Eno Barony for sixth GOWA

Female rap goddess, Ruth Eno Adjoa Amankwah Nyame Adom, known professionally by her stage name, Eno Barony, will perform at the sixth Ghana Outstanding Women Award (GOWA).

The event, scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 10, at the Accra International Conference Centre, would celebrate the efforts of women who have stood out in the respective fields in the year under review.

According to the management of the rap heavyweight, she is poised to thrill the gathering with some of her hit songs like Heavy Load, Ay3ka, Only Jah, Don’t Judge Me Waring.

Mrs. Afua Asantewaa Aduonum Chief Executive Officer of ASKOF Production, organisers of GOWA, in an interaction with GNA Entertainment expressed her delight in the upcoming event.

She said a poet would be recited by third runner-up of Miss Kidi Season II, Princess Xornam

‘It’s that time of the year again and as usual Team ASKOF is ready to celebrate our hardworking women.

‘The parting on the backs of respective winners has to a large extent encouraged more women to embark on charity projects, which eventually shapes society,’ she said.

Winners of each category would be presented with plaques and citations.

This year’s event is being sponsored by Twellium Industrial Limited, Flora Tissues, Top Choco, Care Front, Lux Light, and Gas Now.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Fidelity Bank, partners SDGs Advisory Unit to accelerate goals’ achievement

Fidelity Bank, Ghana’s largest privately-owned indigenous bank, has entered into a partnership with the Advisory Unit of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The partnership seeks to create nationwide culture of sustainability among various business and commerce sectors, as well as societies to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs in Ghana.

The two parties would work together to reduce carbon footprint in the country, incorporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles on energy and resource-use efficiencies, and gender diversity in lending, and credit management practices.

To this end, they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at a brief ceremony held in Accra to signify their mutual commitment towards the promotion of sustainability-consciousness across various sectors of the country, an official statement issued to the Ghana News Agency said on Monday.

The Managing Director of Fidelity Bank, Mr Julian Opuni, signed the agreement on behalf of the Bank, while the Presidential Advisor on SDGs, Dr Ernest Owusu, did so for the SDGs Advisory Unit.

Speaking after the MOU signing event, Mr Opuni, said the move underscored Fidelity Bank’s commitment in making sustainability a core facet of the Bank’s strategy for 2023 and beyond.

He explained that through the partnership, they would contribute to a greener, more equitable, and sustainable world by driving positive change in critical developmental areas, including entrepreneurship, sustainable finance, education, environmental protection, financial inclusion, food security, and gender equity.

‘As a financial institution, we are acutely aware of our critical role in ensuring a sustainable future for our planet, communities, and the economy,’ the Managing Director said.

He explained that the Bank had integrated ESG concepts into all aspects of their operations and continued to make significant strides in their sustainability journey.

‘We are thus delighted to concretise our partnership with the SDGs Advisory Unit today in our bid to drive widespread adoption of sustainable practices across diverse sectors and groupings in Ghana and beyond,’ Mr Opuni said.

Mrs Nana Yaa Ofori-Koree, the Head of Partnerships, Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility at Fidelity Bank, said the bank, through the partnership, would develop financing solutions to drive economic growth, safeguard the environment and promote social progress.

She said the Bank would also support economic empowerment for the youth, women and vulnerable target groups, and increase access to quality education by providing learning and teaching materials, and improving school infrastructure.

‘With the aid of our partners from the SDGs Advisory Unit, we are confident of attaining all these goals and more importantly supporting and inspiring other organisations and groupings to do likewise,’ she said.

Dr Owusu, said the partnership between the two parties demonstrated a pivotal step in their journey towards achieving a sustainable and inclusive development.

It also formed part of their committed efforts in contributing to progress within local communities, and on the global front.

He said, henceforth, Fidelity Bank would play a key role in policy dialogues initiated by the SDGs Advisory Unit, leveraging its financial insights and expertise to influence the formulation of impactful sustainable development policies at both the local and global levels.

The Bank has spearheaded a variety of nationwide initiatives primarily to promote Quality Education (SDG 4), Gender Equality (SDG 5) and Climate Change (SDG 13), which benefited approximately some 12,000 individuals.

