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1D1F: Akufo-Addo commissions Bodukwan Multi-Fruit Processing Factory

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commissioned the Bodukwan Multi-Fruit processing Factory, a project operating under Government’s 1-District-1-Factory initiative.

The fruit processing plant, which has an installed capacity of seventy-two (72) metric tonnes per day, will process seven varieties of fruits and vegetables including mango, pineapple, watermelon, and tomatoes into concentrates for exports and for use by the domestic market.

Commissioning the factory on Tuesday, 1st December 2020, on day 2 of his 3-day tour of the Ashanti Region, the President told the gathering, which included the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, that the One District One Factory (1D1F) initiative is in fulfillment of a 2016 campaign promise, whose aim is to establish, together with the private sector, at least one industrial enterprise in each of the administrative districts of the country.

Bodukwan Multi-Fruit processing Factory

He used the opportunity of the ceremony to mention some of the 1D1F factories he has personally visited, as part of his regional tours since 2018, including the Ekumfi Fruit Juice Factory in Ekumfi District; Kasapreko Beverages Limited in Kwadaso Municipal; Birim Oil Mills Limited in Kwaebibirem Municipal; Casa de Ropa Limited in Gomoa West District; Motor King in Tamale Metro; Leefound Company Limited in Ningo Prampram District; and Springs & Bolts Limited in Asokwa Municipal.

The others are Keda Ceramics Limited in Shama Municipality; Atebubu-Amantin Agro Processing in Atebubu Amantin Municipal; Weddi Africa Limited in Berekum Municipal; Best Fertilizer Company Limited in Asante Akim South Municipal; Rhovanni Royale Limited in Tano South; Rider Iron and Steel Ghana Limited in Asante Akim Central Municipal; Vester Oil Mills in Bosomtwe District; and Agro Africa Limited in Asante Akim South Municipal.

President Akufo-Addo added that, currently, there are seventy-six 1D1F companies that are operational, and have created job opportunities for over one hundred and forty thousand (140,000) people across the country.

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One hundred and seven (107) projects, he stressed, are under construction and are all expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2021.

The President commended Otumfuo Asantehene, Ghana EXIM Bank and the Ministry of Trade and Industry for their collaboration in establishing the GH¢45 million project, which is expected to provide direct employment for over one hundred (100) people and generate at least one thousand (1,000) indirect job opportunities particularly for the youth of this area.

Already, the promoters of the factory, Bodukwan Holdings, have established 600 acres of mango plantation, and intends to source the additional required raw materials from out-growers in Ashanti, Eastern, Volta, Bono East, Bono as well as the Ahafo region.

He urged the Management of Bodukwan Holdings to take advantage of various Government interventions such as Planting for Food and Jobs and the incentives available to all 1D1F companies under his administration.

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Uber removes cancellation fees it charges on cancelled trips

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Uber removes cancellation fees it charges on cancelled trips

Ridesharing giant Uber has announced the removal of cancellation fees it charges on trips that are cancelled by either drivers or riders.

In the circular sent to all stakeholders, the company explained that after careful study of the market, it has come to realise that removing the trip cancellation charges will ensure that the Uber platform remains the best option for all.

Now going forward if you are 5 minutes late, drivers may choose to cancel the request with no penalty.

The circular reads:

Cancellation fees on Uber have now been removed. This means that no charges will be applied on cancelled trips.

At Uber, we are always monitoring market dynamics and fare structures to ensure our app continues to be the best option for you.

Our data shows that cancellation fees often dissuade you from taking a trip; removing them will have a minimal impact on drivers’ overall earnings while encouraging you to take more trips.
Please note, if you are more than 5 minutes late drivers may choose to cancel trips at no penalty to them.

This new development will definitely be welcomed by the users of the Uber app.

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MTN increases its data and call tariffs

MTN Ghana says it is reviewing its call and data tariffs upwards beginning Saturday, May 1, 2021, to reflect the 1% increase

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MTN increases its data and call tariffs

MTN increases its data and call tariffs

MTN Ghana says it is reviewing its call and data tariffs upwards beginning Saturday, May 1, 2021, to reflect the 1% increase in the National Health Insurance Levy.

This is contained in a circular sent to clients dated April 30, 2021.

The government introduced the 1% levy as part of measures to plow back revenue losses as a result of COVID-19 reliefs, and for that matter advised the nation’s telcos to adjust their tariffs upward to reflect the new levy.

The MTN circular, signed by Senior Manager, Customer Relations and Credit Management, Salihu M. Abu read that “Scancom PLC (MTN Ghana) wishes to inform you that following the introduction of the COVID-19 Health Recovery Levy, which has resulted in a 1% increase in the National Health Insurance Levy, talk time and data charges have been adjusted to reflect the tax change.

“This takes effect from 1st May 2021,” it added.

mmtn letter on tariff increase

It is not yet clear if all the other telcos have also increased their tariffs from today.

So far apart from MTN, other telcos in the country have not yet said anything about government’s directive, but it is likely they will absorb it on behalf of customers.

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Fake Beta Malt selling in the Ghanaian market – ABL warns public

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Fake Beta Malt selling in the Ghanaian market

Fake Beta Malt selling in the Ghanaian market – ABL warns public

Fake Beta Malt selling in the Ghanaian market: The Accra Brewery Limited (ABL) has cautioned the public to be wary of an unregistered Beta Malt brand that has not been approved by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) but has found its way onto the market.

ABL is advising consumers to be vigilant at the point of purchase and look out for only Beta Malt produced by the company and approved by the FDA with registration number FDA/DK 10-033.

ABL, in a statement, said it is the sole producer and distributor of the Beta Malt brand of International Breweries PLC, Nigeria, and is not approved for sale in Ghana.

It also noted that the infiltration of the Ghanaian market by another brand of Beta Malt is illegal and distributors of same are liable to be dealt with in accordance with section 110 of the Public Health Act, 2021 (Act 851).

Further, it said Ghana’s Food and Drugs Authority has not licensed the importation of any brand of Beta Malt into Ghana.

The public has, therefore, been encouraged to report any suspicions they may have to the offices of the FDA either physically or by calling 0551112224 or 0551112225.

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