Tema Fishing Village

Tema

The City of Tema

Tema is a city on Ghana’s Atlantic coast and the Benin Bight. It is located 25 kilometers (16 miles) east of Accra, in the Greater Accra region, and serves as the capital of the Tema Metropolitan District. Tema is Ghana’s eleventh most populous settlement, with a population of approximately 161,612 people in 2013 – a significant decrease from 209,000 in 2005. The city is bisected by the Greenwich Meridian (00 Longitude).  Tema is known locally as “Harbour City” because it is Ghana’s largest seaport. It is made up of 25 distinct communities, each of which is labelled and has easy access to basic amenities.

Tema was built on the site of Torman, a small fishing hamlet named after the local name of the calabash plant, Tor, which was grown there. The name “Tema” is a corruption of the word “Torman.” Before independence, the government designated the location and in 1952 bought 166 square kilometres (64 square miles) of land north of the port, which was given to the Tema Development Corporation for future industrial and residential development. The Torman residents relocated to a new fishing field about 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) away, which they named Newtown.

How City of Tema and the Seaport Was Developed

 The construction of the Tema Port began in the 1950s after Ghana gained independence from British control.Though the idea of its construction was initially proposed by the British colony, its planning and implementation began after Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, took over the helm of affairs as Ghana’s first President.

The project was led by award-winning city planner and first Ghanaian architect, Theodore S. Clerk.

After Ghana’s independence, under the leadership of Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah, the construction of the Tema harbour began in the 1950s and was commissioned in 1962.

Construction of Tema Port began in 1954 by Sir William Halcrow and partners.

The general port plan originally comprised of two breakwaters enclosing an area of 500 acres of water with twelve berths, eight of which were situated on two quays, four transit sheds, offices, two cocoa sheds and sites for a dry dock, a slipway and a workshop.

Stones for the construction of the port were quarried from the hills at the Shai Hills Forest Reserve. By 1958, construction was advanced enough to enable a cargo vessel the “Oti River” to berth.

Watched by a crowd of cheering, singing people, President Kwame Nkrumah formally opened Tema port, Ghana’s GBP18-million harbour about 18-miles east of Accra.

After unveiling the memorial plaque, the president made a speech outlining Tema’s history.

Kwame Nkrumah said the independent states of Africa should now be thinking seriously of ways and means of building up a common market of a united Africa, “rather than allow ourselves to be lured by the dubious advantages of the European common market”.

He paid tribute to the British consulting engineers and contractors responsible for the port’s construction.

Regular traffic, however, started after the commissioning in 1962

The harbour is situated along the Gulf of Guinea, and it serves both as a loading and unloading port for goods, both for Ghana and other land-locked countries to the north.

Tema services a wide range of industrial and commercial companies, producing or handling everything from petroleum products, cement and food items, to iron, steel and aluminum products and textiles.

Most of the country’s main export, cocoa, is also shipped from Tema Port.

The Tema harbour covers a total land area of 3.9 million square meters with the water-enclosed area being 1.7 million square meters.

It has 5 kilometres of breakwaters, 12 deep-water berths, one oil-tanker berth, one dockyard, warehouses and transit sheds. Nearby is also a fishing harbour with facilities that handles fish processing.

The Growth Of Tema

The main Tema Township was constructed, and the Tema Harbor officially opened, in 1962. Over the following decades, Tema grew into the industrial hub of Ghana, with a carefully constructed road layout featuring landscaping and street lights. It boasted modern recreational centres and other social amenities rare among African cities at the time.[8] President Nkrumah appointed Theophilus Asiaw Mills as the first District Commissioner. 

A large population influx began in the 1960s owing to the town’s employment opportunities, but the Tema Development Corporation was unable to construct housing and provide other services to meet the needs of the migrants.] The Tema Newtown district was overwhelmed by the sudden population growth, and became the poor cousin of Tema Township, receiving none of the latter’s improved housing, geometrically laid roads, or social amenities. Moreover, royalties paid by Tema Newtown’s companies to evicted villagers have not been used due to a chieftain dispute. The area’s fishing potential was thus not fully exploited.

Tema is characterised by a hot semi-arid climate (BSh under the Köppen climate classification). It lies in the driest part of southern Ghana, experiencing average annual rainfall of about 750 millimetres (30 in). Average temperatures are very warm to hot year-round, typically exceeding 28 °C or 82.4 °F every day of the year,

Economy of Tema

Industry

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The town’s chief industrial products include aluminium, steel, processed fish, refined petroleum, textile, chemicals, food products, and cement. Major companies operating in Tema include Wahome Steel, Volta Aluminium (VALCO), Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), Nestlé Ghana Ltd., Tema Shipyard. There is also a Free zone enclave in Tema.

