Employers after values and not certificates

Many employers who gathered at the SNV, AGI, Employers Engagement Workshop in the Western Region have asked for integrity, loyalty, honesty and selflessness from job seekers.

They asserted that the certificates or qualifications alone had not over the years brought any good deal to the table, but only candidates who were groomed to exhibit these moral values plus other ethical behaviours had increased productivity and general image as well as growth of companies for economic development.

The Employers’ engagement heralds the 2023 GrEEn Regional Job Fair to support job creation and the growth of local businesses in the Region.

The SNV Netherlands Development Organisation under its European Union in Ghana-funded, GrEEN Project, in partnership with the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, and the Ghana Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs (GCYE) made the engagement possible.

The Employers Engagement Workshop brought together potential employers from the green and circular economy to map out job openings and their related skills.

The event was also used to finalize the list of companies and employers that would be participating in SNV Ghana’s annual Green Regional Job Fair scheduled for October 3, 2023, at the Takoradi Technical University. (TTU).

The Boosting Green Employment and Enterprise Opportunities in Ghana (Green) project is a four-year action from the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF).

The project aims at creating greater economic and employment opportunities for youth, women and returning migrants by promoting and supporting sustainable, green businesses and providing employable skills training to youth job seekers in two selected regions in Ghana: Ashanti and Western in partnership with the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development.

Mr. Fred Obeng Abekah, the Metropolitan Labour Officer, encouraged employers to be explicit on terms and conditions of service in order not to incur the wrath of the law in the case of labour disputes.

Mr. John Garbrah, the Chairman of the Western Region’s Association of Ghana Industries, called for proper Human Resource Policies and guidelines to ensure effective operations.

He also tasked the employers to work in tandem with the new Labour Act, Act 651 for a congenial business environment.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GhIPSS Collaborates with Banks to Facilitate GhanaPay Mobile Money Registration in Tema

Residents of Tema and its neighbouring areas will soon experience increased accessibility to GhanaPay mobile money services, thanks to a collaborative effort between the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS) and various banks.

On August 30th, a dedicated team from GhIPSS and participating banks will host an event at Tema Community 1 to enroll members of the public onto the GhanaPay Mobile Money platform.

The event, dubbed ‘GhanaPay Mobile Money Experience Fair,’ is part of the joint initiatives by GhIPSS and partner banks aimed at providing the public with convenient access to and enrollment on this innovative service. While resembling traditional mobile money services, GhanaPay Mobile Money distinguishes itself by being offered by Universal banks, rural banks, and savings and loans companies.

It extends basic mobile money functionalities while incorporating additional banking services tailored to enhance users’ financial flexibility.

GhanaPay Mobile Money is accessible through both the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store. In an effort to simplify public engagement with the service, GhIPSS and the banks have decided to organize this event in Tema, ensuring that the registration process is brought closer to the local residents.

Samuel Darko, the Head of the GhanaPay Mobile Money Unit at GhIPSS, has underscored the advantages of the GhanaPay platform in anticipation of the Tema Activation.

Notably, GhanaPay stands out by offering fee-free transactions to both mobile networks and bank accounts, with the exception of the obligatory Electronic Transaction levy (e-levy).

Mr. Darko has urged Tema residents to take full advantage of the opportunity to register for GhanaPay Mobile Money at the Meridian enclave within Tema Community 1.

He emphasized that the registration procedure is uncomplicated and swift, only requiring a Ghana card, and is offered to users at no cost.

GhIPSS, along with its banking partners, has been conducting registration drives across the country to bring the public onto the GhanaPay Mobile Money platform. The current initiative focuses specifically on Tema and its surrounding areas.

GhanaPay Mobile Money empowers users to effortlessly transfer funds across diverse mobile money networks and bank accounts. Moreover, customers can conduct cash-in and cash-out transactions at their convenience.

Concurrently, GhIPSS is extending an invitation to individuals and enterprises interested in becoming GhanaPay Mobile Money Agents.

Prospective agents have the option to either attend the event or liaise with their respective banks to initiate the registration process. Mr. Darko further highlighted that appealing packages await those interested in becoming GhanaPay Mobile Money agents.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Let us collect quality data for Ghana National Household Registry – Ketu North MCE

Mr Anthony Avorgbedor, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Ketu North, has urged enumerators to collect quality data and showed commitment to the entire Ghana National Household Registry (GNHR) Data Collection Exercise as it would inure to the benefit of the Municipality.

