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Headline News-October 15 2015

BY MR LARRY ®

MAHAMA VETTED; CLEARED FOR PRIMARIES

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has cleared President Mahama to stand unopposed as the party’s flagbearer in the upcoming November 7 primaries.
He was vetted at the party’s national headquarters in Accra on Wednesday, by the party’s vetting committee.

CONSTITUTION REVIEW CHALLENGE SHOT DOWN

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed an application that sought to challenge the legality of the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) set up to review the 1992 Constitution.

WAPCO TO CUT GAS SUPPLY TO VRA AT MIDNIGHT

Gas supply from the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) to the Volta River Authority (VRA) will be cut by midnight today, Thursday, October 15, 2015, if the VRA fails to pay a debt of $103 million owed by the VRA to the company.

MINORITY QUESTIONS GHANA’S DEBT STOCK

The Minority in Parliament has accused the government of not being forthright and truthful about the country’s debt stock.

VEEP INAUGURATES MEDICAL OUTREACH IN CAPE COAST

The Vice-President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, on Wednesday launched the second National Medical Outreach Services in Cape Coast in the Central Region, with the affirmation that the government would continue to invest in the health sector to safeguard the health of the people.

NDC GOVERNMENT CHOPS Ȼ914M SSNIT CASH

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) government’s inability to pay statutory funds has been extended to public workers pension funds as the Mahama administration could not pay Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) contributions running into almost Ȼ1 billion for 2014.

CHANGE REGISTER IF…SAYS RAWLINGS

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has supported the call for a credible voter register as a means of “ensuring that things do not get out of hand”, observing that the atmosphere in the country is charged.

PROSTITUTE ROBS MINISTER IN HOTEL

A former Northern Regional Minister, who allegedly solicited the services of a lady believed to be a prostitute, has ended up losing his Ford 4×4 vehicle in Accra.

FIX OUR ROADS OR ELSE…CHIEFS CHARGE MAHAMA

Chiefs and residents of neglected and rejected Ada-Foah in Dangme East District which is one of the strongholds of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Greater Accra region have lashed out at the Mahama administration over the poor state of the roads in the area.

MAHAMA UNDER PRESSURE TO CHANGE AMISSAH-ARTHUR

A National Democratic Congress (NDC) group has warned President John Mahama not to make the mistake of picking Paa Kwessi Amissah-Arthur as running mate going into the 2016 general elections.

10 DISTRICTS IDENTIFIED AS POOR

Ten districts in Ghana, mainly in the northern, Brong Ahafo and the Volta Regions are the most poorest in Ghana, according to the latest Ghana Poverty Mapping Report which captured 216 districts and 29 sub-metros.

MAHAMA NEEDS EDUCATION ON GHANA’S DEBT – MINORITY

President John Dramani’s recent comments on Ghana’s debt stock have angered the Minority in Parliament who believe he does not understand the country’s debt issues.

155 JOURNALISTS PETITION PRESIDENT TO SANCTION STAN DOGBE

Some 155 journalists from over 40 media organisations across Ghana have joined the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) to petition President John Dramani Mahama to demand sanctions against his staffer, Mr Stan Xoese Dogbe.

TENSION IN TEMA WEST NDC CONSTITUENCY

Tension is mounting in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Tema West Constituency over the delay in announcing the results of the vetting of candidates for the party’s November 7 primary.

WE ARE WORKING TO SETTLE WAPCo DEBT – VRA

The Volta River Authority (VRA) says it is in talks with the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) over payment of arrears owed private Nigerian joint venture capital company N-Gas to prevent cuts in gas supply.

TAKE A $100m BITE FROM EUROBOND TO PAY FOR NIGERIA GAS’

Former Chief Executive of the Volta River Authority says Ghanaian emissaries sent to Nigeria to negotiate a deal for continued supply of gas should not go empty handed.

ASK MAHAMA ABOUT DUMSOR – POWER MINISTER

Minister of Power Dr. Kwabena Donkor, shocked residents of Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital on Tuesday, when he told host of a radio station to call President John Dramani Mahama and ask him about the end to the power crisis, instead of bothering him.

