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NEWS HEADLINES- FEBRUARY 2 2015

2-2-2015

MAHAMA LEADS ECOWAS FOR DEBT FORGIVENESS

President John Dramani Mahama has announced that the Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS ) had put in a special appeal to development partners and the international donor community to forgive the debts of the most affected Ebola countries in the sub-region.

HACKERS TAKE DOWN CHRAJ WEBSITE

Hackers calling themselves the Hani Xavi and claiming to be based in Tunisia took down the website of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) over the weekend.

ENERGY MINISTRY SAYS IT IS WORKING TO END LOAD SHEDDING

The Energy Ministry has outlined measures to reduce the current load shedding that has been described as the worst power-rationing in Ghana’s

‘ECG NOT TO BLAME FOR POWER CUTS’

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) says it cannot be blamed for the current power outages, popularly referred to as ‘dumsor, dumsor’, in the country.

HELL AT BAWJIASE HOME – CHILDREN REDUCED TO SEX OBJECTS, STARVED AND ENSLAVED

When benevolent organizations and individuals donate to orphanages, they expect that their donations, both in kind and in cash, will be out to good use.

TEN PROJECT PASSES HALFWAY STAGE

Ghana’s second major oil development, the Twenboa, Enyenra and Ntomme (TEN), successfully passed the 50 percent overall completion stage last week.

METHODIST VARSITY CAN’T BE BLAMED

The Methodist University College (MUC) says it cannot be blamed for carrying out the directive of the National Accreditation Board (NAB) to withdraw 651 students from the school because of deficiencies in their admission requirements

OTUMFUO BLASTS MAHAMA

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has balsted the John Mahama-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration over allegations that the Asantes (natives of the Ashanti Region) are being discriminated against in the areas of appointments and employment opportunities in the country.

NDC ‘COCAINE BOY’ FREED

The lower Manya Krobo constituency Youth Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), David Tettey Kama., who arrested in connection with heroin at the Aviance Cargo Village at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA), has been granted bail by an Accra Human Rights court.

9 PRAYER WARRIORS KILLED

Nine members of the Moment of Glorious Prayer Army (MOGPA) at Abrankese near Kuntanase in the Bosomtwe District of the Ashanti Region met their untimely deaths when one of their buses ran into another at Adansi Kusa near Fomena.

POLICE COUNCIL ACCUSED

The Police Council is being accused of creating disaffection for the top police hierarchy by creating non-existing positions to appease officers who wer not promoted in the recent promotion in the service.

24-HR DUM, 12-HR SOR

The Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) has declined to explain the cause of the worsening power crisis in the country.

ACCESS TO TERTIARY EDUCATION IN GHANA STILL ELITIST

Stakeholders in the educational sector have called for concerted efforts to make quality education accessible and affordable in the country.

MP SLAMS GOVERNMENT OVER INTERCONNECT CLEARING HOUSE

Deputy Ranking Communications Select Committee of Parliament, Mr Kweku Kwarteng has accused government of conniving with its cronies posing as some Interconnect Clearing House (ICH) company to make undeserved money from subscribers and users of telecommunication services.

STUDENTS LOAN TRUST FUND CEO, 4 OTHERS HONOURED

Chief Executive Officer of the Students Loan Trust Fund (SLTF), Mrs Sheila Naah Boamah has been decorated with a meritorious award by the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) at a Dinner and Fundraising ceremony last week.

ONLY 21% OF PUPILS PROCEED TO TERTIARY SCHOOLS – ABLAKWA

Only 21 percent of Ghanaian children who enroll at the basic level in the country get to enter tertiary institutions.

AKUFO-ADDO SPEAKS ON 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF J.B. DANQUAH’S DEATH

The 2016 Flagbearer of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, will Wednesday be one of several speakers at a symposium to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr J B Danquah.

REMAIN FAITHFUL TO GOLDEN STOOL OR SUFFER REPERCUSSIONS – ASANTEHENE

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has reminded chiefs who owe allegiance to the Golden Stool of their pledge and allegiance and, therefore, the need for them to remain faithful to that pledge or suffer the repercussions of disrespecting it.

BUGRI NAABU CAN’T RUN FROM HIS VOICE – PRATT

Ace journalist Kwesi Pratt Junior has described as strange, attempts by the Northern Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Daniel Bugri Naabu to distance himself from the content of the recently leaked tape recording on which he (Bugri Naabu) was heard doubting the loyalty of some key national executives of the party.

DON’T GET ANGRY WHEN PIRATED TEXTILES ARE DETROYED – MINISTER

The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Murtala Ibrahim, has appealed to Ghanaians not to attach any emotional sentiments to the decision by the Ministry to destroy seized pirated textiles.