He said the Municipality was now noted for excellence and becoming attractive to policymakers and professionals alike so all enumerators should put up a sterling performance.

Mr. Avorgbedor said these when he addressed some 140 Enumerators and Supervisors at the end of a five-day Training Session held in Ketu North Municipal Assembly Hall, Dzodze in the Volta Region.

The MCE said the objective of GNHR was to compile a credible database of the poor and vulnerable in Ghana to make it easy for Social Protection programmes to identify their target beneficiaries, so all hands must be on deck to achieve that goal.

The Project Officer of JMK Consulting, Mr. Fadl Rahman Essel, advised the enumerators to adhere to all the Interview Protocols and Ethics in the discharge of their duty and report timely to Coordinators through the Assistant Coordinators on the progress of work.

Mr. Rahman Essel, also a Facilitator, said from the enthusiasm and quality of engagement held, he was optimistic the selected Enumerators and Supervisors would live up to expectations.

Mr Godwin Awlime, the Ketu North Municipal Acting Social Welfare Officer, commended the Government and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and donors for the Data collection exercise towards a single Register for Protection Programme.

Mr. Prosper K. Afealete, the Ketu North Municipal Director of NCCE, urged JMK Consulting and the Ministry to help and sustain public education on the exercise by using the Media, especially Radio, Mobile Van Broadcast and face-to-face community engagements to ensure the success of the programme.

He underscored the role of institutions like NCCE in National Exercises that affect the masses.

The Ghana National Household Registry was established to create a single Database for effective and efficient targeting of the extremely poor, vulnerable and excluded people in the Country.

The exercise entails the registration of Households through the Collection of basic information on their Social and economic status using a Questionnaire for each Household.

The programme, which is World Bank, UKaid and GOG sponsored is being implemented by JMK Consulting in the Volta and Oti Regions.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Central Region: 29 expectant mothers died during child birth in first six months of 2023

Twenty- nine expectant mothers in the Central Region died during childbirth from January to June this year. The deaths were mostly caused, among others, by excessive bleeding after birth (Postpartum haemorrhage) high blood pressure disorders during pregnancy and Sepsis.

Dr Agnes Achiamaa Anane, the Deputy Director of Clinical Care at the Central Regional Health Directorate, gave the hint when presenting the health situation of the Region at a Regional Coordinating Council (CRCC) meeting in Cape Coast.

For the whole of 2022, she said 69 mothers died while 79 and 75 died in 2021 and 2020 respectively.

She, therefore, called for the establishment of a regional blood bank to take care of critical situations when they came up to help reduce the figure further.

‘The Cape Coast Teaching Hospital has a blood bank but we all know it is not working as it should and so if you could help to renovate it to a befitting standard, we will be glad,’ she said.

Dr Anane also indicated that children who died at birth (institutional stillbirth) stood at the ratio of 11.1 in 2022 which was an improvement from the 12.7 and 13.3 recorded in 2021 and 2020 respectively.

In the same vein, she said the rate of deaths of newborn babies stood at 4.8 in 2022, as against the 6.9 seen in 2021 and 6.6 per 100,000 live births in 2020.

She noted that these deaths were mostly caused by jaundice in the babies, and therefore, urged mothers to take their babies to the nearest health centre once they noticed abnormal changes in them.

On the incidence of teen pregnancy in the Region, she indicated that it continued in a downward trajectory in 2022 with a record of 9,748 cases.

The figure is 539 shy of the 10,287 cases recorded in 2021, making it the fifth consecutive reduction in five years.

In 2018, the region had 11,350 incidents on record but the figure plummeted to 10,914 in 2019 before dropping further to 10,300 in 2020.

Dr. Anane further told the council that the Gomoa Central District recorded the highest number of cases while Effutu recorded the lowest.

She explained that the 9,748 teen expectant mothers were among 86,106 people who reported for Antenatal Care in 2022.

In spite of the improvement, she urged traditional leaders, district assemblies, the Ghana Education Service, the Ghana Health Service and all other relevant stakeholders to help champion further reductions in the scourge.

Mrs Justina Marigold Assan, the Central Regional Minister, who considered the incidence of teenage pregnancy still very high, urged the assemblies to design strategic ways to curb it completely.

‘The story is not too good. Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) should push for programmes with your gender departments.

‘Organise girl programmes which will champion the cause of bringing teenage pregnancy down drastically because it is becoming scary. Let’s do all we can to keep our girls in school,’ she said.

