AGI supports companies to calculate carbon footprints to enhance sustainability

The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) through its Energy Service Centre (ESC) is supporting commercial and industrial companies with capacity building and technical backstopping to enable them undertake greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting.

The move is aimed at supporting companies in their journey toward sustainability,

In this direction, the Centre held two comprehensive training workshops on Carbon Emissions Accounting and Decarbonization in June and July, this year.

The training aimed to address the growing need for industries to take stock of their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, especially with the introduction of the Emissions Tax in Ghana and upcoming international regulations such as the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) and the EU Deforestation-free Regulation (EUDR).

These regulations necessitate robust carbon accounting and mitigation strategies to ensure compliance and sustainability.

It brought together industry leaders and senior staff from commercial and industrial companies to equ
ip them with the essential skills and knowledge to manage and reduce their carbon emissions.

Participants were introduced to the terminology and principles of carbon accounting. They learned to measure and report carbon emissions (Scope 1-3) using the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard.

The training also provided practical experience with the GHG Protocol excel-based calculation tool, enabling participants to set up their initial corporate carbon balance for Scope 1 and 2 emissions.

Each participating company will receive personalized support to develop their corporate carbon balance and report, ensuring they could implement the learnings effectively within their organizations.

The training had thirty-three participants from several companies, including GOIL PLC, Tema Lube Oil Ltd, Enclave Power Co. Ltd, and Tema Steel Ltd. Others include Qualiplast, Asanko Gold Ltd, Deloitte, Polytank among others.

Participants expressed their appreciation for the practical approach of the workshop
, which not only provided theoretical knowledge but also equipped them with the tools and support needed to take actionable steps towards reducing their carbon footprint.

‘The training has been incredibly insightful. It has equipped us with the knowledge and tools to accurately measure and manage our organization’s carbon footprint, which is crucial for our sustainability goals and regulatory compliance’, remarked Akosua Febri-Yeboah from PolyTank Ghana Ltd.

This AGI-ESC is providing this support to companies with assistance from the ‘Sustainable Energy for Climate Protection in Ghana (SustainE4Climate)’ project being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy.

Future training sessions and support programmes are planned to further assist companies in their decarbonization efforts.

Source: Ghana News Agency

World’s tropical domain reeling from over-exploitation – President Akufo-Addo laments

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appealed to global leaders to take decisive steps to stop the over-exploitation of the world’s tropical domain.

He cautioned that illegal logging, unsupervised agricultural activities and climate change have had a negative toll on the forest regions – threatening it’s ecology and biodiversity.

‘Let us think globally but act locally, prioritising environmental stewardship alongside development,’ he advised.

The President made the appeal while addressing the closing ceremony of the International Conference on Afforestation and Reforestation in Brazzaville, Congo.

The Conference aimed to unite global efforts in mitigating climate risks through extensive tree-planting initiatives, and adopt a declaration on afforestation while incorporating the ‘African and Global Decade of Afforestation’ into the United Nations (UN) Agenda.

The event comes as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s sixth report warns of greater-than-anticipated climate risks, especially for
vulnerable African nations.

It aligns with the sustainable development goals outlined in the 2030 Agenda and the African Union’s Agenda 2063, emphasising the role of forests in combating climate change and supporting global economic recovery.

The Conference’s cardinal objectives encompasses establishing a global afforestation strategy, increasing carbon sequestration, preserving biodiversity, and supporting forest-based goods and services.

President Akufo-Addo drew attention to the need for increased and dedicated financing to sustain efforts at reversing the damage caused to the environment.

‘The tropical domain, home to nearly half of the world’s forests, cannot fund the required US$393 billion annually alone.

‘We must pool resources and incentivise local communities to protect forests,’ he pleaded.

He said investing in research and technology to enhance the understanding of forest dynamics was equally crucial to improving reforestation efforts.

The President pointed out forests were invaluable as th
ey provided ecological, economic, and cultural benefits essential to human life.

