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Ghanaians sold as slave$ in Libya! 3 victims narrate their story

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[dropcap]G[/dropcap]hana’s Foreign Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway has revealed that at least three Ghanaian migrants have reported being among those who were auctioned as slave$ in Libya.

 

The claimants whose identities have not yet been established, are said to have told Ghanaian officials that they were captured after they ran out of funds to continue their journey across the Maghreb region into Europe.

The video footage of migrants sold in apparent slave auction in Libya provoked worldwide outrage, with UN Secretary-General António Guterres urging the international community to unite in fighting this scourge.

In the grainy mobile footage, unidentified men are offered up as a group of “big strong boys for farm work” for as little as £300, international broadcaster, CNN reported.

Some 168 Ghanaians were early on reportedly caught up in the situation but authorities have confirmed that these Ghanaians are being kept in formal detention centers in Libya due to non-possession of proper travel documents and are awaiting deportation.

In a statement Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry said the detainees were arrested on “illegal immigration charges and were already being held in detention camps.”

However, speaking on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM a day after the statement was issued, the Foreign Minister indicated that the three persons who reported being victims to the act, are part of the 168 identified at the detention camp.

The Ghanaian authorities, with assistance from the UN-backed government in Libya, are investigating the issue to identify all Ghanaians and arrange for their repatriation, the Minister said.

Lack of access

They are, however, challenged mainly with the inaccessibility of other cities as the political situation in the country has led to the formation of three different governments and gaining entry into cities under the control of rebel governments is virtually impossible.

“It is even difficult for you to be given entry into other cities under the control of other governments,” Ayorkor Botchway told Kojo Yankson, host of the Super Morning Show, from Abdjan, Cote d’Ivoire where the AU – EU summit is taking place.

The Minister expressed surprise that families of migrants are not reporting to the authorities back home about their inability to establish contact with their relatives which could serve as the lead to initiate investigations.

“You don’t even know how many Ghanaians have been subjected to these cruel acts of human trafficking…because people have not reported,” she stated.

According to her, the Ghana government is working at re-opening its consulate in Libya by February 2018 after it was shut down due to fears of insecurity, following the political turbulence in the country.

“Once it is approved by cabinet we will go through the process…I’m sure by the next two months it should be opened because we have properties there.”

African Leaders meet

The matter is said to be key on the agenda at the ongoing fifth African Union – European Union (AU-EU) summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

The summit, which took off Wednesday, November 29 and expected to end on Thursday, the 30th, is themed: “Investing in youth for a sustainable future”.

Other priorities of the EU-Africa partnership to be discussed include governance and democracy, human rights, migration and mobility, peace and security, investment and trade, skills development as well as job creation.

At the summit, African and EU leaders will discuss the future of EU-Africa relations and focus on investing in the youth. This is a key priority for Africa and the EU as 60 percent of the African population is under the age of 25.

The AU-EU summit will be a key moment and opportunity to strengthen political and economic ties between the two continents.

2017 is a defining year for EU-Africa relations, as it has been ten years since the adoption of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy.

 

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Latest Price List of GHACEM Cement in the Ghanaian Market

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Latest Price List of GHACEM Cement

Latest Price List of GHACEM Cement in the Ghanaian Market

As prices of virtually everything keeps going up, home builders and other construction stakeholders are more concerned about the increaing prices of building materials especial cement which is the major requirement in every construction work.

It’s obvious globally that the nemesis of nations at the moment is COVID-19 and its ripple effects. Greater economies are on their knees, whiles others beg for capital resuscitation from the global bankrollers.

Ghacem cement

Three types of GHACEM cement

Accramail.com’s business unit took upon themselves to survey the current prices of the various cement products of the major producer in Ghana, Ghacem. A check from their marketing department revealed that Ghacem cement is being sold between GHC40 and GHC 44 depending on the strength type.

Meanwhile, Dzata Cement, an upcoming competitor in the cement ecosystem has refuted the GHC30 price claim making trends online.

The table below shows the exact price quotes from Ghacem’s price sheet for Tema and Takoradi. Not forgetting that once the cement leaves the production hubs that’s either Tema or Takoradi, the stated prices change due to the addition of transportation and other handling charges. So a bag of cement that sells at GHC44 in Tema, may sell at GHC50 in  Sunyani or Kumasi.

Price list of GHACEM as at April 9, 2021

PRODUCTS Tema Price Takoradi Price
Price per 50Kg bag (Ghacem Super Rapid 32.5R) 42.237 41.937
Price per 50Kg bag (Ghacem Super Strong 42.5R) 43.501 43.198
Price per 50Kg bag (Ghacem Extra 42.5N) 44.455 44.074
Price per 50kg bag (Ghacem Super Cool 32.5N) 40.222
Bulk per ton (Ghacem Super Rapid 32.5R)Bulk per ton (Ghacem Super Rapid 32.5R)Bulk Per ton (Ghacem Extra 42.5N) 909.596 909.596
Bulk per ton (Ghacem Super Rapid 32.5R) 865.401 861.621
Bulk per ton (Ghacem Super Strong 42.5R) 872.489 872.489
All prices are in cedis and includes VAT (12.5%), 5% NHIL & GETFL, 1% COVID-19 Recov. Levy

Source: Accramail.com

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Dzata Cement reacts to the GHC30 price trending online

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Dzata Cement reacts to the GHC30 price trending online

Dzata Cement reacts to the GHC30 price trending online

The price of the new locally owned and produced Dzata cement which is yet to hit the market was wildly trending online with the claims that a bag of the cement was going for GHC30 against the growing prices of the other cement brands in the market. Ghacem for instance is selling between GHC40 and GHC 44 at factory price and almost GHC50 at retail price.

The management of Dzata Cement Limited has however released a press statement cautioning Ghanaians of the trending price claim of their cement in the market. The statement reads;

“The management of Dzata Cement Ltd will like to inform the general public that the company has not come out with any prices with regards to its products.

The public is advised to disregard any such information circulating on various media platforms. Management will apprise the public of all such relevant information as we commence commercial production in due course”.

Dzata Cement reacts to the GHC30 price trending online

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Oyarifa Shopping Mall – Owners, Location and Contact details

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Oyarifa Shopping Mall - Owners, Location and Contact details

Oyarifa Shopping Mall – Owners, Location, and Contact details

Oyarifa Shopping Mall is the first ultra-modern retail and lifestyle shopping center located within the suburb of Accra city. The shopping mall is located within Oyarifa, a town in the La-Nkwatanang district of Greater Accra.

The mall is one the latest to be constructed in the country and it was strategically positioned at the location to serve the many residential estates in the area including Ubuntu Estates, Rehoboth Properties, Fiore Village, Kuottam Estates, Ashesi University, and Ayi Mensah Park which is located directly across from The Oyarifa Mall.

Oyarifa Shopping Mall

The mall features a grocery store, restaurants, cafes, and quick-service food concepts in the food court while the lifestyle area has retailers featuring fashion, home goods, pharmacy, forex, furniture, unisex adults and kids salon, and children’s play area providing customers with a strong variety of African and premium brands making it a premier destination.

Oyarifa Shopping Mall

Oyarifa Mall’s luxury design, stone and glass facade, and rooftop accented with natural light and greenery reflect the modern architecture and upwardly mobile sensibilities of the fast-growing community of families and young professionals.

Owners of Oyarifa Shopping Mall

The shopping center was developed by Oyarifa Mall Development Company Limited, a family run business, owned and operated by Peter and Nana Ama Akosa Osei

The mall is currently being managed by Flamingo Realty GH. For inquiries, contact [email protected] or [email protected] or phone 030 291 9030

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