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Government workers and farmers undergo fisheries training for self-employment after retirement



Some government workers and farmers in the Ashanti region have benefited from a fish farming training programme for self-employment even after retirement.

The training comes on the back of calls for government workers to access entrepreneurial skills to venture into their own businesses after retirement.

It was organized by the Crops Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research aimed at equipping participants with entrepreneurial and business management skills. 

About 14 percent of Ghanaians within the retirement age bracket receive a pension.

As of 2018, there were close to 1.9 million people in Ghana aged 60 years, with about 270,000 of the figure receiving pensions.

Many pensioners have had to rely on meagre financial sources to fend for themselves. 

Director of the Crops Research Institute, Prof. Moses Mochiah, underscored the relevance of the programme.

“We realized people need resources to venture into fish farming of late, but we sat down to develop a collapsible fishpond that all farmers can easily afford.

“People have also complained about not having anything to do during pension,” he said.

The 2-day training availed participants with aquaculture, and business management and planning skills.

The acquired skills would enable participants harness their limited resources to make a living.

Dr. Jonas Osei-Adu, an economist at the Crops Research Institute, facilitated the training.

“The participants were taken through the technical aspects of how to raise a fishpond, fish management and disease control.

“They were also taught business plan development. We want them to establish their own enterprises. So they were taken through a financial and marketing plan for funding,” he said.

Some participants said the training has been impactful.

“I originally assumed that one needed to dig a ground to make a fishpond, but through this training I’ve been taught I can use these mobile fishponds for farming.

“I’ve also learnt about seeking financial support,” Yaw Nketiah Yeboah, a participant, said. 

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Microsoft appoints former UG student, Abigail Okyere, as Chief of Staff



Abigail Okyere will work with the Cloud Security Engineering division of Microsoft [Photo source: @Abigail Amoakoa Okyere, LinkedIn]

A past student of the University of Ghana (UG) has landed a new job with tech giant Microsoft as the Chief of Staff.

Abigail Amoakoa Okyere will work as a member of the Cloud Security Engineering division of the company.

Excited about the great news of her appointment, Abigail took to LinkedIn to share her happiness and accomplishment.

She wrote, “I am beyond thrilled to be joining Microsoft to help drive change, implement strategies and above all, contribute to empowering individuals and organisations as a member of the Could Security Engineering division.”

Microsoft appoints former UG student, Abigail Okyere, as Chief of Staff
Abiagil Okyere is an alumna of the University of Ghana

The University of Ghana has since congratulated her on her appointment.

“Hearty congratulations to University of Ghana alumna, Abigail Amoakoa Okyere, on your appointment as Chief of Staff at Microsoft. We celebrate your great achievement,” the posted on Twitter, Sunday.

Abigail studied Bachelor of Science in Administration and Accounting at the University of Ghana.

She also attained her master’s degree at the University of British Columbia, where acquired a Master of Business Administration.

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ARB Apex Bank Ladies Association launched



ARB Apex Bank, the mini-regulator of rural banks has launched a ladies association called ARB Apex Bank Ladies Association.

Its president, Iris Obeng Tudah, is optimistic the ladies association will aid the growth of the bank.

According to her, the association will pool the efforts of women from rural and community banks across the country to ensure the bank achieve its goals.

She therefore encouraged members of the association to be confident and united.

She further urged the ladies to promote activities that will enhance the talents of members and prepare them for the challenging opportunities in the future.

“We want to drive the rural banks along with us in a form of unity because they are far off and seem left behind. We want to see many of our ladies at the forefront of the bank”.

“We want to unleash the potential in us and support the bank fully”, she added.

The Managing Director of ARB Apex Bank, Alex Awuah, commended the initiative by the ladies and admonished them to be active to contribute to the success of the bank.

“This association was mooted by hardworking ladies of the bank and when they presented the proposals to us we thought it wise to support them”, he opined.

Speaking on various reported fraud cases at rural and community banks across the country, he revealed that the bank is on course to deal with perpetrators of such acts.

“Fraud cases are everywhere and we have very strong structures dealing with such cases. For now I think we are making progress”, he added.

The ARB Apex bank Ladies Association is expected to play a collective role to the success of the bank.

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We’re committed to investing more in Ghana – MTN Group CEO



Telecom gaint, MTN, has given the firm assurance of investing more in Ghana despite the current economic environment.

Speaking at a media engagement in Accra, visiting Group Chief Executive of MTN, Ralph Mupita said his outfit has taken the decision because of Ghana’s role in the group and return on investments.

He added that “we want to have a sustained investment programme so that in a market like Ghana, every Ghanaian has the capacity to enjoy the benefits of a modern connected life. And we are not changing view.”

“So if we are true to that vision, then we must sustain the CAPEX [Capital Expenditure]; and therefore we are not going to review that commitment when it comes to investment in Ghana,” he explained.

We're committed to investing more in Ghana - MTN Group CEO
Group Chief Executive of MTN, Ralph Mupita

There are fears that due to the current challenges facing the economy which has resulted in inflation hitting 23.6% in April 2022 as well as rising taxes on the company’s operations, MTN might have reviewed its capital expenditure.    

But the Group Chief Executive of MTN said otherwise, saying, it’s committed to aligning itself to a programme like the Ghana Cares initiative by the Government of Ghana.

MTN and the E-Levy

On the tax on Electronic Transfers popularly known as E-Levy, the Group Chief Executive said, for now, MTN sees it as a burden-sharing with government in terms of addressing the current challenges facing the economy.

Mr. Mupita, however, pointed out that it’s too early to find out the impact of the E-levy on its operations, but can only do so in six months’ time.

Localisation of MTN 

The Group Chief Executive of MTN intimated his outfit is committed to increasing the stake that Ghanaians can hold in MTN Ghana.

MTN, in 2018, issued about 12.5% of its shares to the public.

But presently, the investing public hold about 23.7% stake in the telecom giant.

“We are looking to offload about 30% and we’ve made a lot of progress on that. 30% is the target and that is the commitment as group.”

The Group CEO added that as a company “we want more and more Ghanaians to enjoy and participate in the economic success of Ghanaians and the business.”

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