‘Our forests are vital ecological assets and an integral part of our heritage and identity. We must protect and restore them for future generations.’

President Akufo-Addo assured that Ghana was committed to leading in forest conservation and restoration, and would help to ensure a sustainable future for all.

Since 2016, the Government has seen to the establishment of over one million hectares of forest plantations, enrichment planting, and native tree seedling projects.

‘These efforts have created rural employment for thousands and supported food security through agroforestry initiatives.

‘Our Green Ghana Day Initiative, launched in 2021, has seen the planting of over 52 million trees in just four years, thanks to the enthusiastic participation of citizens, schools, and the private sector,’ the President noted.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Heads of State to steer Ghana-Namibia Co-operation towards mutual prosperity

Ghana and Namibia will establish a Bi-National Commission (BNC) to be co-chaired by their Heads of State, elevating the status of their 30-year-old Permanent Joint-Commission for Co-operation (PJCC).

This was announced in a communique signed by their foreign ministers in Swakopmund, a port city 360 km west of the capital, Windhoek.

‘With the elevation of the our PJCC to a BNC, our instrument for co-operation will now be formally led by our Heads of State; they will give us, the foreign ministers, our marching orders,’ Ms. Shirley A. Botchwey, Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, said. ‘It’s a demonstration of the importance we’re attaching to our relationship.’

Ms. Botchwey co-signed the communique with Dr. Peya Mushelenga, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation of Namibia, at a joint meeting and ceremony on Friday, preceeded by three days of technical work by Ghanaian and Namibian senior officials and technocrats.

The mineral-rich southern African country of 2.6 million peo
ple, has recently made off-shore oil discoveries estimated to be in excess of 20 billion barrels, making it, potentially, the third largest oil-rich country in Africa after Libya and Nigeria, and the 15th in the world.

The two countries expressed interest in co-opeerating in over a dozen and half fields, including energy, mining, agriculture, health, trade, transport, education, peace-keeping, foreign service training, local government administration, sports and the arts.

Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) were also signed between the Kofi Annan International Peace-keeping Training Centre, and their Namibian Internatioal Women’s Peace Centre to co-operate towards improving their technical capacity and for peace support operations and policy research.

An air service agreement between the two is also under coonsideration. Such an agreement would enable airlines from either country to fly to the other.

The two countries expressed concerns over the wars and conflicts in Sudan, eastern Democratic Republic of
Congo, northern Mozambique, Gaza (Palestine-Israel), and between Ukraine and Russia, and called for them to be resolved peacefully.

They also called on the international community to ‘speed up efforts geared towards the attainment of the inalienable rights to self-determination for the people of Palestine and the attainment of the Two-State Solution,’ according to the joint communique.

Ghana and Nambia have had an active decades-long relationship dating back to the latter’s pre-independence years. Its South-West African People’s Organization (SWAPO) fought a 22-year guerrila war to dislodge apartheid South African occupiers from the vast former German colony, and gained ts independence in 1988.

Ghana became home for scores of Namibians, alongside other southern African citizens, who studied under Ghanaian government scholarship programmes in a wide array of fields, including journalism, engineering and medicine. Sam Nujoma, Namibia’s first post-independence leader, was a regular visitor to the Ghanaian cap
ital, Accra.

Ms. Botchwey was also a guest speaker at the opening of the Swakopmund International Trade Expo (SWAITEX), organized by the Namibian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI), and attended by Presidents Nasngolo Mbumba of Namibia and Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana.

The next meeting of the PJCC is due to be held in two years.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Six persons seek to injunct Divine Healers Church Emergency Congress

Six persons have filed an injunction application against the Registered Trustees of Divine Healers Church and five other apostles of the church from holding an emergency congress.

The six plaintiffs are seeking an order of injunction, restraining the defendants and their agents from holding or organising or attending an Emergency Church Congress that would take place purportedly to adopt, approve an amended Constitution of the church prior to the convening of ‘an Election Congress in October 2024 to elect new General Overseer and other members of National Executive Board.’

