Safisana calls for support to produce more green electricity

Mr Elikplim Asilevi, the General Manager of Safisana Ghana Limited, has asked the Government to support the Company in its mandate to produce more green electricity to reduce carbon emissions and promote healthy living among the populace.

He asked for more allocation on the national grid to produce more green electricity and some incentives to enable the Company to expand its production.

Mr Asilevi made the call when addressing journalists on a facility tour with Plan International Ghana, its partner on the ‘Stronger Together’ project.

Safisana Ghana Limited is a waste-to-resource company that turns waste into green electricity, fertiliser and biomass.

It collects faecal sludge from public toilets and organic waste food from markets, abattoirs and food processing companies and through a natural process of anaerobic digestion and fermentation, it transforms them into energy and fertiliser.

The renewable energy is subsequently used to produce power to feed the national electricity grid.

At the time that t
he country is facing power crisis, the General Manager said the Government needed to support Safisana to expand its modules for the good of citizens, industries and the economy at large.

Safisana at the moment, he said, was also producing electricity for some food processing industries with the individual company’s own generated waste.

‘This initiative and step is one in the right direction and we need the support and intervention of government to be able to expand these modules to support the economy,’ he added

Mr Daniel Agbenoto, Project Manager, Stronger Together Project, Plan International Ghana, said the lack of proper sanitation and waste treatment services in many low and middle income countries, including Ghana still caused over 842,000 deaths each year.

The huge health concerns, the growing global climate, energy and food crises necessitated the need to act.

Mr Agbenoto said the recycling of faecal and organic waste had a positive impact on the living environment of people in the target communit
ies by reducing air, land and water pollution.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Judges and Lawyers observe 42nd Martyrs’ Day in Takoradi

Judges and lawyers in the Western Region have observed the 42nd anniversary of Martyrs’ Day, commemorating the murder of three High Court judges and a retired army officer in 1982.

The event was held at the Takoradi branch of the Pentecost International Worship Center (PIWC), as part of the church service.

Tributes were read in honour of the three martyred judges.

Mr Benjamin Ackaah Gyasi, an Elder of the church who introduced the team mentioned the three judges as Justice Cecilia Koranteng-Addo, Justice Kwadwo Agyei Agyepong, and Justice Fred Poku Sarkodie.

He said the observation of Martyrs’ Day served as a reminder of the sacrifices made by the three judges.

The President of the Western Region branch of the Ghana Bar Association, Mr. Samuel Agbottah, paid tribute to the martyrs.

He recalled that the three judges were abducted from their homes and found murdered at the Bundase Military Range. Their bodies were found partially burnt and decomposing.

It was observed that the rains on that fateful night
extinguished the fire and ensured that the bodies were not completely burnt.

He said the observation of the Day called for the need to protect the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law in Ghana.

Mr Agbottah called for a renewed commitment to uphold the rule of law and protect the independence of the judiciary.

The event was attended by judges and lawyers, drawn from the Western and Western North Regions.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Prof. George Kofi Amoako Urges Corporate Entities, PSA, and MNEs to use their CSR Dimensions to Contribute to SDGs

Professor George Kofi Amoako, a renowned marketing guru and consultant has called on Corporate Entities, Public Sector Agencies(PSA), and Multinational Enterprises(MNEs) to use their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to contribute significantly to the advancement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all members of the United Nations in 2015.

According to Professor Amoako, most companies are implementing CSR and CSI activities without paying any significant attention to the protection and preservation of the environment and the Sustainable Development Goals.

This, he said, had created a huge gap that demanded the attention of all corporate stakeholders such as industries, professional bodies, and academia.

Prof. Amoako, speaking to the media stated that, if multi-national enterprises and Public Sector Agencies(PSA) did not align their respective CSR and CSI activities, it would be extremely difficult to achieve all the 17 World Sustainable Development Goals by the dead
line of 2030.

Prof. George Kofi Amoako recently led a team of renowned researchers from April 2023 to May 2024 to conduct research into the Corporate Social Responsibility and brand performance in Ghana with a sample size of 1106.

The findings of the research from the data collected from 1106 distributing, wholesaling, retailing, and vending firms involved in the telecommunications activities in Ghana revealed that brand knowledge positively impacted organizational brand value.

Further, the Environmental Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Corporate Social Responsibility were positively related to brand knowledge and brand loyalty.

Also, social CSR was positively related to brand knowledge and organizational brand value.

