the conduct of the elections to help inform and improve the conduct of future elections.
The co-chairs indicated that various presentations and deliberations that were discussed at the workshop would be incorporated into CODEO’s final report on the 2016 election to serve as a source book on the 2016 election.
They said recommendation from the workshop would also inform advocacy for electoral reform to help improve the conduct of subsequent elections in the country.
The Director of Elections at the Electoral Commission, Mr Samuel Tetteh, said in spite of the numerous challenges that threatened the conduct of the 2016 polls, it turned out to be a very peaceful and successful election, commending the involvement of many stakeholders, including CODEO, for the roles they played.

While welcoming criticisms, he called on the participants to offer constructive suggestions devoid of partisan sentiments to help the EC to improve on its election management role.



Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Tema Shipyard and Drydock Company receives GH¢13.5m boost

Mr Paul Asare Ansah (head of table) addressing members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Another Suicide: Man found hanging at Ashaiman Jericho

Aother Suicide: Man found hanging at Ashaiman Jericho

Another incident of suicide was recorded Monday morning at Jericho in the Ashaiman Municipality of the Greater Accra Region.
He was in a pair of jeans trousers and had not shirt on.
Some residents in the area told Graphic Online they found the man hanging on the tree Monday morning.
The residents claimed the deceased is not a known person in the community and there was no suicide note to tell what the motive for the action was.
The Assembly man for the Nii Doku Electoral Area, Mr Yusif Gariba told journalists that he received a call around 6am from a member of the community watchdog committee that a young man believed in his thirties had allegedly committed suicide.
The incident has since been reported to the police.
There were three separate reported incidents of suicide last week at Achimota, New Tafo and on the University of Ghana, Legon campus.
Below are related suicide cases in the last one month


Three more commit suicide. Scores call helpline for assistance

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Manye Foundation School Fan Club inaugurated

Mr Benjamin Xornam Glover, a Senior Reporter of the GCGL swearing in the five-member executive of the Manye Foundation School Junior Graphic Fan Club
The Junior Graphic Fan Club of the Manye Foundation School at Tema Community 25 has been inaugurated. The club is to encourage reading among pupils in the school and help the members and the rest of the pupils to become enthusiastic readers.
The club has Mr Stephen Kofi Akadjah as its Patron. The President is Master Morritious Nartey Tetteh, Ms Clara Hiamabe, Vice President; Master Prince Arhin, Secretary; Master Isaac Mensah, Organiser, and Ms Bertha Agbovi, Treasurer.
Mr Glover said as future leaders, the members must develop the habit of reading since it is a good habit which needs to be purposefully developed.
The Proprietor of the Manye Foundation School, Mr Daniel W. Kabutey Nartey, said the school was founded in 2003 to serve the educational needs of children in the community whose parents were peasant farmers and artisans.
Mr Nartey said the introduction of the Junior Graphic Fan Club in the school would encourage reading and help students improve on their academic performance.
As part of the inauguration ceremony, a quiz contest was held among members of the fan club and prizes were awarded to the winners.


Work begins on $ 600 million gas terminal project at Tema

Mr Claudio Bartolotti, Vice-President of Micoperi, the offshore contractors, operating the excavator to mark the start of work

The management of Quantum Power Ghana Limited has cut the sod for the construction of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in Ghana to support power generation in the Kpone Power Enclave.
The $600 million project is expected to provide about 3.4 million tonnes of LNG per year, which is equivalent to 500 million standard cubic feet (mscf) of gas per day, through sub-sea and onshore pipelines to the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), the country’s natural gas aggregator, and other power producers in the country.
The project is a public, private partnership between Quantum Power Ghana and the GNPC on a build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) basis for a period of 20 years, after which the asset will be transferred to the GNPC.
Micoperi S.p.A of Italy is the contractor of the Tema LNG Terminal which is expected to be completed in a year.
The project entails the construction of an LNG import and regasification terminal to receive natural gas in a liquid form to be turned back into its normal natural gas form to fire thermal plants in the Kpone Power Enclave, near Tema.
The project will also have a floating, storage and regasification unit (FSRU) moored 12 kilometres off the shores of Tema to allow for cost-effective refuelling and regasification without disturbing maritime and port traffic.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Quantum Power, Mr Matty Vengerik, said the Tema LNG was expected to provide Ghana with reliable, flexible, independent and scalable fuel source for power generation.
Gas-fuelled generation is considered a cheaper alternative.
He said the project was designed to help alleviate the country's significant energy shortfall and support the government's efforts to put an end to the protracted challenges with power supply, while ensuring efficiency and cost reduction.
The CEO said the LNG terminal would also contribute to critical infrastructure required to support the country’s plan for energy security and accelerated economic growth.
Mr Vengerik said 50 years ago, Ghana was a beacon of hope and industrial revolution to its neighbours, thanks to the Akosombo Dam which generated power at a cheaper cost.
“We will be providing Ghana with the option and ability to have a completely reliable power sector that can accommodate its growth for the next decade and beyond to make Ghana a leader in the sub-region,” Mr Vengerik stated.
The Managing Director of Quantum Power Ghana Limited, Mr Ruben Atekpe, said the FSRU, being built by the Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard in South Korea, was expected in the country by May this year.