They also want the court to halt the ‘formal handing over to a new General Overseer and his National Executive Board in February 2025, as contained in the Consent Judgement of the court dated June 6, 2023, pending the determination of the suit.’

The Plaintiffs are also seeking an order of the court directing the defendants to immediately dissolve any committee or committees purportedly formed pursuant to the Consent Judgement and as purp
ortedly provided for in the said judgement to play any ‘road map’ role for the current General Over seer and his National Executive Board (NEB).

They are also praying the court for an order, directing the formation of a Consent Judgement Implementation Committee made up of three of the defendants’ representatives and three of the plaintiffs’ representatives and a member of the leadership of the General Pentecostal and Charismatic Church (GPCC) to serve a chairperson.

Plaintiffs also asked for cost and damages.

They said if the defendants were not stopped from holding the Annual Church Congress as scheduled, it might be ‘inviting an uproar, resistance, violent rebellion involving the destruction of church and personal property.’

The plaintiffs are Apostle Danel Mensah Attakpah, Chairman of the Pastoral Council of the Divine Healers Church.

Other Plaintiffs namely, Reverend Philip Attakpah, Johannes Ollenu, Rev. Jonathan Nyabu, Pastor Solomon Amenyo and Pastor Ebenezer Nartey, are all pastors of the Divine
Healers Church.

The first defendant is the administrative body of the Divine Healer’s Church.

The second defendant, Apostle Isaac Kwabena Adade, is the current General Overseer of the church, the third defendant is Apostle Maxwell Aryeetey Poster, the deputy General Overseer and who assists Apostle Adade in the day-to-day administration.

Apostle Kenneth Ashaley Addo, the fourth defendant, is the General Secretary of the church, the fifth defendant Apostle Emmanuel Acquaye is the chairman of the National Youth Ministry of the church and the sixth defendant, Apostle Dora Edith Osekere is the Women’s Fellowship Leader.

In a statement of claim, the plaintiffs said in February 2023, they issued a writ of summons and interlocutory injunction against the defendants from holding themselves in certain positions pending the determination of the suit.

The defendants also filed their affidavit in opposition. However, the GPCC of which the church was a member, intervened and offered to attempt an amicable settlement.

After a series of meetings, issues between the two parties were resolved, terms of settlement reduced into writing and same was adopted by the court as Consent Judgement.

Plaintiffs say the very day the court entered Judgement through the adoption of settlement terms, the defendants entered the church premises and proclaim victory over the ‘devils’ in reference to them (plaintiffs).

According to the Plaintiffs, the defendants resorted to referring to them as devils and made their lives miserable in the church and victimized church members who also aligned to them.

They held that in less than two months, the defendants wielded an unparallel authority started initiating plans to render the Consent Judgement of the court dated on June 6, 2023 ‘nugatory’

To torpedo and circumvent the Consent Judgement, the defendants organised a National Executive Board and National Trustees Meeting on July 18, 2023, and they run all affairs.

The plaintiffs held that defendants have abandoned the Consent Judgement, and they
were busily changing the Church’s Constitution to prolong the second, third, fourth and fifth defendants in office.

‘The defendants have finalised their agenda to frustrate the Consent Judgement and render it nugatory by stampeding the church with an Emergency Church Congress slated for Friday 21st June 2024 to approve amendment of the Constitution of the Church.’

That in the secretly prepared document, plaintiffs averred that a copy of an amendment of Constitution of the Church for adoption at Emergency Congress on Friday, June 23, 2023.

According to plaintiffs, defendants have ridiculously made self-serving changes to the age limit to the effect that the retirement age must be 70 years and those already 70 and above to serve three additional years before retiring.

Source: Ghana News Agency

World Bank lauds Ghana’s WASH achievements

Ghana has been commended for adopting an integrated water resources management approach and ensuring that climate issues are well catered for as part of efforts in all aspects of the review of the National Water Policy Document.

Madam Michelle Keane, the World Bank Country Manager, gave the commendation at the launch of the revised document of the National Water Policy for 2024 on Thursday in Accra.

