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A 66-year-old ex-Minister, Stephen Akore Agyeman wins Obuasi Municipal best farmer

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66-year-old former Mining Engineer with Anglogold Ashanti Stephen Akore Agyeman has been adjudged the Municipal Best Farmer. Mr Akore Agyeman who hails from Asratoase in the Obuasi Municipality took home a MOTORIZED TRICYCLE commonly known as Aboboyaa, 32inches LED TV, GTP wax print(full), Wellingt. on boots among others.

The Municipal Best Farmer who possesses MSc in Mining Engineering, has 16 acres cocoa farm, 24.5 Oil

palm, 13.5acre vegetable and fruit farm, 8000 birds, 150 pigs and also deals in Aquaculture.

Speaking with the Press at the sidelines of the Awards ceremony, he bemoaned the lack of interest of the youth in Agriculture. He said since most of the youth are interested in Illegal mining, it has affected the supply of labour in the agricultural sector.

He encouraged the youth to develop an interest in Agriculture since it is lucrative and

Over 52% of people in Obuasi are into Agriculture- OBUASI MCE REVEALS
Contrary to the widely held view that Obuasi was predominantly a mining town with Anglogold Ashanti the biggest employer, the available statistics have revealed that the majority of the people are into Agriculture.

The Municipal Chief Executive Honorable Elijah Adansi-Bonah made this known when he delivered his keynote address at the 37th National Farmers”; Day celebrations held in Apitikooko in the Obuasi Municipality.

Honourable Adansi-Bonah said ” Obuasi is not affected by the Dutch disease since 52% of our people are into Agriculture whiles 29% of us are in the Public service with only 19% of the people in the Mining

sector”;. This he said means that Agriculture is the mainstay of the people of Obuasi. He seized the opportunity to invite the Youth to venture into Agriculture.

On the theme for this year’s National Farmers’; Day Celebrations, Planting for Food and Jobs – Consolidating Food Systems in Ghana, the MCE said it is a call on well-meaning Ghanaians to come together to consolidate the gains the country has made in Agriculture so that we do not visit events of 1983 when severe drought and famine hit the country.

Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) in Obuasi

The Obuasi MCE lauded the President for introducing the PFJ Programme. He said the country witnessed the impact of the Programme when Coronavirus sets in. He said during the period, the country had to rely on available foodstuffs since there was no avenue for the importation of food items.

He also made known that 2,299 farmers in Obuasi alone have benefited from the PFJ program with 882 of them being females. He said the farmers were given fertilisers as well as maize, vegetables and cowpea to grow.

Challenges facing Agriculture in Obuasi

Hon Adansi-Bonah cited climate change and activities of illegal miners as the main challenges facing Agriculture in the Obuasi Municipality. He however called on all and sundry to build synergy to nip such activities in the bud.

Enabled Youth program to deal with Post-harvest losses

The Obuasi MCE also disclosed that to reduce the incidence of post-harvest losses, a Citrus factory has been established in Obuasi under the Enabled Youth Program which will have a ready market for oranges produced in the Municipality.

Support for Government

The Municipal Agric Director, Raphael Atta Preprah lauded the Government for the intervention programmes it has introduced into the Agriculture sector. He called for other Stakeholders to support the government to realise its objectives in the Agriculture sector.

He said, “For the vision of the President for our sector to be realised, we need to support Government by protecting our land and water bodies as well as investing in Agriculture”.

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National: 2023 Budget: TUC to reject government’s salary projection of ₵44.9m

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After several attempts to reach an agreement with government over an increment in their base pay, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is expected to meet government on Wednesday to finalise a deal.

But before that meeting gets underway, the Trades Union Congress is warning that it will not accept government’s projections in the 2023 Budget.

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, reading the 2023 Budget in Parliament projected compensation of employees at GH¢44,990 million (5.6% of GDP).

Earlier, government also proposed a 12% salary increment during the last negotiation with Organised Labour but it was turned down.

 

Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express on Tuesday, Deputy General Secretary of TUC, Joshua Ansah stated that they would not agree to the projected figure.

According to Mr Ansah, government must expect a fight if they turn up at the meeting with the same proposal.

