NACOB, COURT IN TANGO
Over bail for alleged drug Baron, accomplice
STOP TWISTING SUPREME COURT RULING – ASANTEHENE
GHIE TO LAUNCH ‘ENGINEERS BIBLE
To find solutions to key National challenges
BLOWS OVER MAHAMA $100, 000 CAR
A comment by Communications Minister, Dr Edward Omane Boamah that President John Mahama is ‘incorruptible’ has incensed some people who believe the president cannot be elevated to that status through propaganda.
VEEP BROTHER ROOTS FOR NANA
Drama unfolded at Moree in the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese (AAK) District of the Central Region when Patrick Mantey, brother of Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, openly declared his intention to join the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and campaign for the party to win the upcoming elections.
WIDOW FLOORS KPESSA-WHYTE
The Acting Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS) Dr Michael Kpessa-Whyte, was on Saturday pushed further into political obscurity when he lost his bid of becoming the parliamentary candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the Shai-Osudoku Constituency of the Greater Accra Region.
YOU CAN’T BAN SOCIAL MEDIA – CHAMBAS TELLS IGP
Ghanaian born Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWA), Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas, has indicated strongly that the UN would not endorse any attempts to ban social media in Ghana during elections.
GHANAIANS ARE WORSE OFF IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
The combined effect of rising inflation, cedi depreciation, multiple taxes and little or no increase in wages/salaries have significantly weakened the consumer purchasing power of Ghanaians.
GHANA HAS NO RELIABLE AGRICULTURAL DATA – MINISTER
The Minister of Food and Agriculture cannot depend on some of its present database for planning and operational purposes because the data is not current.
KOFI ANNAN TO SPEAK AT 2016 ‘KRONTI NE AKWAMU’ LECTURE
Ghana’s only Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, Kofi Annan is billed to speak at this year’s edition of ‘Kronti ne Akwamu’ Lecture on Thursday at the College of Physicians and Surgeons.
41 YOUNG GHANAIANS IN USA TO MEET PREZ OBAMA
A total of 41 young leaders from Ghana are in the United States of America to meet President Barack Obama.
DESERTIFICATION IS THREAT TO AGRICULTURE AND ENERGY – MINISTER
Mr Mahama Ayariga, the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation, has said desertification was a major threat to the agriculture and energy sectors.
UN OPPOSES IGP’S ELECTION DAY SOCIAL MEDIA BAN – IBN CHAMBAS
The United Nations Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas has stated that the UN would not support the social media ban on election day reportedly being considered by the Inspector General of Police.
POLICE PURSUES TEACHER FOR ALLEGEDLY BUTCHERING WIFE
The Akatsi District Police Command has launched a manhunt for a teacher in Akatsi, for allegedly butchering his wife. Adome Emmanuel, a tutor of Wlutey RC Basic School, believed to be in his early 30s, was on Saturday June 18, reported to have butchered his wife Dzotefe Fortune.
NANA ADDO PROMISES ‘1 DISTRICT-1 FACTORY’ POLICY
The 2016 presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, as part of plans to industrialize and transform the Ghanaian economy, has indicated that his government plans to help establish a factory in each of the 216 districts across the country, if he wins the 2016 elections.
KPESSA WHYTE IS EVIL, CAN’T WORK WITH HIM – NDC PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE
Newly elected National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament aspirant for the Shai-Osudoku constituency, Linda Akwele Ocloo has described Dr. Kpessa Whyte as “a very evil man” whom she cannot work with. She beat Dr. Whyte in the keenly contested election over the weekend polling 5,516 votes as against 3, 372 votes for Dr. Whyte.
INTERIOR MINISTRY REVIEW CURFEW HOURS IN FOUR AREAS
The Ministry of Interior has reviewed the curfew hours in four areas of the country. They are Kpatinga and its environs in the Northern Region from 12:00 midnight to 0400 hours, Bimbilla Township in Northern Region from 1800 hours to 0600 hours, Alavanyo and Nkonya townships in the Volta Region from 2300 hours 0500 hours all effective Friday, June 17.
AKYEM ODA CITIZENS ASSOCIATION APPEALS TO GOVT TO COMPLETE BIRIM BRIDGE PROJECT
The Akyem Oda Concerned Citizens Association (AKOCCA) has appealed to the Government to release funds for the completion of rehabilitation works on the Birim Bridge. The steel bridge in the Birim Central Municipality of the Eastern Region is in a dilapidated state as the work had been abandoned by the contractor due to lack of funds.
GOVT BEGINS REVALUATION OF ECG FIXED ASSETS FOR PRIVATISATION
The Ghana government will today, June 20 begin a detailed revaluation of the fixed assets of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).
