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Dismissed PBC Shea workers blame Deputy N/Regional Minister for company’s troubles

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Dismissed PBC Shea workers blame Deputy N/Regional Minister for company’s troubles

Some dismissed casual workers of the PBC Shea Ltd, a shea nut processing factory at Buipe in the Central Gonja District of the Savanah Region, are demanding an investigation into the company’s finances particularly during the tenure of its immediate past General Manager, John Benam Jabaah.

Mr. Benam Jabaah, who now serves as the Deputy Northern Regional Minister is being blamed by the dismissed casual workers for the company’s financial struggles because he allegedly withdrew some amount as then General Manager which he has not accounted for.

The dismissed workers, 46 of them, claim they were sacked because the company has run out of funds to purchase nuts for processing.

“They promised us they were going to regularize us within a short period after joining PBC Shea Ltd. But we were not regularized until our dismissal earlier this year” said Moses Darrison, one of the dismissed causal workers, who served from 2015 to early 2019.

“Before the dismissal came, we went for a short meeting and the then General Manager (Now Deputy Northern Regional Minister) announced that, we have been handed over to a third party to manage our engagement. We did not agree to it because there was no documentation proving that we have been giving to a third party”

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“Besides, the third party did not have any agreement with us. We did not sign anything with him. We didn’t know his conditions of service” Darrison stated.

“They came with compensation packages for us in proportion to the number of years we have worked; and that was the end. Our SSNIT contributions were not paid though we demanded because they were always doing the deductions” Moses Darrison concluded.

Citi News has learnt that the company is in financial crisis, and one of the dismissed casual workers, Patrick Morde, blames this on mismanagement and possible embezzlement of funds which is almost collapsing the company.

“We blame the former General Manager for the troubles of the factory. Before his predecessor left, there were a lot of nuts for processing, though they were high ff. And even if it wasn’t good for international market, there was local demand which still kept the company in business”.

“The company will soon collapse if care is not taken. It was so vibrant when it first started. Suddenly it is coming down. What has gone wrong”, they asked.

“But when Mr. John Benam Jabaah came, he sold everything out and said we should produce the low ff which suits international market. After selling those nuts out, they couldn’t buy nuts again. That is what happened” Patrick told Citi News.

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Security guards at the company denied Citi News access into the factory, but sources say the company has been out of production for the past eight months due to the absence of nuts.

The source disclosed that the new manager is struggling to raise money to buy nuts to sustain the company’s production in this purchase season.

Ghc1.5million withdrawn not accounted for?

Documents intercepted by Citi News suggest that, the former General Manager personally withdrew an amount of 1.5 million Ghana Cedis from the company’s account at the main branch of ADB in Tamale, to purchase nuts from a dealer in Burkina Faso in 2018, which have not arrived at up to today.

The document is an extract of the company’s 2019 First Quarter Minutes report presented to the Board which indicated the deal was a breach of procurement procedures at the factory.

The document alleged that there is no record about the dealer in Burkina Faso.

The extract claimed that all purchases of nuts in the 2018/2019 did not pass through procurement.

“Instead, it was an auditor who coordinated the purchases, received them and obviously did his usual auditing in clear breach of procurement processes”, portions of the extract stated.

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Former General Manager’s response

When contacted, Mr. John Benam Jabah admitted that there was such a deal, but declined to neither speak on record nor be quoted for publication after meeting with him for about an hour in his office.

He explained that the said transactions were approved by the company’s board with documentations, but could not provide proof after initially promising to get the documents within three days.

He also denied reports that it was his decision to lay off the casual workers, saying that decision was taken by the board.

Mr. Benam Jabah explained that the company’s financial challenges started long before he joined, adding that Ghana Nuts, a Techiman-based company which is into buying nuts, owes the PBC Shea Nut Processing Factory two million Ghana cedis, a major reason for the company’s troubles.

PBC Shea Limited

The PBC Shea Limited was commissioned in 2010 by former President John Dramani Mahama when he was Vice President with the mandate to produce quality shea butter to meet global demand for butter, while contributing to the country’s GDP, and providing jobs for locals within its catchment area.

Source: citinewsroom.com

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UT Bank’s Kofi Amoabeng Exonerated As State Drops Charges Against Him

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News reaching the desk of ENewsGhana.com indicates that the CEO of the collapsed bank, UT Bank, Prince Kofi Amoabeng has been exonerated. This comes after the state dropped all charges against him.

Some few weeks ago, the state filed a case of money laundering and stealing against him at an Accra Circuit Court. However, mynewgh.com reports that the circuit court later granted him bail.

Justice Essandor granted the bail and he was granted bail to the tune of ¢110 million with two sureties who earn not less than ¢2,000

Not long ago, the state has stated that all charges have been dropped.

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According to ASP Emmanuel Nyamekye, Mr. Amoabeng is not yet free.

He stated that the State intends to file a fresh case against Mr. Amoabeng at the High Court in Accra.

Source: ENewsGhana.com

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1 million waste bin project launched in Accra

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1 million waste bin project launched in Accra

Universal Plastic Products and Recycling(UPPR) Ghana Limited in collaboration with Ecobank Ghana Limited and the Environment Service Providers Association has launched a 1 million Waste Bin project aimed at reducing “indiscriminate disposal” of waste in Ghana.

