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News Headlines-December 24 2015

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THURSDAY 24th Dec 2015

BY MR LARRY ®

PRESIDENT MAHAMA CALLS FOR CEASEFIRE IN BUNKPRUGU

President John Dramani Mahama has renewed calls on feuding factions in the troubled Bunkprugu Traditional area in the Northern Region, to ceasefire.

DZIFA ATTIVOR RESIGNS OVER 116 BRANDED BUSES

The Transport Minister, Mrs Dzifa Attivor has resigned over the controversial branding of 116 buses for the Metro Mass Bus Transit Company which cost GhȻ3.6million.

BRANDED BUS SAGA: AG TO CHASE SMATTY’S FOR GH¢1.9 MILLION REFUND

The Chief of Staff Mr. Julius Debrah has, upon receipt of the Attorney General’s report on the spraying and branding of 116 new buses procured for the Metro Mass Transit Company Limited, requested the Attorney General and Minister for Justice to recover from Messrs Smartty’s Management Limited, a total of GH¢1.9 million, which is determined in the report to be excess payment made for the service rendered.

OUR PROBLEM WITH MAHAMA IS LACK OF FISCAL DISCIPLINE – MINORITY LEADER

Minority Leader in Parliament, OseiKyei Mensah Bonsu, has said that the NPP’s constant criticism of the Mahama administration is not about his non-performance in the area of infrastructure, but the lack of financial and fiscal discipline.

MALAWIAN BUSTED WITH HEROIN AT KOTOKA

A Malawian has been arrested at the Kotoka International Airport by Operaitves of the Narcotics Control Board for allegeldy importing heroin into Ghana on Monday 21 Decmeber, 2015.

NANA ADDO HAS NO WISDOM TO UNITE PEOPLE – ALHAJI BANDA

Former Council of State member, Alhaji Asuma Banda, has hit back at his critics for condemning him on his comments to the effect that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo can never be president of Ghana.

E/R: 13 CRITICALLY INJURED IN QUARRY EXPLOSION

Thirteen people have been left critically injured with properties worth thousands of Ghana cedis destroyed following an explosion at an abandoned quarry site in Peabo in the Nsawam Adoagyiri Municipality of the Eastern region.

BIOMEDICAL SCIENTISTS AT KORLE BU DENY ABUSE AGAINST GMA MEMBERS

Biomedical scientists at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital have rejected accusations by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) that they are abusing doctors at laboratories in the Hospital.

AMERI IS THE CHEAPEST PLANT GHANA HAS – POWER MINISTER

Power Minister Dr. Kwabena Donkor has said the controversial AMERI plant deal is the cheapest the country has ever engaged in.

MP EXPOSES FRAUD IN NORTH TONGU NDC PRIMARIES

Defeated parliamentary candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in North Tongu constituency of the Volta region, Charles Senama Hodogbey, has accused Member of Parliament (MP) for the area. Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwa, and the constituency party executives of perpetrating electoral fraud in the recently held parliamentary primaries.

AG SUBMITS REPORT ON $3.6M REBRANDED BUSES TO CHIEF OF STAFF

The Attorney General Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong has presented her report on the whopping $3.6 million that was expended on the controversial rebranding of some 116 government buses.

I PROMISED TO END LOAD SHEDDING, NOT ‘LOCALISED OUTAGES’ – POWER MINISTER

The Power Minister, Dr. Kwabena Donkor, has appeared before the Government Assurances Committee in Parliament to set the record straight after comments he recently made to clarify his promise to end the country’s power crisis.

CLEANER WHO PERFORMED ABORTION ON PATIENT AT K’BU IN COURT

A former cleaner of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital was on Tuesday put before an Accra Circuit Court for conducting an abortion on a woman at Gbawe Topbase in Accra.

GHANA’S BEST NOT IN POLITICS — SAYS NDUOM

Businessman and politician, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, has said the best of Ghana in terms of human resource is not found in the political parties but rather outside of the political arena.

BUDGET SLASH MAY AFFECT 2016 ELECTIONS – EC

The Electoral Commission (EC) has indicated that the slash in its proposed budget will not only affect the number of polling stations for the 2016 elections, but could also have a toll on other activities as the commission gears up for election 2016.

MAHAMA STARVING SADA OF CASH – CSOS

Civil Society Organisations within the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) ecological zone have expressed their frustrations over the inability of President Mahama to facilitate proper support and functioning of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority.

500 MILITARY RECRUITS SACKED

New intake of 500 recruits undergoing training at the Army Recruit Training School at Shai Hills in the Greater Accra region have all been sent home for misconduct according to ultimate1069.com confirmed sources.

MAN GET GHC4M COMPENSATION AFTER LOSING FINGERS

The Fast Track High Court in Accra has ordered an Indian company to pay GH¢4,417,600 to a 21-year-old man for negligently causing him to lose his 10 fingers in an accident while in the employment of the company.