The research was very helpful in understanding how CSR dimensions significantly affected brand performance across multiple industries.

Prof Amoako, however, urged Corporate Ghana to offer cutting edge training programmes for their employees on CSR and CSI so that they would be w
ell informed, thereby utilizing their acquired skills and knowledge to help the respective institutions and corporate entities to re-align their Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) activities or Corporate Social Investments to be in tandem with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Professor Amoako added that, ‘if all the Corporate Entities, Public Sector Agencies and Multinational Enterprises are able to utilized fully the CSR Dimensions, they would greatly enhance their brand performance, attract and retain more customers/consumers, improve their revenue generation capabilities while at the same time helping society to preserve and protect the environment.’

Before joining the academia, Prof. George Amoako worked in the industry for several years. He has over 30 years of multi- experience in industry, consulting, and teaching at the university level. He previously worked with prestigious Mechanical Lloyd and Fan Milk Ghana Limited.

In the area of consultancy and training services, Prof. George Kofi Amoako h
as consulted and done training for many public and private multi-national companies and organizations such as Bank of Ghana, Ghana Insurance Commission, Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, British Council and several others.

Professor George Kofi Amoako is a Full Professor of Marketing, and currently, the Director of Research, Innovation and Consultancy at the Ghana Communication Technology University.

He has a proven expertise and track record in consultancy services, corporate training, and delivering and implementing marketing strategies and projects.

Professor George Kofi Amoako was awarded the Top Africa CSR Award in 2015 in Mauritius for his publications in Corporate Social Responsibility. Professor Amoako is ranked amongst the Top 4 Marketing Scholars in Ghana and Top 3% in Africa according to the AD Scientific Index for 2024.

In 2023, Durban University of Technology in South Africa conferred Honoray Full Professor in Marketing on Professor George Kofi Amoako for his
strategic marketing brilliance and significant impact in the field of marketing in Africa and beyond.

The main research focus areas of Prof. George Kofi Amoako are Sustainability, Marketing, Branding, Business Strategy, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Environmental Conservation.

He has done over 30 national assignments for the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission(GTEC) over the past five years.

Professor George Kofi Amoako finally urged Corporate Ghana, especially the Mining and Petroleum Industry, to significantly review and re-align their respective CSR and CSI activities so that collectively we could protect and preserve the Environment and the social well-being of the people.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Use peaceful negotiations in pursuit of better working conditions – unionists urged

Mr Johnson Senanu Amegashie, General Secretary, Union of Industry, Commerce, and Finance (UNICOF) of the Ghana Trades Union Congress, has urged Trade unionists to peacefully negotiate for their wellbeing in the workplace to ensure productivity.

Trade unionism, he noted, had become effective in the contemporary workplace because it was employing peaceful negotiations and social dialogue.

Mr Amegashie said this at the inauguration of the National Executive Council of the Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG) Union, of UNICOF, in Accra, over the weekend.

Mr Amegashie said it was an imperative for Management and Unions to hold negotiations in a manner that would foster cooperation and industrial peace.

Madam Faustina Adane, second National Vice Chairperson, UNICOF, inducted the Council members into office.

The programme was on the theme ‘The Power of Partnership: Management-Union Cooperation, Catalyst for Workplace Harmony and Productivity.’

Mr Amegashie urged the workers to pursue professionalism, strengthen teamw
ork and networking to excel in their delivery to their clients.

They should also be innovative and develop sterling products and services in addressing the needs of their clients.

This would always position the Bank to remain relevant and competitive in the financial space.

Mr Amegashie advised the Management to embrace the contributions of the employees and encourage them to use the appropriate channels, to express their views without intimidation or fear of being victimised.

That situation, he stressed, created an avenue for good corporate governance and the prevalence of industrial peace and harmony, which translated into higher productivity.

‘A Management that deliberately restricts its employees from expressing their views does so at the expense of depriving itself of valuable ideas from the staff,’ he said.

Madam Esi Wilson, Director, People and Transformation, CBG, advised the Council members of the Union to work collectively to create the Bank as the most trusted financial institution in the cou
ntry and beyond.

True leadership, she stated, was achieved through collaboration to meet the vision and mission of the bank.

‘Today’s programme is a testament to achieving a shared vision. Let us make CBG a force to be reckoned with in the financial sector,’ she advised.