 

Tema Seaport

Tema Port, which opened in 1962, is Ghana’s larger of the two seaports. A $1.5 billion expansion project to boost container output to 3 million TEU was completed in 2020. The port is currently one of Africa’s largest container ports. [12] It has a total land area of 3.9 square kilometres and a water-enclosed area of 1.7 square kilometres (0.66 sq mi) (1.5 sq mi). Apart from handling Ghanaian imports and exports, it also serves as a traffic hub for transit cargo bound for the landlocked countries of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. Tema’s port handles 80% of Ghana’s import and export cargo, including cacao, the country’s main export.

The port has 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) of breakwaters, 12 deep water berths, an outsize oil tanker berth, a dockyard, warehouses, and transit sheds. The port has open and covered areas for the storage of cargo, including a 77,200-m2 (7.72-hectare) paved area for the storage of containers, steel products and other conventional cargo. The port’s container yard is capable of holding over 8,000 TEUs at any given time. The closed storage area, which is about 25,049 m2 (2.51 hectares) in area, consists of six sheds with a total storage capacity of 50,000 tonnes of cargo. The port also includes a 100,000-dwt dry dock and slipway facility.The harbour is operated by the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA).

Tema Fishing harbour

Tema’s fishing port is located at the eastern end of the town’s commercial harbour. The Inner Fishing Harbour, the Canoe Basin, the Outer Fishing Harbour, and a commercial area with marketing and cold storage facilities are all part of it.

The Inner Fishing Harbour was constructed along the Tema Main Port in 1962 to provide a handling facility for semi-industrial and industrial fishing vessels, and to encourage the development of the local fishing industry. In 1965, the Outer Fishing Harbour was constructed for bigger industrial vessels such as trawlers, tuna vessels, and deep-sea carriers. The trawlers operating in the area are 30–45 m long and are able to land 55–65 tonnes of fish (usually redfish and club and scad mackerel) per fishing trip. The tuna vessels range from smaller boats around 45–50 m in length, able to land 200–250 tonnes of catch, to larger versions with a length of 50–65 m and the ability to land up to 650 tonnes per fishing trip. The largest fishing vessels, the deep-sea carriers (with lengths of 90–105 m), are mostly chartered vessels. Since 1984, the national catch has averaged about 200,000 to 300,000 metric tonnes per annum. Ghana’s tuna catch has maintained a stable level of 30,000 tonnes per annum since 1981.

The Canoe Basin serves artisanal fishermen. Approximately 400 canoes normally occupy the basin. There are two types: wooden vessels, known locally as “Legelege,” and metallic vessels. The wooden canoes range in length from 30 to 70 metres and are mostly owned and operated by indigenous Ghanaians. Their busiest months are June through September. Artisanal canoe fishing accounts for roughly 70% of the catch.

 

Development of Tema

The Tema Development Corporation (TDC) is a public entity tasked with the planning and development of the entire city of Tema. Affordable public housing was developed by the government in conjunction with TDC and the State Housing Corporation.[16] The corporation has been instrumental in developing the harbour area of Tema in particular, with modern housing.[17] The corporation was set up in 1952 with the sole aim to develop and manage the township of Tema.[18] In 1963, the Tema Development Corporation Act was passed. In recent years the corporation has had much investment from Korea, including plans, as of 2013, to build a new stadium, an idea which proved unpopular with squatters. The first chief executive officer of the corporation was Theodore S. Clerk, the first Ghanaian architect and award-winning urban planner who served in the CEO position from 1963 after the enactment of the statute, until 1965.

Transportation in Tema

There are Public Transports from Tema to major citie such as Kumasi; Accra; Mim, Ahafo ; Cape Coast, Sunyani; Takoradi; Tamale; Ho; Wa; Bolgatanga; Elubo; Aflao, Techiman.

