Adrian Ridge est nommé directeur général de Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group

TEMECULA, Californie, 02 juill. 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — À compter du 1er juillet 2024, Adrian Ridge est directeur général de Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group, qui fait partie de la branche industrielle de Nikkiso Co. Ltd. Ridge succède à Peter Wagner, qui reste engagé au sein du conseil d’administration en tant que président exécutif de Nikkiso CE&IG Group.

En tant que directeur général, Ridge pilotera les performances opérationnelles et financières du Groupe et le préparera à sa croissance future. Dans son rôle de président exécutif, Wagner se concentrera sur la mise en œuvre de la vision et de la stratégie à long terme du Groupe en qualité de conseiller.

« Au nom du conseil d’administration, je souhaite la bienvenue et félicite Adrian pour sa promotion au poste de directeur général », a déclaré Wagner. « C’est un leader confirmé qui s’engage au bon moment pour soutenir la croissance de Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases vers de nouveaux sommets. »

« Je n’ai jamais été aussi enthousiasmé par le potentiel d’une entreprise que par celui de Nikkiso », a affirmé Ridge. « Nous disposons de tous les ingrédients nécessaires pour être leader sur tous les marchés que nous desservons dans toutes les régions du monde. Je suis honoré et reconnaissant pour cette opportunité unique. »

À propos d’Adrian Ridge

Ridge a rejoint Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases en 2022 en tant que vice-président directeur de la fabrication et des opérations après avoir travaillé près de 30 ans chez le géant manufacturier suédois Atlas Copco où il a occupé plusieurs postes de direction au niveau mondial. Il est titulaire d’un diplôme en génie mécanique et d’un MBA de l’Université de Durham au Royaume-Uni.

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À propos de Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group

Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group est un fournisseur leader d’équipements cryogéniques et de technologies et d’applications conçues pour les marchés inhérents à l’énergie propre et aux gaz industriels. Le Groupe emploie plus de 1 600 personnes dans 22 pays sous la direction de Cryogenic Industries, Inc. en Californie du Sud, aux États-Unis, qui est une filiale à 100 % de Nikkiso Co., Ltd. (TSE: 6376).

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Adrian Ridge nomeado CEO do Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group

TEMECULA, Califórnia, July 02, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A partir de 1 de julho de 2024, Adrian Ridge é o CEO do Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group, parte da divisão industrial da Nikkiso Co. Ltd. Ridge sucede a Peter Wagner, que continua a desempenhar funções no Conselho de Administração como Executive Chairman do Nikkiso CE&IG Group.

Enquanto CEO, Ridge irá impulsionar os resultados operacionais e financeiros e preparar o Grupo para o crescimento futuro. Na sua função de Executive Chairman, Wagner concentrar-se-á na condução da visão e da estratégia a longo prazo do Grupo, na qualidade de consultor.

“Em nome do Conselho de Administração, dou as boas-vindas e felicito Adrian pela sua promoção a CEO”, afirmou Wagner. “É um líder com provas dadas que se envolve no momento certo para promover o crescimento da Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases para novos patamares.”

“Nunca me senti tão entusiasmado com o potencial de uma empresa como me sinto com a Nikkiso”, afirmou Ridge. “Temos todos os ingredientes certos para sermos líderes em todos os mercados que servimos em todas as regiões do mundo. Sinto-me honrado e grato por esta oportunidade única na vida.”

Sobre Adrian Ridge

Ridge juntou-se à Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases em 2022 como EVP de Fabrico e Operações depois de ter trabalhado cerca de 30 anos na gigante sueca de fabrico Atlas Copco ocupando vários cargos de liderança global. Tem uma licenciatura em Engenharia Mecânica e um MBA da Universidade de Durham, no Reino Unido.

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Sobre o Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group

O Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group é um fornecedor líder de equipamento criogénico, tecnologias e aplicações para os segmentos de mercado da energia limpa e dos gases industriais. O Grupo emprega mais de 1.600 pessoas em 22 países e é liderado pela Cryogenic Industries, Inc. no sul da Califórnia, EUA, a qual é uma subsidiária integral da Nikkiso Co., Ltd. (TSE: 6376).

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Water Resources Commission engages stakeholders on L.I. for water resources pollution


The Water Resources Commission is developing a Legislative Instrument (LI) to regulate the discharge of water in all its control form into water bodies.

The Legislative Instrument would also prescribe acceptable levels of pollution of all freshwater and estuarine water bodies and for the management of activities under riparian buffer zones.

