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ECG injects over 400 new transformers in Volta and Oti to improve power supply

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Mr Emmanuel Lumor, the Volta and Oti Regional Manager of the Electricity Company of Ghana Limited, said ECG, since the beginning of the year has inject about 400 transformers to improve power supply.

He indicated the exercise was in addition to the existing 2, 445 transformers installed within the eleven operational areas of the company in Volta and Oti regions.

Mr Lumor made the disclosure during the commissioning ceremony of two new Customer Service Centres in Volta.

The ECG beneficiary Districts include Sogakope and Akatsi.

Under Sogakope District, which has a total customer population of about 32,100, the facility is located in Adidome area that has a customer population of over 16,000, while Akatsi has a total customer population of 29,600 postpaid metering system with another centre at Abor covering a population of over 18,075 customers in and around communities and towns like Abor, Anyako, Afife, Torgodo, Torkanu, Tsiame, Agorweme, Avenorpeme, Kukorme and its environs.

Mafi Kumase, Adidome Zongo, Adidome Senior High School, and other areas under the Central Tongu have also benefited.

“Again, we have initiated a lot of extension and system improvement projects to extend and improve power supply to some areas in the districts. Some of these projects include LV network expansion at Agorweme and Xeti, LV network expansion and upgrade at Gefia, LV system improvement and extension at Afife Detideke and Akatsi GCB area among others.”

Mr Lumor revealed his outfit also adopted strategies like intensification of vegetation control activities and the inspection of transformers serving their customers to ensure they have a robust distribution network to provide safe, reliable and quality electricity services.

“Following the completion and commissioning of some of these projects, we have noticed significant improvements in power supply throughout the Region. In fact, most of our stakeholders have testified privately and publicly to the vast improvement in the stability and reliability of electricity supply over the past several months.”

He pledged their commitment to continue to work hard to complete all planned projects and initiate new ones to ensure quality service delivery to all their cherished customers for the economic development of Volta and Oti Regions.

Mr Lumor also extended gratitude to the Board and Management of ECG for their unflinching support and immense contribution to the Region.

On Customer Service satisfaction, Mr Lumor said his team intends making Volta and Oti Regions the hub of Excellent Customer Service in ECG, so they could be identified as leaders of Excellent Customer Service anytime the region was mentioned.

The new Customer Service Centres were built in response to the growing demand of ECG’s services and the distance through which customers had to commute to the District Offices in order to access some services.

The construction of the new facilities commenced in 2018 with the target of meeting the growing demand of services and to ensure customers access services with ease and convenience.

The facility has a waiting area for customers, Cashier point, Customer Relations Executive (CRE) Point, Faults Reporting Point, Parking lot for customers, Washrooms for Customers and a fully equipped security post.

The edifice also contains a robust ICT network infrastructure, which will help improve network connectivity to enable customers access our services with ease.

“Again, we want to provide a favourable environment for businesses to thrive in the Region. In view of this, I humbly appeal to everyone to support this vision and furnish the Region with suggestions to help make this vision achievable.”

Mr Lumor also called for the support of the general public to help the Electricity Company of Ghana to fight against illegal connection, indiscriminate bush burning that affect ECG poles, and tree felling unto some networks.

Source: GNA

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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.

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“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.

Source: Myjoyonline

 

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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.

Source: Myjoyonline

 

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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.

Source: Myjoyonline

 

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