TNG Honors 13 (pg 3)

Thirteen indigenous corporate bodies and a Deputy Minister of Information, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, were last Friday honoured for excelling in their fields of endeavour.

The awards, dubbed the TNG Corporate Excellence Awards, were under the auspices of the Intra-West Africa Communications Limited, publishers of The New Ghanaian (TNG) magazine, and meant to recognise the efforts of Ghanaians and Ghanaian companies that have distinguished themselves in their fields of endeavour.

The awards ceremony, which was the second of its kind, had the award winners selected from the hotel and tourism, the educational, health, industrial and banking sectors.

The Holy Trinity Spa and Health Farm won the Most Patronised Medical Tourism Centre of the Year award; Chances Hotel received the Most Patronised Regional Hotel of the Year award, while the Royal Richester Hotel took home the Fastest Growing Indigenous Hotel of the Year award.
The Nyaho Medical Centre was the recipient of the Leading Indigenous Medical Centre of the Year award; Champion Devine Clinic picked the Leading Fertility-based Medical Centre of the Year award, while the Fastest Growing and Most Scientific Herbal Medicine Hospital of the Year award went to the Amen Scientific Herbal Hospital.

Others were the Most Innovative and Sanitation Conscious Private School of the Year, Great Lamptey Mills Institute; the Most Successful Private School of the Year, Alpha Beta Education Centres; the Most Scientific Adult Education-Oriented School of the Year, Talent Restoration Academy; the Best Remedial School of the Year, Ideal College, and the Fastest Growing and Most Dynamic School of the Year, Creator Schools.

The rest were the Indigenous Cosmetic Company of the Year, Chocho Industries; the Fastest Growing and Customer-Oriented Rural Bank of the Year, South Akim Rural Bank Limited, and the Most Patronised Sachet Water of the Year, Standard Sachet Water produced by Cob-A Industries Limited.
Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa was the proud recipient of the Most Diligent and Result-Oriented Youth Minister of the Year award.

The Occasion was also used to launch a campaign to promote the consumption of rice produced in Ghana.

A Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Mr Yaw Effah-Baafi, delivering the keynote address, stated that in order to address the challenges confronting rice production in the country, the ministry had developed a five-year strategic plan for the development of the rice sector.

The plan, which is expected to increase rice production to meet the national requirement by the end of the target period, has some of the measures as the establishment of land banks within the ministry, the rehabilitation of existing irrigation schemes and the establishment of new ones, the establishment of Agricultural Mechanisation Service Centres in all 170 districts and the delivery of combine harvesters to facilitate rice harvesting to prevent the annual fire disasters.

The ministry will also upgrade the Nasia Rice Mill to improve its milling capacity and quality, while procuring equally efficient but smaller mills to complement what is already in the system.

Mr Effah-Baafi said although the current national requirement for rice stood at 750,000 tonnes, the national productive capacity came up to only 250,000 tonnes, which represented 20 per cent of the national requirement, adding that in recent times, rice consumption had increased astronomically due to the rapid increase in urban population, as well as urbanisation.

Launching “TNG Campaign on Ghana Rice 2010”, Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa said it was worrying that the country spent more than US$300 million annually to import rice, “funds which could stay in Ghana for the country’s development”.

The Chief Executive Officer of the TNG Magazine, who also doubles as the Editor-in-Chief, Dr Dee Otibu-Asare, noted that the magazine “has a strategic thrust of ensuring that Ghanaians are given pride of place in their own country”.

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