It covers the Orange Impact – the Bank’s ongoing flagship CSR programme in education, which has culminated in the construction of an ultra-modern school facility for the pupils of Duose DA Primary School in Duose, Wa, and Fodome, Volta Region.

Other ongoing projects include the Bank’s Employee Volunteering Programme (EVP), Touching the Lives of Girls Summit, a forum to educate and empower young girls.

About Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited

In a little over a decade, Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited has grown from a discount house to a Tier-1 Bank and is now Ghana’s largest privately-owned Bank. The bank currently serves its approximately two million customers in 75 branches across Ghana and is a leader in the digital banking space. The bank has two subsidiaries, Fidelity Asia Bank Limited, which is a wholly owned subsidiary in Malaysia and Fidelity Securities Limited, an asset management firm.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Driver arrested for stealing employer’s GHC106, 570

A driver for Edern Security Services who allegedly stole GHC106,570 from his employer has appeared in an Accra Circuit Court.

Emmanuel Adenyo allegedly stole a money bag containing GHC106,570.19 and then destroyed the cash deposit slips as well as the schedule covering the cash.

Adenyo, who was charged with stealing, pleaded not guilty.

The court, presided over by Mr Isaac Addo, granted Adenyo bail in the sum of GHC120,000 with two sureties to be justified with a landed property.

It further directed the prosecution to file their disclosures for a case management conference.

The matter has been adjourned to September 25, 2023.

The prosecution, led by Chief Inspector Jonas Lawer, said the complainant, Michael Asamoah-Duku, is the Head of Cash in Transit at Edern Security Services.

According to the prosecution, Adenyo is a driver residing at Achimota and an employee of the Edern Security Service.

It said Adenyo is the driver in charge of the company’s Fiat Money Van with registration number GT 7081-23, with which he, two Tellers, and a Police Officer pick up money on behalf of Standard Chartered Bank from their customers.

The prosecution stated that on July 25, 2023, the company received information from Standard Chartered Bank stating that the management of Shoprite, Junction Mall claimed that an amount of GH106,570.19 collected from their shop on July 4, 2023, had not been credited to their account.

Based on the information, it was established that Adenyo’s van picked up the money on July 4, 2023.

The prosecution said Adenyo, who was interrogated alongside everyone else in the van that day, admitted stealing one sack of money and carrying it home.

A formal complaint was made to the Police on August 1, 2023, and Adenyo was arrested.

The prosecution said Adenyo confirmed the crime in his caution statement in the presence of an independent witness and indicated that he stole the sack of money containing GHC106,570.19 and then destroyed the cash deposit slips as well as the schedule covering the cash.

During the investigation, the amount of GHC37,616.00 and a Hyundai Grace van with registration number WR 2391-13, which the accused claimed he bought for GHC46,000.00 were retrieved.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Food Vendor in court for allegedly having sex with minor

A 31-year food vendor has appeared before the Gender Based Violence Court for allegedly defiling a 12-year-old girl at Awudome, a suburb of Accra.

Emmanuel Bimpong, charged with defilement, has pleaded not guilty.

The court presided over by Mr Kwabena Kodua Obiri Yeboah admitted Bimpong to bail in the sum of GHC 50,000 with two sureties to reappear on September 20.

The court further directed prosecution to file their disclosures.

Prosecution led by Chief Inspector Simon Tekpor said the complainant in the matter was a fashion designer residing at Awudome Estate.

Prosecution said Bimpong was a resident of Awudome Roundabout, Accra.

Prosecution said investigations disclosed that the victim lived with her guardian at Awudome Roundabout and her guardian operated a provision shop in the area.

It said Bimpong operated his business near the victim guardian’s shop.

According to prosecution, during the month of May 2023 at about 9:00pm while the victim’s guardian had left for church, Bimpong lured the victim into a corner in his shop and had sexual intercourse with her and warned the victim not to tell anyone.

It said on June 16, 2023, the victim confided in her sister and narrated the incident to her.

Prosecution said the complainant later had information about the incident and reported it to the Police, which in turn issued a medical report to send the victim to the hospital for examination and treatment.

