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National: Ghana is on the right path to achieving an ambitious renewable energy mix – UNDP

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The resident representative for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Ghana, Dr. Angela Lusigi, says Ghana is on the right track to achieving what she described as “an ambitious target” in the renewable energy mix.

Speaking after a tour of the Bui Power Authority’s hydro and solar generation stations, she said though she is impressed, a lot more progress can be achieved with more cooperation.

Dr. Lusigi toured key sections of the generation station and the solar energy farm, including the control rooms and floating solar panels installed on the hydro dam’s reservoir.

Ghana is on the right path to achieving an ambitious renewable energy mix – UNDP
The visit was to help ascertain BPA’s work on renewable energy and reforestation in the communities as part of the sustainable development goals on climate change, adaptation, and mitigation and ensure the use of clean energy.

She said there is a diversity of opportunities to grow renewable energy in Ghana per what she has seen on the ground – hydro and solar.

Dr. Lusigi expressed her amazement with the floating solar panels and added that they could be used to ensure energy access for all, and energy transition to ensure more renewables in the energy mix.

Ghana is on the right path to achieving an ambitious renewable energy mix – UNDP
“Ghana has an ambitious target, and I believe this is definitely on the pathway of achieving it.”

She commended the Authority for the work on reforestation and said, “Not only are we looking at energy generation but also helping the communities maintain the resources that are necessary to continue enjoying some of these benefits”.

“There is a lot of progress that has been made, and with more partnership, we can see, hopefully, a lot more progress”, she said.

Dr. George Ortsin, who is with the UNDP Global Environment Facility Small Grants Program, said they are already assisting some communities in the management of their natural resources.

Ghana is on the right path to achieving an ambitious renewable energy mix – UNDP
Dr. George Ortsin
He, however, said they are exploring the possibility of stepping it up with a “Green Climate Fund” to support some of the interventions, and they hope to work it out with BPA.

BPA is operating a 400mw hydro dam and a 50mw solar plant. An additional 150mw solar plant is under construction at the Bui enclave, with plans to complete by June 2023.

The Authority is also undertaking a solar project at Yendi in the Northern Region with plans to start another in Buipe in the Savannah Region.

A Director in charge of renewables at BPA, Wisdom Ahiataku-Togobo, explained that as the largest solar plant operators, they look forward to a partnership with UNDP for the achievement of Ghana’s climate goal target after their assistance in building the first-ever Tsatsadu micro hydropower plant.

Ghana is on the right path to achieving an ambitious renewable energy mix – UNDP
Director in charge of renewables at BPA, Wisdom Ahiataku-Togobo
He said “the Authority is committed to a net zero energy transition as well as the Paris agreement and the United Nations sustainable development goals”, hence the need to collaborate with UNDP to achieve their target.

Dr. Angela Lusigi also visited BPA’s forest resource enhancement program site which houses over 1,400 different tree species on over 400 acres of land.

She was briefed by BPA’s deputy director of occupation, health, safety, and environment, Chrisantus Bangkewa Kuunifaa, on how the needed financial support could expand the tree plantation to over 5,000 trees per year.

Ghana is on the right path to achieving an ambitious renewable energy mix – UNDP
He explained that their resolve to plant more trees is to ensure the continuous protection of the dam against siltation, sedimentation, and soil erosion, and also improve the hydrological cycle and microclimate in the enclave.

Mr. Kuunifaa further said there are a lot of economic benefits for the local communities as some of the grown trees would serve as food, poles, and timber.

Ghana is on the right path to achieving an ambitious renewable energy mix – UNDP

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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.

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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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