JoyNews/AdomNews · TUC to reject government’s salary projection in 2023 Budget
“There is no way Organised Labour is also going to accept what has been put in the budget. Well, if the government has made up its mind that it is the way it thinks that he can actually force down the throat of workers, then we are in for a big fight, because there is no way government can pay anything below what we are expecting,” he said.

He noted that Organised Labour will not compromise on their demand for 60% increment in their base pay.

Meanwhile, the President of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Justice Yankson says government has created a problem by not reaching an agreement with the labour unions earlier.

JoyNews/AdomNews · Dr Yankson on organised labour and government’s negotiations
He believes the current mess could have been prevented.

“These are some of the problems that sometimes we create for ourselves. We had a whole period in which we could have sorted these things, we waited to the last end. Now we can see that we are on a collition course, it is clear,” he said.

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Politics: Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory

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A Wenchi High Court has thrown out a petition against New Patriotic Party (NPP) legislator in the Techiman South 2020 election.

The petitioner was seeking the nullification of the poll which saw the NPP candidate, Martin Agyei Mensah Korsah, emerge victorious.

But at the hearing Wednesday, the court explained that the NDC 2020 Parliamentary candidate, Christopher Bayere, who was pursuing the matter, failed to prove the burden of petitioning.

The court was attended by some leaders of the NDC including General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
He was sighted leaving the court premises a few minutes before the judgement.

The NDC Parliamentary candidate had contested the EC’s verdict which gave the NPP’s candidate victory with 49,682 votes representing 50.2 percent of the total valid votes cast, whilst the NDC’s candidate had 49,205 votes representing 49.8 percent of the total valid votes cast.

The NDC Parliamentary candidate insisted that the figures were not a true reflection of the election.

According to him, per the pink sheets of the NDC agents at each of the 267 polling stations, he garnered 50,306 votes in the Parliamentary election whilst the 1st Respondent polled 50,013 votes.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
Electoral Commission fined in 2021

In August 2021, the Electoral Commission of Ghana was fined GH¢4,000 by the court after the Court refused to grant the EC’s request for a stay of proceedings in the dispute on July 30, 2021.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
The EC’s application for a stay of proceedings was to enable it to file a motion to challenge the ruling of the Court at its previous sitting, when it granted the petitioner a motion to amend the title of the writ.

TCounsel for the EC, Emmanuel Addae said the stay of proceedings was to enable him to file supplementary statements in support of the application filed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate, Mr Christopher Beyere Baasongti.

However, reacting to the EC’s stay of proceedings, the Counsel for the petitioner, Justin Teriwajah argued that the motion was frivolous and unnecessarily geared towards delaying the adjudication of the case.

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Football: Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style

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It was the much-needed win for Ghanaians who were largely sitting on tenterhooks for the final quarter of the game.

And from the reactions, after the South Koreans netted a quickfire double between the 58th and 61st minutes, something had to definitely happen.

Kudus rose to the occasion, found himself at the end of a Gideon Mensah cross and curled the ball past the goalkeeper to restore Ghana’s lead and eventually sealed the game for Black Stars.

Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style
The 68th-minute winner triggered a thunderous celebration across the country and on social media.

Despite late attempts from the Koreans, the game ended 3-2 with Ghana earning a vital win in Group H.

Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style
Alban Bagbin

The jubilation started right from Ghana’s legislative arm where the Speaker, Alban Bagbin was caught on camera dancing to one of the goals on the day from his office.

The ecstatic Speaker punched the air while clad in his Black Star jersey in the company of other officials of the House.

Asamoah Gyan runs

Former Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan was on punditry duty at SuperSports TV.

However, the ethics of being on a live set could not suppress his excitement when the deciding goal was scored.

Filled with elation, the former skipper run out of the set in jubilation shouting atop his voice.

His iconic goal celebration was his response when asked about his reaction to some moments of the game.

Fans in clean-up mode

Now, supporters of Japan’s national team have been earning praise in Qatar for their zeal toward cleanliness after each game.

This win seems to have presented Ghanaian fans with the opportunity to emulate this off-pitch tradition.

While many celebrated the win at full-time, other fans were seen moving boxes around to collect the waste left by their colleagues.

South Korea’s Son not in selfie mood

Another interesting sight came from an official from the Ghana dressing room posing for a selfie.

The subject Son Heung-min was almost in tears after his team lost at full-time.

Otto Addo’s side will now face Uruguay in their last game looking to secure qualification to the next stage of the competition.

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