She lauded the efforts of the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR) for improving Water, Access, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services in Ghana, updating the policy environment and strengthening the institutional framework.

She said the launch of the Policy was an important step by the Government as it aligns the sector with international agenda on WASH to pursue the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which was central to the achievement of the Africa Agenda 2063.

Madam Keane said water security was essential for the socio-economic development of any society that needed to be well protected and

‘Without considering the effects of climate change, water security interventions are likely not to succeed. If we fail on water, we fail in climate as water and climate are intertwined,’ she stated.

She gave the assurance that the World Bank would continue to support the MSWR, WASH, and water security in Ghana.

Madam Seyram Alhassan, Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the revised policy document represented the renewal of the Ministry’s commitment to sustainable utilisation of the water resources.

She said the launch of the new document was appropriate since ‘we have only six-and-a-half years to attain the various targets under the SDG ‘6’.’

‘This critical goal of ensuring sustainable and universal access to safe water and adequate sanitation for all is at the heart of the SDGs framework,’ she stated.

Madam Alhassan said an effective implementation of the policy required a multi-dimensional approach.

‘This policy should not just be seen
as a book but a commitment as it is expected that all stakeholders, at all levels shall be guided by the principles and provisions in the revised National Water Policy and provide the needed support for its effective implementation.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

Menstrual Hygyiene: Promotion should not be nine-day wonder

Ms Sandra Boakye, an expert in menstrual hygyiene, has called on stakeholders to ensure continuous promotion of menstrual hygyiene and that it did not become a nine-day wonder.

She said advocacy must be done throughout the year in order to sensitise the public on the need to support girls and women rather than observing it for only a day.

Ms Boakye, was addressing members of Journalists of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Sector: Ghana WATSAN Journalists’ Network (GWJN) at a trainer of trainees capacity building.

Also, the Executive Director for ‘Inspire Her,’ a non-governmental organisation, Ms Boakye said by so doing, myths about monthly menstrual flow, which put females at a disadvantage as well as period poverty (lack of logistics to manage menstrual hygiene) would be a thing of the past.

Ms Boakye said regularly promoting menstrual hygyiene would assist easy and affordable access to menstrual products (pads), provision of facility usage, especially for girls in schools, among others in managing thei
r menses.

Continuous advocacy and sensitisation would also help females to choose and use the right products, stick to changing times and above all, protect them from contracting sexually transmitted infections, she noted.

Ms Boakye said there was the need to also advocate for the affordability of menstrual products, by so doing, girls would not resort to prostitution, in order to get money to buy products to manage their periods.

She said due to this, some teenage girls became pregnant, committed illegal abortions or even were forced into marriage.

After using the products, users should also be concerned about how to dispose used pads and others to keep the environment clean and safe, Ms Boakye said.

Government should make the achievement of the Strategic Development Goal six, by committing to the promotion of menstrual health.

She called on the Ghana Education Service and the Ghana Health Service not to relent on making the cause possible.

Mr Justice Lee Adoboe, National Coordinator of GWJN, said adv
ocacy role was not the sole preserve of females as everyone is a product of the menstrual cycle.

He charged his colleague journalists to speak and advocate for change.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Third Ormi STEM Fair held in the Volta Region

The Most Reverend Gabriel Edoe Kumordji SVD, Bishop of the Keta-Akatsi Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, said the Volta Region has many untapped human and material resources, which should be harnessed for its development.

‘Volta Region is rich with very intelligent people, human resources, and intelligent students,’ he stated.

Most Rev. Fr. Kumordji gave the remarks at the weekend during a durbar to climax the third edition of the Ormi Volta STEM Fair, held at the St. Paul’s Senior High School in the Volta Region.

Most Rev. Fr. Kumordji, who was a special guest, said he was impressed with the display of brain- power and innovations from the various participating schools.

‘Today we are celebrating developing future engineers, but I will also add that we are developing entrepreneurs, who are going to change Ghana,’ he said.

