COTVET builds capacity of woodworkers

The Woodworkers Association of Ghana (WAG) is accessing support from the Skills Development Fund (SDF) under the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) to upgrade skills of master craftsmen.

Local woodworkers are struggling to compete with imports of furniture and other wood products into Ghana.

To survive the industry, Ghanaian wood processors require the skill sets and equipment upgrade to produce standard products.

“If you are in the industry and you don’t develop your skills, you’ll be weeded out, you’ll not fit into the system because as more quality products are coming, you also need to sharpen your skills,” observed Joseph Boakye, Director of the Forestry Commission Training Centre (FCTC).

The Centre has been contracted to train 1,200 members of WAG across the country with a grant of Gh827,000 by SDF-COTVET.


Doctors extend mass resignation date as strike continues unabated

Members of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) have voted at crucial General Assembly meeting to remain on strike for two more weeks.
They have however agreed not to resign en masse as threatened by their leadership two weeks ago over an absence of a documented conditions of service.
At the meeting in Accra, 213 doctors voted for the status quo, while 148 voted to resume duty. That is by a margin of 65 votes, the doctors voted to continue the strike that is set to enter its third week.
The repercusions of this decision is expected to be grim for the health sector already reeling under the strike action by more than 2,000 doctors.
The stance of withdrawing emergency services continues after out-patient services was suspended two weeks ago.
Government will be disappointed in the decision after holding crunch talks with GMA Friday pleading that the doctors resume while negotiations continue.


Gov’t confident in proposed changes to banking laws

Government is confident proposed changes to the current banking laws will go a long way bring to confidence to the banking sector.

Government is currently reviewing the laws that guides operations of banks and non-bank financial institutions. 

Some of the laws include the specialized Deposit Taking Institution Bill, Depositor’s Bill and the Ghana Deposit Protection Bill which is currently before Parliament for consideration and possible approval.

Speaking to Joy Business after the Annual General Meeting of the Ghana Association of Bank, Mona Quartey, said these reviews are critical because it will facilitate the development of the entire financial sector, provide an appropriate and robust legal framework to deal with emerging risk and vulnerabilities in the banking system.

In a related development the Managing Director of GCB, Simon Dornoo has been re-elected as the President of the Ghana Association of Bankers.


Gov’t institutes measures to save economy

Finance Minister Seth Terkper has given the assurance that measures are being instituted to minimize the impact of declining commodity prices on the economy.

Prices of commodities like gold, cocoa and crude oil have been declining heavily on the international market, a development that will put serious pressure on government’s finances.

Some economists are worried that this could put undue pressure on revenue because government depends heavily on these commodities to fund projects outlined in the budget. 

But answering questions at London-based international think thank Chatham House, after a presentation on Guiding Ghana to Economic Recovery, Mr. Tekper said measures that have been outlined in the revised budget, will ensure that revenue does not suffer in the coming months.

In another development, Mr. Seth Terkper says the depreciation of the Ghana cedi should not be blamed on current challenges facing the economy alone.


Kwame Dzokoto for NDC MP?

Comedian and actor Kwame Dzokoto is popular on radio and television but will that be enough to win him a seat in Ghana’s legislature?

Social media platforms have been awash with posters purported to have emerged from the actor.

The posters suggests that Seth Kwame Dzokoto may be staking a claim for the Parliamentary ticket of the governing National Democratic Congress in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Constituency of the Western Region.The poster has sent social media buzzing.

Attempts by to get confirmation from the comedian proved futile.

Sources close to Kwame Dzokoto, however, disclosed to that he is using the posters to test political waters.

He wants to measure his popularity and see if it is a wise decision to vie for the Tarkwa Nsuaem seat which is currently held by the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

It is unclear if he will be contesting in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) primaries later this year.


GES investigates child abuse case School

The Ghana Education Service is investigating a case of child abuse at the Mary Mother of Good Counsel School.

The investigation follows reports that an eight-year-old pupil was tied and his mouth taped for talking too much in class.

The parent of the of the victim has taken the case to court demanding sanctions against the headmistress of the school and a teacher, named only as Ms Turkson. 

She also wants compensation for her son and a refund of the expenses incurred in moving the son to another school.

The school authorities have not been available for comment.

The Chairman of the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition Bright Appiah is asking the Ghana Education Service to close down the school pending the court's decision on the matter.

He told Joy News the situation at the Mary Mother of Good Counsel School presents a fine opportunity for the GES to examine how private schools in the country are run.


Doctors’ strike: More regions set to join

The strike by doctors across the country is set to intensify even further today with more regions set to join.

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has sent official memos to public hospitals across the country, urging their members to leave consulting rooms in accordance with nationwide strike that begun Thursday.

On the first day of the strike, only doctors in the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions were reported to have left consulting rooms. Patients were turned away from the hospitals.

Medical doctors in other regions largely stayed at work as they waited for formal communication from their leaders.

But the situation is very likely to change Friday with the delivery of the official memos.

Members of the Ghana Medical Association withdrew their services nationwide Thursday after four hours of negotiations with government on their condition of service failed.


GBC to collect TV licence despite court case

The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation says it will go ahead with the collection of the new TV licence fees tomorrow despite a writ filed by Dr. Charles Wereko Brobby against it..

Dr. Wereko Brobby is, among others things, seeking to restrain the state broadcaster from collecting the fees starting August 1.

His lawyer Egbert Faibille Jnr. tells Joy News the writ, served on GBC means the corporation cannot go ahead with the collection until the matter is determined by the High Court.

He explained that the perpetual injunction restraining GBC from collecting the licence from tomorrow being sought by his client will operate to restrain the state broadcaster from collecting the fees until the mode of sharing the proceeds is changed.

He warned GBC to be mindful of the fact that disregarding the case pending in court could be contemptuous.


Government unhappy Ghana ranked 7th dirtiest country

The Local Government Ministry is unhappy with the joint World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) sanitation report which ranked Ghana as the world’s 7th dirtiest country.

Ghana was ranked after South Sudan, Niger, Chad, Madagascar and Togo, and the Government of Ghana has been under intense criticisms after the release of the report.

At a press conference in the Central Region ahead of the National Sanitation Day which falls on Saturday, Local Government Minister, Collins Dauda expressed his worry over the tag.

“We were all worried when there was a report issue that Ghana is the seventh dirtiest country in the world and from the day the report was issued, many radio stations have called us to comment on it and many of you have expressed disgust about this situation,” he said.

He further stated that the said report has given Ghana a bad name.


Doctors embark on nationwide strike

Scores of patients are being turned away as doctors across the country begin a nationwide strike.

The doctors are embarking on the strike to protest the failure their employer, the government, to provide them with conditions of service.

According to them, they have had to work for several years without a document that determines their welfare.

Apart from a two-week mortuary fees a doctor is entitled to when he or she dies, the doctors say there is nothing that indicates how they will be treated if they or a family member falls sick.

A July 29 deadline given government to provide them with a document on their conditions of service or face mass resignations expired yesterday.

A meeting held between the doctors and the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Wednesday ended in a deadlock.


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