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Headline News -December 2 2015

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MAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING AK 47 RIFLE FROM COP SLEEPING ON DUTY

A man who allegedly stole an AK 47 assault rifle from a policeman who was on duty has been arrested at Pokuase, near Accra.

PARLIAMENT TO WADE INTO GNPC EX-PAYMENT

The Parliamentary Select Committee on Mines and Energy has invited the management of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) to appear before it today to explain the circumstances leading to the payment of the corporation.

TRAINEE TEACHERS KICK AGAINST EXAM POLICY

Trainee teachers at the Wesley College of Education in Kumasi on Tuesday embarked on a peaceful demonstration to kick against a new examination policy that gives a student just one opportunity to re-write a failed paper or be sacked.

MAHAMA BEGS ME – AMIDU REVEALS SECRETS

Former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Martin Amidu says he does not have any personal scores to settle with President John Mahama and his NDC government, revealing that it is rather the president who has been sending emissaries to him.

GHANA 2ND MOST CORRUPT – SURVEY

Transparency International, a global anti-corruption body says Ghana is the second worst performing country in the fight against corruption, making the country second after South Africa in the corruption perception index on the continent.

VRA TO SHUT DOWN 1 TURBINE DUE TO DROPPING WATER LEVEL

Power generation from the Akosombo Dam is expected to drop from the current 520 to 390 megawatts due to a drop in water level.

GHANA IS 2ND MOST CORRUPT AFRICAN COUNTRY – REPORT

Ghana’s fight against corruption has been dealt another setback after the country was ranked the second most corrupt African Nation behind South Africa.

GNPC HASN’T PAID ME EX-GRATIA – ESTHER COBBAH

Madam Esther Cobbah has denied ever being paid any amount by the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) as being alleged by Member of Parliament for Adansi Asokwa, K.T Hammond.

GNPC DEFENDS EX-GRATIA PAYMENT TO TSATSU TSIKATA, THREE OTHERS

The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has mounted a spirited defence of the payments made to the former top four executives of the company.

BAWUMIA REPLIES TERKPER TODAY

New Patriotic Party (NPP) Vice Presidential Candidate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is set to respond to the 2016 budget statement laid before Parliament by Finance Minister Seth Terkper.

NPP IS TOO BROKE – KARBO LAMENTS

A Deputy Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Anthony Abayifa Karbo says the party is too broke to develop a monetary relationship with the media.

SAKAWA BOY’ GOES CRAZY FOR REFUSING TO SLEEP WITH MAD WOMAN

Enusah Fusseini, a 22-year-old “Sakawa” boy has gone insane after refusing to do the bidding of a fetish priest to have sexual intercourses with a madwoman-a task that was to mark the end of the seven-day directive of the fetish priest.

NUGS SUSPENDS EXECUTIVES

National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has suspended three National Officers for their alleged treasonable conduct.

NDC BRIBES AMENFI WEST OVER BY-ELECTION

The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in a desperate attempt to win the Amenfi West parliamentary seat in the Western Region in a by-election slated for December 15, 2015, is purportedly employing unconventional tactics to outwit its opponents.

JUDGE ISSUES WARNING OVER IBRAHIM, WONTUMI CASE

Justice Charles Adjei Wilson, a High Court 7 Judge in Kumasi, has sternly warned that he will not entertain any acts that will delay the determination of the defamation case involving Ibrahim Mahama, brother of President John Mahama, and Bernard Antwi Boasiako aka Wontumi, the Ashanti Regional NPP Chairman.

VINCENT KUAGBENU SACKED AS YEA HEAD

The Chief Executive Officer of the Youth Employment Agency, Vincent Kuagbenu has been relieved of his post, a statement signed by Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah stated Tuesday.

PPP OPENS NOMINATIONS

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has announced that it will open its nomination for interested party members who wish to lead the party into the 2016 presidential election today, December 2, 2015.

NRSC VOWS TO STOP USE OF ‘MAHAMA CAMBUU’ FOR TRANSPORTATION

The Road Safety Commission and the Police will next week embark on a major operation to arrest users of wheel-cabs for commercial purposes in Tamale.

KT WANTS TO DENY ME MY ‘SIGNIFICANT’ DUE–COBBAH

Esther Cobbah, wife of former CEO of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) Tsatsu Tsikata, has issued a statement denying receiving any payment yet from the state-owned oil firm as ex-gratia, but noted that she is due a “significant” amount owed her by the state-owned corporation.

NON-PERFORMING STUDENTS DON’T QUALIFY FOR COCOBOD SCHOLARSHIP–HEADMISTRESS

The Headmistress said the COCOBOD scholarship was promulgated to support wards of predominantly cocoa farmers to pursue higher education.
Mrs Kate Annan- Wilberforce, Headmistress of the Nyakrom Senior Technical School (NYASTECH), has stated that (COCOBOD) scholarships were for only brilliant children of cocoa farmers.
BUSINESS HEADLINES
SPEND OIL CASH ON EDUCATION – CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS

The Institute of Fiscal Policy and the Integrated Social Development Centre have called on government to consider allocating a higher proportion of its oil revenue to finance the education sector.

4G AUCTION WILL BE FREE AND FAIR – KPMG

KPMG, the National Communication Authority’s appointed auctioneer for Wednesday’s auction of the 800MHz spectrum, has assured bidders that the auction will be conducted in a highly transparent and professional manner.

