‘Ghana’s Laws Make Galamsey Illegal’

A member of the Social Support Foundation (SSF), a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Obuasi, Mr Louis Acheampong has stated that Ghanaian law criminalizes galamsey.

Mr. Acheampong made this statement in an interview with The Finder during the presentation of a report by the Human Rights Watch on ‘Child labour in artisanal small scale gold mining.’

He said, “In the past, it was this same artisanal small-scale gold mining that was going on, so in effect the practice is not illegal; it is the law that has made it illegal because the law has concentrated on formal mining.”

He added that since the formal miners have the mechanism and capital to operate, the laws tend to favour them at the expense of the small-scale miners.

Using Obuasi as an example, he said, “If AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) is given a concession of about 5km radius, then it covers the whole community, including your bedroom, which is wrong, but the laws we have has given them such concession.”

He also mentioned that fortunately for the people of Obuasi, AGA is going through a process called care and maintenance and they have planned to reduce their concession to about 60%.

He explained that this means the company will give the unused land back to the community and government; therefore, the artisanal miners will have a place to carry out their work.

Mr. Acheampong noted that a challenge they identified was the involvement of children at some of the galamsey sites, and this is because they cannot have access to formal credit and mechanisms to be able to carry out their activities.

He said some of them take informal loans, which come with very high interest and difficult repayment plan.

He also said another challenge facing them is that their work is sometimes interrupted by the formal workers, police-military raid and their site destroyed.

Mr. Acheampong said as an NGO, they have been working with the small-scale artisanal miners since 2004 to assist them to formalize and regularize their operations.

He said the miners have been able to group themselves to form co-operatives and businesses to access loans and also organize them for official operations when AGA finally releases the concessions.

source: http://news.peacefmonline.com/pages/news/201506/245077.php

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Nduom: I’m Solidly Behind W/ Region Chiefs…Give Them 10% Of Oil Revenue

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2008 Flag bearer of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom, has expressed his unflinching support for the chiefs and people of the Western Region on their call for a share in the yet to be drilled oil in the Jubilee Field.

The chiefs are demanding the establishment of a Western Region Development Fund into which 10% of the petroleum revenue should be paid to develop the region. They also recommend that at least One-Third of the Oil and Gas Commission to be established should be made up of indigenes of the Western Region.

Led by the President of the Western Regional House of Chiefs, Awulae Attibrukusu III, the Chiefs made these requests and several other proposals on Wednesday November 17, in a petition sent to Parliament in a bid to make inputs into the Petroleum Production and Petroleum Revenue Management Bills which are currently before the House awaiting approval.

Speaking to CitiFM Eyewitness News, Dr. Nduom who expressly backed the Chiefs, said the people of Western region unequivocally deserve some equity and social justice.

“I am 100 percent solidly behind the chiefs in the Western region…I have heard all sorts of people commenting, quoting international law and spoken theories on the demand by the chiefs from the Western region; but the practicality of the matter is that human beings wherever they come from in this country, deserves equity and social justice,” he stressed.

According to Dr. Nduom, countries and cities that have discovered revenue generating resources like Gold and Oil have developed tremendously and the Western region cannot be left out.

“Go and see what has happened to other parts of the world like Johannesburg, Gold City among others; they are very well developed and we cannot let this pass and not concentrate some appreciable development in the Western region,” he added.

He called on government to demonstrate its preparedness to further develop the Western region.

“Some of us have been advocating that we should re-plan and re-develop the communities in the Western region. Get some people from KNUST and redevelop them totally, build modern cities, show them a signal or a sign of something big and wonderful that will happen to them…So far, nothing have been seen or heard. So if they are demanding something let us take them very seriously and let government stand up today and say specifically not just by words but by actions what they are going to do so they can calm some fears and assure them of doing something concrete,” he added.

In a related development, the Chairman of the Finance Committee of Parliament, Hon James Klutse Avedzi, says it would be suicidal for Parliament to give in to the demands of the Western Regional House of Chiefs that 10 percent of the nation’s annual oil revenue be dedicated to developing the region.

He made the comments after the release of the details of a 23-page report in which the Joint Committee on Finance, Mines and Energy said it could not meet the demands of the chiefs and people of the Western Region.

The committee was of the view that the demand will defeat the primary purpose of the petroleum revenue.