CSO TO HEAD TO COURT OVER SHARING OF OIL CASH

Oil and Gas pressure group, Civil Society Platform on Oil and Gas says it will soon head to court to seek interpretation into the criteria for sharing Ghana’s oil revenue.

WE’VE NOT SANCTIONED MANHYIA BOYCOTT – ASHANTI GJA

The Ghana Journalists Association’s (GJA) Ashanti Regional branch has denied formally sanctioning a boycott of events organized by the Manhyia Palace.

GOV’T ADVISED TO PROVIDE HOUSEHOLDS WITH SOLAR PANELS

An energy consultant, Kwabena Nyanteh, has suggested that government should provide households with solar panels to help end the energy crisis that has plagued the country.

RLG FOUNDATION CELEBRATES WORLD LEPROSY DAY

The Rlg Foundation extended its charity arm to inmates of the Weija Leprosarium in Accra with the donation of quantity of food items and clothing.

WE ARE IN A SERIOUS POWER CRISIS – VRA

The Volta River Authority (VRA) has acknowledged that Ghana is facing a serious power crisis as a result of accumulated problems which have remained unresolved over the years.

JOURNOS HAD RIGHT TO BOYCOTT MANHYIA – A/R GJA CHAIR

The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Listowel Yesubukason has said it was well within the rights of some members of the Association to boycott events at the Manhyia Palace as a protest to ‘inhumane treatment’ meted out to them.

PRESBYTERIANS CAN’T HEAD CATHOLIC SCHOOLS – K’SI CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE

The Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi is protesting the posting of non-Catholics to head its schools in the Ashanti region.

49 ILLEGAL NIGERIAN IMMIGRANTS REPATRIATED

The forty-nine illegal Nigerian immigrants who were picked up in the Volta region on Friday have been repatriated to their home country.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

INDIA GIVES GHANA $150M LINE OF CREDIT FOR AGRICULTURE

The government of India has given Ghana a $150 million line of credit to support the country’s agriculture sector, according to a report by the Indo-Asian News Service.

INSURERS FUME OVER SERVICE CHARGE
Life incurrence companies in the country are unhappy that the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) has increased from one percent to three percent what it charges them for deducing premiums on their behalf.
MOBILE INTERNET MARKET GROWS 27%
The mobile broadband connections market recorded a 27.4 percent growth last year, affirming the widely held outlook that significant untapped potential remains in that segment of the market.
US$900M POWER FINANCING DEAL ACCLAIMED
The US$900 million financing deal for Ghana’s largest Independent Power Producer (IPP) project, the 350 megawatt Cenpower project that was initiated by Ghanaians, has been hailed as the “African Power Deal of 2014”.

EXPANSION OF RAIL NETWORK TO BEGIN APRIL

The Ghana Railway Development Authority (GRDA) and its allied bodies have re-activated a master plan to expand the country’s rail network by 4,000 km.

GERMANY SPONSORS TRADE MISSIONS TO GHANA

The German private sector is to offer cutting-edge technology to help the country solve some challenges in the energy, health and sanitation sectors.

AGRIC POLICIES MUST BASE ON RESEARCH – EXPERTS

Government is being challenged to take into consideration agricultural research findings before setting out policies to guide the development of the sector.

GHANA RECORDS ECONOMIC GROWTH WITHOUT JOBS
Ghana has continued to record economic growth but are faced with serious problems in job creation, health, education, safety and security which have impacted negatively on their long term development and shared poverty, the Africa Prosperity Report has said.
POWER CIRISIS WORSENS DESPITE POWER MINISTRY
Government’s effort to arrest the current energy crisis in the country continues to suffer setbacks as none of the measures pt in place seems to be working effectively.

GHANA EARNS $1 BILLION IN PETROLEUM REVENUE

The Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC), an independent monitoring body on petroleum revenue management, has said $1.833 billion had accrued from the sale of petroleum resources between 2011 and 2013.

DVLA TAKES DELIVERY OF ELECTRONIC ROADWORTHY STICKERS

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has taken delivery of 501,000 electronic roadworthy stickers.

WORKERS MUST PRIORITIZE PERSONAL SAVINGS – GRA BOSS

The Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), George Blankson is challenging workers in the public and private sectors to prioritize personal savings as a future investment.

SIC EMBEZZLEMENT SCANDAL WORRYING – INSURERS ASSOCIATION

The Ghana Insurers Association (GIA) has expressed worry over the recent case of embezzlement which has rocked SIC.

DEVELOPERS MUST BE COMPELLED TO SET UP RECREATIONAL CENTERS

Marketing Director of Lakeside Estate Company Limited, Lawrence Desuzah has tasked government to ensure that the national housing policy which is currently before cabinet compels real estate developers to set up recreational centers for clients.

