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Ghana, Côte D ‘ Ivoire, and Nigeria: 2000 Young agricultural Entrepreneurs supported by Nestlé Central & West Africa.

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Nestlé Central & West Africa (CWA) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), launched on June 7th, an initiative, agricultural development programme to promote the agricultural entrepreneurship of young Africans.

Named “Youth Agripreneurship Development Program”, this 2-Year-long project is expected to benefit from 2 young agricultural entrepreneurs in côte d ‘ Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria. It will target the young people engaged in the production of corn, soya and cassava and on the other hand, those growing cocoa or coffee in association with food crops.

The project interventions will include training in production improvement techniques, effective post-Harvest management practices as well as the supply of mechanization and harvest insurance services.

As part of this program, Nestlé should provide, among other things, technical support to modernize the corn value chain and is committed to buying nearly 4 tons of corn and cassava from young farmers who will deliver Good quality products.

According to the Executive Director of Nestlé Ghana, Philomena Tan, the program should complete their priority and enhance efforts to promote strong partnerships along the corn value chain, which will contribute to the improvement of food security and agricultural income.

In Central and Western Africa, Nestlé & West Africa(CWA) covers 25 countries. With more than 5 people in both regions, the company has 9 FACTORIES.

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MoMo Reward 400 Agents.

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ASHANTI REGION, GHANA (www.georgebritton.com) – MTN Mobile Money Limited has handed over a brand new Nissan Almera salon car to Mr. Francis Osei of Franco Prestige ventures at Ahodwo during the MTN MoMo @ 10 agents/merchants awards dinner at Golden Tulip in Kumasi

The awards presentation was held in recognition of the hard work and loyalty of MoMo Agents and Merchants towards the growth of MTN MoMo over the past ten years when the service was first introduced onto the Ghanaian market.

Aside the grand prize of the brand new Nissan Almera salon car, three hundred and ninety-nine other awards were given to Merchants and Agents from Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions.

The prizes included paid trip to Dubai – for four (4) people, agents kiosks - for twenty five (25) people, motorbikes – for thirty (30) people, Samsung TV sets (32” – 49”) – for sixty-five (65) people, handsets - for two hundred and fourteen (214) people, E-cash – Ghc. 500 each for sixty-one (61) people.

Commenting on the presentation, the General Manager of MTN Mobile Money, Mr. Eli Hini said, “10 years ago, you had faith in our brand and supported our quest to introduce this innovative service into the market. You supported our staff who created, developed, promoted, marketed and sold to our partners who in turn brought life to our dreams and aspirations.”

He added, “We are here today to reward deserving Agents and Merchants within the Northern Business District for your contributions to the growth of MoMo. We celebrate you today because through your efforts, we can boast of 14.5million registered MoMo customers, 132,000 active agents’ nationwide plus over 5,000 canvassers.”

Mr. Francis Osei, could not hide his joy when he was announced the ultimate winner of the Almera saloon car. He said, “I thank God that my hard work has paid off”. He encouraged other agents to work hard and treat customers with respect.

The MoMo Agents/Merchants Awards was organised to acknowledge their performance in the year under review. A similar event has already been executed for Agents/ merchants in Western and Central regions and would be replicated in Accra.

The MoMo @ 10 celebration was launched in June 2019 to celebrate the achievements of Mobile Money service in Ghana. Some activities for the period were Stakeholder fora which discussed the impact of MoMo on Ghana’s economy and regulation of the Mobile Money space, floats, trade fairs and many more activities. One other key activity was the consumer promo which saw 10 cars, TV sets, e-cash and devices being won by MoMo subscribers across the country.

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Should Africa Agree To Trade In The Green Market.

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Across the world, Marijuana use is widespread among young people. Authorities tagged Marijuana, popularly referred to as weed, Mary Jane or ganja as toxic and urge the public to stay away, but others believe weed is a natural herb with health benefits. In 2013, Uruguay became the first country to legalize marijuana. However, all sales must go through the federal government, which is supposed to set up a network of dispensaries and determine prices.

According to a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC) in 2009, the highest levels of cannabis production in the world take place on the African continent. Also, a stunning discovery suggests that in the past, the only way the African natives could have learned about marijuana would have been through their contact with outsiders, and the most likely point of contact was the Arabs.

In some African countries like Malawi, cannabis is an economic engine. The “Malawi Gold” locally known as “Chamba” rated among the best and finest" marijuana strains in the world has led to a profound increase in marijuana tourism and economic profit in Malawi. A research study estimates the rate of annual cannabis usage in Africa by people aged 15-64 to be 7.5 percent, almost double the global average of 3.9 percent, and pressure to legalize marijuana is increasing in many African countries.

