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About Kester
Kester Aburam Korankye is a journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has over a decade experience in journalism and communications. Kester has worked with some of Africa's top journalists to break some of the most important stories on the continent. He is presently the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) Best Investigative Reporter (2019). He works with the prestigious Daily Graphic newspaper in Ghana as a Staff Writer. Kester is a passionate journalist and highly dedicated. Hire Him.
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Killers of Ahmed Hussein-Suale will face justice - President assures nation

04 Oct 2023  |  Graphic Online
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo assured that the killers of investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale will be brought to justice, emphasizing the ongoing efforts of the police. Speaking at the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Dinner Night, he also pledged support for the Journalists Support Fund to aid journalists attacked in the line of duty. The murder of Hussein-Suale in 2019 highlighted the dangers faced by journalists in Ghana, impacting the country's press freedom ranking. The Deputy British High Commissioner to Ghana, Keith McMahon, underscored the importance of media ethics and freedom for democracy.

GUTA, TAGG supports GSA to enforce standards

16 Jun 2023  |  Modern Ghana
The Ghana Union of Traders Association and the Traders Advocacy Group Ghana are backing the Ghana Standards Authority's efforts to eliminate substandard products from the market. GUTA President Joseph Obeng and TAGG General Secretary Nana Opoku have sensitized their members to comply with standards and support the GSA's enforcement actions. The GSA, with the Ghana Police Service, has conducted raids and confiscated illegal products. The enforcement is seen as crucial for Ghana and other African countries to establish robust standards regimes for successful trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area.

June 4 anniversary marked with photo exhibition

04 Jun 2023  |  Graphic Online
The Jerry John Rawlings Foundation commemorated the 43rd anniversary of the June 4, 1979 uprising with a photo exhibition and theatre performance in Accra. The event, held at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Science, celebrated the life and works of former President Jerry John Rawlings. The exhibition featured rare photographs and press cuttings, highlighting Rawlings' tenure and contributions. The event was attended by his family, members of the National Democratic Congress, and former government officials. The exhibition aimed to provide historical context and foster academic discourse on the uprising and its impact on Ghana's history.

Standards without enforcement equals empty promises

11 May 2023  |  modernghana.com
The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) and the Ghana Police Service conducted a raid on Fenice Metal Technology Limited, which was manufacturing substandard electrical cables without the required GSA license and certification. Despite the National Quality Policy and the GSA Act aimed at ensuring quality goods, markets in Ghana are still inundated with substandard products. A 2017 GSA surveillance found that over 70% of imported electrical cable brands were substandard. The article emphasizes the need for rigorous enforcement of standards to protect consumers and the economy, and notes that the GSA has the support of the Ghana Union of Traders Association and the Traders Advocacy Group, Ghana.

NCA forensic audit to weed out fraudulent SIM registration "6.17m cards deactivated, 11.1m more to go"

27 Apr 2023  |  graphic.com.gh
The National Communications Authority (NCA) of Ghana is set to conduct regular forensic audits on Mobile Network Operators to prevent fraudulent restoration of SIM cards delinked for noncompliance with registration processes. So far, 6.17 million SIM cards have been deactivated, with 11.1 million more expected to be delinked by the end of the following month. The NCA Director General, Joe Anokye, announced this at a news conference in Accra, attended by Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah. Anokye assured that the SIM database is secure and that a short code, *402*1#, will be introduced for subscribers to verify SIMs registered to their Ghana cards.

Specified Entities asked to audit accounts on schedule

25 Jan 2023  |  Graphic Online
Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, the Chief of Staff, has urged Specified Entities to work with the State Interests and Governance Authority and the Office of the Auditor-General to clear unaudited accounts by year's end. At a meeting in Accra, the management of SIGA presented a report on infractions by state entities. The President has tasked SIGA and the Auditor-General’s Department to investigate these infractions. The Public Enterprises Minister, Joseph Cudjoe, emphasized the need for commitment to the recommendations, noting that infractions were mostly due to non-compliance, not corruption. SIGA's Director-General, Edward Boateng, highlighted plans for asset registration to aid growth.

GIISDEC engages Jasikan Catholic Diocese over Iron Ore exploration in Oti Region

20 Jan 2023  |  Graphic Online
The Ghana Integrated Iron and Steel Development Corporation (GIISDEC) has engaged with the Jasikan Catholic Diocese to address concerns over iron ore exploration in the Oti Region. Following a meeting with the Oti Regional Minister, a joint agreement was signed to broaden stakeholder consultations and ensure compliance with environmental laws. The agreement also includes public education initiatives and the support of the Catholic Diocese to rally regional support. Recent discoveries of iron ore deposits in the region have attracted ten investors to conduct mineral resource estimation, with an investment of about $10 million.

