I chaired the meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGPA) member states, which took place today at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel in Accra.

Present were the Minister for Petroleum and Energy of Nigeria, Hon. Timipre Sylva, Minister for Energy and Mines for Togo, Mrs Mila Aziable, Minister for Energy and Mines for Benin, Hon. Jean-Claude Houssou, as well as the ECOWAS Commissioner on Energy and Mines, Sediko Douka and the Director General of WAGPA, Debo Barandao. Members of the Board of WAGPA were in attendance.

We had sincere and fruitful deliberations and by the end of the meeting, we came to amicable decisions that were very critical for the development of the authority. We all committed to playing our parts to making the West Africa Gas Pipeline an instrument of unification amongst several nations on the continent.

Panic withdrawals hit mobile money nationwide over 1.7% e-levyBy Jacob Agyenim BoatengHEADLINES


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Ghanaians across the country are rushing to Mobile Money Vendors to cash out their deposits before the 1.7% Electronic Transaction Levy (e-levy) takes effect.

The National Public Relations Officer for Mobile Money Agents Association, Mr Charles Adu who disclosed this in an exclusive interview with this reporter said their members across the country have recorded astronomical withdrawals a day after the announcement was made.

According to him, most customers are attributing their reason to the introduction of the new tax on momo transactions.

Mr Charles Adu noted that the imposition of tax on electronic transactions will derail efforts to transform Ghana’s economy into a more cashless society.

“We are already overwhelmed with existing taxes and other unbearable production costs, adding additional taxes will not only overburden the suffering masses. It will also collapse our business,” he stated.

He disclosed that the association has called for an emergency meeting over the controversial momo tax and would soon come out with a communique.

The Minster of Finance Ken Ofori Atta during the presentation of the 2022 budget statement on Wednesday November 17, 20221 announced the introduction of Electronic Transaction Levy.

The 1.75 percent levy will affect all electronic transactions including mobile money, remittances and other electronic transactions.

“After considerable deliberations, the government has decided to place a levy on all electronic transactions to widen the tax net and rope in the informal sector. This shall be known as the “Electronic Transaction Levy or E-Levy,” Ken Ofori-Atta stated.

He noted that portions of revenue collected from the levy will be used to support entrepreneurship, youth employment, cybersecurity, digital, and road infrastructure among others.

GWCL sends important message to public over revenue mobilisation

Management of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) wishes to inform its cherished customers and the general public that the company will embark on a nationwide revenue mobilisation exercise to retrieve all arrears owed by customers from the 15th of November, 2021.

As part of the exercise, disconnection teams have been set up in the various regions and district offices to disconnect all categories of customers whose bills are in arrears.

Disconnected customers will be made to pay their bills in full together with reconnection fees before they are reconnected.

We, therefore, advise our valued customers to make efforts to pay their bills and clear all arrears to avoid being disconnected.

Apart from disconnecting defaulters, the teams will check illegal connections, self –reconnections and the use of in-line boosters pumps at customer’s premises.

All persons found to be engaged in such criminal activities shall be handed over to the Police for prosecution.

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Paid up customers must leave their payment receipts behind when leaving their homes (premises) to avoid wrongful disconnections.

Also, customers who have paid via mobile money or other electronic means will need to show SMS payment receipts as proof of payment.

Payments of water bills can be made at all Ghana Water Company Limited Offices and Revenue Collection Points, via mobile money payments such as Vodafone cash, MTN MOMO, AirtelTigo cash, Slydepay, Express pay and all GWCL partnered banks across the country. Follow the mobile money payment process’ on your network and pay your bills in comfort.

Management entreats customers to cooperate with the teams as they undertake this all-important exercise in our effort to collect and mobilize the much-needed revenue to improve on our water supply service in the country.

The Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta has.

The Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta has announced that the government of Ghana has proposed the abolishment of all road tolls in the country.

Ken Ofori-Atta
Presenting the 2022 budget statement and economic policy to Ghanaians, he said the proposal was to enhance productivity and reduce environmental pollution which is also meant to reduce heavy traffic.

Akpeteshie goes global, receives attention at Durban International Trade FairBy Francis Addo

Ghana’s local gin, Akpeteshie has been rceiving huge patronage at the ongoing 2021 International Trade Fair in faraway Durban, South Africa for very good reasons.

Many foreign nationals have been queuing for the Apio drink at Ghana’s stand of the international trade fair.

Ghana’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Charles Owiredu who disclosed this on Wednesday was himself amazed at how much people out there loved Apeteshie and were buying it.

According to him, there was traffic at the Ghana stand just because of Apio branded name for Akpeteshie.

“So much traffic at the Ghana stand. Business and networking booming. The queue at the apio (akpeteshie) stand is something else. What is it about apio that people just cannot stop buying after tasting,’ he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday?

President Akufo at his second term inaugural address in Accra gave a huge endorsement of the product.

“I doubt that anyone would, ordinarily, mention ‘akpeteshie’, the local gin, as a possible item on the world market. I cannot vouch for its taste or potency, since I gave up alcohol many years ago, but I can say that the Made in Ghana and beautifully packaged ‘Apio’, I have recently seen, can compete in the most sophisticated markets in the world,” he boldly endorsed.

Regarded as one of the oldest alcoholic beverages to date, Akpeteshie is a homebrewed alcoholic spirit produced in Ghana and other West African nations by distilling palm wine or sugar cane juice.

Other names for it include apio, ogogoro (in Nigeria), sorabi, keley, “hot” or “hot drink” and “kutukù” (in Nzema).

Akpeteshie is not professionally bottled or sealed but instead poured into unlabelled, already used bottles. Although not professionally advertised, it is very popular and people love it because of its volume of alcohol.