It is being done under the Ghana Land Scape Restoration and Small-Scale Mining Project (GLRSSMP), with support from the World Bank.

As part of the processes for developing inclusive legislative instruments, the Water Resources Commission is organizing a national stakeholder consultative workshop towards strengthening engagements in the development of the instruments.

Mr Michael Dawutey, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, at a stakeholder meeting in Kumasi explained that these efforts would strengthen management of natural resources within the Savanna, forest, and cocoa growing landscapes in Ghana.

He said this would ensure the formalization of small-scale activitie
s for mining to be done responsibly and avoid destruction of the environment or water bodies.

Again, this would help to transition those doing illegalities into the legal regime to be able to monitor their activities.

Stakeholders made up of representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), community members, small scale miners, MMDAs, MoFA, Minerals Commission and other industry players in the Ashanti Region, attended the workshop.

Mr. Dawutey said pollution caused by these human and industrial activities posed dangers to the environment and compromised the quality of water services.

Dr. Bob Alfa, Acting Chief Executive, Water Resources Commission, said over the years, stakeholders had been using the existing policies to give advice on the need not to mine in buffer zones.

He was confident that the new LI would strengthen the Commission to sanction and prescribe penalties to those who breached the rules.

Source: Ghana News Agency

CLOGSAG members in Hohoe, Kadjebi, Ho join nationwide strike over new salary structure


Members of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association, Ghana (CLOGSAG) in the Hohoe, Kadjebi and Ho in the Volta region, have joined the nationwide strike declared by the Association effective July 3, 2024.

Notices of the action have been passed at various places at the Assemblies for the attention of members.

A visit by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) saw offices in the aforementioned areas such as the Budget, Records, Environmental Health and Sanitation Unit, Client Services Unit, Social Welfare Department and Department of Statistics locked.

The Association, according to the strike notice signed by its Executive Secretary, Mr Isaac Bampoe Addo, said the strike action was a result of the failure of the implementation of the salary structure for members.

The notice asked members to stay away from work until further notice, adding that ‘similarly, all CLOGSAG Secretariats and Offices are to be shut down’.

Meanwhile, Mr Emmanuel Doe, Chairman, CLOGSAG, Kadjebi District, told GNA in an interview that the
strike has become necessary due to the government’s inability to implement the agreed migration to the new salary structure.

He said that upon negotiation with the government in 2022, the government agreed to migrate them onto the new salary structure effective January 2023 and that upon waiting for some months without the implementation, the Association went to the government with the issue, but no response.

The Chairman said upon waiting for close to two years, they had no other option than to go on strike.

Mr Doe alleged that ‘CLOGSAG staff are the least paid in the country,’ so the government should heed their demands without any further delay.

Source: Ghana News Agency

CAAVE-Ghana urges government to create more jobs to reduce threats of violent extremism  


The Civil Society Alliance Against Violent Extremism-Ghana (CAAVE Ghana) has called on the government to create jobs and reduce the growing youth unemployment in the country.

According to the Alliance, a coalition of dedicated civil society organisations, the country had not experienced the same level of extremist violence as some of its neighbours, the risk remained significant due to regional instability and the presence of extremist groups in the Sahel region.

A statement issued and signed by Mr Hussein Rahman, the National President of CAAVE-Ghana, and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani, said the country was not immune to the threats posed by violent extremism.

‘We recognize the profound impact that violent extremism has on peace, security, and development’, it stated, saying though the country had not experienced large-scale terrorist attacks, there had been isolated incidents and arrests related to extremist activities.

In 2021, the National Security Ministry reported the arrest of ind
ividuals suspected of planning terrorist activities, highlighting the need for vigilance.

According to the Global Terrorism Index 2022, West Africa remains one of the most affected regions by terrorism, with countries like Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and Mali experiencing high levels of extremist violence.

The spillover effects of these conflicts pose a threat to Ghana’s security, the statement indicated and added that the growing unemployment in the country made the youth vulnerable and exposed them highly to extremist groups.

A significant portion of the nation’s population is under the age of 30, and youth unemployment remains a pressing issue.

According to the World Bank, the youth unemployment rate in Ghana was approximately 12.6 per cent in 2020 and this demographic is particularly vulnerable to radicalization and recruitment by extremist groups.

It said Northern Ghana had experienced sporadic incidents of violent extremism, often fueled by socio-economic disparities, political marginalization, and ethn
ic tensions.

