Government on Tuesday, November 19, 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”.
“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 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.”
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 which 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 government. We’re hoping that once 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.”
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.”
Access Bank Wins Big At 2019 SERAS Awards. – (PHOTOS)
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.
- Best Company in poverty eradication: Nigeria LNG Limited
- Best company in eradication of hunger and food security: Dangote Rice
- Best company in promotion of good health and well-being: Zenith Bank
- Best company in education: Nigerian bottling company
- Best company in provision of water and sanitation: Nestle
- Best company in provision of clean and affordable energy: International Breweries plc
- Best company in infrastructure development: Chevron
- Best company in partnership for development: Access bank
- Best company in environmental excellence: Union bank
- Best workplace practices: HIS
- Best company in stakeholder engagement: Coca-Cola
- Best company in supply–chain engagement: Dangote Cement
- Social enterprise award: Dangote rice
- Best company in promotion of gender equality and women empowerment: Unilever
- Best company in climate action: Access bank
- Non-for-profit of the year: ACT
- Best corporate communications team award: Access bank
- Best company in sustainability reporting: Access bank
- Best company in CSR reporting: Media (Television, Print, Radio, Online): Channels TV
- The Seras’ innovation prize: Union Bank
- 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),
- Best new entry: Flour Mills
- Best use of storytelling to drive sustainability: Airtel
MTN Offers 100% Bonus To Impacted Customers.
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.
Prince Akpah Receives CEO Global’s Titan Building Nations Award.
Founder & Managing Director of Avance Media, Prince Akpah who doubles as the founding president of the prestigious Africa Youth Awards has been awarded by CEO Global with the Titan Building Nations award in the Media category for Ghana and West Africa.
The award which recognises and celebrates individuals who play a major role in the development and growth of their country, as well as the African continent and its people, was held in Accra at the Golden Tulip Hotel on 28th October 2019.
The awards for being a country (Ghana) and regional (West Africa) was presented by the Chief Executive of CEO Global, Annelize Wepener to Prince Akpah amidst applause from the audience for being the youngest honouree on the entire continent for the 2019 edition.
“Nominees undergo a rigorous multi-tiered judging process” ,“The highest possible standard is maintained throughout the judging. Those individuals whom have been recognised as winners in their field can be assured that they have truly excelled” remarked Annelize Wepener-Chief Executive of the CEO Global Pan African Awards.
Named by MIPAD and the United Nations as one of the 2019 100 Most Influential People of African Descent, Prince Akpah is a multi-award winning entrepreneur who founded Avance Media which is currently one of the leading PR & Rating firms in Africa with project representation in 7 countries across the continent.
Notable among Avance Media’s works are the ranking of the 100 Most Influential African Women, Ghana Social Media Rankings, 50 Most Influential Young Ghanaians, Top 50 Young CEOs in Ghana, 100 Most Influential Young South Africans, 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians, 100 Most Influential Young Kenyans, 50 Most Influential Young Tanzanians, 50 Most Influential Young Congolese, Ghana Bloggers Summit etc.
As a speaker & consultant Prince has also delivered guest lectures at Central University and University of Professional Students, Accra on his entrepreneurial journey and has spoken to thousands of young people at various programs across the country.
The CEO Global Pan African Awards for the Titans-Building Nations are decided after a long vetting process in South Africa. All Regional winners from West Africa, East Africa and South Africa will be evaluated again for continental winners in the different categories.
National Lottery Authority Launches New Jackpot Game, Daywa 5/39.
The National Lottery Authority (NLA) in collaboration with Luckweb Ghana Ltd., has launched a new jackpot game – Daywa 5/39.
With the introduction of Daywa 5/39, NLA is expanding its game portfolio, with daily (except Sundays), dividend game that offers increased chances of winning a non-capped minimum guaranteed jackpot of GH¢100,000.
The jackpot increases after every draw, in case there is no winner and resets to 100,000 once won. The players can also win many smaller prizes ranging from GH¢2 to GH¢500.
“With Luckweb’s international gaming experience, as being part of leading gaming operator Tenlot Group, coupled with the high proficiency of the National Lottery Authority, a variety of exciting lotto games will be introduced with the aim of creating jobs, transforming lives and impacting families. Daywa 5/39 is an exciting addition to the NLA repertoire of games which provides ease of play and high odds of winning big daily jackpots,” said Mr Joseph Prempeh, Chairman-Luckweb Ghana
The collaboration with the NLA under the leadership of Kofi Osei Ameyaw includes introducing a variety of exciting lotto games to Ghanaians and also create jobs. According to him, “the launch of Daywa 5/39 is the beginning of new, attractive and modern lotto games that would stimulate the lotto market across the country.”
The exciting aspect of Daywa 5/39 daily jackpot is that it applies the game mechanics of the famous jackpot lotteries in Europe and the US, a true novelty in Ghana. Such jackpot games allow players to win the top prize even if they only buy a minimal-bet ticket.
For the player, this means that he/she does not need to bet large amounts to stand a chance to win the top prize. Bigger bets do however multiply the player’s statistical odds of winning.
In line with the statistical odds that were adapted to the projected patronage in Ghana, jackpot wins are expected, by design, to be quite frequent.
The Daywa 5/39 game is played very easily by dialing a short code, *446#, and selecting 5 numbers from 01 to 39 without repeating any of the chosen numbers, with a minimal bet amount of only GHs2 paid via mobile money across all networks, but can also be played on the convenient Daywa app. The game can be played conveniently around the clock. Winnings are paid out automatically and direct into players mobile money account.
The draw take place in this very Brennan Hall. I assure you that the draw machine is state-of-the-art and of the highest standard in the gaming industry. It was produced by the most renowned manufacturer in the world, Smartplay International USA, thus guaranteeing the game’s transparency and credibility.
Daywa 5/39 daily jackpot game seeks to contribute to the growth and development of the country through the NLA, while providing excitement, ease of play and greater chances of.
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