Education in Tema

Education

SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College (SOS-HGIC), a private mixed boarding school catering to the 10th to 13th grades, is located in Tema. It previously used the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) for the 10th and 11th grades and the International Baccalaureate (IB) for the 12th and 13th grades but currently runs the full IB Diploma program for all four grades. The school was headed by Margaret Nkrumah for over 15 years, and is now headed by Mr Israel Titi Ofei and Nii Amaa Akita. Tema also has an international schoolTema International School (TIS), which is second to HGIC, and a senior high school, Tema Secondary School (TSS or Temasco), which was built in 22 September 1961. Tema has a number of public Secondary schools such as Chemu Senior High School in Community 4Tema Methodist Day School, Mahean Senior High School, Our Lady of Mercy Senior High School and Tema Technical Institute. Private Preparatory Schools like Creator Schools, St Paul Methodist Primary and JHS, Marbs Preparatory School, Datus School Complex, Deks Educational Institute, Angel School Complex, Naylor SDA School, Tema Christian Centre, Tema Parents Association, First Baptist School, Tema Regular Baptist School, Queen Esther School, Dorsons School, Adwen Memorial, Creator Montessori, New Covenant School, St Alban’s School, Lorenz Wolf School, Bexhill School Complex, Life International School, Mazon Grace Academy, Santabarbera School, Angels Specialist School, First Star Academy, Pentecost School, Star School Complex, Tema Ridge, St John Bosco School and Rosharon School. Public primary and Junior High schools exist in Tema. Twedaase Primary School, Star School, Aggrey Road School, Republic Road School, Padmore School, Mante Din Drive, Amen Basic, Manhean SDA, School among others.

Security in Tema

Tema is well secured community with police stations in almost every other community . The Regional Commander is Mr. Daniel Kwame Afriye, who is deputised by ACP Mr. Laar Baman. Tema’s Police Regional Headquarters are located in Main Harbour and the adjacent Long Room. The Command is organised into five (5) Police Divisions, fourteen (14) Districts, and thirty (30) Police Stations. LOCATION: GH-GT059-8616 DIGITAL ADDRESS , There is police presence in Tema Community 1, Tema Community  4, Tema Community 13, Lashibi Police Station Tema Community 25, Tema Community 8,  Heavy industrial area -Lube Oil PostTema Community 2, Tema Community 11, Tema Community 12, Tema Main Harbour and Tema Fishing Harbour

Culture

The culture of the people of Tema is seen in their way of life. These include their inherited ideas, beliefs, values and knowledge. Since culture is dynamic in nature it must be noted that some practices of the people have undergone major changes over the years.

Traditional Set Up

Tema was created out of a cluster of small fishing villages. History has it that “Torman”, as it was originally called was founded by migrating people called the ‘Kpeshie’s’ who were Gas. They brought along seeds of the gourd plant, which they planted at their new-found site. The seeds thrived very well producing lots of gourds and the area was referred to as “Torman”, meaning a town of gourds, which stood at where the defunct Meridian Hotel is located. The traditional people were later relocated to their present location at Tema Manhean in 1961 when the Tema Habour was constructed.

Currently, there are two major traditional areas in the Tema Metropolitan Area, namely Tema (Newtown) and Nungua. The traditional festivals celebrated by the people are namely Kpledzoo and Homowo. “Kpledzoo” is celebrated between March and April whiles “Homowo”, which literally means Hooting at hunger is celebrated from August to September every year. During these festivals people from all walks of life in the traditional area are brought together for the celebration. The indigenous occupation of the people is fishing and it is forbidden for fishermen to go to sea on Tuesdays. This deprives fishmongers and others engaged in fishing activities of their income for the day, and as such some form of revenue is lost to the Assembly.

Ethnic Diversity

The original settlers of Tema are the Ga-Dangmes. However, because it is a popular destination of migrants, several ethnic groups can be found here. The dominant ethnic groups are the Akan, Ga-Dangme and Ewe. Other fairly well represented groups are the Mole-Dagbani and the Guans. The diverse nature of the inhabitants fosters interethnic tolerance and social solidarity that has promoted peace and harmony in the district. This has also reduced ethnocentrism.

Communal Spirit

The communal spirit of the people in Tema depends on one’s location. Settlers in the township find it difficult to respond to calls for community mobilization especially those living in the various communities because of the more formal relationships that exist there. However, for those in the rural communities they respond on the average to calls from their chiefs, elders and Assembly members to participate in communal labour. They also pay up levies for purposes of development in their respective communities.

Religious Groups

The religious composition of the Metropolis is diverse in nature since the inhabitants are of varied backgrounds. The prominent amongst them are Christians, Moslems and Traditional religion. Against this background, the churches and mosques are known to be a good mobilization grounds for information dissemination for development. For instance, occasionally, the Assembly distributes its bye-laws and flyers through the churches.

