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The right thing must be done – SRC president elect who ‘fought’ CKT-UTAS at the Bolga High Court and won

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“As I speak to you now, I am the President-elect CKT-UTAS, Navrongo. When I was contesting, there were these conspiracies that were going around that when I come, I was going to fight with the university’s management but I want to state categorically that I am someone who believes in the fact that the right thing must be done and it must be done once and for all. I placed myself in the field to challenge the system and also that everything that has to do with the students is protected,” Alfred Asante, SRC President-elect for the C.K. Tedam University for Technology and Applied Sciences (CKT-UTAS) said when he spoke to Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith on the Day Break Upper East Show today, Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

It would be recalled that a Bolgatanga High court quashed the Students’ Representative Council’s (SRC) elections of the C.K Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences conducted on 17th February 2022.

The court ordered the SRC Electoral Commission to conduct fresh elections for the said year. The C.K Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences (CKT-UTAS) was sued at the high court in Bolgatanga by one of its undergraduate students over the Students Representative Council’s (SRC) election results.

This was after, Alfred Asanti, went to court and sought 6 reliefs.

“A declaration that the election conducted on 17th February 2022 which resulted in the election of the third defendant as SRC president of CK Tedem University of Technology and Applied Sciences has been seriously marred by irregularities and therefore null and void.”

“A declaration that any purported swearing-in of the third defendant as SRC president as is being programmed by defendants to take place on Thursday 21st April 2022 is violated by a flawed electoral process and thus equally null and void. A declaration that the recommendation contained in the report of the Committee set up by the first defendant is implemented by conducting fresh elections for SRC.”

“An order directed at the defendant especially the second defendant to conduct fresh elections. An order directed at the first defendant to as a matter of urgency release the report of the Committee set up to probe into irregularities that ensued during the conduct of the 17th February 2022 SRC elections. Any other order that the honourable court may deem just and proper.”

In accordance with the court’s ruling a fresh election was conducted.

In the re-run elections conducted on 15th August 2022 the rest of the three candidates who initially contested the SRC presidential slot including Awana Michael pulled out of the race.

Only two candidates, Alfred Asante and Najeeb Iddrisu stood for the SRC presidential position in the re-run elections conducted.

Alfred Asante pulled 560 votes, representing 71.70% of the total votes cast, while Najeeb Iddrisu pulled 221 votes, representing 28.30% of the votes cast.

When Mr. Asante spoke after being declared SRC President-elect, he explained that he was overjoyed that justice had been done him.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

Depreciating cedi causing 5.5% increase in fuel prices – COPEC

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Ghanaians are expected to be ready to pay for a litre of petroleum products. The increases have been necessitated by what has been described as the free fall of the cedi. The total increment could amount to 5.5 percent of the current price.

Sampson Addae, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) Ghana said this when he spoke to Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith on the Day Break Upper East Show today, Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

It would be recalled that in the first pricing window of August, the prices of petroleum products went down between 3 to 6 percent. Before that, petroleum products went down by between 2 to 4 percent.

While prices of barrels of crude on the international market have remained relatively stable, Ghanaians would pay more for fuel because of the country’s depreciating cedi.

“The international prices have still not gone up. This increment is due to the fall of the cedi. The importers or the BDCs are complaining that they have to spend a lot to import fuel. This cost is something that is affecting their business. They will also have to adjust themselves to be able to be competitive on the market.”

“They are willing to give us the 5.5 percent increment for us to pay so that they can stay afloat in their business and also in the next pricing window, they will have the resources to go there and get us the goods.”

“Because the cedi keeps depreciating, they keep adjusting their prices so that when they go, it happens that the cedi has depreciated again, they will still be in business,” he said.

Until government finds a lasting solution to the free-falling cedi, Ghanaians would continue to fork out more money for fuel. This is according to Mr. Addae.

Mr. Addae’s position is similar to that of the MP for the Bongo Constituency, Edward Bawa.

Mr. Bawa has attributed the increase in fuel prices to the poor performance of the Cedi against the dollar.

“The major challenge now is the stability of the cedi,” he said on the Key Points on TV3 Saturday, March 19.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

UER NDC: Maxwell Akanuwe to vie for Chiana-Paga Communication Officer position

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A former Branch Secretary for the Chiana-Paga Constituency in the Upper East Region, Maxwell Akanuwe has formally declared his intention to contest for the Chiana-Paga Constituency Communication Officer position as part of the NDC internal reorganisation process.

