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National: GIZ partners Employment Ministry to sensitise youth on irregular migration

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The German Development Cooperation, GIZ, and the Labor Department of the Employment Ministry have embarked on an awareness campaign exercise in the Bono Regional capital of Sunyani.

It aims to increase awareness of the services and mandates of the Labor Department and the risks of irregular migration, particularly in the Bono, Bono East, and Ahafo Regions.

These Regions are migration-prone areas, mainly due to youth unemployment.

According to the 2021 Ghana Statistical Service report, one in every three young adults is unemployed.

GIZ partners Employment Ministry to sensitise youth on irregular migration
And in their attempt to overcome the challenge, they fall victim to fraudulent middlemen with the promise of jobs in Ghana or travel outside the country. It results in many fatalities and sexual exploitations.

There is also the issue of migrants returning home after failed attempts in Europe and being confronted with various reintegration challenges.

To help deal with the situation, GIZ and the Labor Department collaborated to also sensitize the public on the work and functions of the Labor Department in employment support for jobseekers in line with the efforts of the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations.

GIZ partners Employment Ministry to sensitise youth on irregular migration
The campaign, which took place concurrently in Goaso, Sunyani, and Techiman, was on the theme, “Promoting Employability and Employment in Ghana: Our Youth, Our Jobs, Our Future.”

Bono Regional Labour Officer, Isaac Maalma-Kaminta, said the youth should consider the labour departments as their first option to help save them from the dangers associated with irregular migration, hence the need for awareness creation on their services.

“This will consequently create a community-led effort as well as regional/national discourse on the topic of migration and employment which will ultimately lead to engagement of policymakers in the medium to long term.”

GIZ partners Employment Ministry to sensitise youth on irregular migration
Bono Regional Labour Officer, Isaac Maalma-Kaminta
“Labor departments exist to help job seekers find suitable employment as well as help employers to find suitable applicants to fill their vacancies.

“Even if you come to our offices and you don’t want formal employment, there are opportunities available that we can support you to start your business with support from GIZ,” he explained during the campaign float in Sunyani.

He further explained that they also train people with some basic skills and “currently we are training people in fashion, bakery, among others, with over 5,000 people benefited so far.”

He urged the youth to take advantage of the many opportunities available at the Labour Department.

GIZ, through the migration and employment promotion project, is collaborating with the Department to build capacity, improve infrastructure, promote employment, and raise awareness.

GIZ partners Employment Ministry to sensitise youth on irregular migration
Joshua Ahiaba, the Bono Regional adviser for the project, said the project is being implemented based on the four focal areas commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and implemented by GIZ.

“Since the Labor Department plays a very important role in employment promotion, GIZ is working to empower the department to be able to function effectively.

“And through that, we are rebranding some of their offices, building regional offices in Goaso and Techiman, among others,” he said.

GIZ partners Employment Ministry to sensitise youth on irregular migration
He stated that only about 7 per cent of the public knew about the Labor Department and what they do.

The expectation is to change the narrative and “more importantly, direct young people, job seekers to the Department and solicit for the needed help in employment-related issues.”

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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.

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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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