PPP DEMANDS FRESH INVESTIGATION INTO STX KOREA DEAL
The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has called for fresh investigations into the abortive STX Korea deal following recent reports of a 100,000 dollar car gift to President Dramani Mahamah by a Burkinabe contractor.
DRUG POLICY CONSORTIUM PRESSURISES GHANA TO DECRIMINALIZE CANNABIS
The West Africa Civil Society Institute is backing the call for Ghana to decriminalize cannabis as the world prepares to mark world drugs day on June 26.
WITCHES’ ON THE RUN AFTER DEATH OF MAN
Alleged witches are on the run after they were accused of killing 37-year-old man at Kpene, a community near Sagnarigu in the Northern region.
POLICE ARRESTS 17 OVER ST. JOHN’S TEACHERS ASSAULT
Seventeen suspects are in the grips of the Nima Police Command over their alleged involvement in the attack of teaches of the St. John’s 1 and 2 Primary School a few weeks ago.
GHANA IS POLARISED – CHRISTIAN COUNCIL
The Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) has urged Ghanaians to take conscious steps to ensure that this year’s election is peaceful, free and fair.
OMANE BOAMAH DOESN’T UNDERSTAND INCORRUPTIBILITY – PPP
The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has taken a swipe at the Communications Minister, Dr Edward Omane Boamah for his comments that President John Dramani Mahama is an incorruptible man.
FUEL FOR POWER TO COST US$1BN
More than US$1.18billion is needed this year to buy fuel required to fire thermal power plants in order for the country to meet its electricity demand, Ghana’s energy outlook report has said.
BOG SEEKS LEGAL BACKING TO STOP FINANCING GOVT
The Central bank is seeking legal backing to the proposed New Bank of Ghana (Amendment) bill 2015 to enable it implement its zero-financing policy, whereby government would no longer be able to borrow from the Bank.
SSNIT CASHES IN ON ECOBANK’S ACQUISITION OF TTB
The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) has lauded Ecobank for its consistent growth in dividend payment since the bank’s acquisition of The Trust Bank (TTB) from the former in 2012.
GNPC DEFENDS ITS INVESTMENTS
Mr Alex Mould, Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), has defended the Corporation’s investments over the past few years – saying they are strategic and forward-looking.
NPP FIGHTS GOVT OVER $832M
The minority in Parliament has vehemently condemned government’s decision to approve $832 million tax waiver on a $1.5 billion port expansion project, which is being undertaken by Meridian Port Services (MPS) Limited.
WHY POWER CRISIS STILL PERSIST?
Stakeholders at the World Economy Forum on Africa, recently held in Kigali, Rwanda, have identified inadequate financing, policy inconsistency and bureaucratic bottlenecks as some of the major problems confronting power supply in Africa including Ghana.
GHANA INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION BILL
A bill to make all relevant World Trade Organisation’s agreement and contingency trade protection measures part of Ghana’s legal regime would soon become law.
TRADE MINISTER CHARGES MANUFACTURERS TO MEET INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS
Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Minister of Trade and Industry, has charged manufacturers to apply barcodes technologies to their products to be able to compete, secure and maintain an export market the global market.
DVLA TO PROCURE DRIVERS’ LICENSES IN TWO WEEKS FROM JULY
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) says it will in July have the capacity to produce drivers’ licenses within two weeks. The delays in the time it takes to procure drivers’ licenses have led to the soaring activities of illegal contractors known in local parlance as the “Goro boys”.
TOURISTS SHUN GHANA’S 5-STAR HOTELS
A new report conducted by international online hotel booking company, JOVAGO has revealed that visitors who come to Ghana for tourism purposes do not search and patronize 5-star rated hotels.
MASS RESIGNATIONS HIT COCOA PROCESSING COMPANY
Hundreds of workers are resigning from the Cocoa Processing Company (CPC) in Tema over the mismanagement of the facility by the current administration. The development comes barely three months after the company stated that it is hopeful of meeting its 2016 target of processing about 3000 metric tonnes of cocoa beans after shutting down for maintenance works in January this year.
GHANA GAINS DESPITE SHARP DROP IN CRUDE OIL PRICES – NRGI
The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) has stated that Ghana gained from the drop in oil prices on the world market despite a significant decrease in revenue accrued from export of the commodity.
PAPER TRADE FACILITATION IN GHANA BY 2017
The country currently has a semi-paperless status where a chunk of the process involved in the import, export and transit of goods is carried out manually. The objective to go completely electronic forms part of the third phase of the Ghana National Single Window (GNSW) project being undertaken by the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority.