Tema Newton

In 1952, a year after Kwame Nkrumah became the first Prime Minister of what was then the British colony of the Gold Coast (now Ghana), the decision was made to build a brandnew harbour as part of the ambitious Volta River Project.  For the relocation of Tema, a small fishing village that stood in the way of the new development, the English office of Maxwell Fry, Jane Drew and Denys Lasdun was engaged.

Tema Fishing Village

Although there was a plan to build an entirely new city on the site of the demolished village, it was decided that the villagers would not be included in this new city. Instead, a separate settlement (Tema Manhean) was designed so that the villagers could retain their identity while improving their living conditions. This decision created a serious quandary: because of its authenticity, the tribe was condemned to remain an enclave of traditional living, while modern progress unfolded in all its attractiveness next door in the new Tema.

Fry and Drew collaborated with African chiefs to develop a social and participatory hands-on approach. They began mapping the existing fishing village spatially and socially in Old Tema, and they investigated cultural traditions and social structure. The process initiated for the villagers’ resettlement was remarkable, as it involved residents’ participation to an extent uncommon at the time, even in Europe. The main issues the architects encountered involved the village’s power structure and conflicting interests of residents, as well as discussions about identity, respect, individual versus collective interests, social structure, and, of course, money. It took seven years and some bulldozers to persuade the entire community to relocate.

Following the rejection of an initial plan by the villagers, Fry and Drew designed the new village based on the hierarchical organisation model of an English New Town. It was divided into four neighbourhoods and one central area, with functions zoned. All of the institutions of the’modern welfare state,’ including schools, shops, and a marketplace, as well as the chief’s palace and a fish smoking area, were located in the centre. Traditional compound-style living with extended families was accommodated by the houses. Their layout was adaptable, allowing families to increase the number of rooms as needed. The houses were made up of a series of standard types of circular, rectangular, diamond, and star shaped compounds that were repeated.

The Planned Tema New Town

A sanitary block with toilets, centrally located in the neighbourhood, was shared by two or three compounds (160-600 people). The original design of the houses, of which a prototype had been built, contained a flat roof. Since the villagers deemed this to be ‘only fit for pigeons’ and not dignified enough, the design was changed into pitched roofs.

Keith Jopp, Tema. Ghana’s new town and harbour (Accra: Ministry of Information, 1961), p.43
While improving the basic conditions of water supply, washing, cooking, storage, latrines and hygiene, Fry and Drew also respected the traditional family structures and dwelling habits by including social elements like the veranda. In vain they tried to maintain the indigenous building traditions; the houses were constructed in sandcrete blocks and corrugated steel roofs. However sensitive, the rather formal design of the village was not suited to all Ghanaian habits: for instance, the running of a small shop out of one’s home. Fry and Drew basically designed four living quarters, but local culture could not be denied: small shops popped up everywhere, right from the start. The inhabitants were also disappointed by their ‘authentic’ living – the houses in Tema Manhean were just as expensive as those built in Tema, but as in traditional African villages, they lacked electricity and in-house bathrooms and running water.
By now, Fry and Drew’s creation has become a slum. The choice to respect Tema village as an autonomous entity to safeguard the identity of the villagers has made the area into a ghetto: living circumstances are worse, housing and amenities are cheaper and less attractive than in Tema. The original houses are hardly recognizable between the many extensions and ‘illegal’ buildings erected between, above and around them. It is a poor, polluted area, surrounded by industry, that looks longingly at its next-door neighbour Tema, where everything seems better and more hopeful.

Tollbooth attendant narrowly missed death at Accra-Tema Motorway

A liquid waste tanker nearly killed a toll collector on the ‘Accra-end-tollbooth’ of the Accra-Tema Motorway on Saturday, May 26, 2018.
The vehicle with registration number, GN 3569-16, was heading towards Tema from Accra when the accident occurred.
The incident, which occurred around 5:30pm on Saturday, destroyed portions of the tollbooth. No casualty was recorded.
The workers at the tollbooth and the driver of the accident vehicle declined to speak, but some hawkers who witnessed the accident explained to Prime News Ghana that, the vehicle, which was believed to have failed break, ran into a mental pillar right in front of one of the middle collecting booths, saving the worker.
A hawker, Ama Dankwa said, she was selling when she saw the vehicle coming towards them.
The hawker said had it not been the fact that the driver hit the metals with the vehicle, several people could have been injured or killed because there were several hawkers hawking at that moment.
Source:primenewsghana.com