The region’s youth, who face high unemployment rates and limited opportunities, are particularly vulnerable to radicalization.

CAAVE Ghana is committed to implementing comprehensive and sustainable measures to address the challenges posed by violent extremism, it said.

‘Our approach aligns with global best practices and involves collaboration with national and international partners.’

It said the alliance conducted extensive community outreach programmes to raise awareness about the dangers of violent extremism and worked with local leaders, schools, and religious institutions to promote tolerance, peace, and social cohesion.

Recognizing the vulnerability of youth to radicalization, CAAVE Ghana implements programmes aimed at providing economic opportunities and vocational training, the statement said.

‘By addressing the root causes of unemployment and disenfranchisement, we aim to reduce the appeal of extremist ideologies,’ it added.

CAAVE Ghana also collaborates with national security age
ncies to enhance their capacity to detect and prevent extremist activities and that includes training programmes on counter-terrorism strategies, intelligence gathering, and community policing.

The statement explained the threat of violent extremism was a complex and evolving challenge that required a multifaceted and collaborative approach, saying CAAVE Ghana remained steadfast in its mission to safeguard the nation and contributed to global efforts to combat extremism.

It called on all stakeholders, including government agencies, civil society organizations, and the international community, to join hands in tackling the threats of violent extremism and building a safer and more resilient country free from the scourge of violent extremism.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Meta’s expansion of monetisation feature will create opportunities for Ghanaian content creators-Minister


Social media giant, Meta, has officially announced the expansion of its monetization features to Ghana to provide opportunities for content creators to rake in money from their talents.

This follows days of rumours about Meta’s decision to expand its monetization features and include Ghana on the list of countries eligible for monetisation.

In a statement issued by Ghana’s Minister of Information, Ms Fatimatu Abubakar in Accra on Tuesday, said the new monetisation strategy would allow content creators in Ghana to earn a share of the revenue from Facebook’s in-stream ads, providing an opportunity for financial gains when Meta places ads alongside their content.

Additionally, Meta plans to introduce ads on Facebook reels, further expanding revenue options for content creators, the statement added.

‘Later this year, these monetisation features will also be extended to Instagram, offering a broader platform for creators to benefit from their digital content, ‘it stated.

To participate in this programme, the
statement said content creators must comply with Meta’s stringent Partner Monetization Policies and Content Monetization Policies.

The initiative aims to enable Ghanaian content creators to generate income locally from their online activities, enhancing their ability to effectively manage digital businesses/

The Ministry of Information lauded Meta’s investment and recognised it as a significant milestone in advancing Ghana’s digital economy.

The statement indicated that the expansion of these monetization tools would create new opportunities for Ghanaian talented creators and support the growth of Ghana’s digital economy.

The Ministry had expressed optimism about the potential impact of Meta’s expanded features, emphasising the importance of continued collaboration to promote digital innovation in Ghana.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ato Forson Trial: Ambulance contract, tailored to meet the government specifications-Jakpa


Mr Richard Jakpa, a Businessman in the Ambulance trial, involving Dr Ato Forson, a former Deputy Minister of Finance, says the ambulance contract was tailor made to meet the government specifications.

He said this was because the contract was drafted by the government and not Big Sea Trading LLC, the suppliers of the ambulance.

Answering questions in a cross-examination led by Mr Godfred Dame Yeboah, the Attorney General, Mr Jakpa said the contract was reviewed by the then Office of the Attorney-General and approved for the government to go ahead.

Dr Forson, Dr. Sylvester Anemana, a former Chief Director of the Ministry of Health and Jakpa are charged with causing financial loss to the State.

The State later filed a nolle prosequi to discontinue the charges leveled against Dr Anemana, who is currently out of the country for medical treatment.

Dr Forson was granted a self-recognisance bail of GHS3million for allegedly wilfully causing financial loss of 2,370,000 euros to the State.

He is also facing an a
dditional charge of ‘Intentionally misapplying public property contrary to section 1 (2) of the Public Property Protection Act, 1977 (SMCD140).’

He said so for the AG to now say that a portion of the contract does not confer with the specifications should not be blamed on Big Sea but rather if there is any problem, AG should take the blame.

The accused person said the contract went through all the approvals, including both Cabinet and Parliament all through to the Public Procurement Authority.

He said all those approval processes went through due diligence to ensure that the contract adhered to all specifications.

But the AG disagreed with the accused person showing some documentation to indicate that approval was not given to Big Sea Trading LLC by both Cabinet and Parliament.