Mr Charles Darko-Okine, Chairman of the Local Union of CBG Workers, UNICOF, said that through the efforts and hard work of members, coupled with prudent management practices, CBG made a profit in the first three years of its operations, after consolidation.

Mr Darko-Okine said the Union would adhere to the mission of the CBG Union to protect and promote the rights of workers and improve working conditions.

He urged management to conduct the second phase of workforce optimisation to address the challenges that were not resolved in the first phase, streamline operations, and improve overall efficiency.

The CBG Union was inaugurated on November 23, 2019, to provide a unified voice for the workers of the Bank in addressing their concerns an
d advocating the rights of members.

CBG’s sister banking institutions, in a joint fraternal message, urged CBG Union to work hard and improve productivity. ‘The sustainability of the bank is the sustainability of the worker,’ they urged.

Source: Ghana News Agency

MMDAs asked to take advantage of SIGRA project to address climate change issues

Mr Majeed Mohammed, Senior Development Officer, Strengthening Investments in Gender-Responsive Climate Adaptation (SIGRA) has urged Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to take advantage of the SIGRA project to tackle issues of climate change.

He urged them to collaborate and coordinate with the women-led Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to ensure that climate adaptation plans were implemented well and yielded sustainable results that enhanced the resilience of citizens to the effects of climate change.

Mr Mohammed was speaking at the regional launch of the SIGRA project in the Volta Regional capital, Ho.

The SIGRA project is a five-year transformative initiative aimed to advance climate action and inclusive governance in Ghana.

Aligned with the Feminist International Assistance Policy of Global Affairs Canada (GAC), SIGRA seeks to enhance the resilience of Ghanaian citizens, particularly women, girls, and vulnerable groups, by promoting increased investments in inclusive and gender-r
esponsive climate adaptation initiatives.

It also seeks to enhance institutional capacity to integrate gender equality into national adaptation planning processes at the central and local levels, particularly focusing on the Northern and Volta regions, where vulnerability to climate change risks is most acute.

The project is funded by Global Affairs Canada and is being implemented by Cowater International in partnership with Government of Ghana through six key central-level ministries, departments, and agencies, and national and local CSOs including Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana and Women in Law and Development in Africa.

Mr Mohammed, said the project responded to the mutual commitments of both the Government of Canada and the Government of Ghana to address issues related to environment and climate change as expressed in the Sustainable Development Goal 13.

The Senior Development Officer said the focus on gender-responsive adaptation activities and involvement of women rights civil society organisat
ions was welcomed given that women and girls tend to bear the brunt of climate change.

He said the successful implementation of the project would directly improve the resilience of 627,000 Ghanaian citizens and up to five million people indirectly in the Northern and Volta regions of Ghana against the effects of climate change.

Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, Volta Regional Minister, in a speech read on his behalf emphasised that cooperation and support of stakeholders in the implementation process of the project was crucial.

The Minister congratulated Anloga and Akatsi North Districts in the Volta Region on their selection for the implementation of the project and entreated them and other stakeholders to offer the highest level of support and commitment to the project.

He said the impacts of climate change were evident in the Volta region, with rising temperatures, unpredictable rainfall patterns, coastal erosion, and increased instances of flooding occurring frequently across many communities.

Dr Letsa said th
ese changes had disrupted the lives and livelihoods of many of the residents in the region, requiring urgent need for climate change adaptation.

‘This initiative from Global Affairs Canada and Cowater International is timely and essential,’ he said and assured the Volta Regional Coordinating Council’s support for successful implementation of the project.

Mr Geoffrey Groleau, Project Director at SIGRA noted that the project would strengthen the participation, voice, and influence of women-led CSOs in government decision making.

He said the project would also support Regional Coordinating Councils of Volta and Northern regions and strengthen the ability of targeted MMDAs to plan, implement, and report on climate adaptation initiatives.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Christians advised to position themselves for the doctrine of Jesus Christ

The Reverend Ebenezer Ayer, Head Pastor of the Priesthood Worship Centre, Assemblies of God, Tema Community Six, has called on Christians to position themselves well to pay heed to the doctrine of Jesus Christ.

Rev. Ayer mentioned that Christians must filter what their eye sees, ear listens to, nose breathes in, as well as what the mouth says, as they could influence their actions and decisions and determine their direction and guidance received on earth.

Preaching at the church’s tenth-anniversary celebrations, using Timothy 4:6, he said, ‘Every action you have taken or are about to take depends on the information you have received.’