Dr.-Steve-Manteaw-2

50% of oil-money projects missing, poorly executed – PIAC

Fifty (50) percent of government’s oil-funded projects from the 2016 annual budget funding amount (ABFA), allocated to the three regions of the north, are non-existent or have been poorly executed.
This was revealed by the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC), which said this had cost the state about $1.2 billion dollars.
Chairman of PIAC, Dr. Steve Manteaw, in an interview with Citi Business News said his outfit has written to the Finance Ministry on clarifications on the matter, while calling on the Auditor General to look into the findings.
PIAC had undertaken limited inspections of oil-funded projects in three regions of northern Ghana, which are known to be some of the most deprived.
“On these visits, we discovered, to our dismay, that about half of the projects were either non-existent or poorly executed,” Dr. Manteaw said.
As an example, he noted that “there was a particular case of the Duuri Dam where an amount of about GHc 58,000 was allocated for rehabilitation works. The allocation was done in 2014, but as at 2016 when we visited the project site, nothing had happened. The project was actually non-existent.”
“There is also the case of Nakore dam in the Wa central municipality. There was the Farikiya Islamic school in Tamale. Again, when we visited [these sites], the projects were nonexistent,” he added.
Malfeasance in Northern Ghana
The three northernmost regions of Ghana; the Northern, Upper West and Upper East Regions, are no stranger to such reports of misappropriation.
The 2012 Auditor General’s report revealed financial malfeasance involving top officials at the erstwhile Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), that resulted in huge financial losses.
Notably, investigations showed that SADA paid GHc32,498,000 to Asongtaba Cottage Industries (ACI) to plant five million trees in the savannah zone, but could only account for about 700,000 trees.
Asongtaba was the same company contracted by SADA for the controversial GH¢15 million guinea fowl project which had nothing to show, but a paltry 600 birds and 20 eggs.
After the problems that confronted the SADA, new recommendations were made by the John Mahama administration to revive the fortunes of the Authority by inculcating accountability mechanisms into the Authority, and to bring its governance mechanisms to the scrutiny of the people in the operational areas.
This culminated in the Northern Development Authority Act, and two others in July 2017.
Neglect of priority areas
A PIAC report in 2017 indicated that some petroleum revenue was used for projects outside the four thematic/priority areas between 2011 2016.
The areas included agriculture modernisation, road infrastructure, amortisation and capacity building.
PIAC said the government went out of the four priority areas to invest in all the 12 areas including education, energy, works and housing, transport, health, security, water, markets, environment and science, trade and industry with an amount of GHc786,867,805.13.
In another major scandal under the Mahama government, a PIAC report revealed that GHc3.65m of oil revenue was used to re-brand 116 Metro Mass Transport Buses in 2015.
The GHc3.65 million was eventually refunded after  it emerged that the cost of the contract was over-bloated.
No punishment
PIAC has consistently bemoaned that fact that officials are not met with the required punitive action.
Section 58 of the Petroleum Revenue Management Act 2011, (Act 815) (PRMA), states among others that a person who misappropriates the petroleum funds, defrauds, attempts to defraud or conspires with another to defraud the public in relation to petroleum funds commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not less than 500 penalty units or to a term of imprisonment of not less than 15 years or to both.
The Act also mandates the Finance Minister to report on all oil-funded projects in the year under review.
 