Lesotho and Zimbabwe have legalized cannabis for medical use and last year in September, South Africa legalized the private use of cannabis. The decision allows adults to consume cannabis in private and grow marijuana for private consumption. Recently, in Ghana, there have been calls on the government to legalize marijuana by some advocates claiming it would help improve the current economic situation in Ghana. Lately, many countries have begun to tap into the marijuana industry for profits following the global rise in its use, and there’s pressure on several African governments to venture into commercial production of the lucrative substance.(Flash Africa)

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Access Bank Wins Big At 2019 SERAS Awards. – (PHOTOS)

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TruCSR, the company behind Nigeria’s foremost awards for Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, the SERAS Awards, announced during the 13th edition of the popular Awards that it would be partnering the international business magazine, Forbes, to release Nigeria’s first CSR and sustainability ranking. The publication will be titled “Top 50 Organisations Making a Difference in Nigeria”.

The affiliation with Forbes would attract international attention to companies in Nigeria that are investing in highly impactful CSR and sustainability programmes. The 13th edition of the SERAS Awards was themed “Driving Sustainability Through Inclusive Growth: Strategic Partnership as Key to Unlocking Opportunities”, a reflection of the crucial role CSR has to play in achieving inclusive economic growth.

Over the last 13 years, the SERAS has attracted over 900 entries from almost 300 of Nigeria’s leading corporations and multinationals. About 250 awards have been handed out following a rigorous process that involved detailed analyses of over 5,000 sustainability projects in Nigeria and other African countries. The winning projects have been documented as best-in-class CSR projects in Africa, models for companies seeking to make social and economic impact in Africa to follow. According to Ken Egbas, Founder of the SERAS Awards, the 2019 edition has had the highest number of first-time participants, 29. Over 15,000 CEOs and top public officials have attended the awards ceremony.

The biggest winner at SERAS 2019 was Access Bank which clinched four awards (Best company in sustainability reporting, Best company in partnership for development, Best corporate communications team award and Best company in climate action), closely followed by Dangote Rice which won two awards (Best company in eradication of hunger and food security and Social enterprise award). Olumide Orojimi (NSE) emerged as the winner of the CSR/Sustainability practitioner of the year, while Omobolanle Victor Laniyan (Access bank) and Victoria Ndee Uwadoka (Nestle), were announced as the first runner-up and second runner-up respectively.

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  1. Best Company in poverty eradication: Nigeria LNG Limited
  2. Best company in eradication of hunger and food security: Dangote Rice
  3. Best company in promotion of good health and well-being: Zenith Bank
  4. Best company in education: Nigerian bottling company
  5. Best company in provision of water and sanitation: Nestle
  6. Best company in provision of clean and affordable energy: International Breweries plc
  7. Best company in infrastructure development: Chevron
  8. Best company in partnership for development: Access bank
  9. Best company in environmental excellence: Union bank
  10. Best workplace practices: HIS
  11. Best company in stakeholder engagement: Coca-Cola
  12. Best company in supplychain engagement: Dangote Cement
  13. Social enterprise award: Dangote rice
  14. Best company in promotion of gender equality and women empowerment: Unilever
  15. Best company in climate action: Access bank
  16. Non-for-profit of the year: ACT
  17. Best corporate communications team award: Access bank
  18. Best company in sustainability reporting: Access bank
  19. Best company in CSR reporting: Media (Television, Print, Radio, Online): Channels TV
  20. The Seras’ innovation prize: Union Bank
  21. CSR/Sustainability practitioner of the year: winner; Olumide Orojimi (NSE), First runner-up; Omobolanle Victor Laniyan (Access bank), Second runner-up; Victoria Ndee Uwadoka (Nestle),
  22. Best new entry: Flour Mills
  23. Best use of storytelling to drive sustainability: Airtel
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MTN Offers 100% Bonus To Impacted Customers.

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GREATER ACCRA, GHANA (www.georgebritton.com) - Mobile telecommunication giant, MTN has once again apologized to customers for inconveniences caused by recent adjustments in its tariffs. The company also announced a 100 % bonus for all customers impacted by the recent issues. The announcement was made during a media briefing held yesterday at its Head Office in Accra.

The CEO of MTN Ghana, Selorm Adadevoh said, “we wish to assure our customers that we have implemented a minimum of a 100% bonus on all Data bundles purchased from December1st to midnight of December 3rd. This is to give customers more value and appease them for the issues they faced during the period. He said the bonus data had already started going out to affected customers.

As a result of the cessation of the upfront deduction of the Communications Services Tax, MTN did a tariff adjustment to enable the business pay the component of the CST to Government.

Whilst implementing the new tariff plan, MTN also introduced some changes on its menu which gives customers more flexible options to purchase data. Some of these run into system and technical challenges.

The CEO assured customers that the company was working to improve the experience and to rectify the challenges on Data bundles. He confirmed that the company was re-introducing some specific bundles including the GHC3 and GHC 10 bundles. He also confirmed that the issues on Pulse (mashup) and channels were also being resolved.

Mr. Adadevoh highlighted the company’s commitment to satisfying its customers whilst giving them value for money.

MTN Ghana is the market leader in the increasingly competitive mobile telecommunications industry in Ghana, offering subscribers a range of exciting options under Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go Services and Mobile Financial Services. The company has committed itself to delivering reliable and innovative services that provide value for subscribers in Ghana’s telecommunications market. Since its entry into Ghana in 2006, MTN has continuously invested in expanding and modernizing its network in order to offer superior services to a broad expanse of the nation.

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