He stated that false doctrines have been in existence over the years, citing the teachings of balaam in the book of Numbers to be known as one of the false doctrines in the Bible, which persuaded many people into fornications.

He cautioned Christians to check the doctrine underlying some prayer groups they had joined so that their spirit does not get corrupted, stressing tha
t information absorbed could either lead one to heaven or hell, hence the need to focus on the doctrine of Jesus Christ, which leads to salvation.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Traditional rulers of Fodome undergo training on chieftaincy-related matters

Traditional leaders including Chiefs, queens, and opinion leaders in the Fodome Traditional Area of the Volta region, have undergone training on governance and chieftaincy-related.

The training is aimed at equipping the rulers of Constitutional mandates that would enhance proper execution of their various roles in the Area.

Mr Harry Attipoe, Registrar of the Volta Region House of Chiefs, the Facilitator, touched on the enstoolment and destoolment of Chiefs and queens.

He said the patrilineal and matrilineal inheritance were the two types of inheritance in Ghana adding that Article 277 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana clearly defined a Chief.

‘In Ghana a chief is a person put in a leadership position and expected to play certain roles in a community or area of jurisdiction in accordance with laid down traditional regulations’.

Mr Attipoe also noted that queens, who were also added to the list of traditional rulers in the Constitution, played a vital role especially among the Akans of Ghan
a, in nomination, guiding, influencing, and assisting in the selection of the traditional leadership in Ghana.

He said for one to be a Chief in Ghana, they had to belong to the family or families which were accepted by the people of the community, or area as ‘royals’.

Mr Attipoe said with regards to succession, every stool or skin had a name in the country, and it must be noted.

‘In Ghana, there are two systems of inheritance to every stool and skin and that is matrilineal and patrilineal. Every stool and skin also in rotary. It rotates from one gate to the other’.

He said in the past, it was rather easier to destool a chief or a queen mother by removing their sandals (alhinima) and slaughter a goat or sheep on the feet then openly declare him or her destooled.

‘This practice is illegal and contravenes Section 63 of the Chieftaincy Act 759 of 2008.

The legal procedure must be applied.

Mr Attipoe said to destool a chief or queen mother, the Kingmakers had to file a petition against him or her at the Tra
ditional Council they belonged to if they were not the paramount leaders.

He said a Judicial Committee would be instituted to try the accused ruler and only the charges of destoolment stated on the Chieftaincy Declaration forms should be leveled against the respondents.

‘In the case of a paramount chief or Queen mother the procedure has to be initiated at the Regional House of Chiefs’.

Mr Attipoe said any losing party from the Traditional Council had the option to appeal at the Regional House of Chiefs and to the National of Chiefs and the last option to appeal from the National House of Chiefs was to the Supreme Court.

He said the Supreme Court would then order the National House of Chiefs to expunge the name of the loser from the Register of Chiefs and it was only at the instance that the Kingmakers could customarily destool the Chief or Queen mother.

Togbega Gbedegbleme Akpatsa II, Paramount Chief of Fodome Traditional Area, said the training was important to all rulers in the paramountcy.

He said ad
hering to outcomes of the training would ensure peaceful co-existence in the area.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Chance for Children marks 25th anniversary

Ghana has shown good progress in providing safe environment for the development of children through sound policies, legal environment and implementation of radical interventions, Madam Faustina Yorke Awortwe, the Western Regional Director of Children has said.

She said children were integral part of the family and as such a child’s welfare could not be separated from that of the family, ‘it is the family that is responsible for transforming the child into a civilized adult.’

The Director for Children said a child needed to grow in a peaceful family environment where care and protection of the child was paramount, ‘good affection and provision of the material need to ensure their full and harmonious development.’

She was speaking at the 25th anniversary of the Chance for Children, a non-profit organization at Takoradi in the Western Region.

Mrs. Awotwe said it was an obligation for parents or adults to provide the basic necessary needs of life for their children including protection, assurance for survival
and development.

She appealed to all stakeholders to get involved in social services to support the child system to guarantee the right of all children to live a life free from violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect.

Mr. Felix Kwakye-Abankwah, CFC, said the organisation which came to Takoradi in 2023 had since assisted more than 100 children with training and school needs to halt streetism.

He mentioned Effiakuma, Whindo and, New Takoradi as their operational communities.

Projecting into the future, he said, ‘we are looking at 30 street connected children for training and support.’

Source: Ghana News Agency