Daily Graphic- Media partners, paint Ghana red today …to raise voices against galamsey.
Ghana goes red today as the media advocacy to end illegal mining (galamsey) switches its activities to another dimension. The Media Coalition Against Galamsey, OccupyGhana and other partners declared the day a “National Red Friday” to rally Ghanaians to demonstrate their rage and anger at illicit mining that has already taken a toll on the environment and push harder for a total end to the menace.
The Managing Director of the New Times Corporation, Ms Carol Annang, and Mr Ace Anan Ankomah, a leading member of OccupyGhana, both lead advocates of the #StopGalamsey campaign, told the Daily Graphic yesterday that Ghana was at the crossroads and that pressure must be intensified on the government to act decisively to end galamsey without any further delay.
Since the launch of its advocacy campaign against illegal mining on April 5, this year, the coalition has mounted a relentless campaign that has influenced the government’s decisions on the menace, with the decisions yielding some positive results.
Kumasi City Mall opens
THE Kumasi City Mall (KCM), established at a cost of $95 million to provide a modern shopping center for residents of the Garden City, opened to the public yesterday.
As soon as it was opened, many people thronged the facility to shop, engage in window shopping or catch glimpse of the modern business edifice.
The one stop destination shopping mall is set to cover all kinds of shopping items and entertainment. For now, Game, one of the tenants of the mall, appears to be in full operation, while shoprite another giant company, is scheduled to begin operations on Thursday, April 27, 2017.
51 districts identified for one district, one factory – President
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated that the first batch of 51 districts for the implementation of the one district, one factory policy has been identified. He said the ‘Asempa Budget’, as approved by Parliament, had earmarked $465 million for the setting up of the 51 factories.
He gave an assurance that each of the 216 districts across the country would get a factory within the first four years of his government, in fulfilment of his one district, one factory campaign pledge.
The President made this known during separate courtesy calls on the Omanhene of the Sunyani Traditional Area, Nana Bosome Asor Nkrawiri II, and the Omanhene of the Dormaa Traditional Area, Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyemang Badu II, at their respective palaces on the final day of his two-day tour of the Brong Ahafo Region.
“All I ask for is God’s wisdom, guidance and strength, and I assure you that by the end of my first term in office each district will have a factory. Fifty one out of 216 in my first year indicates that even before my first four years are over, each district will have its own factory,” he said.