MAHAMA SANCTIONS TARIFF INCREASE

President John Mahama has intervened in the current tussle between the Volta River Authority(VRA) , West Africa Gas Pipeline Company (WAPco) and Nigeria’s N – Gas over threats to cut gas supply to Ghana.

KEJETIA TRADERS DEFY OTUMFUO

Various trading groups and associations at the Kejetia Lorry Terminal in Kumasi are threatening to drag the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) to court if it goes ahead to evacuate them without compensation.

END OF LOAD SHEDDING IN SIGHT – POWER MINISTER

Minister of Power, Dr Kwabena Donkor, remains convinced that the current load shedding in the country will be resolved by the end of December 2015.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

3 YEARS OF UNPAID SALARIES: NO MONEY OR SYSTEM FAILURE?

Government has admitted slowing down the processing of new employees onto its payroll due to lack of adequate resources to cater for all public sector workers.

GOVERNMENT BORROWS Ȼ125M FROM DOMESTIC MARKET

Government borrowed Ȼ125 million in treasury notes from the domestic bond market between July 6 and September 14, 2015, Business Finder can confirm.

GOV’T SETS UP SYSTEM TO CHECK DWINDLING FISH STOCK

President John Dramani Mahama has observed that the vessel tracking and management information system (VTMIS) set up by the government will play a key role to check dwindling fish stock and illegal fishing activities.

VRA OWES WAPCo US$181 MILLION

Mr Walter Perez, Managing Director of West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo), said the Volta River Authority (VRA) has received gas and pipeline-related transportation service totaling $ 231 million.

BAN ON INLAND IMPORTATION IS STILL IN FORCE – MINISTRY

The Ministry of Trade and Industry says it has not lifted the ban on inland importation of rice.

SOUTHERN FARMERS URGED TO SOW EARLY MATURING CROPS

Farmers in the Southern part of the country have been urged to sow early maturing crops during this rainy season.

PROGRAMME TO EQUIP YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS LAUNCHED

The Country Director of the British Department for International Development (DFID), Mr Jim McAlpine, says the UK government is working with the government of Ghana to improve the business enabling environment for small businesses.

BOSOMTWE RURAL BANK OPENS 11TH AGENCY

The Bosomtwe Rural Bank Limited, with its head office at Kuntanase in the Bosomtwe district of the Ashanti Region, has officially opened the Aputuogya Agency in a brief but colourful ceremony at Aputuogya. This brings to eleven the number of branches currently being operated by the bank.

STABILIZE INFLATION TO ENSURE BENEFITS FROM OIL REVENUE’

Mr Hege Hertzberg, the Norwegian Ambassador to Ghana has called for a stable inflation regime to ensure that the citizenry benefitted from moneys that came from oil.

UT BANK’S RECOVERY STRATEGY SHOWING POSITIVE RESULTS

UT Bank, Ghana’s premier home grown financial institution, has over the last few months made steady progress in returning to profitability. The Bank has experienced financial challenges in the last two years, culminating in operating losses in the first four months of this year.

TRADE UNIONIST PETITIONS NPRA AGAINST SSNIT’s ANNIVERSARY

Mr Seth Abloso, Former Head, Industrial Relations and Social Protection Department of the Trade Union Congress, has petitioned the National Pensions Regulatory Authority on the 50th Anniversary celebration of SSNIT.

CLOSE DOWN SALTPOND OIL FIELD – COMMITTEE ADVISES GOV’T

The Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) has reiterated that the continuous operation of the Saltpond Oil Field against the backdrop of dwindling production was not economically viable and therefore Government should consider closing it down.

MOVE QUICKLY TO COMPLETE SATELLITE MARKETS – OTUMFUO TO KMA

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has asked the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) to speed up construction works on satellite market projects across the metropolis to boost economic activities.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

BURKINA FASO ELECTIONS CONFIRMED FOR NOVEMBER 29

Burkina Faso’s interim government confirmed Wednesday that presidential and parliamentary elections initially set for October, but delayed by a failed coup, would go ahead on November 29.