The committee also rejected the demands by the chiefs for their representatives to be part of committees or institutions directly related to the oil revenue.

On the contrary, the committee says government will pursue a deliberate development agenda of the Western Region. The committee also resolved to incorporate some of the demands by the chiefs in the Petroleum Revenue Management Bill currently before Parliament.

The Nzema Youth Association “Get together 2015” held

The annual happy time out dubbed “Nzema Youth Get-Together, was held on Sunday 5th of April 2015 at the promised venue of Karela Beach Resort in Beyin (Beyinli) W/R.

It was an opportunity for members to mingle with themselves and their executives in the hope of fostering unity among the youth for a better Nzema.
Number of people participated to make the events successful, beginning with meetings and deliberations on the future of the Nzema Youth.

The programme was followed by exciting games which added spice to the occasion. The party time involved music and dance, coupled with beach exercises as well as pool swimming competition. Everyone was a winner in that category.
The event was organized by the Nzema Youth Association (NYA) in its efforts to make Nzema much more attractive than we know to its people and to the outside world.

It is expected that more than 300 people will show up for the next event after this was seen as a massive success. The organizers were thankful to all the members who spent their time to be on this event.

Report by: Sultan Nuhu Mohammed

Western Region Student Wins The Overall Best West African Examinations Council Awards For the year 2014.

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Ghana has for the past five years topped the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) Competition for the international excellence award, WAEC announced on Thursday.

For the year 2014, all three Ghanaian candidates who participated in the award with other WAEC students, swept all the three top awards offered at that level once again.

The overall top candidate, Hasan Mickail, a former student of Ghana Secondary Technical School (GSTS) in the Western Region, who was the best candidate in the General Science programme, both at the national and international level, also won the Bandele Award for the best performing candidate in the whole of West Africa.

Ghana, Nigeria, and the Gambia participated in the 2014 WAEC examination, while Liberia and Sierra Leone, the two other WAEC countries, did not participate in the examinations due to the Ebola pandemic and a change in those countries educational system.

The Very Reverend Samuel Nmai Ollennu, the Head of National Office, WAEC, who announced this at this year’s WAEC Distinction Awards ceremony organized to honour candidates, who excelled in the May/June 2014 edition of the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) said Ghana, since the period of the SSCE and when the WASSCE was introduced has been topping in the international exams.

He said for the past four years, Ghanaian WASSCE students have continuously topped in the international Exams.

Rev Ollennu explained that for a candidate to win such awards, he or she must obtain a minimum of eight grade A1s.

Candidates, who qualified for the awards, competed at two levels, consisting of the national (home country) and international (West Africa) levels with other WAEC candidates.

At the award ceremony held in Accra, the overall top winner, Mickail and four other awardees were given various sums of money, certificates, and laptops, whilst their former schools were given plagues.

Mickail was offered a full scholarship by the Universal Merchant Bank Ghana Limited to undertake a tertiary education in any university in Ghana, while the WAEC Endowment Fund, the main sponsor of the Distinction awards gave him the cedi equivalent of 300 dollars, and the Ghana National office of WAEC gave him 700 dollars, cedi equivalent.

Other award winners were Mr Kenyah Blaykyi, formerly of St Augustine’s College, who took the second position, received the cedi equivalent of 200 dollars and 300 dollars from the WAEC Fund and the Ghana National office, WAEC, respectively. FirstBanc Ghana, a financial institution is also giving Mr Blaykyi GH¢ 2,000 as part of the package.

Henry Enninful Archibald, a former student of Mfantsipim School, won the third position and was rewarded with 200 dollars and 300 dollars from the Fund and the Ghana National Office respectively.   The Enterprise Insurance Limited also gave GHC 1,000 to Mr Archibald.

Mr Elvis Okoh-Asirifi, formerly of Opoku Ware SHS in the Ashanti Region, and Ms Deborah Akosua Atuabea Attuah, a former student of Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast, won the best candidate in business and General Arts Programmes respectively. They all received the cedi equivalent of 400 dollars each and certificates.

Rev Ollennu said by giving the awards, WAEC believed that it would be an incentive to spur the students on to work harder in future examinations and in other future endeavours.

Dr Iyi Uwadiae, the Registrar at the WAEC Council commended Ghana for the consistency in winning the awards over the past years, assuring that, in spite of the few examination malpractices, WAEC exams were ‘still valid and very reliable’.