‘Ghana still needs innovations that would improve society, places of work, and our homes.’

Most Rev. Fr. Kumordju was of the view that the talents and the technical display of the
participating schools should be translated into reality in the various institutions.

‘Some of the things you have made are things we need in our institutions, which would improve the livelihood of all in schools. So I pray that these small demonstrations you have made could be developed and used in your schools.’

He said intellectual property on the inventions should be registered for the participants to avoid pirating.

Most Rev. Fr. Kumordji expressed excitement about the knowledge, intelligence, and innovative abilities of pupils, who took part in the Fair.

‘My goodwill message is also to tell you that we are behind you and we are hoping that your studies will not only educate minds but the hearts. That is why we say ethics and morality must come into your inventions,’ he added.

Most Rev. Fr. Kumordji, however, suggested that the various projects could be given a perfect finishing so they could be adopted by industry engineers for multiplication.

He called for finishing and packaging of the products t
o make them fit for purpose and ready to compete on the global stage.

Most Rev. Fr. Kumordji commended the organisers, teachers, and participating schools for bringing out great innovations.

The two-day event was on the theme: ‘Developing Future Engineers Today,’

It recorded massive patronage from traditional rulers, academia, students, and industry players.

Awards, including the needed tools for the projects, were earlier presented to participating students.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Timing, procedure for proposal to appoint new justices bad – Martin Kpebu

Mr Martin Kpebu, a Private Legal Practitioner, has described as ‘bad’ the timing and processes for the proposal to appoint new justices to the Supreme Court.

Mrs Gertrude Araba Esaba Torkonoo, the Chief Justice, had in a letter dated May 30, 2024, addressed to the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, recommended the appointment of five justices to the Supreme Court.

The judges recommended in the letter are: Justice Angelina Mensah Homiah; Justice Eric Kyei Baffour, Justice Edward Amoako Asante, Justice Cyra Pamela C.A. Koranteng, and Justice Afia Asare Botwe.

Speaking on TV3’s ‘Key Points’ programme, on Saturday, Mr Kpebu questioned the timing, explaining that with the country due for elections in about five months, it was inappropriate for the President to make new appointments.

He noted that the proposed nominees although competent, such an appointment if needed to be done, must be left for the new President after the 2024 elections.

‘The nominees are not bad, it is the timing that is bad. These are
fine justices, but it is about procedure and timing, this debate is not about competence at all.’

On procedure, he said, the CJ failed to follow due processes, which required that for the President to appoint Supreme Court justices, there had to be a recommendation from the Judicial Council to that effect.

‘There must be a recommendation from the Judicial Council…If the President has not received advice from the Judicial Council he cannot start,’ Mr Kpebu said.

Mr Nelson Dafeamekpor, also a Private Legal Practitioner, speaking on the same programme, said the Chief Justice breached the Constitution, adding that she ‘exercised powers she didn’t have’.

Mr Dafeamekpor, who is also the Member of Parliament for South Dayi, noted that the country had enough justices at the Supreme Court and, therefore, need no additional judges.

Currently, there are 15 justices at the Supreme Court.

Mr Dafeamekpor questioned why a Supreme Court judge was made to sit as an additional High Court judge, explaining that it increas
ed the workload at the apex court.

‘We have 123 High Court judges, we have 32 Court of Appeal judges….Yet, you are bringing Supreme Court judges to high court matters and yet you are complaining that you are inundated with work at the uppermost level.

‘So, keep Supreme Court judges at the supreme level, don’t bring them two floors lower,’ he stressed.

Nana Ohene Ntow, Senior Advisor to Alan Kyerematen, Founder of the Movement for Change, proposed the setting up of specialised courts, to oversee specific cases, adding that such courts must have finite powers on cases they handled.

He said that would lessen the burden on the apex court.

Why should all land cases end up at the Supreme Court, why should all business cases end up at the Supreme Court, why should all matrimonial cases end up in the system? Why don’t you create a specialised court that has finite authority?’ He asked.

Source: Ghana News Agency