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Every Worker Deserves to Be Treated with Dignity

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Every Worker Deserves to Be Treated with Dignity

As we celebrate May Day popularly referred to as Workers day let’s take a minute to ponder on one or two important things here.

Who is a Worker?

A worker is someone who enjoys from the fruits (either upfront or at a later time) of his or her labour. So in other words, anyone who purports to be working yet does not enjoy the fruits of his labour, for no apparent reason, is not a worker after all.

What Is So Special About A Worker?

The world all over, workers are dynamic. All the things we see around us were made by Workers. All workers are special–from the most seemingly menial jobs to the most seemingly dignified jobs; all the workers are special in their own ways.

How Are Workers Supposed To Be Treated?
Workers are supposed to be treated with all genuinety, civility, cordiality and dignity (respect). Workers are like followers with a leader. Without followers, there wouldn’t be leaders. Workers and entrepreneurs (business owners) complement (seek the welfare) of each other. No man is an Island, every entrepreneur, starter or existing, needs a worker(s) if they mean business.

Is There Any Missing Link?

Yes there is. The world all over, workers do complain. It is either they lack the dignity they deserve/expect or the fruits of their labour is not well appreciated and weighed (not paid according to their effort).

What Is The Argument Of Economics For Workers?
Economics prudently argue that, there a clear loophole in the distribution of resources. In other words, the distribution of resources is not even (balanced/fair).
This is the more reason why two workers from two different fields. One will bag home a five digit salary whereas the order bags home three (3) digit salary. This is what economics has constantly spoke against.

If All Workers Are Important Then Why The Differences In Their Fruits?

All workers are important. However, their fruits (salary, wages, reward) are dictated by the forces of demand and supply. Put simply; if the demand for the work you do is high; but the supply is low, then automatically your fruits should be high, and vice versa.

Is It Good To Be A Worker?

In the book, ”The Richest Man In Babylon”, it is written; it is not good for a man to live without work. Truly, it is good to be a worker. Atleast, one expects a constant flow or stream/source of income. Suffice to allude to the adage, no condition is better than pay day. Economically, our wants are insatiable (can never be satisfied at once). In other words, our wants increase with time. You will always need a new pair of shoe, a belt or clothes.

Can Workers Who Do Not Feel Happy About Their Job Do Something?

Yes ofcourse. Workers can always decide to do something for themselves. Workers may choose to quit and start something for themselves. But, one funny thing is this; many workers do quit their job to start their own business but regrets ever quitting. Why must that happen? It is written, workers should only quit and start their own business when they have saved enough and/or when there is the burning desire/passion to start their dream business. Do not quit your job and start something because you are not happy with your job. It’s dangerous. Be prepared inside out before you quit. Ofcourse, there is no such freedom like working for yourself. But, there are certain jobs (with bright future) worth sticking to than quitting even when you are fully prepared inside out.

Are All Workers Clean?

Certainly not. It is sad the level at which certain workers in our system have decided to loot their masters or the State. People have managed to propound and compound theories that seek to justify why they loot their masters or the state.
There is no justification whatsoever for anyone to loot his or her master or the State. Most often than not, we tend to forget that, the adage, ”the evil that men/women do, lives after them”, really works. You may enjoy your spoils/booties today but the consequences thereof are hidden. This is akin to saying, whatever goes round comes around. It is never a good thing to loot the sweat of others especially the State coffers. If you are a worker and you find yourself in such a looting position; it is advised that you stop.

What Has Government Done To Promote A Conducive Environment?

Truth be told, the NPP-led government has done a whole lot to promote a conducive environment for unemployed potential workers despite the many challenges and predicament it inherited. As part of the jobs (work) created by the government include but not limited to hand pollination workers, Arabic teachers employment, teachers and nurses employment, expansion of the capitation grant and LEAP with it ripple effect that have provided jobs, savings from free shs & tvet that have provided jobs, Planting for food and jobs, 1Constituency 1Ambulance amongst others.