NIGER: STATE OF EMERGENCY IN REGION HIT BY BOKO HARAM

Niger imposed a state of emergency on the southeastern region of Diffa on Wednesday where at least 40 people have been killed in recent weeks in attacks blamed on the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

GUINEA’S OPPOSITION LEADER DIALLO PULLS OUT OF ELECTION

Guinea’s main opposition leader Celloun Dalein Diallo withdrew on Wednesday from the presidential election, alleging fraud, and will not recognize the outcome, his campaign director said.

OBAMA TO SEND 300 ANTI-BOKO HARAM TROOPS – CAMEROON

U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday informed Congress he is sending about 300 U.S. military personnel to Cameroon, the White House said, part of a stepped-up effort by Washington to counter the violent group Boko Haram.

ISLAMIC STATE BATTLES INSURGENTS AS SYRIA ARMY PREPARES ASSAULT

Islamic State militants battled rival insurgent groups on Wednesday north of the city of Aleppo, where officials say the Syrian army is preparing an offensive of its own backed by Iranian soldiers and Russian jets.

YEMENI FORCES LAUNCH SCUD MISSILE TOWARDS SAUDI ARABIA

Yemeni army units allied to the Houthi militia on Thursday fired a ballistic missile towards a Saudi air base, the group’s television channel said, escalating six months of war between the kingdom and the Iran-allied group.

IRAN’S GUARDIAN COUNCIL PASSES NUCLEAR BILL INTO LAW

Iran’s Guardian Council ratified a bill on Wednesday approving the nuclear deal reached by Tehran and six world powers, state news agency IRNA and other agencies said, allowing the government to implement the agreement.

ISRAEL SET UP EAST JERUSALEM ROADBLOCKS IN BID TO STEM ATTACKS

Israel set up roadblocks in Palestinian neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem and deployed soldiers across the country on Wednesday in an effort to stop a wave of Palestinian knife attacks.

TURKISH PM SEES ISLAMIC STATE OR PKK LINKS TO ANKARA BOMBING

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told Reuters on Wednesday some of the suspects in suicide bombings that killed 97 people in Ankara had spent months in Syria and that they could be linked to Islamic State or to Kurdish militants.

EU GRAPES FORWARD ON REFUGEE PLANS, WOOING TURKEY

EU leaders meeting in Brussels must deliver on promises of cash and immigration officers to tackle the refugee crisis, the European Union’s executive said on Wednesday as it stepped up negotiations with Turkey.

NORWAY SEEKING TO RETURN SOME SYRIAN ASYLUM SEEKERS TO RUSSIA

Norway is seeking to return a growing number of Syrian asylum seekers arriving in the Arctic north back to Russia, government ministers said.

SPORTS HEADLINES

OTUMFUO SNUBS OSEI KUFFOUR

Ex-Bayern Munich star Samuel Osei Kuffour has missed out on the Asante Kotoko job after the club’s Life Patron Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II asked the Opoku Nti-led administration to continue working.

HEARTS LEAVE RECRUITMENT FOR IN-COMING COACH

Hearts of Oak’s Corporate Affairs manager Joe Addo has dismissed reports the club has opened negotiations towards signing players even before a substantive coach is appointed.

HUNGARY PARTNERS GFA TO DEVELOP YOUTH FOOTBALL

Hungary has expressed its readiness to partner Ghana in the area of youth football, infrastructural development and to share experience on developing football academies.

TAYSEC PLEDGES TO SPONSOR YOUTH CRICKET COMPETITIONS

Engineering and Construction firm, Taysec Group of Companies has pledged to sponsor cricket competitions in different age groups across the country to make the sport more appealing to the youth.

KONADU TO LEAD LOCAL STARS IN CHAN QUALIFIER

Head coach of the local Black Stars, Maxwell Konadu, is expected back in Ghana today to put finishing touches to the team’s preparations for their upcoming 2016 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) final qualifying round first—leg tie against Cote d’Ivoire at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

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