NTHC TO EMBARK ON FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAM
National Trust Holding Company (NHTC) is set to embark on financial literacy programme targeted at the youth.
MP PUSHES FOR TIGHTER REGULATIONS FOR MOBILE MONEY OPERATIONS
A member on Parliament’s Finance Committee, Dr. Mark Osei Assibey-Yeboah, is pushing for tighter regulations for mobile money transactions in the country.
GN BANK ARRIVES IN LIBERIA
Groupe Nduom has officially commissioned GN Bank in Liberia. GN Bank Liberia Limited is one of the over 50 subsidiaries that constitute the Groupe Nduom conglomerate.
INCLUDE MARITIME TRADE IN CURRICULA OF MEDIA INSTITUTIONS – FIFI KWETEY
The Minister of Transport, Mr. Fifi Kwetey, has called for the inclusion of a course on Maritime Trade and Transport in the curricula of media institutions, to help journalists specialise in the area.
WORKSHOP ON FISHERIES ENFORCEMENT HELD
More than thirty police men and women of the Ghana Police Marine Unit in Tema have attended a three day workshop on fisheries enforcement. The workshop was organised by the Fisheries Commission in collaboration with Friends of the Nation, a socio-environmental advocacy Non governmental Organisation and sponsored by United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
NIGERIAN PRESIDENT RETURNS AFTER TREATMENT IN BRITAIN
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after almost two weeks in Britain where he was treated for an ear infection. “I am okay. You can see me inspecting the guards of honor,” the president told the throng of reporters waiting at the airport.
AFRICA SUMMIT TACKLES VIOLENCE AGAINST ALBINOS
A “Miss and Mister Albino” contest, heavy sentences for ritual murder and concrete graves to ward off tomb raiders were all discussed at a UN summit on albinism concluding in Tanzania on Monday.
RECORD 65 MILLION PEOPLE DISPLACED WORLDWIDE: UN
The number of people displaced worldwide has hit a new record, with 65.3 million people forced from their home as of the end of 2015, the UN said on Monday. “This is the first time that the threshold of 60 million has been crossed,” the UN refugee agency said.
TRUMP SAYS U.S. SHOULD MULL MORE RACIAL PROFILING AFTER ORLANDO SHOOTING
Republican Donald Trump said on Sunday the United States should consider more racial profiling, in response to a question about whether he supported greater law enforcement scrutiny of Muslim Americans after the Orlando mass shooting.
ITALY’S RENZI SUFFERS VOTE SETBACK AS 5-STAR MAKES BIG BREAKTHROUGH
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was trounced by the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement in local elections in Rome and Turin on Sunday, clouding his chances of winning a do-or-die referendum in October.
MY ‘COMPLIMENT’ COMMENT ABOUT TRUMP MISINTERPRETED – PUTIN
Russian President Vladimir Putin walked back some of his previous praise for U.S. presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump on Friday at a forum, where he also called the United States the world’s only superpower.
SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS AT LEAST 14 IN AFGHAN CAPITAL, OFFICIAL SAYS
A suicide bomber killed at least 14 people and wounded eight in an attack on a minibus carrying Nepalese security contractors in the Afghan capital, Kabul, early on Monday, officials said.
U.S. TO RELEASE PARTIAL TRANSCRIPTS OF FLORIDA CLUB GUNMAN’S CALLS
U.S. officials will release transcripts of phone calls placed to emergency 911 dispatchers by a gunman during a shooting rampage a week ago that killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Sunday.
SIX KILLED IN MEXICO DURING TEACHERS’ PROTEST AGAINST POLICE
Six people were killed and 53 injured in Mexico on Sunday when clashes broke out between members of a teachers’ trade union and police at a protest that police say had been infiltrated by armed individuals who shot at officers and threw petrol bombs.
GERMANY’S STEINMEIER FAVOURS GRADUAL PHASING-OUT OF RUSSIA SANCTIONS
The European Union should gradually phase out sanctions imposed against Russia over the Ukraine crisis if there is substantial progress in the peace process, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was quoted on Sunday as saying.
MORE THAN 10,000 PROTEST AGAINST RACISM IN SEVERAL GERMAN CITIES
Thousands of Germans formed human chains against racism in several large cities on Sunday after a surge in hate crimes against foreigners following a record influx of more than a million migrants last year.
AUSTRIAN FOREIGN MINISTER CALLS FOR IMPROVING RELATIONSHIP WITH MOSCOW
Austria’s foreign minister said on Sunday it was time for the European Union to make an effort to identify common ground with Russia.
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