Credit: citinewsroom.com

carlos ahenkora

Tema West-NDC Members Vow To Vote for Carlos Ahenkorah

A group of National Democratic Congress (NDC) members in Tema West have expressed their willingness to vote for the ruling New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament in the 2020 general election.
They think that meritocracy, rather than party fanatism, should dictate vote casting and have pledged their votes to the ruling NPP’s likely Parliamentary candidate for 2020.
“Unless the NPP does not present Honourable Carlos Ahenkorah in 2020, if they do, we will all vote for him,” says Kofi Mensah, a member of the‘Concerned Members of the NDC in Tema West.’
According to Mr Mensah, Mr Ahenkorah, who is the current sitting MP for Tema West had his vote already, two and a half years ahead of the Parliamentary elections in 2020, but his Presidential vote was not reserved for President Akufo-Addo.
“I will vote for Carlos Ahenkorah in the 2020 Parliamentary election, but will vote for the Presidential Candidate that my party, the NDC, will bring.”
He explained that Carlos would have his vote because the MP had impressed so well as a legislator, a position that was re-echoed by Sarah Otoo, another member of the group, “And yes, if President Akufo-Addo too manages to impress me within the remainder of his tenure, I will vote for him in 2020 even though I am an unrepentant member of the NDC,” Ms Otoo said.
The two NDC members explained that in the new wave of meritocracy, Carlos Ahenkorah had successfully wooed their conscience with his hands-on performance which benefited many, including themselves, in the constituency irrespective of their political difference.
Kofi Mensah catalogued Mr Ahenkorah’s achievements in less than one year in office to include; the construction of canteens for all public schools across the constituency, distribution of thousands of furniture, especially dual desks to schools and the furnishing of all the public schools with modern text and exercise books.
He has secured jobs for many people.
The MP is also credited with setting up an office for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) for the constituency and refurbishing the Tema Polyclinic office of the scheme and has also secured scholarships for many medical students from the constituency to study abroad.
Mr Mensah also points out that in less than a year into his stewardship, the MP had built a modern incinerator for the Tema Polyclinic.
“Hon Carlos Ahenkorah’s performance so far is only second to the record of our first ever MP, Hon. Abraham Ossei Aidooh,” Mr Mensah said.
“Hon. Aidooh, a respected father figure in Tema politics is credited, among many other things, with securing the connection of Lashibi to the national electricity grid. A former Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, also championed multi-party democracy in Tema and it is therefore a big deal that Carlos Ahenkorah has attained comparison to him.
“We in Tema West are grateful to President Akufo-Addo that our MP was appointed Deputy Minister of Trade,but I dare say that he even deserves to be a substantive Minister. At the rate that he is performing, he has won the hearts of the constituents and I can say that he will continue to be elected so long as he puts himself up for elections,” Mr. Mensah said.
On her part, Sarah Otoo praised the MP’s personal, hands-on assistance to constituents to secure loans, irrespective of political affiliation, which had helped her friends to secure loans in order to enable them pre-finance their contract with the school feeding programme and was in the process of setting up a loan scheme for Polling station executives in the constituency, she pointed out.
“Look, I know that it is not everybody who has benefited directly, like my friends have, but you know what the Bible says, different people’s blessings come at different times; today it is my friends, tomorrow it would be someone else.
“I know for a fact that it is not everybody who likes Carlos in Tema West, Even the Bible says that woe betides you if all people love you,” Sarah Otoo said.
She said members of the Concerned Members of NDC in Tema West were a little above five hundred and they were generally planning to vote for Carlos Ahenkorah in 2020, even though most do not have the courage to step out and speak up like she did.
Notwithstanding the pledges from the NDC Concerned members for the MP, there are disturbing developments that some members of the NPP are making some financial demands in order to allow him to go unopposed.
A member of the NPP group who spoke to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on condition of anonymity said; “As Tema West is a stronghold of the NPP, the Constituency Executives are allegedly saying that monetary settlement by Mr Ahenkorah is effectively his purchase of a one way ticket to re-election in 2020.”
The source said the Polling Station executives were making the demand because there was no indication whatsoever that anybody would want to challenge Mr Ahenkorah in the party’s upcoming primary.
“The MP is enjoying a lot of goodwill, less than a year into office as Legislator with many supposedly poised to re-vote him into the Legislature. However, even in a race between the tortoise and the hare, the work of the umpire would count.”
The source said the Polling Station executives are allegedly threatening to sabotage Mr Ahenkorah if he did not give them money by either voting for an opposition candidate or put up a candidate to challenge him at the primaries.
Source: GNA

GSA

GSA Gets Tough On Sub-Standard Products

The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has vowed to impound any uncertified products sold on the market.
This comes as it scales up the drive to check the influx of poor quality products into the country.
Mr. Thomas Aquinas Asolmia, its Upper East Regional Officer, said they would go the extra mile to provide protection for consumers by making sure that goods sold met quality standards.
They would combine public education and strict enforcement of the law, to appropriately sanction any offenders.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Bolgatanga, he underlined GSA’s readiness to forge stronger collaboration with other regulatory bodies – Food and Drugs Authority, National Petroleum Authority, Energy Commission and Environmental Protection Agency,
Producers, exporters and importers should not be allowed to have their way and that their products should not be sub-standard.
Mr. Aquinas discouraged people from patronizing second-hand underwear, brassier and panties and described these as “high risk goods”, which posed health hazards to the user.
They should also be diligent – check the quality of products, examine the label to convince them-selves that these were of high standard before buying them.
He called for the support of the media to sensitize consumers to avoid patronizing either imported or locally-manufactured sub-standard products.
The media should spearhead the public education campaign, he added.
Source: GNA
annang

