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Headline News-October 22 2015

BY MR LARRY ®

TRACK RECORD WILL WIN NDC 2016 ELECTIONS – MAHAMA

President John Dramani Mahama has declared that the track record of his government will enable the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to win the elections in 2016.

NATIONAL SECURITY CHASES AJET-NASAM

The National Security has mounted an intensive search for Justice Ajet-Nasam, one of the implicated High Court Judges caught on video allegedly taking bribe to pervert justice.

FANTE KENKEY TURNS WEE

An attempt to smuggle to the United Kingdom (UK)_, suspected Indian Hemp wrapped in dried plantain leaves to make it appear as ‘Fante Kenkey’ was last Monday foiled at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) with the arrest of a 62-year-old driver.

ASSEMBLIES MUST BE READY TO BORROW FOR PROJECTS – TERPKER

Metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) have been told to brace themselves up for the possibility of borrowing to support the development of infrastructure in their areas of jurisdiction.

ANAS JUDGE MISSING…

It has emerged that National Security operatives are on the heels of John Ajet Nasam, one of the High Court judges indicted in the Anas Aremeyaw Anas judicial bribery and corruption scandal.

….AS LAWYERS FIGHT OVER MASK

There were fireworks yesterday at the Chief Justice’s committee investigating the judicial service staff implicated in the Anas Aremeyaw Anas bribery and corruption scandal when a lawyer requested that Anas be unmasked

NPP BOYS FREED

The five New Patriotic Party (NPP) activists convicted for murder were yesterday set free by the Appeal Court in Kumasi after several years of incarceration over the killing of Abdul Rashid Mohammed, a butcher at Tamale in the Northern Region.

STAKES IN ELECTION 2016 HIGH – AKUFO-ADDO TELLS INT’L COMMUNITY

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has declared that the stakes are high in the 2016 elections if the government refused to address the issues of a new electoral register.

GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO FIGHTING CORRUPTION

A Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Jonnny Osei Kofi, has said government was committed to the fight against corruption in the country.
He said the government’s commitment had been shown by policy directives and initiatives in the fight against corruption.

WE’LL RESIST KILLER TARIFFS – AFAG WARNS, INVITES GHANAIANS TO THE STREETS

The Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) has described the Public Utility Regulatory Commission’s (PURC) attempt to increase tariffs as “sheer economic enslavement”, thus vowing to resist it with “mass action”.

NDC BOSSES MAD OVER BLOATED LIST

There is an uneasy calm in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan area, following the surprise inclusion of strange names on the list of candidates who applied to be candidates who applied to be considered for the position of the Chief Executive of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA)

WAPCo INSISTS ON GOVT’S PAYMENT PLAN

The West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) is demanding that government provides them with further and better particulars on how much and when the latter’s debt would be paid.

STOP THE DIVERSION; ANAS WILL REMAIN MASKED – LAWYER TELLS EGBERT

Lawyer for ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas says attempts by lawyers for alleged corrupt judicial service staff to get his client remove his veil during cross examination are not only diversionary but a failed attempt to buy time.

FIGHT BREAKS IN KLOTTEY KORLE NDC

Confusion broke out in the Korley Korle constituency of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) between the two main contenders for the party’s parliamentary ticket, incumbent Member of Parliament (MP), Nii Armah Ashietey and daughter of former President Rawlings, Dr Zanetor Agyemang-Rawlings and their supporters resulting in the trading of accusations and counter accusations of wrongdoing against each other.

PETROLEUM FUNDS USE UNPRODUCTIVE – IEA

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) says the current method of allocating petroleum funds under the Annual Budget Funding Amount (ABFA) is inefficient.
The method, according to the IEA, diminishes the impact of the petroleum revenues on development in the country.

THERE’S NO LAW BANNING DUAL CITIZENS FROM VOTING – LAWYER

The opposition New Patriotic Party would have to present a thoroughly researched and convincing evidence to back its claims that some Togolese nationals are registered on the Ghanaian electoral roll. That is the expectation of a member of the governing National Democratic Congress’ legal team, Victor Adawudu.

COLLECT MONEY PAID WOYOME BEFORE YOU COLLECT MINE

There were drama, the exhibition of state power and a show of human strength in Kumasi Wednesday when a female spare parts dealer at Suame declined to pay her taxes and rather asked the state to first collect the amount it paid to Mr Alfred Agbesi Woyome, a businessman, before coming to collect taxes from her.

GOV’T SPENDS GH¢ 600m IN MANAGING N/R CONFLICTS

The government has sunk about GH¢ 600 million between 2001 and 2004 into managing conflict situations in the Northern Region, Mr John A. Ackon, a Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, has said.

YOU DON’T MANAGE ELECTIONS – AGYINASARE TO NDC, NPP

The Electoral Commission must be allowed to do its work and must not be stampeded in taking a decision over the voters’ register, Bishop Charles Agyinasare has said.

NPP DISMISSES 80% VOTES FOR MAHAMA IN B/A

The Deputy General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Obiri Boahen has pooh poohed claims made by the Chief of Sunyani that President Mahama will win 80 percent of votes in the region in the 2016 elections.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

INFLATION, INTEREST RATES TO WORSEN

Ghana’s inflation and interest rates are expected to inch up further before the year ends. This is an indication that government and the Bank of Ghana’s tight fiscal and monetary policy will continue unabated, crowding out the private sector from accessing credit.