Scrap levies on fuel to reduce prices further

16 Jan 2023  |  Graphic Online
Energy experts Dr Theophilus Acheampong and Duncan Amoah have called for the rationalization of taxes and levies on petroleum products in Ghana to lower fuel prices at the pump. They argue that some levies are not fully utilized for their intended purposes and others are outdated yet still contribute to fuel price build-up. Amoah suggests removing the special petroleum tax and halving the energy sector levy, as well as scrapping the sanitation and pollution levy. Abass Ibrahim Tasunti from the National Petroleum Authority acknowledges that removing levies would reduce fuel costs but emphasizes that current levies are government-justified and Parliament-approved.

Rally behind elected officers - Mahama to NDC supporters

19 Dec 2022  |  graphic.com.gh
Former President John Dramani Mahama has urged the National Democratic Congress's newly elected executives to commence work immediately to ensure the party's victory in the next election. He encouraged unity and commitment among all members, regardless of election outcomes, and criticized the current government's economic management. The NDC aims to return to power in 2025 to address these economic issues. The congress's theme, 'Rallying for victory 2024! Ghana's hope,' reflects the party's focus on unity and the upcoming election.

Motorway deteriorates - Patched portions rot away

08 Nov 2022  |  Graphic Online
The Accra-Tema Motorway in Ghana continues to deteriorate despite public outcry and previous reports by the Daily Graphic. The 19-kilometre road, which is 56 years old, is plagued with potholes, erosion, and non-functional streetlights, posing dangers to motorists. The Ministry of Roads and Highways has not undertaken major rehabilitation, contrary to past assurances. The Ghana Highway Authority is implementing interim measures, and the National Road Safety Authority has installed a radar speed sign. The government has plans for reconstruction, with some contracts already awarded, but significant work has yet to commence.

Closure of shops contributed to high inflation – CIMG President criticises GUTA

31 Oct 2022  |  www.graphic.com.gh
Dr Daniel Kasser Tee, President of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana, criticised the Ghana Union of Traders Associations for closing shops to protest inflation, stating it created artificial shortages and contributed to inflation. He advised business leaders to rationalise operations and employees to moderate wage demands amidst global economic challenges. The CIMG Annual Marketing Performance Awards in Accra celebrated 43 companies and individuals, with top honours going to executives from Consolidated Bank Ghana and ABSA Bank. Special awards were given to journalist Erastus Asare Donkor and Alberta Afreyie-Mensah, while Hollard Ghana's Cynthia Ofori–Dwumfuo and student Mark Mensa-Abban were also recognised.

Bankers clinch top honours at CIMG awards

31 Oct 2022  |  Graphic Online
At the CIMG Annual Marketing Performance Awards in Accra, Daniel Wilson Addo of Consolidated Bank Ghana and Abena Osei-Poku of ABSA Bank were honored as Marketing Man and Woman of the Year, respectively. The event recognized 43 companies and individuals, with ABSA Bank being named Bank of the Year and Melcom inducted into the CIMG Elite Hall of Fame. The CIMG President highlighted the need for transparency in public sector operations amidst global economic challenges, while the President of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria discussed the impact of technology and global trends on marketing.

Wean yourselves off government support, Michael Baafi urges GSA staff

18 Oct 2022  |  graphic.com.gh
Michael Okyere Baafi, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, has called on the staff of the Ghana Standards Authority to strive for profitability and independence from government financial support. He emphasized the importance of unity and support for the leadership to achieve this goal. The remarks were made during the commemoration of World Standards Day in Accra, highlighting the role of standards in creating a fair world and contributing to sustainable activities. The deputy minister also noted the relevance of standards in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the innovative response of citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Clifford Frimpong, Deputy Director-General of the GSA, urged stakeholders to apply standards in regulatory and policy activities to improve industry and commerce for future generations.

We can't confirm or deny our prepaid system was hacked - ECG MD

03 Oct 2022  |  graphic.com.gh
Samuel Dubik Mahama, the Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana, addressed a press conference on October 3, 2022, regarding the recent inability of customers to load credit onto prepaid meters. He acknowledged an IT-related challenge, assuring that over 95% of customers were back online and that the issue would be fully resolved by the end of the day. Mahama could not confirm or deny a hack and stated that a full investigation was underway. The company is working to restore the ECG power Application and has resolved issues at district offices and with third-party vendors. Mahama also mentioned that losses incurred were not yet quantified and that customers could seek compensation through the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission. He warned against illegal connections, indicating an upcoming clampdown.

Ofankor-Nsawam road rehabilitation begins next week

14 Jul 2022  |  graphic.com.gh
The Ministry of Roads and Highways in Ghana has announced that rehabilitation of the Ofankor-Nsawam road will commence next Wednesday and is expected to be completed by July 2024. The 33.4 km stretch is part of the Accra-Kumasi road network and will be expanded to a three-lane dual carriageway with additional facilities to improve safety and reduce congestion. Funded by the government, the GH¢341.48 million project will be executed by Maripoma Enterprise Limited. The road is crucial for the economy, serving as a major link for trade within Ghana and with neighboring landlocked countries.