Bribery allegations against me are untrue – Tema Mayor

The Metropolitan Chief of Tema, Felix Nii Annang Mensah-La has debunked rumours that he requested 10 percent of a contract that was bit at the Tema Metropolitan Assembly.
He said the claims are untrue and it is a ploy to tarnish his hard won reputation.
The Mayor was heavily criticized last week when a waste management firm accused him of requesting a 10 percent cut, before signing the contract document which was supposed to pave way for the construction of a new engineering landfill site in Tema.
Nii Annang said “There were some issues on radio concerning the Mayor and the 10 percent issues and all that but they are all untrue. We are talking about the landfill site which is full, and the way forward and what to do and all that. People have come expressing interest in helping us construct a new one, but trying to scrutinize their documents have really been a problem and some of them think where they are coming from they have to get it by all means.”
In a response intercepted by the media, the Mayor explained the circumstances of the contract.
He said, “A number of reports that have been done against me, areas that I have gone to answer questions and all that, but I know what I am doing is right so I manage the situation. One of them thinks he will go to radio to tarnish the image of the Mayor, if the Mayor is refusing to sign his document, but the truth is only one so he can go”.
He further assured residents of Tema that his administration will make sure any contract they enter into will be to the benefit of the people of the metropolis.
“I promised the people of Tema that I will not go and take any percentage because of what I will get. We have come far as a people in Tema and where we are heading towards, this is not the time to think about our selfish interest. Yes, there is a contract which has not yet been signed. It has gone through Attorney General’s Department and all corrections done, awaiting approval, and then another group is telling me to forget about the existing contract and sign theirs. And when I refuse they say I have requested for 10 percent. They are all untrue and must not be taken serious.”

 
Source: Pulse Ghana

sammy awuku

‘Sammi Awuku Is A classic Representation Of Excellent Organisation’ – Praye

Musician Stephen Fiawoo (Praye)

Hiplife musician Stephen Fiawoo popularly known Praye Tiatia has commended aspiring National Organizer of the New Patriotic Party who is also the Youth Organizer of the party Mr. Sammy Awuku for his exemplary leadership role as the youth organizer of the party.
He says Mr. Awuku has proven to be an organizer with a difference.
“It is commonplace for politicians to ordinarily relax once they are put in “charge,” Sammi has proven to be an Organiser with a difference”, he stated
Praye who revealed how he met Mr. Awuku through a reference, and placed a call to him at dawn said he was surprised at how Sammi ‘stunningly answered’ his call” when he, Praye wanted to pledge support for the Nana Addo Campaign and the NPP.
In a message to NPP Executives in the Volta Region, Praye told the delegates and reporters that he fully supports Mr. Awuku for his bid to contest for the National Organizer position of the NPP.
“I am a native of the Volta Region, and I know how the people of the Volta have been deceived. Sammi Awuku has an exemplary organizational figure in Ghana’s politics. He gave the people here in the Volta Region and elsewhere, a voice in his 4 years as National Youth Organiser, supporting most youthful enterprises, especially in the creative arts industry where I belong,” Praye intimated, drawing huge applause from the room full of enthusiastic delegates and reporters.
The hiplife star did not mince words when he sought to highlight Sammi’s organistional capabilities. He stressed that having been the National Youth Organiser of the NPP; having mobilized millions of the youth for the 2016 election victory for the NPP and being the most accessible and approachable Youth Leader.
He appealed to the delegates to give Sammi Awuku an overwhelming support ahead of the June National Officers Elections .
“No matter how staunch a supporter you are of the NPP, you need a strong leader who can mobilize resources and people to win an election. But I know what Sammi Awuku represents: he represents organisational excellence in an extraordinary way. He’s going to win and bring improvement into the way the NPP organises things.”
Praye further bemoaned that, many young people’s conduct in the national discourse are currently “checking the youth out of politics,” and that, there is an urgent need to reinvigorate trust in the youth to lead. “I am confident that Sammy Awuku can salvage this and make all of us proud.
Stephen Fiawoo (Praye Tiatia) has been accompanying Mr Awuku and addressing delegates at various places within Sogakope , Ho, Hohoe and Dambai all in the Volta Region.
Also accompanying Sammi Awuku was Madam Mawusi Awity, Executive Director of NVTI who extolled the extraordinary organizational skills of Sammi.
Sammi Awuku who has hit the campaign trail is being accompanied by his trusted Deputy National Youth Organiser and Confidante, Salam Mustapha, Kwame Addo Frimpong (A Former Chief Vandal ) who is his Campaign Manager, Bonaventure Anane a Former NUGS Executive and Evans Amankwaa a Former JCR or Hall President of the Commonwealth Hall of the University Of Ghana and Hon. Adu Tawiah A Former DCE for Yilo Krobo.

