Working but starving; Informal jobs pay GH¢150 monthly (July 31)

The payment of low wages to employees in the informal sector in Accra and other parts of the country is making it difficult for them to lead decent lives.The low wages make it difficult for that category of workers to live on their wages beyond two weeks.

Even some public sector workers find themselves in a similar circumstance.
Wages in the informal sector in the capital vary from as low as GH¢150 to about GH¢450 a month, according to Daily Graphic checks.

Kitchen assistants at chop bars, shop attendants, private car drivers, house helps, seamstresses, hairdressers, watchmen, food vendors and traders are stretched to the limit, yet they earn incomes below the minimum wage, which is currently pegged at GH¢9.68.

The minimum wage was increased to GH¢9.68 in July in 2017 and further increased on July 26, 2018 to GH¢10.65.

The new wage, which represents a 10 per cent upward review, will take effect from January 1, 2019.

Ministry reacts
When contacted, a Deputy Minister of Employmen…

Moans of a people; villages named after genitals cry of neglect (August 4)

Their names evoke laughter, and for many conservative Ghanaians, such names are better mentioned in the bedroom or in whispers. So Members of Parliament (MPs) were beside themselves with laughter when the MP for Abirem, Mr John Frimpong Osei, mentioned three villages in his constituencies that needed electricity during question time with the Energy Minister.

Mr Osei sought to find out when those villages and many others in his constituency would join the national grid.His enquiries went this way. “Mr Speaker, I rise to ask the Energy Minister whether the Ministry has plans to provide electricity for the following communities in the Abirem Constituency, which are difficult to connect to the national grid. Kyiri Ahantan, Twe nyui su, Etwe nim Nyansa, Koti Ye Aboa, Hyoa Ye Mmobo… Kasabrofo, Asarekrom, Alhajikrom and Yaw Broni.”

The road leading to the cottages are hilly, bumpy and undulating

The House erupted into laughter, with some holding their ribs because they had not held tho…

SHS graduate admitted to Medical School can't afford fees (September 4, 2018)

A 21-year old senior high school science(SHS) graduate who has gained admission to the University of Ghana Medical School is struggling to pay his fees. Mr Joseph Doe Kumedzro, a product of the Keta Senior High School who completed SHS in 2016, and scored 7A1s in the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE), said his mother, a petty trader who sold fruits to take care of his education from the basic to the SHS level, could no longer help him further his education.

Joseph who had A1 in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Elective Mathematics, Integrated Science, Core Mathematics, Social Studies and B3 in English, said he taught at a remedial school to save money to buy his admission form.

In 2016, he initially applied for admission to the Medical School at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) but was offered Biochemistry.

Fee paying
Luck smiled at him and he was admitted to study Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Ghana, …

Night market booms on Graphic Road

A night market has sprung up on a section of the Graphic Road where some traders, including pregnant women and nursing mothers, have taken to sleeping on the streets of Accra  in order to sell their wares before daybreak.

Some of the traders doing brisk business on the Graphic Road in the early hours of Saturday also ‘Early birds’ operating around 2 a.m. at the entrance of the Graphic Press House.
The traders, some of whom are fishmongers, come from coastal communities outside Accra, including Senya Bereku, Winneba, Biriwa, Mankessim, Takoradi as well as parts of the Eastern Region, including Nsawam and Suhum, begin to line up under the traffic light leading to Kantamanto as well as the entrances to the Graphic Press House from 10 p.m.

Numbering more than 200, the traders sell wares such as fish, second-hand clothes, electronic gadgets, fruits and vegetables.

Some of them are accompanied by children, some as young as 12 years whose parents claimed they had no one to leave …

Life without toilet: GAMA project to the rescue

Life without toilets...

By Seth J. Bokpe

There's no place like home. And there's no toilet like your own.
---Taylor York (American Musician & Songwriter)

It is 10.15 a.m., tiny chains of smokes rise into the sky as residents of a developing community squat inside a bushy space close to a market to do what most would only do while hiding –– go to the toilet.

One after another, they arrive with newspapers, toilet rolls,  and water bottles in hand. Some try to hide, but others are not bothered about being in the open to release their ‘unwanted goods’.

Minutes later, they left just as they came, only without their toiletries—just empty hands and empty bottles. But they left behind stench and excreta of all colours.

This is Ashaiman Lebanon, a sprawling community of hundreds of uncompleted buildings in the Ashaiman Municipality in the Greater Accra Region.

No toilet 
Inside the Ashaiman Township itself, toilet is a luxury in many homes. Mr Patrick Dewu, a pensioner had lived in…

NPP must work to realise aspirations of Ghanaians (February 22)

Rev. Prof. Emeritus John S. Pobee giving a lecture at a ceremony in Accra. Picture: BENEDICT OBUOBI The government has been advised to get to work to realise the aspirations of Ghanaians who are full of expectation.
Instead of harping on its Danquah-Busia heritage, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) must work hard and leave a lasting legacy just as J.B Danquah had done.

The advice from Rev. Prof. Emeritus John S. Pobee, an Anglican Theologian, also included the need for politicians from all sides of the political divide to continue to work in the collective interest of the nation and its citizens.
He said there were politicians who used the Danquah-Busia name but could not point to things that the duo, particularly Dr Danquah had done to champion the cause of the country.
The former Executive Director of Theological Education of the World Council of Churches in Switzerland explained that just as the NPP touted the achievement of Danquah, the party must also leave a …

‘Geological Survey must issue site certificates’(February 24)

The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr John-Peter Amewu, has asked the Geological Survey Authority (GSA) to conduct site or foundation investigations and issue certified reports before major construction works are undertaken.
“You should expand and maintain a modern National Seismic Network (NSN) to monitor earthquakes, tsunamis and mine blasts that have the potential to impact negatively on lives and property,” he said.

The NSN is a permanent digital network of modern seismological and geophysical sensors that serve as a multipurpose scientific facility for monitoring, researching, and education.

Mr Amewu made the call when he visited the GSA and the Forestry Commission as part of a familiarisation tour of institutions under his ministry.

The minister said the action was necessary because of the increase in infrastructural development which required site investigations and seismic monitoring.

“Your role in site investigations and finding dam axis will be needed when the gover…