INTEREST COSTS TO EXCEED WAGE BILL, EXPERTS WARN

Economists are warning that Ghana’s interest payments could be the largest item on public expenditure this year if government continues to contract loans at outrageous interest rates.

POOR LABELLING IMPEDES GHANAIAN EXPORTS

Poor — or lack of — labelling stands in the way of Ghanaian exports to the EU and other markets, and is beginning to deal blows to Ghanaian products in South Africa as well.

ECOBANK COMMITS US$7m TO RICE, MAIZE FARMING

Ecobank Ghana has committed US$7,000,000 to the production of rice, maize and soya beans in the savannah ecological zones of northern Ghana.

BANK CUSTOMERS URGED TOSTOP MISAPPLYING CREDIT FACILITIES

Head of Credit Administration at Prudential Bank Limited (PBL), H. T. Ayernor, has charged bank customers to desist from misapplying credit facilities in order to save their businesses from collapse.

SSNIT OFFERS INVESTORS LONG-TERM CASH

The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) says it has adequate long-term capital to fund various economically-viable projects in the country.

PRISON GREENFIELDS: A PIECE OF ANCIENT RICH HISTORY

Nestled 30minutes from the Kumasi Airport and just 21minutes from the prestigious Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology is a new city, a new way of life, an upscale living that meets the need of well-fixed individuals and families.

COCOA FARMERS ADVISED TO SPRAY FARMS

Mr Randy Nkrumah, District Manager of the Duakwa Depot of Cocoa Merchant Company in the Central Region, Wednesday said the inability of some cocoa farmers to spray their farms has resulted in some farms being infested with the capsid virus.

UNEMPLOYMENT THREAT TO AFRICA – TONY ELUMELU

Mr Tony Elumelu, the Chairman of Heirs Holdings, said the huge youth unemployment is a threat that could derail the modest gains that Africa has made over the years.

ECONOMIST CALLS ON ENTREPRENEURS TO BE INNOVATIVE

Dr Festus Ebo Turkson, Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana, has called on young entrepreneurs to be innovative, effective and efficient in their business operations.

MMDCEs URGED TO ASSIST GOV’T WEED OUT “GHOST NAMES ”

Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) must continually exercise oversight responsibilities on employees to assist the government to weed out all “ghost names” from payrolls.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

SUDAN ALLOWS DELIVERIES OF RATIONS TO DARFUR PEACEKEEPERS

Sudan on Wednesday began releasing containers of rations destined for international peacekeepers serving in Darfur that had been blocked in a port terminal for weeks, UN officials said.

IVORY COAST’S OUATTARA SHOWS HOW TO ‘OWN’ An AFRICAN ELECTION

Fresh out of France’s best business school, Issa Sidibe flew to his native Ivory Coast hoping to start a business in 2011. He quickly returned to Paris after finding a country devastated by almost 10 years of conflict.

AISHA BUHARI TO CHAMPION ADVOCACY AGAINST CHILD MARRIAGE

Mrs Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday pledged to lead public advocacy for the legislation against child marriage in the country.

SLOVENIA ASKS FOR EU POLICE HELP TO REGULATE MIGRANT FLOW

Slovenia has asked the European Union for police to help regulate the inflow of migrants from Croatia, Interior Minister Vesna Gyorkos Znidar told TV Slovenia.

CHINA SAYS TIBET OFFICIALS MUST BE ‘FORTRESS’ AGAINST SEPARATISM

Officials working at the grassroots in Tibet must be a “fortress” against separatism and work to ensure the ruling Communist Party’s monopoly on information is maintained, China’s top official in the restless region wrote on Thursday.

PUTIN USES ASSAD VISIT TO TALK UP KREMLIN ROLE AS SYRIA BROKER

Vladimir Putin used a rare visit to Moscow by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to talk up the Kremlin’s potential to help broker a political settlement to the crisis as he tried to show the West Russia has become a major player in the Middle East.

ELECTION PUTS POLAND’S TIES WITH EU, GERMANY AT RISK

Poland’s general election on Sunday may propel a new nationalist-minded government into European politics, deepening divisions over the migration crisis and straining relations with Berlin, Brussels and Moscow.

PAKISTAN TO TELL U.S. IT WON’T ACCEPT LIMITS ON TACTICAL NUCLEAR ARMS

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will tell U.S. President Barack Obama this week that Islamabad will not accept limits on its use of small tactical nuclear weapons, Pakistani officials said on Wednesday.

MEXICO ARRESTS KEY FIGURES IN ESCAPE OF DRUG LORD GUZMAN

Mexican officials have arrested the “principal planner” and five other suspects behind the brazen jail break by the world’s most-wanted drug boss, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Mexico’s attorney general said on Wednesday.

U.N.’s BAN PRESSES FOR ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CALM BUT TENSIONS SMOULDER

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon held talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday but after two days of discussions in the region appeared no nearer to ending weeks of Israeli-Palestinian violence.

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