Roads Minister inspects ongoing works in Tema

Mr Kwasi Amoako-Atta (4th right) being briefed on the project by Mr Mohammed Samara, CEO of MPS, during the visit. Picture: BENJAMIN XORNAM GLOVER

The Minister of Roads and Highways, Mr Kwasi Amoako-Atta, yesterday inspected a number of ongoing road works in the Tema metropolis. They include the Tema Roundabout road improvement network, the Africa Unity, Agba Mami/ BBC/ Police Station/ Polyclinic, as well as A-Lang roads.
The Tema Motorway Roundabout improvement project involves the construction of four by-passes to reduce the number of vehicles approaching the roundabout, construction of an additional third lane to widen the roundabout itself, upgrading of a section of the Akosombo Road into a dual carriageway and the rehabilitation of a section of the Harbour Road. Some roads are also undergoing asphaltic overlay.
He was accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Meridian Port Services (MPS), Mr Mohamed Samara; the Director-General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Mr Paul Asare Ansah; the Chief Director of the Roads Ministry, Mr Godwin Joseph Brocke and the Members of Parliament for Tema West and Central, Messrs Carlos Kingsley  Ahenkora and Kofi Brako, as well as other heads of departments.
During the visit to the Tema Roundabout project, Mr Amoako-Atta commended the management of MPS for investing in the project to improve on the road network in the area.
Work on the project, which is being funded by the MPS at the cost of GH¢28 million, is expected to be completed by August this year.
He pledged the government's support towards the successful execution of the project.
Mr Amoako-Atta, however, urged the contractors, SinoHydro Corporation Limited, to take steps to reduce the inconveniences to the travelling public.
“This is an important project for the people of this area and Ghana as a whole and we are pleased MPS is doing this. We will co-operate with you at our level to ensure that you have all the utilities needed to execute this project. If you have any challenges please do not hesitate to let me know so that we can assist you,” he said.
Corporate responsibility
For his part, Mr Samara said the project, which formed part of MPS corporate social initiative, was aimed at alleviating difficulties on road transportation within the Tema enclave.
The acting Director-General of GPHA also lauded the initiative and emphasised that the intervention would facilitate the movement of goods and people within the port.
“At the moment, Tema Port is handling about 80,000 TEUs every month and this creates a lot of congestion along this road. If nothing is done by 2018, there will be crisis and so for us, this is a heart-warming intervention by MPS,” he said.
MPS, in October 2016, announced the start of the project in collaboration with the Ministry of Roads and Highways.
Construction work is currently ongoing on the four by-passes, including the widening of the roundabout.
To date, about 40 per cent of work has been executed.


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

12 fuel tankers destroyed in Ashaiman Tanker Yard blaze

It took 11 fire engines from the Tema area, one from the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), a turn-table ladder and 35 firemen from the GNFS to bring the three-hour blaze under control.
Twelve fuel tankers went up in flames when fire engulfed a fuel storage depot at Ashaiman Timber Market, near Tema, yesterday.
Fourteen other tankers at the Finese Oil Tanker Yard, located behind the Ashaiman Timber Market, however, were saved from the blaze as a result of the swift intervention by personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS).
As of the time of going to press, it was unclear what must have caused the inferno, but firefighters gave an indication that the fire might have been caused by an attempt to transfer fuel from one tanker to another.
It took 11 fire engines from the Tema area, one from the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), a turn-table ladder and 35 firemen from the GNFS to bring the three-hour blaze under control.
No casualties
There were no casualties.
One firefighter who sustained a cut on the finger, according to the National Ambulance Service crew on duty, was taken to the Tema General Hospital for further treatment.
Briefing journalists at the scene, a Deputy Fire Officer in charge of Operations, Mr William Jesse Mensah, said the service received a call about 1.05 p.m., adding that on arrival at the tanker yard, firemen realised that the blaze was very intense and so they had to call in reinforcement.
He said firefighters managed to put out the fire after hours of effort.
He advised tanker drivers and operators to desist from transferring products, since it was a risky venture to undertake.
Meanwhile, the GNFS has launched investigations into the incident.

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