STRONGER ENFORCEMENT OF FIRE INSURANCE NEEDED – EXPERT

Head of Corporate Work Group at GLICO, Felix Gbogbo, has called for stronger enforcement of fire insurance in Ghana.

SEVEN REASONS CHEAP OIL CAN’T STOP RENEWABLES NOW

Oil prices have fallen by more than half since July. Just five years ago, such a plunge in fossil fuels would have put the renewable-energy industry on bankruptcy watch. Today: Meh.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

JAILED AL JAZEERA JOURNALIST PETER GRESTE LEAVES EGYPT FOR AUSTRALIA

Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste left Egypt for his native Australia on Sunday after serving 400 days in a Cairo prison on charges that included aiding a terrorist group, security officials said.

MALI ARMED GROUPS CLASH NEAR TIMBUKTU: SECURITY SOURCES

Malian rebels fought pro-government militia in the northern village of Kano overnight, three security sources said, firing rockets and briefly kidnapping at least 20 people in the latest spike of violence between armed groups.

SUDAN REBELS FREE BULGARIAN AID WORKERS: MINISTRY

Six Bulgarian U.N. aid workers who were detained by rebels in Sudan’s strife-torn South Kordofan region have been released, the Bulgarian foreign ministry said on Sunday.

EGYPT’S AL NOURAN PLANT SUGAR TO START OPERATIONS IN Q4 2016: CEO

Egypt’s Al Nouran sugar production facility, a 2.5 billion Egyptian pound ($357 million) project, will begin operations in the last quarter of 2016, the firm’s chairman and chief executive officer Ashraf Mahmoud told Reuters on Sunday.

BOKO HARAM ATTACKS NORTHEAST NIGERIA’S MAIN CITY: WITNESSES

Boko Haram insurgents attacked the outskirts of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria on Sunday, their second assault in a week on a city they hope to make the capital of a breakaway Islamist state.

FRANCE, MOROCCO RESUME JUDICIAL COOPERATION AFTER ROW

France and Morocco will resume their judicial and legal cooperation, the French justice ministry said on Saturday, ending a row sparked by a French probe into alleged torture.

DEADLY CLASHES RAGE IN EAST UKRAINE AFTER PEACE TALKS FAIL

Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Sunday as pro-Russian separatists used artillery fire to try to dislodge government forces from a strategic rail hub after peace talks collapsed.

PILOT HELD BY ISLAMIC STATE PUTS JORDAN’S KING IN A TOUGH SPOT

The fate of a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State has raised public pressure on King Abdullah over his country’s role in the U.S-led military campaign against the hardline group in Syria, fuelling the risk of broader discontent in the U.S. ally.

GREECE STARTS DRIVE TO SELL NEW DEBT DEAL TO DOUBTING EUROPE

Greece’s leftist government on Sunday began its drive to persuade a sceptical Europe to accept a new debt agreement while it starts to roll back on austerity measures imposed under its existing bailout agreement.

SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 10 PEOPLE IN NORTHEAST NIGERIA’S POTISKUM

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the house of a legislator in the northeast Nigerian town of Potiskum on Sunday, killing 10 people, two security sources told Reuters.

TAX PROPOSED ON U.S. COMPANIES’ FOREIGN EARNINGS

President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget proposes a 19 percent tax on U.S. companies future foreign earnings and a one-time 14 percent tax on roughly $2 trillion of profits being held offshore.

ENERGY MAY SEE FURTHER WEAKNESS AS KEY NAMES REPORT

Stock prices in the U.S. energy sector have been under pressure in 2015, and there could be more bad news to come when several key players report their fourth-quarter results next week.

SPORTS HEADLINES

FULL TIME: GHANA 3-0 GUINEA.

A convincing victory for the Black Stars sees them through to face the hosts in the semi-finals.

KWESI APPIAH WINS MAN OF THE MATCH IN GHANA’S WIN OVER GUINEA

Striker Kwesi Appiah was named Man of the Match in Ghana’s 3-0 win over Guinea in the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal clash on Sunday

ANDRE AYEW WINS CAF FAIR PLAY AWARD IN GHANA’S 3-0 HAMMERING OF GUINEA

Ghana winger Andre Ayew won the CAF Fair Play Award in the Black Stars’ 3-0 trouncing of Guinea in a 2015 AFCON quarter-final clash on Sunday afternoon in Malabo.

GHANA PLAYED GUINEA WITH A WINNING MENTALITY – ATSU

Ghana winger Christian Atsu has said the Black Stars went into the quarter-final game against Guinea with a desire to win and it paid off.

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