Mr Jakpa said the contract was drafted by the government and the evaluation for the cost was done by the government and after the Ministry of Health had satisfied itself that they were getting value for their money.

‘That Parliam
ent both NPP and NDC voted for the project according to their conscience after approving the technical specifications,’ he added.

The Prosecution said 2.3million euros of the total same as profit was paid under the Ambulance contract to Jakpa and Big Sea that was why they did not deliver to the State the right Ambulances, but the accused person disagreed.

‘What the AG is saying is false because the project went through various approvals, negotiations and the first proposal submitted to the government was in 2010,’ he added.

Mr Jakpa said it was not true that Big Sea General Trading LLC received payment before the delivery of the Ambulances at the port of entry, adding that there was no payment made to Big Sea General Trading LLC on November 26, 2014.

He said the Attorney-General was interpreting the technical issues in the contract wrongly.

He said the letter from Madam Sherry Ayittey,a former Minister for Health of Ghana, stopping the production of the ambulances was followed by Big Sea General Trading
LLC letter, informing the government of causing financial loss to the State.

The Prosecution said the Ministry of Health never requested from the Ministry of Finance authorizing the establishment of a Letter of Credit, but the accused person said there was an authorization through the legal opinion by the AG.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Prioritise policy dialogue to spur socio-economic development – Minister


Mr Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah, the Minister for Local Government, Decentralisation, and Rural Development (MLGDRD), has called on experts, practitioners, and stakeholders to prioritise policy dialogues to spur socio-economic development, to improve urban mobility and accessibility.

He said this helped to create policies that were well-informed, widely accepted, and effectively implemented, leading to more robust and sustainable socio-economic development to improve urban mobility and accessibility.

‘Addressing myriads of challenges such as traffic congestion, air pollution and inadequate road infrastructure in our cities and towns does not only rest with the MLGDRD with its stakeholders but requires a collective effort from other Ministries, Departments and Agencies,’ he added.

The Minister was speaking at the close-out event of the Ghana Urban Mobility and Accessibility Project (GUMAP), dubbed the ‘Urban Mobility Forum,’ in Accra.

The event was held under the theme, ‘Prioritising Sustainable Urban Mobili
ty and Accessibility in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA).’

The forum provided the opportunity for experts, practitioners and stakeholders within the urban mobility and accessibility space to share insights and ideas to foster sustainability of urban mobility and accessibility with a focus on GAMA.

Mr Korsah said the GAMA had experienced rapid urbanisation and population growth, which had led to increased pressure on transportation infrastructure and services.

He said the ministry had over the years collaborated with other partners to formulate policies, devise strategies, and design programmes and projects for improved mobility and accessibility culminating in increased road infrastructure and conditions and improved urban services and livelihoods.

‘Indeed, one of these policies includes but is not limited to the final revised draft National Urban Policy and Implementation Plan. This incorporated a strategy relating to urban mobility and accessibility,’ he added.

 The Minister said this effort
by the ministry was intended to guide the design of various programmes and projects with a focus that went beyond transport to promote mobility and accessibility.

He said a key activity under the strategy was to allocate funding for urban mobility operating costs and investments from the Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies and national budgets and diversify and include other potential sources of financing for urban mobility and accessibility.

Dr Evans Aggrey-Darkoh, the Head of Civil Service, said researchers had argued that urban mobility challenges would worsen unless adequate measures were implemented as African cities continued to grow.

He said the United Nations had pointed out that the urban population in sub-Saharan African countries was projected to double by 2050.

Dr Aggrey-Darkoh said Ghana was among the rapidly growing urbanising Sub-Saharan African countries, adding that the urbanisation rate hovered around 4.7 per cent per annum.

‘Ghana Statistical Service has indicated that in 2021, 56.7
per cent of Ghana’s population lived in urban centres,’ he added.

He said urban mobility affected every aspect of daily life, from commuting to work and accessing essential services, to fostering economic activities.

The Head of Civil Service said ‘We must be futuristic in orientation and institution normative measures that could address the critical problems of society including but not limited to sustainable urban mobility and accessibility.

‘As we deepen the decentralisation drive and prevent the centralisation of decentralisation, let us enhance the accessibility of our people to the necessities of life, leverage technology and innovation across all MMDAs, and Develop non-motorised transport options among others’

‘Promote public awareness and engage stakeholders on what structures are necessary to improve our circumstances,’ he added.

Source: Ghana News Agency