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Government will promote responsible small-scale mining – President Akufo-Addo

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has assured Ghanaians that the government will promote responsible small-scale mining as it provides an avenue for them to participate in the mining industry and contribute substantially to the gold exports.

He stated that “My Government is not against small scale mining, but in full support of responsible small-scale mining activities”

President Akufo-Addo said available data revealed that the small-scale mining industry, accounted for over 40 percent of the gold exports, and played a critical role in making Ghana the leading producer of gold in Africa.

“The Small-scale mining sector must, therefore, be promoted and encouraged, and we will do all that is necessary to advance it for our collective benefit, he announced.

The President gave the assurance on Monday when he launched the National Alternative Employment and Livelihood Programme (NAELP) at the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa in the Western Region.

It was on the theme “Creating Alternative jobs to illegal mining for sustainable national development”.

The programme, according to the President, “seeks to ameliorate the unavoidable and unintended hardships which our efforts to sanitize the Small-Scale Mining sector has created, particularly in the five Regions that Operation Halt II carried out its operations”.

He added that “given that most of our degraded lands are due to illegal mining activities, it is just fitting, that any Programme targeting illegal mining includes a reclamation Programme”.

The component of the programme would restore such lands into economically viable lands, creating job opportunities for the youth, landowners, and communities at large, the President said.

He also said “in keeping with our commitment to promote responsible, viable and sustainable small scale mining, the programme will also include a Community Mining Scheme, which is intended to be the model for all small scale mining activities in the country”.

Although government had made significant gains in the fight against illegal mining “some nation wreckers have resorted to mining in the night, to evade the regulatory and security agencies. But let me assure you, that we have enhanced the monitoring of these activities, and all those involved would be made to face the law”.

He emphasized that “what we cannot do, and will not allow it to happen, is to permit mining activities that threaten the environment which sustains our lives and livelihood of generations yet unborn”.

The President also commissioned the Akoon Community Mining, which is the first Community Mining Project under this Programme.

“The Community Mining Schemes would be supported by the Mine Support Services, and together, are expected to create some two hundred and twenty thousand direct and indirect employment”.

Mr Samuel Abu Jinapor, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Damongo, explained that so far, five community mining schemes, with 20 concessions, were launched in Mmampehia in the Ahanta West Municipality, Kwabre-Nuba in the Jomoro Municipality, Adukrom in the Ahafo Ano South-East District; Jacobu in the Amansie Central District and Akyim Abaam in the Kwaebibrim District.

He said the five Schemes, have the capacity to employ some 26,300 people in direct and indirect employment.

“We expect to launch a total of 18 Schemes with 100 concessions, by the end of the year. Our commitment is to deliver 100 well regulated, responsible, environmentally sound community mining schemes, across the country, before the end of 2022. They will have functioning offices, proper database of miners, environmental officers on site, changing rooms for miners and sick bays” he added.

The Western Regional Minister, Mr Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, explained that the NAELP would be anchored on six main interventions, namely: the National Land Reclamation and Re-afforestation; Agricultural and Agro-processing; Apprenticeship, Skills Training and Entrepreneurship; Responsible, Viable and Sustainable Community Mining; Mine Support Services and Community Enhancement Projects.

He entreated all affected miners and individuals to participate in the programme since it would help create jobs in the five mining Regions of which Western Region was part, added that, “I am firmly convinced that we will succeed together in taking advantage of this initiative”.

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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