Speaking with A1 Radio, Mr. Akanuwe explained that is had become important for him and the party, to throw his hat in the ring for the opportunity to lead the party’s communication wing in the constituency.

“I bring on board a new approach, a new direction with action-oriented political and strategic communication for victory come 2024,” he said.

Mr. Akanuwe, who has been a member of the NDC for the past 20 years was once a Ward Communication Officer, A member of the Constituency Communication Team, a member Regional Communication Team and the Current Member of Assembly for Longo in the Kassena Nankana West District Assembly. A position he’s occupied since 2015.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

Issah Nyaabila joins Tamale City FC

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Issah Nyaabila has joined premier league newcomers Tamale City FC, after the player was rejected by his former club.

Nyaabila joined Tamale City from Bono Region based Division one side, Bofoakwa Tano.

Issah Nyaabila had been instrumental for Bofoakwa Tano in the National Division league for a couple of years now.

He moved from Stoppers FC in Bolga to join Mboma City FC in Navrongo, before a breakthrough move to division one side, Bofoakwa Tano FC in the Bono Region.

Since Tamale City qualified for the premier league, he became their number one priority and they are happy to have him as they will be playing at the highest level in Ghana football.

Issah Nyaabila, nicknamed “the Rock of Bolgatanga” and will be an integral member of the Tamale City side in the upcoming Betpawa Ghana Premier League season, scheduled to kick off on September 9, 2022.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1Mhz|Aduko Cletus Akosah|Bolgatanga|Ghana

Tariff adjustment: Timing is wrong, completely unacceptable – TUC Fumes

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The Trade Union Congress(TUC) has registered its displeasure following the increase in utility tariffs by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC).

According to the Union, the timing for the increment is absolutely wrong and a show of disrespect to workers considering the current economic situation faced by the country. TUC noted the ever-soaring inflation and hikes in prices of commodities in the country as reasons that should have motivated the PURC to rescind its decision.

The Deputy General Secretary of the Union, Joshua Ansah told A1 News, “I think it is not acceptable at this time. When the PURC engaged us some two months ago on this same issue, we told PURC that in these hard times where inflation is on the high side, where the economic situation is unbearable for workers in this country any increment in utilities should have been suspended.”

He continued, “we told them our peace of mind but they have gone ahead to increase utilities. What I will say is that for us in the Trades Union movement, it means it’s going to put much pressure on us.”

Mr. Ansah seemed not to understand the PURC’s move to increase tariffs. He stressed that the move by the PURC will mean that, his outfit will be negotiating for an increase in salaries above the inflation rate.

Yesterday, the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission announced an increment in utility tariffs for electricity and water by 27.1% and 21.5% respectively effective September 1, 2022.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

CKT-UTAS: Alfred Asante wins 2021/2022 SRC presidential election after winning court case

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Plaintiff, Alfred Asante, a 4th-year student and an SRC presidential candidate

Alfred Asante, a level 400 student pursuing Mathematics and Economics at the CK Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences has been declared the president-elect of the Students’ Representative Council for the 2021/2022 academic year.

It would be recalled the 2021/2022 academy year’s SRC and NUGS elections were conducted on 17th February 2022 but one of the dissatisfied presidential aspirants, Alfred Asante took the matter to the Bolgatanga High court.

The court presided over by his lordship Charles Agyei Wilson ordered the SRC Electoral Commission to conduct fresh elections for the said year.

In the re-run elections conduct on 15th August 2022 the rest of the three candidates who initially contested the SRC presidential slot including Awana Michael pulled out of the race.

Only two candidates, Alfred Asante and Najeeb Iddrisu stood for the SRC presidential position in the re-run elections conducted.

Alfred Asante pulled 560 votes, representing 71.70% of the total votes cast, while Najeeb Iddrisu pulled 221 votes, representing 28.30% of the votes cast.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1MHz| Samuel Adagom|Bolgatanga| Ghana

UE: Ghana Shippers’ Authority enhances local exporters’ knowledge of letter of commitment

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The Ghana Shippers’ Authority as part of efforts to enhance and improve export capacity has engaged exporters in the Upper East Region on the importance of using the Bank of Ghana’s Letter of Commitment (LOC) in their businesses.

The Letter of Commitment (LOC) is a web-based export document that is generated for exporters by the Bank of Ghana ICUMS portal to accompany all exports from Ghana. The ICUMS Portal is the central database for both the export and the import of any commodity in Ghana.