GHANA GAS RESUMES SUPPLY TO VRA

The Volta River Authority (VRA) has resumed gas offtake from Ghana Gas following a “successful tie-in to the VRA main gas pipeline,” a statement issued by Ghana Gas indicates. The press release signed by Corporate Communications Officer, Alfred Ogbamey, states that the VRA is expected to now generate 600MW of power to be integrated into the national grid in order to improve the power situation.

ACEP PREDICTS BLEAK FUTURE FOR GHANA’S OIL INDUSTRY

Think tank, African Center for Energy Policy, has forecasted a bleak future for Ghana’s oil industry due to what he says is the refusal by companies granted production licences to explore for more oil.

SUPPORT US WITH OIL REVENUE – FISHERMEN DEMAND

Fishermen are asking government to support them directly with some of the revenue accrued from oil production.
This, they say, will help make up for losses they are suffering because of oil production, off the coast of the Western Region.

LACK OF TRANSPARENCY HINDERS GROWTH IN OIL RICH-NATIONS

Oil rich nations often do not benefit enough from their natural resources to fund development and fight poverty mainly due to lack of transparency, Mr. Jon Benjamin, British High Commissioner, has said.

PARLIAMENT TO SCRUTINISE GOV’T SPENDING

The chairman of the Finance Committee of Parliament, James Avedzie, says the legislature will leave nothing to chance in ensuring that government does not spend outside the approved budget allocations for next year.

UNICOF ORDERS ADB TO REINSTATE SACKED WORKERS

The Union of Commerce, Industry and Finance workers (UNICOF) has given a two week ultimatum to management of the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) to reinstate dismissed staff.

START-UPS NEED MASSIVE SUPPORT – OTI-MENSAH

The Managing Director of Union Savings and Loans, Philip Oti-Mensah, has called for concerted efforts that “support young people with great ideas” to establish more enterprises in order to bring change and competition into the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) landscape.

INVESTORS EDGY ABOUT ECONOMY’S PROSPECTS

Investors are cautious about the prospects of the economy as yields on short-term Treasury bills continue to plummet whereas those on the recent five-year bond issued last week rose from 21 to 24 percent as compared with a similar issue in March.

DIGITAL AGE, HUGE OPPORTUNITY FOR TODAY’S MARKETER

The constantly connected nature of consumers of this age presents “a lot of opportunities for today’s marketer” says speaker at the Chartered Institute of Marketers Ghana CIMG’s seminar Adewale Obaseki held under the theme: “Integrated strategy in a digital Ghana” on November 26, 2015.
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES
KENYA POLICE BLAME UNIVERSITY FOR FAILED ‘TERROR DRILL’

Kenyan police have blamed a Nairobi university for failing to gain the appropriate authorisation from authorities prior to holding a simulated “terror” drill that led to the death of a staff member.

TUNISIA SACKS SECURITY OFFICIALS AFTER SUICIDE BUS BOMBING

Tunisia’s government on Tuesday dismissed five senior officials, including the interior ministry’s top security chief, a week after a suicide bombing killed 12 presidential guards in an attack in the centre of the capital.

US SAYS KAGAME SHOULD GO WHEN TERM ENDS IN 2017

Rwandan President Paul Kagame must set an example for his region and step down at the end of his term in 2017, the US ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday.

AFTER LEADERS’ RHETORIC, CLIMATE NEGOTIATORS START WORK ON DEAL

With encouragement from 150 world leaders ringing in their ears, government negotiators in Paris sought on Tuesday to turn that rhetoric of unity into the text of a global deal to slow climate change.

AL QAEDA MILITANTS TAKE OVER TWO SOUTH YEMEN TOWNS, RESIDENTS SAY

Al Qaeda militants have taken over the two major southern Yemeni towns of Zinjibar and Jaar, residents and sources in the popular committees said on Wednesday.

AFTER SUMMIT DEAL, EU CONSIDERS FLYING IN REFUGEES FROM TURKEY

The European Union executive is drafting a plan to fly limited numbers of refugees from Turkey direct to Europe, EU officials said on Tuesday, following a weekend deal under which Ankara promised to help cut chaotic mass inflows.

VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT’S POPULARITY BOUNCES BEFORE ELECTION

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s popularity has jumped in the run-up to Sunday’s crucial legislative election, but probably not enough to prevent an opposition victory, a new survey by a leading pollster said.

FACEBOOK’S CEO AND WIFE TO GIVE 99 PERCENT OF SHARES TO THEIR NEW FOUNDATION

Mark Zuckerberg will put 99 percent of his Facebook Inc shares, currently worth about $45 billion, into a new philanthropy project focusing on human potential and equality, he and his wife said Tuesday in a letter to their newborn daughter.

PIPE BOMB EXPLODES ON OVERPASS NEAR ISTANBUL METRO, FIVE HURT – LOCAL MAYOR

Five people were injured when a pipe bomb exploded on an overpass near an Istanbul metro station on Tuesday, the district mayor said, halting some train operations and heightening security fears in Europe’s biggest city.

U.S. DEPLOYING NEW FORCE TO IRAQ TO BOOST FIGHT AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE

The United States said on Tuesday it was deploying a new force of special operations troops to Iraq to conduct raids against Islamic State there and in neighbouring Syria, a ratcheting up of Washington’s campaign against the group that met a cool reaction in Iraq.

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