The launch which took place at the headquarters of ECOBANK GHANA LIMITED saw in attendance various stakeholders in the sanitation value chain,including the ministry of sanitation, members of Parliament, municipal assembly members and the media.

According to the managing director of Ecobank Ghana Limited,Mr Dean Sackey, Ecobank Ghana’s collaboration in this big project stems from its commitment to helping in the creation of massive awareness about environmental cleanliness among Ghanaians.

He reiterated the need for every home in Ghana to have a waste bin which according to him is essential in ensuring proper disposal and recycling of waste.

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He revealed that Ecobank on its part has invested at least 10 million dollars as a medium term loan facility to support the production of waste bins to be distributed across the country.

The president of the Environmental Service Providers,Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong indicated that the current filth insurgency engulfing the country can be attributed to the lack of sufficient waste bins in homes,workplaces,public bus stations and other places of the public sphere.

Speaking on the project,the chief Operating Officer for technical and Logistics Cluster of the Jospong Group of companies,Mr Alex Atakorah indicated that ensuring good sanitary conditions in Ghana can only come about through Public-Private partnership approach which is currently being pursued.

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According to him,the Sustainable development goals which support a clean environment could never be achieved without the use of waste bins.

He also revealed that most of the operation the the Universal Plastic Products and Recycling are sourced and recovered from their dumpsites and landfills which all contribute immensely towards reducing the waste burden on the country.

The 1 million Waste project is expected to further complement the existing sanitation initiatives by the various government institutions in the country including Metropolitan assemblies and District Assemblies.

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The special waste bins under the 1 million Waste Bin project have been fitted with Radio Frequency Identity tags that enable the Waste management companies to closely monitored to record how often the bins get emptied.

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This feature is expected to eliminate the current situation of “Over-spill” of waste bins which often lead to air pollution and contamination.

Uniformed officials of the waste management companies with ID cards are expected to move into communities for the purposes of distributing and registering of the waste bins to homes,schools,offices and other public spaces.

Source: ghanaweb.com

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Ghana signs deal to buy six aircraft for new national airline

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Ghana signs deal to buy six aircraft for new national airline

The government on Tuesday, November 18, 2019, signed a deal with De Havilland Aircraft of Canada at the on-going Dubai Air Show to buy six Dash8-400 aircraft to start its national airline.

Citi Business News understands that the aircraft will be purchased by the first quarter of 2020.

The plan to reestablish a national carrier has been on the drawing board for some time now.

Following the signing of the agreement, issues of financing and others are expected to be finalized which will be presented to Cabinet for approval and then to Parliament.

The new deal, signed by the Aviation Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda, is expected to boost Ghana’s dream of seeing to it that a new national airline hits the skies.

The Minister of Aviation, Joseph Kofi Adda, who signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Ghana’s behalf, said “They’re manufacturing Dash-8s, which used to be called Q-400, that can take upwards of 82 passengers. That will be able to serve the domestic and regional needs of the passengers. We’ve done our research and we’ve assessed all the aircraft available, and we think these ones are the ones most efficient and suitable given the weather and so on, that we can use to carry Ghanaians within the country and also send them to other West African countries all the way up to Senegal, The Gambia, Cameroun, and Congo as well”.

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“So these are things that the route planning people will work on as far as the details are concerned. But we want to be sure we’ve got the critical sets of aircraft that the airline can start operating them.”

Ghana signs MoU for 3 Dreamliners

Ghana has also signed an MOU (Letter of intent) for three (3) Boeing 787-9 planes.

“The second one is the Boeing 787-9, that’s a long haul. Long haul means it goes trans-oceanic. It goes to Europe, North America, it can go to Middle East and Asia. These were signed for three of the aircraft. These are all Memorandum of Understanding; they’re letters of intent indicating our desire to procure these aircraft. There are other processes we have to go through now with the manufacturers themselves, the government of Ghana, the approvals that would be required from all the government levels, we have to go through that between now and the end of the year to secure that.”

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The Minister says Government will be assessing the various options in procuring the aircraft.

“There are different ways of procuring an aircraft. There’s a leasing arrangement that can go on with a third party paying for the aircraft, then you will pay periodically may be monthly or quarterly for the service of the aircraft with some down payment. There’s also the outright purchase which is another option. So these are options that we’ve weighed and we will place before the government. We’re hoping that once the government makes a decision on this, we will be able to make payments that are required for the aircraft to be delivered. We’ve been able to get some good discounts from where we are starting with the two manufacturers, and we think they’re reasonable terms which I cannot disclose for now, but once I meet cabinet and parliament these will become public knowledge.”

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A name for new home-based airline

According to the Aviation Minister, a search is still ongoing on how to call the new national airline.

“So we’re happy that this has brought us to one tip of the bridge, so once we conclude the procurement, then we cross over to the next end of the bridge which means that we’re now airborne with a home-based airline. The name itself we’re waiting to discuss that at the government level, and gathering some inputs from different parties.”

Source: citinewsroom.com

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