The Branch Manager of the Authority, Isaac Tersiah Ackwerah made this known at a collaborative engagement with the Bank of Ghana and some local exporters in Bolgatanga.

According to Mr. Ackwerah, “the main reason we are engaging and sensitizing these non-traditional exporters in the region is the ever-growing export of non-traditional goods. There has been an increase in the export of non-traditional goods such as baskets and other products. So, we are educating them on the importance of LOC, and its usage in their day-to-day businesses for the internal growth of the economy. Using this LOC will help the country gets whatever proceeds due it.”

“People export products from Ghana to other countries yet the expected proceeds don’t come. Some of them probably do not use the LOC. This and other reasons are causing the cedi’s depression”, he added.

The LOC’s purpose also, the Deputy Director and Head of Foreign Banking Operations at the Bank of Ghana, Eric Hammond said was to monitor all export and ensure the repatriation of proceeds were back to the country.

He explained, “the purpose of this LOC is to help the Bank of Ghana to monitor all export and ensure the repatriation of proceeds are brought back to the country. Without the LOC no exporter is mandated to export goods out of the country. What brought about the LOC is that we know that every country generates foreign exchange from the export of mechanized products. So, if exporters made any exportation and there’s no repatriation, what it means is that they denied the country from benefiting the proceeds it would have benefited.”

Some participants who saw the importance of the LOC however appealed to the organizers to address the issues of delays and other accompanying challenges when using the document.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1 MHz|Moses Apiah|Ghana

If $2 billion didn’t save falling cedi, what will $750 million do? – Dr. Adongo

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“I’m surprised that the Bank of Ghana is talking about 750 million having an impact on a currency that has depreciated by over 60% within the space of four months. It just doesn’t add up. I would want people to hold the government accountable and stop talking about things they called policies and projects to save the cedis,” Dr. Michael Adongo, a Development Economist at UDS campus, Tamale said when he spoke on A1 Radio.

According to the Economist, the claims by the Bank of Ghana that the cedis will soon bounce back through the injection of the 750 million were pathetic and outright falsehood.

“I mean it is a pathetic and outright falsehood for somebody to think that those cottages and crab houses we are building and calling factories can generate enough output to substitute our import and bring the cedis down it is pathetic.”

He indicated, “we have put in 2 billion before; it didn’t save the situation. The fact is that the cedi has lost its function. The cedis has lost its function as a store of value so anybody that has something that he wants to store the value doesn’t look to the cedis. For instance, if you have 50 or 60 Ghana Cedis today or maybe Ghc100,000 today and you want to preserve the value, you will want to turn it into another currency because that is a more stable currency.”

“So, the depreciation of the cedis is occasioned by the fact that we are in unprecedented territory since the 1980s; we have entered a case of some global turbulence, that has been reinforced and echoed by the government’s mismanagement of borrowed funds. So, we have gotten to this point, a point where even if we inject dollars into the economy people are going to buy them and store them knowing very well that we cannot sustain it.”

He made the comments on the Daybreak Upper East show on A1 Radio after the Bank of Ghana gave a strong indication that the recently approved $750 million Afriexim loan facility by Parliament once disbursed, among other measures will help boost the foreign exchange position of the country as well as restore confidence in the cedi.

The bank further indicated that measures including the cocoa syndication loan which is expected in the last quarter of 2022 will also provide more foreign currency to help address the cedi depreciation.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1 MHz|Moses Apiah|Ghana

PURC increases water tariff by 21%, electricity by 27.15%

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The Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission (PURC) has increased water tariff by 21% and electricity tariff by 27.15%.

The new tariffs start September 1.

The regulator announced this on Monday August 15.

The management of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) made a proposal to the PURC to increase electricity tariffs by up to 148 per cent covering 2019 to 2022.

The state power distributor also proposed an average increase of 7.6% in tariff over the next four years to cover Distribution Service Charges (DSC).

 The attributed the high increase in the Distribution Service Charges

“The result of ECG’s tariff proposal for the next five years shows an approximately 148% increase on the current DSC1 in 2022 and an average increase of 7.6% year on year from 2023 to 2026. “The high increase in the DSC1 for year 2022 could be attributed to the gap that has developed over the years between the actual cost recovery tariff and the PURC approved tariffs as well as the cost of completed projects”.