Motorway Roundabout Phase 2 project starts September

04 Jul 2022  |  Graphic Online
The Ghanaian government has finalized a financial agreement with Japan for the second phase of the Tema Motorway Roundabout project, with construction set to begin in September. The project, funded by a ¥3.369 billion grant from the Japan International Cooperation Agency, includes a third-tier flyover to improve traffic flow and is expected to be completed by November 2024. The first phase was completed in June 2020, and the new phase aims to enhance trade, reduce travel time, and lower business costs in Ghana.

Neoplan still in distress

24 Jun 2022  |  graphic.com.gh
Neoplan Ghana Ltd, a coach manufacturing company, is facing financial difficulties and is on the brink of closure. Despite government promises to revitalize the company by awarding a contract to produce 100 buses, no contract has been signed. The government plans to include Neoplan in the One-District, One-Factory initiative and match it with a financial partner. Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Michael Baafi reaffirmed the government's commitment, while Neoplan's Managing Director Malek Abi Saab remains hopeful for a turnaround. The company has received some loans but requires contracts to sustain operations. Neoplan has a significant history in Ghana's transport sector, having built over 4,000 buses and once employed hundreds of workers.

Arab investors pledge £2.8bn support for health care

02 Jun 2022  |  graphic.com.gh
The Supreme Economic Council for Arab-African Economy has committed to investing £2.8 billion in Ghana to enhance healthcare delivery. This investment will fund the construction of mobile clinics across all 16 regions, a medical university, and a hospital. The President of the council, Hani Abu Zaid, announced that the investment will also upgrade existing medical facilities with modern technology. The announcement was made at the Supreme Economic Council For Arab-Africa Economy Summit in Accra, where business leaders and policymakers gathered to discuss investment opportunities. The council, recognized by international bodies such as the UN and EU, aims to promote investments and trade. Additionally, a 'Smart City' project is expected to create over 150,000 jobs. The CEO of the Africa-Arab Investment Hub, Hajj Mukaila A. Akuamoah, emphasized the importance of technology transfer and private sector involvement in development. Deputy Minister of Health, Mahama Asei Seini, highlighted the potential for trade growth through platforms like the African Continental Free Trade Area and outlined Ghana's healthcare strategy, including the Universal Health Coverage road map and the Essential Health Services Package.

NDC will repeal E-Levy - Mahama promises

04 May 2022  |  graphic.com.gh
Former President John Dramani Mahama has declared that a future government led by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will repeal the Electronic Transactions Act, known as the E-Levy, criticizing it as a regressive tax that exacerbates the hardships of Ghanaians. During a lecture in Accra, Mahama outlined 13 policy interventions to address Ghana's economic challenges, including a Cabinet reshuffle, reduced government expenditure, limited borrowing, and investment in agribusiness. He emphasized the urgency of action to prevent economic collapse and called for unity to protect the country's democracy, while also urging the government to address security concerns and serve justice for past election-related violence.

Cement turf war: Regulators distance themselves from Empire Cement, Firm says it's cooperating for permit

31 Mar 2022  |  graphic.com.gh
Local cement manufacturers in Accra, Ghana, have raised concerns about Empire Cement Ghana Limited, alleging it is producing and distributing cement without authorization and under unethical environmental conditions. Empire Cement denies these accusations, stating it has not begun open market production and is cooperating with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for necessary permits. The EPA and Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) have not issued permits for cement production to Empire Cement, and the GSA found the company's product being sold with an illegal quality mark. The EPA has denied the company a permit due to health concerns for residents and potential detriment to Panbros Salt Industries Ltd. Empire Cement's CEO, Nana Obokomatta IX, claims the company only produces packaging materials and is unaware of how its product appeared on the market. The company has petitioned the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation after the EPA declined to issue a permit.

CDD, IAA sign pact to improve accountability

14 Feb 2022  |  Graphic Online
The Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) and the Internal Audit Agency (IAA) have signed an MoU to create the District Accountability Index (DAI), aimed at enhancing financial accountability in district assemblies. The index will utilize data from the Auditor-General's reports to measure and improve transparency and accountability in the use of public funds. The IAA's 2020 status report indicates progress in establishing audit committees and charters across metropolitan, municipal, and district assemblies. The DAI, funded by GIZ's Governance for Inclusive Development Programme, is expected to strengthen financial governance and reduce corruption.

the introduction of mobile money has suffered from attempts at defrauding the system by malicious actors. In 2017, one of the telecommunication companies reported that it received about 365 complaints of fraud monthly from its subscribers.

It has emerged that about 30 per cent of fuel stations in the country are using digitally controlled dispensers that are easy to adjust to alter the quantity of fuel dispensed to buyers. This makes it easier for fuel attendants and their superiors to cheat unsuspecting consumers without tampering with the well-publicised security seals installed on the nozzles of fuel pumps, a highly placed source at the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has confirmed to the GRAPHIC BUSINESS.


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