It said Police investigations led to the arrest of Bimpong.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Retirement age of GILLBT’s administrative staff extends to 65 years

retirement age of administrative staff of the Ghana Institute of Linguistics, Literacy and Bible Translation (GILLBT), has been extended by five more years.

They could now retire at age to 65 years, to enable aging staff to mentor young ones to take up their roles.

This formed part of the resolutions approved during the 50th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of GILLBT, held in Tamale, take stock of the 2022 fiscal year, present its financial reports to members, and take important decisions to guide its management in the years ahead amongst other things.

The AGM, which was on the theme: ‘Effective Collaboration for Maximum Results,’ was attended by GILLBT’s staff members, enthusiastic members, global network, and delegates from partner churches across the country.

Mr Sylvester Kwame Nkrumah, the Executive Director of GILLBT, explained the rationale for extending the retirement age saying, ‘We realise that people are very experienced and sometimes, they are technical as well. And so, when they retire him at 60, they are going away with all that experience, meanwhile, they still have the strength to work.’

Mr Nkrumah said ‘So, we decided that to allow for them to also continue to mentor people to take over from them, let us turn it to 65, so that they can continue to mentor the younger ones with their experience.

‘This is because our work is very technical and when people are going with that technical ability, you do not get immediate replacement.’

He added that ‘Even very technical people can continue up to 70 years.’

GILLBT, a not-for-profit Christian organisation, was established in 1962 based on a cooperative agreement between the University of Ghana and the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL International).

The agreement was coordinated by the Institute of African Studies, and its objective was for GILLBT to complement the government’s efforts at developing Ghana’s languages, making them legible, accessible, and keeping them alive.

After 60 years of existence, GILLBT, with its headquarters in Tamale, made significant contributions to language development, Bible translation and literacy, as it had contributed to the development of 42 of the hitherto undeveloped languages in the country.

It had also provided the University of Ghana with phonologies, grammar, dictionaries, and other anthropological materials in these languages.

Mr Nkrumah expressed appreciation to all staff of the organisation and all its stakeholders for their unwavering determination and dedication over the years.

He said, ‘The collective effort and sacrifice of every individual within the GILLBT family have culminated in a legacy of transformation and empowerment for communities across Ghana and beyond.’

Alhaji Shani Alhassan Saibu, the Northern Regional Minister, whose speech was read on his behalf, lauded GILLBT for its pivotal role in promoting mother tongue literacy across the country, particularly in the Northern Region.

Professor Seidu Al-Hassan, the Vice-chancellor of the University for Development Studies, whose speech was read on his behalf, recognised GILLBT’s remarkable contribution to the country’s language development.

He noted that ‘GILLBT’s legacy of excellence in education resonates profoundly. This exceptional quality mirrors the resounding success that you have achieved over the years.’

As a gesture of appreciation for their unwavering commitment, long-serving staff members of GILLBT were presented with citations and undisclosed amounts of money to celebrate their dedicated service to the organisation.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana Premier League 2023/24 season to be launched at Eastern Premier Hotel on Tuesday

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has officially announced the launch date for the 2023/24 Ghana Premier League season.

The much-anticipated event would take place on Tuesday, August 29, at the Eastern Premier Hotel in Koforidua, Eastern Region.

The event that was previously scheduled for Friday, August 25th has been changed. The venue has also undergone some minor changes, but it is still located in the same town.

President Kurt Edwin Simeon-Okraku, Vice President Mark Addo, Youth and Sports Minister Mr. Mustapha Ussif, Executive Council Members of the GFA, Presidents and Chief Executive Officers of the 18 Premier League Clubs, and other invited guests would join them in celebrating the occasion with great fervour.

This historic announcement heralds the much-anticipated return of top-tier Ghanaian football, and stakeholders, teams, and supporters are getting ready for an exciting new season.

Football fans all throughout the country should firmly mark their calendars and anticipate an exciting and explosive season.

The first matchday of the new season would take place from Friday, September 15, to Monday, September 18, 2023, igniting the enthusiasm and passion of the Ghanaian football community.

Source: Ghana News Agency