 
Source: peacefmonline.com

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South Africa celebrates Winnie Mandela after her death at 81

Winnie Mandela died in a Johannesburg hospital at the age of 81 on Monday after suffering a long illness. (Photo: AFP/Stephane de Sakutin)

 
JOHANNESBURG: South Africa paid tribute to Winnie Mandela’s “fighting spirit” on Tuesday (Apr 3) as plans were made to mark the life of the firebrand anti-apartheid campaigner and Nelson Mandela’s former wife.
She died in a Johannesburg hospital at the age of 81 on Monday after suffering a long illness that failed to rob of her of the charisma and energy that defined her sometimes divisive character.
Mourners continued to gather at her Soweto home to honour the anti-apartheid fighter after President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that a memorial service would be held on Wednesday Apr 11 and a full state funeral on Saturday Apr 14.
The outspoken leader of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party Julius Malema, who became a confidante of Winnie Mandela in recent years, is expected to visit her modest two-storey red brick home on Tuesday.
The EFF paid tribute to Winnie Mandela’s “fighting spirit” following news of her death.
“She affirmed both the love and anger of black people; always committed to their right to defend their lives even (with) arms in the face of a deadly apartheid evil,” the radical leftist party said in a statement.
The ruling African National Congress (ANC) party’s Women’s League, which Winnie Mandela once led, will stage a mass march to her home on Wednesday.
‘BRUTALITY OF THE APARTHEID STATE’
The firebrand activist died in Johannesburg’s Milpark hospital, her family said, adding that she had “fought valiantly against the Apartheid state” and that she was known “far and wide as the Mother of the Nation”.
Winnie Mandela, who was married to Nelson Mandela for 38 years, played a high-profile role in the struggle to end white-minority rule, but her place in history was stained by controversy and accusations of violence.
“She died after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year. She succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones,” said her family in a statement.
Mourners gathered outside Mandela’s Soweto home after her death was announced. (Photo: AFP/Mujahid Safodien)

After her death was announced, Ramaphosa described her as “a voice of defiance and resistance” who “was an abiding symbol of the desire of our people to be free”.
“For many years, she bore the brunt of senseless brutality of the apartheid state with stoicism,” he said.
“Despite the hardship she faced, she never doubted that the struggle for freedom and democracy would triumph and succeed.”
Winnie Mandela often criticised the ANC, but she had expressed support for the current leadership of the party, which her husband led to power in the euphoric post-apartheid elections of 1994.
On Monday evening, Ramaphosa returned to her Soweto house as mourners gathered outside, singing struggle-era songs in tribute and praise.
‘SING WHEN WE’RE HURT’
“In African culture, we sing when we’re hurt,” ANC Women’s League official Winnie Ngwenya, 64, told AFP.
Most of Winnie’s marriage to Nelson was spent apart, with Nelson imprisoned for 27 years, leaving her to raise their two daughters alone and to keep alive his political dream under the repressive white-minority regime.
But her reputation came under damaging scrutiny in the twilight years of apartheid rule.
In 1986, she was widely linked to “necklacing”, the burning alive of suspected traitors who had flaming, petrol-soaked tyres forced over their heads.
In 1990 the world watched when Nelson Mandela finally walked free from prison – hand-in-hand with Winnie.
The following year, she was convicted of kidnapping and assault over the killing of Stompie Moeketsi, a 14-year-old boy.
In 1992, the Mandelas separated, and then divorced in 1996, after a legal wrangle that revealed she had an affair with a young bodyguard.
During her old age, she re-emerged as a respected elder who was feted as a living reminder of the late Mandela’s legacy – and of the long and celebrated struggle against apartheid.

Source: AFP/ec

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