Mr Enoch Cobbinah, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Education, who represented the Deputy Minister of Education, Mr Alex Kyeremeh, said the outstanding performances by the students indicated that ‘Ghana’s educational system is the best in the West Africa region so no one should think that our educational system is in shambles’.

-Accra, March 12, GNA – GNA

ESSIAMA CHIEF DEMOTED FOR VIOLATING BAN ON CELEBRATION OF KUNDUM 2014 AMID THE EBOLA SCARE

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The chief of Esiama in the Eastern Nzema Traditional Council of the Western region, Nana Kofi Ampoe IV has been demoted for celebrating the annual Kundum festival despite a directive not to do so.

The directive emanating from the traditional council was part of measures instituted to guard against the spread of Ebola.

This was around the time government had hinted of a possible ban on public gatherings to prevent a possible spread of the virus into the country.

In a letter dated January 9, 2015 copied to the Bureau of National Investigation  and the Ellembelle District Police command, the paramount chief of Eastern Nzema Traditional Council Awulai Ameye Kpanyile III indicated “members of the Eastern Nzema Traditional Council at their second General Council meeting held of the 9th September, 2014 at Atuabo Royal Palace, passed a resolution to suspend a full celebration of this year’s [2014] Kundum Festival as a result of the outbreak of Ebola Viral Disease in some countries in West Africa as well as the outbreak of Cholera in Ghana.”  

But this was violated by the chief of Esiama who went ahead to fully celebrate the festival with support from the people of Esiama.

According to Citi News’ Western Regional correspondent, Obrempong Yaw Ampofo, the CEO of the Ghana Gas Company, Dr. Sipa Yankey was crowned as the development chief of Esiama at the festival.

According to the letter the chief of Esiama and his queen mother failed to honuor three invitations from the paramount chief to explain their actions. As a result Nana Kofi Ampoe has been asked to submit seven sheep, seven boxes of Cattle Bridge and three thousand five hundred cedis.

According to Citi News’ Western regional correspondent, the people of Esiama are not happy with the sanctions against their chief and are threatening to break away from the Eastern Nzema Traditional Council since Esiama is the biggest commercial town in the district.

Source: citifmonline.com

About the Tullow Scholarship Scheme

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The Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme (TGSS) aims to build capacity in areas where Tullow’s host countries experience significant skills gaps, especially, but not exclusively, around these countries’ oil and gas industries. It is aligned with Tullow’s aim of supporting long-term socio-economic development in countries where it operates.

The Tullow Group Scholarships are vocational, technical and postgraduate scholarships available to individuals in Tullow’s operating countries in Africa and South America, and are entirely managed by British Council.

Scholarships are available to those who are committed to making a contribution to their country’s development. The Scheme gives candidates a chance to receive a high standard of education from locally and internationally recognised institutions, which can then be applied in the scholar’s home country.

The TGSS sponsors candidates from various educational backgrounds through the following programmes:

The participating countries and the types of award are as follows:

#Ethiopia #Ghana #Guyana #Ivory Coast #Kenya #Mauritania #Suriname #Uganda #Uruguay.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for an International Postgraduate Scholarship (Masters and Postgraduate diploma), applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a citizen and be legally resident in participating country (Preference will be given to candidates that are ordinarily resident in Tullow’s operational areas and in the country of application);
  • Must have a minimum of Bachelor’s degree or Licence Professionnelle (second class lower or better) or an HND (second class upper or better);
  • Have a track record of success in their field of endeavour including but not limited to work experience in the area linked to their chosen course. Applicants from Tullow’s operational areas
  • Must not previously studied abroad or received an international scholarship
  • Must have ambition, a strong personality, entrepreneurial and creative spirit and leadership skills;
  • Must demonstrate commitment to return to country and contribute to the future development of the country;
  • Must demonstrate a high level of competence in management, strategy and the ability to train and develop others.

Requirements

  • An active personal email address
  • Original/certified academic transcripts and certificates (and translations where relevant)
  • Up-to-date information regarding employment background
  • Details and letters from two (2) referees (professional or academic)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/Resume
  • Valid Passport
  • Recent Passport Photograph
  • Proof of Residency
  • Personal Statement (Note that a strong personal statement can set you apart from other applicants)

Source:
https://tullowgroupscholarshipscheme.org/parent.php?root=countries&id=23007