What’s The Conclusion?
The conclusion is that, employers and employees are inextricably intertwined. Let’s give unto every worker a decent reward, and a compensation they deserve in order for them to do more. And let every worker own whatever S(he) does as though it was theirs. Together we can build a better working semi-classless economy to support the effort of our leaders. But, before all can be said and done, remember that, whatever your hands finds to do, do it well with all your might.

TheMerchant®️
NPP Communications Officer
Dome Kwabenya Constituency
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CODA Hands Over Two Projects At Breman Essiam in Ajumako Enyan Essiam District 

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CODA Hands Over Two Projects At Breman Essiam in Ajumako Enyan Essiam District

The Coastal Development Authority (CODA) has handed over a Lorry Park and a modern Community Library to the chiefs and people of Breman Essiam in the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District.

Community Library at Breman Essiam

Community Library at Breman Essiam

The ceremony was graced by traditional leaders led by the paramount Queen mother of Breman Essiam, Nana Efua Esiwa II, the DCE of Ajumako Enyan Essiam, Hon. Ransford Kwesi Nyarko and the DCD, Mr. Abdul Mohammed K. Also in attendance was the Assembly Member of the area, Hon. Ibrahim Issakah, Staff of the AEEDA, Representatives of GPRTU and the general public.

The DCE recounted the deplorable state of the Lorry Park and the Library in the past and commended the efforts made by the Omanhene of the Breman Essiam Traditional Area, Odefour Afankwa III in getting these projects.
Hon. Ransford Nyarko, stated that the projects are a dream come true for the community and the District at large.

The CEO of CODA Jerry Ahmed Shaib ESQ expressed the delight of CODA for the achievement. He was glad that the projects were not imposed by the Authority but rather ones that met the needs and aspirations of the people based on proper consultation with all stakeholders.

He again revealed that the projects being handed over and many others ongoing in the District run under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP). He commended President Akufo-Addo for fulfilling his “one million dollars per constituency” promise to the people of Ghana especially, rural folks. The CODA boss also took the opportunity to outline other projects which were being executed within District.

The gathering was assured of ongoing collaborations with institutions like the Ghana Library Authority to stock the Library as well as GIFEC to provide ICT equipment for the E-Learning wing of the Library.

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GACA, 2021 Rewards Arts And Culture Industry Excellence 

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GACA, 2021 Rewards Arts And Culture Industry Excellence

The 2021 Ghana Arts and Culture Awards came off on Saturday 20 November 2021 at the Alisa Hotel, North Ridge in Accra. The Ghana Arts and Culture Awards seeks to reward individuals and brands excelling within the Arts and Culture industry in Ghana. The event was in partnership with the National Commission on Culture, Ghana Tourism Authority, National Folklore Board and Tourism Society of Ghana under the auspices of Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture. The event was also sponsored by Alisa Hotel, Planet drink, Verna Mineral Water, Ceejay Multimedia, Ankobra Beach Resort, Virtual Hub, Beyond the Return and the Ghana Tourism Authority.
In all, there were 24 categories for various awards on the night.


Check the full list of winners below;
1. Lifetime Achievement Award – Osibisa Band
2. Honorary Award – Amandzeba Nat Brew
3. Honorary Award – Alisa Hotel
4. Honorary Award – Bob Pixel
5. Outstanding Cultural Personality – Nana Krobea Asante Kwahu Mpraeso Adontehene
6. Corporate Support for Arts and Culture – Ghana Tourism Authority
7. Cultural Heritage Entrepreneur – Theophilus Agyekum Sarpong ( Getbusy Art Konsult)
8. Ghanaian Artiste – Ssue
9. Indigenous Caterer – Dimensa
10. Arts and Culture Media (Radio) – Angel fm
11. Arts and Culture Media (Television) – Kantanka Tv
12. Arts and culture media (blog) – Voyageafriq
13. Arts and Culture Media ( Photography) – Dromotion Pictures
14. Arts Festival Event – Black Arts Street Festival
15. Ghanaian Fashion Designer – Eugene d’ Wise
16. Discovery of the Year – Patti Blueh Art
17. Traditional Dance Group – African Music and Dance Foundation
18. Traditional Music Group – Ananse Band
19. Cultural Television Program – Efiri tete (Garden City Tv)
20. Cultural Radio Program – Odomankoma (Opemsuo fm)
21. Spoken Word Artist – Fapempong Acheampong
22. Ghanaian Visual Artist (Sculpture/Ceramic) – Kumi Samuel
23. Ghanaian Visual Artist (Drawing) – Rosebird Ama Dadzie
24. Ghanaian Visual Artist (Painting / Graffiti) – James Mishio

The night also witnessed energizing cultural dance and music performances from Fapempong Acheampong, Akuma Dance Ensemble, Miishe Band and African Dance and Music Foundation. The High Commissioner of South Africa (Her Excellency Grace Mason), Mr. Kifalu S. Masha General Manager of Alisa Hotel, Prophetess Mercy Coffie Chief Servant of Mesukkah Organization Ministry International and CEO of Aunty Aku systems, Mr. Kofi Atta Kakra Kusi Deputy Corporate Affairs Director of the Ghana Tourism Authority ,Mr. Bessa Simons Ag. President MUSIGA, Mrs. Brandina Djaba Wear Ghana Ambassador, Mrs. Alisa Osei Asamoah President of Tour Operators Union of Ghana, Mr. Eric Bannerman CEO of Goldstar Air, Mrs. Delphine Brew Hammond CEO of Miss Tourism Ghana, Mr. Isaac Larmie CEO of Miss Culture Ghana, Mr. Joel F. K Abakah General Manager Ankobra Beach Resort, Mr. Benjamin Oduro Arhin Jnr Asst. Lecturer of School of Creative Arts University of Education Winneba, Gregg Kofi of Osibisa band, Amandzeba Nat Brew, Mr. Peter Akai Anum Executive Director The Head of State Award Scheme and past winners of Miss Tourism Ghana were present at the award ceremony.

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African Court engages Law School of Tanzania students

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African Court engages Law School of Tanzania students

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights has rolled-out a comprehensive programme to engage Law Schools and universities to clarify to the next generation of lawyers of the purpose and objective of the African Court.

It also seeks to use the engagement with up and coming lawyers to understand the operations and powers of the African Continental Court.

In view of the broader scope to school especially law students on its tenets, the African Court has set up Law Schools and Research Centres which will serve as focal point for universities.

Dr. Micha Wiebusch, a Senior Legal Officer at African Court speaking at workshop for law students at Law School of Tanzania said that African Court does not sit as appellate body against national courts.

Instead, it evaluates facts that usually take place in the national context, but it evaluates them in relation to international human rights standards; also, it does not have criminal jurisdiction, or at least, not yet.

“So, we do not establish individual criminal responsibility in relation to international crimes, such as genocide, aggression or war crimes.

“You would be surprised how often people confuse our mandate with that of the International Criminal Court in The Hague or the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, which also had its headquarters in Arusha and still has some residual mechanism there,” he said.

Dr Wiebusch explained that the engagement with universities also provided an opportunity to share insights with scholars on the functioning of the African Court and thereby subjected itself to “fair” and “constructive” criticism, voiced in scientific publications.

“The African Court does take notice of scholarly articles and books that concern it, and it does happen that we change our working methods as a result from an academic study and the evidence-based recommendations contained in them. “This is just to say, that academic writing on the African Court can and has had an impact on the way it operates”.

Dr Wiebusch said the African Court considers law schools and more specifically law students to be particularly important stakeholders because “you are the future of the legal profession.

“In some few years’ time, you will be able to qualify as a registered lawyer on the roster of legal counsel of the African Court and you may be invited by the Court to represent clients before it through its legal aid scheme.

“But even before then, you may be working in law firms or in the ministry of justice, and to strengthen your legal arguments before national courts you may be referring to the case law of the African Court on key issues such as fair trial rights, both in criminal and civil proceedings, or to our case law dealing with electoral matters, or on equality issues.

“Alternatively, it is possible that you may even have a case that you litigate directly before the African Court and will need to be familiar with the procedures of litigation before the African Court.

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