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Gambians await new banknotes without Jammeh’s portrait

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Gambians await new banknotes without Jammeh's portrait

Gambians await new banknotes without Jammeh’s portrait

Gambia will in the coming weeks issue new bank notes that will be without the portrait of the former President Yahya Jammeh.

The former leader who was forced out of office in 2016 has his pictures all over Gambia currency banknotes.

But in an attempt to wipe out his legacy many considered unhealthy, the current government has initiated steps to replace all banknotes with his portrait.

The 200 Dalasi notes were introduced in 2015, while in 2014 Yahya Jammeh introduced the 20 Dalasi notes in green to mark 20 years as president of the Gambia.

This month the Gambia’s Central Bank confirmed plans to issue new bank notes and have them in circulation this year.

The Central Bank already got an approval to introduce new redesigned bank notes.

The aimed was to also reduce the sizes of the national currency notes to achieve efficiency and introduce new security features.

Central Bank officials say the new notes to be released have advanced security features that would make counterfeiting difficult.

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The new notes will bear features considered representative of The Gambia. New features include various bird species in the country and historical sites, according to officials.

Yahya Jammeh placed his portrait on many of the banknotes.

Analysts react to new design

A former staff member of the central bank of the Gambia Momodou Sabally told Africa Feeds that Yahya Jammeh should never have had his portrait on the Gambian currency.

He narrated that “One of the costly mistake Jammeh did was when he came to power after he topple Jawara’s government, the first thing he said was how can one man picture be on our currency then he change it and a new currency were design.

I guess we all know in Africa the longer our people stay in power the crazier they become. I guess he over stay in power and think he is invincible and can rule for a billion years so he should have never and put his head on the Gambian currency.”

A previous Gambian currency with former President Jawara’s portrait. Jammeh replaced that with his portrait.

According to Sabally the government took a political move to change the currency because it’s aim was to remove Jammeh from office which happened in 2016.

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When asked whether the removal of Jammeh’s head on the currency is worthy, Sabally emphasize that it is political motivated.

“We all know the coalition government’s objective was achieved in 2016 and now they took another political smart move to remove Jammeh’s head from the currency which to me is not a bad idea” he said.

For Sabally the change of the currency design is welcoming news adding that he “heard the governor said that the security features will be improved and that is a good thing because when that happen it will make it very difficult to counterfeit the currency.”

“We all know counterfeit is a problem everywhere, even the dollar is counterfeit so if the security features are improved it will help economy because the more complicated your securities features are the more difficult it will be to counterfeit a currency successfully” he echoed.

On the impact the change of currency design will cause the economy, Sabally highlighted that the changes will not have a significant impact on the Gambian economy.

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Gambian president Adama Barrow is hoping to reform the country after taking over in 2016. Photo: Reuters

Gambians divided

For the APRC supporters this is a witch hunt against their supreme leader Yahya Jammeh.

Buba Sanneh who describes Barrows government as failed administration said he was not surprise with this move because he knows that they want to bury Jammeh’s history.

“We heard that the new currency design will be out soon and our leader’s head will be remove from it, this is a witch hunts, few days ago the government announced that his assets are frozen, are they telling us after 22 years this man cannot get something, that is a joke,” Sanneh said.

But for Musa Fatty the change of the new currency design is a welcoming news because Jammeh has caused a lot of atrocities in the Gambia during his tenure.

He said seeing Jammeh’s picture on the currency every time gives him a bad memory of the former president of the Gambia.

Yahya Jammeh ruled Gambia for decades and was forced into exile in 2016 after losing the presidential elections won by President Adama Barrow.

 

Source: Africafeeds.com

 

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1 million waste bin project launched in Accra

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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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No more expiry of voice, data bundles – Telcos ordered

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The Ministry of Communications has directed telcos to roll over all unused data and voice bundles purchased by customers.

This will mean unused data and credit will not expire.

“All unused data and voice bundles purchased by subscribers do not expire and must be rolled over with the next recharge,” the Ministry said in the statement that also directed teclos to cease the instant deduction of the Communications Service Tax (CST).

The Ministry assured that Mobile Network Operators will be subjected to “strict compliance with exiting Quality of Service (QoS) standard to ensure value for the subscribers’ money in accordance with their licence obligations.”

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The directive came in a letter written to the National Communications Authority and was copied the Chief Executive Officers of MTN and Vodafone as well as the two Deputy Ministers of Communication.

The Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said this was part of measures to”minimise the negative impact of deduction of the CST.”

Currently, only AirtelTigo offers data bundles that do not expire.

Source: citinewsroom.com

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