“Similarly, ECG’s proposed DSC2 shows a higher increase of 28.4% in first year (2022) while that of the subsequent years’ increases by an average of 2% from 2022 to 2026”, it added.

The management of ECG also indicated that its financial sustainability is important as it impacts on the entire energy sector.

“The financial sustainability of the Electricity Company of Ghana is important as it impacts on the entire energy sector. With the huge investment needs facing the distribution industry over the next five years, it is expected that the proposed tariff increases would inevitably be approved to sustain efficient and reliable electricity service.”

“Over the next five years, the DSC will need to increase consistently (average of 7.6%) to cover distribution cost. It is expected that the approved BGC would correspond with the commercial terms of PPAs (Power Plant Agreements)”, it added.

Similarly, the management of the Ghana Water Company (GWCL) also proposed to the PURC increase water tariff.

The GWCL in its proposal said over the years, the approved tariffs have not been full cost reflective. This, according to the GWCL has led to the inability of GWCL to raise enough revenue to finance the much needed capital investment projects, with a consequent unsatisfactory level of service, the company said.

“Among the urban poor, water can be a critical resource in short supply. GWCL has therefore set up a Low-Income Customer Support Department (LICSD) to deliver improved services to targeted low income urban poor areas.

“The Government of Ghana is committed to expanding access to safe water supply services in urban areas with particular focus on improving water production and expansion of distribution systems and ensuring sustainable financing of the sector. It is estimated that about $2billion will have to be invested in water production to help increase current urban coverage to 100% country-wide by 2025.

“Notwithstanding the challenges mentioned above, it is important to consider the broad sectoral focal areas that impact on water operations. These include sustainable water sources, access to potable water, sustainable financing, improved public private partnerships, capacity building, good governance, good research and development, monitoring and evaluation, water safety and customer interest/education.

“GWCL therefore has embarked on an image redeeming mission, for transformation into a ‘world class utility company’. We therefore call on our Regulator, the PURC, to provide every necessary support to enable us turn things around,” the proposal said.

It added “Like any utility, GWCL is expected among others to: Provide services that are safe, desirable, and affordable to consumers; and Ensure an institutional and commercial system capable of recovering costs.

“GWCL must at least recover its costs if we are to sustain our operations. Over the years, however, the approved tariffs have not been full cost reflective. This has led to the inability of GWCL to raise enough revenue to finance the much needed capital investment projects,
with a consequent unsatisfactory level of service.

“Below are some major issues which have prevailed since the last tariff adjustment, and which have necessitated this review. Inadequacy of tariff to carry out urgent repairs of assets and minor extensions Unlike the previous years where the Automatic Tariff Adjustment Formula (ATAF) has been applied every quarter, PURC has not applied it for some time now.

“In real terms the average tariff per cubic meter in 2019 was USD 1.27, but has reduced to USD 1.13 as a result of the cedi depreciation over the period as shown in the figure below.

“This has affected our ability to carry out repairs and replacement of aged and obsolete equipment and pipelines, and other critical assets as would be expected and has given rise to high levels of NRW. As part of this proposal GWCL has included measures to reduce NRW for the consideration of PURC.

“The PURC should also play a significant role in making water services available to low income dwellers in the country through the review and approval of a ‘GWCL Low Income Distribution Extension Fund’. The terms which should cover this arrangement would be that GWCL shall extend pipelines to low income communities and new consumers.”

Source: 3news.com

Gov’t coercing existing factories into signing up for 1D1F policy – Solomon TTB

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Solomon TTB

A member of the communication team of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Upper East Region, Solomon TTB has suggested that the government is coercing existing factories to sign unto the government’s flagship One District One Factory (1D1F) programme.

Speaking on the Day Break Upper East Show, Mr. TTB explained that existing factories are forcefully co-opted unto the programme just so that the government can further its political agenda of achieving 1D1F.

“What they do is that, they would just come, ask you to change your signpost and write there, One District One Factory. If you do not accept, these people would send GRA after you.”

“These are not allegations. These are the facts,” Mr. TTB insisted.

He continued to say, “I know a certain company, Premium Foods Limited. I know that company in Ashanti region because I have direct links with the company. I have done some work with the company before. The company was already existing and had a fund from the Canadian government to establish some kind of work to maximise food production, especially food supplements to deal with stunted growth in this country. Thes people went there and launched this company as 1D1F.”

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana