November 15, 2019
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Pepsodent Demonstrates Why Every Smile Matters By Completing Surgery For 2 Year Old Boy Living With A Tumor

Two year-old Christian Baah, now has smiles restored to face after undergoing surgery to remove a benign tumor from his mouth, which had swollen and deformed his face. The surgery was facilitated by the Pepsodent toothpaste brand.

Hailing from Mankessim in the Central region, Christian had lived with the benign tumor since turning one. The condition made him unable to smile, often inflicting pain whenever he ate, spoke or breathed. Little Christian could also not socialize as a result of his condition.

The surgery was performed by doctors of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department in Accra. Pepsodent has a long standing relationship with the Ghana Dental Association (GDA), and as part of the brand’s sustainable living agenda, Pepsodent partnered the GDA to undertake this surgical operation.

An elated mother, Salamatu Ansah, shared her joy with Pepsodent for restoring her son’s smile and bringing happiness to her family.

Joel Boateng, Unilever Oral care Category Manager said “Earlier this year, Pepsodent released global research work that show that oral health issues impact children’s self-esteem and their potential to perform at school, socialize and thrive. Since Pepsodent is all about protecting the Ghanaian smile, the brand decided to intervene in Christian’s life and give him back the gift of his beautiful smile.”

This intervention forms part of Pepsodent’ s commitment to improve oral health in Ghana. Every year, Pepsodent partners the Ghana Education Service and Ghana Dental Association to go into schools and teach children the correct way to brush under the ‘Brush Day and Night Campaign’. In addition, the brand provides free oral health screening in many markets and community centers nationwide. Pepsodent is on a mission to reach 10 million children with this brush day and night campaign by 2023 and has currently reached 5.2 million children.

“Unilever’s oral brands have been working on protecting smiles through free dental check-ups and school programmes for 25 years, to spread outstanding oral health across the globe, added Mr Boateng”.

For further information about Unilever Ghana, kindly contact the Head of Corporate Communications and Sustainability on or by phone on 0206436295.

Ogilvy Africa Names Vikas Mehta As It’s New CEO

Ogilvy Africa has named Vikas Mehta as its new Chief Executive Officer. He takes over from Mathieu Plassard who is moving to Ogilvy South Africa in a new role.

Until his appointment, Vikas was the CEO of Mullen Lintas, in India. He will take on this new role effective December 2019, said Bharat Thakrar, CEO of WPP-Scangroup which owns the Ogilvy Africa Agency Network.

“Vikas has the right combination of leadership, people and technology skills to continue to scale Ogilvy Africa to even greater heights. This is something he has demonstrated extraordinarily well over the years as proven by his career track record of 15 years in various agency leadership roles across Asia-Pacific markets including Singapore and Vietnam,” said Thakrar.

He said the agency has confidence in Vikas’s ability to be an outstanding, collaborative leader, and most importantly a remarkable brand partner for clients.

A strategist by training, Vikas has experience spanning managing units across disciplines including advertising (on and offline), digital transformation, social, shopper & experiential and PR & influence. He believes in an omni-channel approach to building brands which creates a unified experience across consumer touchpoints.

“In most markets that I have worked in, Ogilvy has been the one to beat. I have tremendous respect for the network and it’s an exciting time to bring the ambition of One Ogilvy to life in Africa. With Bharat’s vision and Paul’s keen support, I think Ogilvy has the right recipe in place to author the next chapter of its evolution across the continent. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my work in D&E markets in Asia and hope to bring that on board in contributing to Ogilvy’s continued success in Africa.” Said Vikas on his appointment.

New to Ogilvy leadership team, Vikas joined Ammirati Puris Lintas in 2002, based in its New Delhi office. After a brief stint with Leo Burnett, he returned to the network in 2006, moving to Lowe Viet Nam in Ho Chi Minh City. At the age of 31, he was named Managing Director – Lowe Viet Nam, making him the youngest country head in the global network. Under his leadership, the agency went on to create some iconic campaigns, dominate effectiveness awards in the region and become the largest creative agency in the country.

In 2011, he was named Regional Growth Officer for Lowe Asia-Pacific. Based in Singapore, the role was instrumental in charting out and implementing the strategy for business and capability expansion for the network. The role included 15 countries across the region including North Asia, Greater China, South & South-East Asia and the Pacific with a focus on developing and emerging (D&E) markets.

He moved to India in 2013 to head marketing for Mullen Lowe Lintas Group as the first CMO in Indian advertising. Since then, he’s played several roles in the group including Head of Digital, President Group Marketing Services and then founding the group’s omni-channel creative agency, PointNine Lintas in 2017. Built as a beta (version 0.9) of a new operating model for an integrated agency, PointNine Lintas was incubated and successfully merged with the group’s flagship agency, Lowe Lintas. Vikas took on the role of CEO at Mullen Lintas in January this year.

Whilst congratulating Vikas on his appointment, Chairman and CEO, Ogilvy & Mather Europe, Africa, and Middle-East Paul O’Donnell said Vikas has the skills needed to build the agency of the future and his experience as an Omni channel practitioner will give an edge to the solutions needed to develop the agency.

While announcing the changes, Thakrar, thanked Mathieu who he said had created a solid team across Ogilvy markets in Africa, focusing on client needs, business growth and continuity that saw the firm win 4 of the industry coveted Cannes Lions awards in 2017, among others.

Headquartered in Nairobi, Ogilvy Africa has solidified its presence as a leading creative communications agency, with several global awards reflecting success in various campaigns.

‘Shove your $190m PDS cash into your an*s’ – NPP’s Fadi Daboussi tells US govt

Ghanaian-Lebanese and sympathizer of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) with close links to the presidency, Fadi Daboussi has called on the United States to shove their $190m PDS grant in support of the Ghana Power Compact into their backside.

He was reacting to a news story that the U.S $190 million grant for PDS is no longer available after Akufo-Addo government decided to terminate the concession agreement. The money was meant to help Ghana improve its power sector with the long goal of making power affordable and efficient.

Fadi believes none of that is true, as the U.S had other motives.

In an article authored by Fadi Dabbousi sighted by, the NPP member said, “well, guess what, as they say in American slangs, “they can shove that 190 million USD up where the moon don’t shiiiiiine”!!!”

According to him, the U.S knows Ghana is bound to be another Malaysia under Akufo-Addo for which reason the U.S wants to toil with Ghana’s sovereignty, adding that the US enjoyed under NDC because NDC minds “ejaculated filth”.

“They [U.S] know that Ghana would be another Malaysia under President Akufo-Addo, so the Americans are using “Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact”, MCCC, as the trump card to threaten the sovereignty of our country.” He explained.

Mr. Dabbousi called on Ghanaians not to be “U.S puppets” but should rally around ECG as the company is already doing well under its current management.

“Let the Electricity Company of Ghana continue to run without interference from any third party leech. After all, the current management under the chairmanship of, Keli Gadzekpo, and the Managing Director, Ing Boakye-Appiah, were, and still, are, doing a magnificent job, keeping Dumsor at bay… Let us not be puppets in the hands of Americans and the neo-colonialists who have Africa in their grip, tearing at us with their cannibalism and immorality.” He added.

Mr. Dabbousi who is a well-known critic of the opposition leader John Mahama, said the “Americans thought they could twist our arm where it hurts most by threatening to cancel the 190million US Dollar tranche that was due Ghana under the “MCCC” account…” he asked.

In his opinion, the U.S brought the MCC cash “to consolidate their grip on Africa, and Ghana, in light of the massive Chinese presence on the continent”.

“The astuteness and extreme competence of President Akufo-Addo, though, took them by storm. They thought that he would be yet another John Mahama, who would allow them unfettered control of the country to stage their immorality and LGBT farce,” he wrote.

He added: “President Akufo-Addo has sacked PDS! I have never once lost faith in him because he is ordained with a sense of nationalism, loyalty, patriotism, and unrelenting love for Ghanaians. He will never betray this great nation! He heard our cries, and did the needful.”


ADB Boss projects profitable year

The Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) Limited is on course to record an impressive performance this year, continuing the bank’s significant growth in deposit, over the past three years.

According to ADB, from some GHC2.1 billion in December 16, it has already recorded GHC 3.0 billion representing 42 percent growth as of September 2019.

The Bank attributes this growth to a combination of deposit mobilization strategies targeted at both Parastatal, Corporate, SME and Retail markets.

In a presentation titled “ADB to the next level”, from back to back operating losses recorded in 2015 and 2016 respectively, the Managing Director (MD) ADB, Dr. John Mensah, said it has since 2017, set itself on a trajectory of profitability.

ADB recorded some GHS47.3 million in 2017 and GHS34.1million in 2018 adding “The Bank is well on course to achieve profitability in 2019 as well”.

As its name suggests, ADB between 2015 and 2016 established an Agric Finance Department located within the Head Office in Accra. The following year that is 2017, the department was restructured into an Agribusiness Division headed by General Manager (GM) who is part of the Executive Committee.

The Division has since been expanded into two main departments, namely Agric services and Agric value chain. So far,some 36 Agric desks, have been set up across branches and more are in the offing the Bank assured.

Units have also been set up under the agribusiness for specific government initiatives such as the government’s One District One Factory (1D1F) and GREL projects.

The Bank is expecting to grow its Agric loan portfolio by 50 percent of the total loans by 2022.

Touching on the future of the Bank, the MD said the future will be guided by a five-year strategic plan namely financial growth, increase market share, human capital development, prudent information, and risk management and market development.

On Financial growth, Dr Mensah said: “We want to drive a strong and robust balance sheet with good quality loans with an emphasis on Agribusiness and Agric Value chain activities”.

He continued that his outfit will seek to increase its market share through customer care and service quality innovative products and services that will make them tall among their competitors and as well continue to improve on job satisfaction, increase motivation and professionalism among the staff to achieve the target set for human capital development.

On prudent information and risk management, Dr. Mensah said “To preserve the continuous institution of structures and application to enhance statutory compliance, information flow and framework to withstand business shocks through prudent risk management, crisis management and reduction in information asymmetry.

ADB will in the coming years be attempting to go into some of the untapped markets through what it calls “Selective market entries, setting up non-banking financial institutions and CSR”, to develop its market.

Shareholders’ equity has progressively increased over the period according to the bank adding beyond the initial public offer in 2016, which brought in additional equity of GHS200million, the Bank through a rights issue, raised GHS277million.

With the fresh injection from GAT, the Bank said it is poised to expand its activities even further.

The Agricultural Development Bank was first established as the Rural Credit Department of the Bank of Ghana in 1964 to study the problems of agricultural credit and prepare the necessary legislation, plans, and procedures for the establishment of an Agricultural Credit Bank.

In 1965, Parliament passed an act (ACT 286) to incorporate the Agricultural Credit and Co-operative Bank to promote and modernize the agricultural sector. The Bank started operations in the same year taking the assets and liabilities of the Rural Credit Department of the Bank of Ghana.


Microfinance companies take on receiver over latest directive to customers

The Ghana Microfinance Institutions Network has described as misleading a release by the Receiver of the collapsed microfinance institutions that 96 branches of the 347 companies placed into receivership remain open for business.

The receiver announced that 96 branches of the 347 microfinance companies that were placed into receivership by the Bank of Ghana are still open for customers of these defunct institutions to either make their claims for locked funds or repay their existing loans.

A notice issued by the receiver also said effectively, the receiver will stop operating from any branch of affected microfinance institution that is not included in the 96 branches it has selected.

The Bank of Ghana on May 31, 2019, revoked the licenses of 347 microfinance institutions over various instances of regulatory breaches and appointed Eric Nana Nipah as receiver of the collapsed institutions.

But in an interview with Citi Business News Executive Director for Ghana Microfinance Institutions Network Yaw Gyamfi said the story is misleading and urged the receiver to come out to clarify the release.

“I must admit that it is a bit misleading and that is quite worrying. I think they should come back to the public and make them know that they haven’t given them their license back to operate but rather they have left those offices open for people who still haven’t filed their claims; for people who still want to make enquiries about what to do and for those who even want to have an update as to when the receiver is paying them.

These are for me the main issues that need to be addressed. But the way they have put it looks as if they have given out new licenses for people to operate and that’s not it at all,” he said.

Receiver’s notice

According to the statement issued by the receiver, on the matter of depositors yet to receive their locked up funds, “it continues to make payments to the extent possible, to depositors whose claims in the receiverships have been duly validated and admitted.”


Alleged $75,000 bus price: GH Daewoo tackles Kevin Taylor’s propaganda

The local agents of international automobile giant Daewoo, GH Daewoo has downplayed what the company claims is calculated, well-crafted mischief by lead social media propagandist Kelvin Taylor of ‘With All Due Respect platform.’

GH Daewoo led by its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ofori Poku, is admonishing Ghanaians and the general public to treat Kevin Taylor with the highest level of contempt particularly regarding issues relating to a bus contract by the Ministry of Transport to purchase 50 Daewoo buses which he (Kevin Taylor) claimed one is supposed to sell for $75,000.

Kevin Taylor after making references to prices of the Daewoo buses sited on leading global E-Commerce platform Alibaba, claims bloated and overpriced figures.

But on the contrary, according to GH Daewoo, there is more to the listings on Alibaba and it is not just about the pricing.

GH Daewoo and its international partner Zyle Daewoo Commercial Vehicle have made it clear in a press statement that the company hold in high esteem the unblemished reputation of Daewoo motors and would not engage in anything fictitious let alone getting involved in over-pricing scandals.

Below is the full statement signed by the company’s Regional Manager, Overseas Division, T.K. Kim

RE: Daewoo Bus Price

The attention of Zyle Daewoo Commercial Vehicle has been drawn on a social media publication to the effect that our representative in Ghana GH-Daewoo has been implicated for overpricing the cost of our bus models GL6127HK and GDW6121HK for US$175,000 each instead of $75,000 as it purportedly shown on Alibaba website. We would like to state for the followings in order to understand the situation more correctly.

We would like to point out some issues why the broadcasting has not reflected the following facts;

The Guilin GDW6121HK model displayed on Alibaba is just a sample price and lowest and standard price in order to tempt the customer.

There is no specification fixed. It is an ideal price with no adding option price There is no trade terms such as EXW, FOB, CIF etc. It has to be discussed when the actual order made. It is only EXW price.

There is another model such as GL6127 (please see below) the price range $75,000-$135,000 on Alibaba. It really shows there will be differences by specification and price with option. Our exporting models to GH (GDW6121HK and GL6127HK) includes many Korean parts such as E/G, T/M, Clutch etc., we Zyle Daewoo HQ supplied to Gulin for assembly.

Meanwhile, the Alibaba price is based on only all Chinese components. There is no mention about Warranty condition, and training and PDI, parts and dealer margin for additional cost to be included.

We, Zyle Daewoo HQ state categorically that we sold the models GL6127HK and GDW6121HK to our Distributor GH DAEWOO MOTORS LTD. In Ghana at cost of US$175,000 per unit.

We strongly issue a disclaimer and repudiate the claim by Kevin Taylor that our models GL6127HK and GDW6121HK should have been sold for $75,000.

Please check below website (Alibaba)

Counting on your cooperation

T.K. Kim/Regional Manager

Overseas Business Division

Source: Ghana Daewoo

Bui Power, University of Ghana sign MoU on solar power

The Bui Power Authority (BPA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Ghana to provide a 2.5 megawatts (MW) solar farm for the university.

The agreement will grant the BPA access to the project site, covering about 10 acres, to conduct feasibility studies on the project.

The MoU covers the scope of work, design, implementation plan and financing.

Apart from generating electricity, which will be tied to the national interconnected transmission system, the project will also serve as a research center for the university.

The feasibility studies are expected to be completed within a month.

The CEO of the BPA, Mr Fred Oware, signed for the authority, while the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Office of Research Innovation and Development, Prof.

Francis Dodoo, signed for the university.


Mr Oware said the MoU was a product of more than a year of engagement with the university on the solar project.

He said a lot of studies had been done behind the scenes on the project, which would turn around the energy situation in the university.

He said the MoU would enable the BPA Board to provide funding for the project, adding: “Today puts our best foot forward towards the realisation of this project.”

He said work had started on a 100MW solar farm by the BPA at Bui. “If we pass the feasibility stage and we get authorisation from you, we will be happy to complete it in a very short time.

We are doing this with our own engineers and technicians.

“Once we finish it, the university will also benefit from our students’ partnership, which we have had over the years.

There will be no expatriate in the team,” he added.

He said the authority would work with the Engineering Department of the university for students to gain practical experience.

Mr Oware declined to give the cost of the project, saying “we guarantee you that what we will give you will be first-class work”.


For his part, Prof. Dodoo described as fruitful the partnership with the BPA on the project, which included the use of windmills for power generation.

He said the project, when completed, would significantly reduce the university’s power woes.

“The vice-chancellor sees this as an opportunity for our scientists, scholars and students to latch on,” he said.

The Dean of the university’s College of Engineering Sciences, Prof. Boateng Onwona-Agyeman, also said the project, when completed, would significantly reduce power consumption by the university.


KIA rated best in West Africa

The Airport Council International (ACI) has ranked the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) the best in West Africa.

The rankings which were done in the first quarter of 2019 also rated KIA the fourth-best in Africa, an improvement from the previous year where it was ranked sixth.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who disclosed this at an ongoing annual general assembly of the Airport Council said government is strictly adhering to quality standards to position KIA as the preferred in the world.

“Ghana’s aviation industry has seen considerable growth in recent years, made possible by the continuous creation of a stable political, social and economic climate. We have liberalised the regulatory framework within which the industry operates.

“In addition to this, we have abolished the 17.5 percent VAT on domestic airfares which has led to almost a doubling of domestic passenger traffic,” he added.

The president also disclosed that international passenger numbers have grown by 6.7 percent as at September 2019 compared to 2018.

Airfreight movement has also increased by 5.9 percent with 38 airlines currently operating in Ghana, connecting directly to 30 different destinations around the globe.

This generated some 2.7 billion dollars to Ghana’s GDP in 2017 alone.

According to the 2017 figures released by the International Air Travel Association (IATA) the global air transport industry supports 62.7 million jobs worldwide.

Aviation’s global economic impact amounts in value to $2.7 trillion with 3.5 percent of global GDP generated supported by aviation. The figures also show that every day, 9.8 million passengers take to the air with 104, 000 flights and $18.6 billion worth of goods are carried.

IATA notes that air traffic globally has been growing at five percent annually and is projected to grow at 5.6 percent per year over the next 20 years.

The air traffic transport industry in Africa in 2017 supported some 6.2 million jobs and contributed 55.8 billion dollars to Africa’s gross domestic product with a 4.5 percent growth rate.

According to AITA Africa by 2037 and with an annual growth rate of 4.5 percent will have a total market of 334 million passengers.

President Akufo-Addo does not want Ghana left out of this growth.

He indicated that in order to maximise the full potential and benefits of the aviation industry, upon assumption of office in 2017, his government established the Aviation Ministry to develop the Ghanaian Aviation Industry and make it competitive in West Africa with an ultimate goal of making it a hub within the region and beyond.

“Completing ongoing aviation projects in all parts of the country reassure me that this vision will soon be realised.

“We have started the construction of new aprons at the northern end of the KIA, the construction of new passenger terminal buildings for the Kumasi and Tamae international airports – alternatives to KIA – and the rehabilitation of the Sunyani Airport,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo also revealed the Aviation Ministry has initiated plans for a dedicated programme, dubbed the Aviation Driven Development with the aim of using aviation as the driver of socio-economic transformation.

This project will see a maintenance overhaul and repairs facility at the Tamale International Airport, construction of cargo facilities, development of aviation training organisation and construction of state of art control tower at KIA, among others.

“Our airports will continue to undergo systematic facelifts through in infrastructure rehabilitation. We also intend to continue to open up the country by constructing addition airports to serve as feeders for the KIA.

“The progress being made in the aviation sector, is ample evidence of our commitment to collaborate and cooperate with all industry stakeholders and to champion the cause of global and regional policies such as the ‘no country left behind initiative’, the single African air transport market and thereby enhance safety and security,” the president said.


Why attack my personality over your funds? – Nduom to Gold Coast Customers

Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, the Chairman of Groupe Nduom, has expressed shock at the demonstration organised by customers of Gold Coast Fund Management over their funds.

The bunisess mogul said it was surprising the demonstrators attacked his personality when the company has taken steps to repay customers to the tune of over GHc200 million.

In a post on Facebook, Dr. Nduom said: ”Everyday our central office calls people and they are paid through the banks or MOMO. I agree the pace is not fast as we all wish to cover everyone. But the company is making payments UNLIKE several investment and finance houses who are not able to do as we are doing.

So where from this “demonstration” and the attacks on me personally? To want to destroy the very businesses customers expect their monies to come from?”

The customers on Tuesday held a demonstration demanding their funds.

They held placards with different incriptions embossed on them.

The demonstration started from the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange about 9:30 a.m., snaking through Farisco, Adabraka to the Trades Union Congress, then to the High Street and the Ministry of Finance before finally ending at the seat of government, the Jubilee House.

Read Below his full post

Demonstration against Payment of Investment?

This morning, there was a “demonstration” not against the company people invested their monies with but against me, Papa Kwesi Nduom. And it is unfortunate. GCFM now BlackShield accepted monies for investment as it had done successfully for 25 years. No one has lost their investment all these years.

The company has invested funds with good results and the customers have enjoyed good returns.

Unfortunately, one of the investments made has had challenges – the prefinancing of government infrastructure projects. Something that had been done successfully for 15 years and over that period about 14 billion Ghana cedis has been invested in schools, roads, bridges, sea defense and other important projects.

This is the area the company has faced challenges because the government agencies have not paid the contractors who now owe about 2.4 billion Ghana cedis.

We have even gone to court to redeem some of these investments.

While we wait for the big monies to come in, we have been making payments to customers – direct cash and asset swaps now to the tune of over 200 million Ghana cedis.

Everyday our central office calls people and they are paid through the banks or MOMO. I agree the pace is not fast as we all wish to cover everyone. But the company is making payments UNLIKE several investment and finance houses who are not able to do as we are doing.

So where from this “demonstration” and the attacks on me personally? To want to destroy the very businesses customers expect their monies to come from?

We will continue to make planned payments until everyone is satisfied.

Yes, some are just doing politics with this no doubt. But we are serious about our business.

Everyone will be paid. Not everyone at once. But no one will lose their investment.

As for the insults, too bad. But after all, this is the Ghana we are in.


Nduom worse than NAM1 – Aggrieved Gold Coast customers protest

Aggrieved customers of Gold Coast Fund Management have likened the Chairman of Groupe Nduom, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom to estranged Menzgold boss, Nana Appiah Mensah.

According to the customers who are protesting today, Dr Nduom is no different from NAM1 because he has absconded with their money to the United States.

‘Dr. Nduom is worse than Nam 1’, some of the many placards displayed by the demonstrators read.

The customers are agitated by Groupe Nduom’s claim that they were directed by the Security and Exchange Commission to invest the money they had for a 3-year period.

“We signed a contract. Did you inform me before reinvesting my money?” they questioned.

They are calling for the arrest of Dr Nduom, stating that he is not above the law.

Public Relations Officer for the group, Charles Nyame, described the situation as unfair stating that there are many people suffering because their monies have been locked up.

“This is our hard-earned money people have saved since the bank started and there is nothing to show for it. It’s not right for you to take the monies and put them under your bed.” He fumed.

The protestors carried placards with inscriptions such as ‘Nduom is a Democratic fraudster’, ‘Why is govt shielding Dr Nduom to rob us?’ and ‘Dr Nduom bring back the money of pensioners’.

Another placard directed at the President Akufo-Addo read, ‘Mr President, your children are dying’.