Mrs Assan also urged stakeholders to target boys in the educational campaign because many of them were impregnating their mates.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NHIS Enrollment: Akatsi South Office is best performing Scheme

The Akatsi South Municipal Office of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in the Volta Region has been recognised as the best performing Scheme in terms of enrollment within the first half of 2023.

The Scheme recorded 43,775 members from January to August 15, this year which includes 21,240 mobile renewals, 17,369 for system renewals, and 5,166 for new registered members.

Mr Joseph Atsu Adzor, the Akatsi South Municipal Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the scheme, made the disclosure to the Ghana News Agency in an engagement.

He said the Scheme has a membership of 74,553 from September last year to August this year.

Mr Adzor said the Mobile Renewal Platform (*929#), introduced in 2018, had improved the renewal rates, adding ‘about 80 per cent of renewals were done electronically.

‘Again, the MyNHIS app launched on December 5 last year has strengthened enrollment of members using the Ghana card.

He explained that the platforms were introduced to make enrolment convenient, accessible, and cost-effective and ultimately reduce the cost of procuring consumables such as ID Cards, Ribbons, Cleaning Kits, and others.

Mr. Adzor also indicated that the scheme would put the right measures in place to mitigate some issues such as Co-payment at the accredited Health facilities which he said, is affecting enrollment, members’ unwillingness to report co-payment cases to the office, and others.

The NHIS is a social intervention programme introduced by the government of Ghana to provide financial access to quality health care for all residents in Ghana and those who are on a visit to the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Goshen Global Vision intensifies tree planting project at Daboase Secondary School

As part of the global climate adaptation strategy, Goshen Global Vision (GGV), an environmental NGO in collaboration with the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MOFA) has embarked on students’ Tree Planting Project in some second cycle institutions in the Western Region.

The US Forest Services funded project formed part of the Greening Sekondi-Takoradi Twin City project.

Addressing students at the Daboase Senior High Technical School (SHTS) during the planting exercise, a Research Scientist at the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research at the Regional office in Takoradi, Dr. Yayra Afram demonstrated the planting of coconut trees to ensure proper yield and provide shade.

The enthusiastic students hoisted placards such as ‘One Student, One Coconut, One Tree’, Coconut Agroforestry for Food Security’, ‘Sowing The Seed Of A Sustainable Future’, Daboase Senior High Technical School: Pacesetters in Coconut Agroforestry’.

He noted that coconut had become an industrial crop with high economic benefits and encouraged the students to imbibe the skills and culture of planting the tree of life so as to prevent it from extinction.

Dr Yayra stressed the need for Ghanaians to replant coconut trees after destruction by the Cape Saint Paul winter disease.

He said replanting efforts by the CSIR and the Ministry of Agriculture have restored Ghana to her former glory as the largest producer of coconut in Africa after Tanzania had taken a commanding lead for two decades.

He reminded the students that the coconut plantation project was a guaranteed job for Senior High School students after completion and advised them to take advantage of the tree planting exercise, especially the coconut plantation.

Dr. Yayra enumerated the ecological benefits of the tree planting exercise as environmental conservation, provision of shade, medicinal, ventilation and prolonged life span to humanity as well as the potential economic value of the coconut trees.

He asked Ghanaians to patronize by-products from the coconut tree such as coconut oil, soap, toffee and coconut drinks.

He added that coconut water could be transfused directly into the bloodstream, while virgin coconut oil could be applied as a pomade to the body.

Dr Yayra said palm kernel oil avoids penetration of viruses to attack the body and noted that coconut was a high business which boosts the immune system and prolongs life.

Assistant Headmaster of the Daboase Senior High Technical School, Mr.Patrick Beya lauded GGV for leading the crusade to conserve the environment with a tree planting exercise.

He said the school has embraced the tree planting exercise to green the environment and asked the students to take advantage of the exercise as their contribution to climate resilience.

Executive Director of Goshen Global Vision, Madam Mary Perpetual Kwakuyi later told GNA in an interview that 800 coconut trees and 250 other trees would be planted by the students in the school’s surroundings.

She said 200 coconut trees had been planted at the Shama Senior High School earlier as well as the Ahantaman Senior High School.

Madam Kwakuyi said so far the team had planted about 9,000 trees in the Sekondi-Takoradi Twin-City area and planted 15,000 other trees in the Subri forest reserve and also in the Ellembelle District.

Source: Ghana News Agency