DZIFA ATTIVOR’S RESIGNATION ACCEPTED BY GOVERNMENT

An official statement from the Flagstaff House has revealed that President John Mahama has accepted the resignation of Mrs. Dzifa Aku Attivor as Minister for Transport.

NPP WILL RESPOND TO INSULTS ON AKUFO-ADDO IN 2016 – AWUKU

The National Youth Organizer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has served notice that the party will no more exercise restraint when its Flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, is unjustifiably attacked in the run-up to the 2016 elections.

SUIT AGAINST EC ON VOTERS ROLL DEAD ON ARRIVAL – AMALIBA

A member of the legal team of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Abraham Amaliba has predicted that case against the Electoral Commission (EC) over the voters register will not succeed.

NPP CAMPAIGN TEAM: ‘DAN BOTWE IS THE ONLY ONE TO FEAR’

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has outdoored its campaign team for the 2016 general election which many political watchers believe is solid and very capable of securing victory for the party, however, the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament Dadekotopon, Nii Amasa Namoale thinks the team is constituted by political spent forces.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

PARLIAMENT APPROVES CONTENTIOUS $1B EUROBOND

Parliament has finally approved the contentious $1 billion Eurobond.
The deal was approved through a voice vote with nearly a full session of the House.

JUBILEE FULL FIELD DEVELOPMENT PLAN PRESENTED

Tullow Ghana, operators of Jubilee field, and Kosmos, operators of Mahogany and Teak, have presented a Plan of Development (PoD) for the Greater Jubilee Full Field to the government ahead of schedule.

RESEARCH GROUP SUPPORTS AGRICULTURE WITH MOBILE APP

An international research group has developed a mobile phone application that can facilitate marketing of agricultural produce in Ghana.

AUDITORS ASKED TO BE MORE VIGILANT

The Head, Other Financial Institutions Supervision Department of the Bank of Ghana (BOG), Mr. Raymond Amanfu, has called on external auditors of Rural and Community Banks (RCBs) to be more vigilant and avoid conflict of interest situation.

GOV’T DRAFTS NEW PUBLIC FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT BILL

A new Public Financial Management and Accountability (PFM) Bill is being drafted to replace the existing financial administration Act and its regulations of 2013.

GHANA UNADJUSTED GDP GROWTH STOOD AT 3.6 PCT IN Q3 2015

Ghana’s unadjusted gross domestic product (GDP) growth stood at 3.6 percent year-on-year including oil in the third quarter of 2015, the statistics office said on Wednesday.

ADB: IPO REOPENS AFTER LONG LEGAL TUSSLE

The reopening of the IPO took off this morning and will run till the end of February, 2016.
The launch follows approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The bank’s Official Launching of the IPO has on numerous occasions been put on hold after suffering multiple law suits.

GOV’T TO PAY STRIKING RAILWAY WORKERS

The Railway Workers Union last week announced the withdrawal of passenger services from Accra to Tema and Accra to Nsawam, following government’s failure to pay their three-months salary arrears.

2016 APPROPRIATION BILL APPROVED

Parliament on Tuesday, under a certificate of urgency, passed the Appropriation Act for the 2016 fiscal year, committing some GHc50,109,851,734.00 from the Consolidated Fund for government to carry out its financial obligations for the year.

OPEC DAMPENS PROSPECTS FOR ELECTRIC CARS

Oil producing cartel OPEC has said in its annual World Oil Outlook report that 94% of cars will still be powered by oil-based fuels in 2040.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

MALI PRO-GOVT ARMED GROUP ACCUSES FRANCE OF KILLING 4 FIGHTERS

A pro-government armed group in Mali accused the French military on Wednesday of killing four of its fighters during a weekend clash with an Al-Qaeda-linked movement in the country’s restive north.

SOMALIA BANS CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS

Somalia’s government has banned the celebration of Christmas, warning that such Christian festivities could threaten the nation’s Muslim faith.

GUINEA PM STEPS DOWN AFTER PRESIDENT CONDE RE-ELECTED

Guinea’s prime minister on Wednesday stepped down in order to make way for a new administration after President Alpha Conde was sworn in for a controversial second five-year term, the presidency said in a statement.

SANKARA’S WIFE WANTS COMPAORE EXTRADITED

Slain President Thomas Sankara’s widow has appealed to the Ivorian authorities to extradite ex-President Blaise Compaoré in keeping with an international warrant of arrest.

U.N. COUNCIL BACKS LIBYA PEACE DEAL, NO WESTERN AIR STRIKES SOUGHT

The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday endorsed a U.N.-brokered agreement among Libya’s warring factions to form a national unity government, a deal Western powers hope will bring stability and help to combat a growing Islamic State presence.

CAMERON’S OFFICE TO PROBE WHY BRITISH MUSLIM FAMILY BARRED FROM U.S.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said on Wednesday it was looking into the case of a family of 11 British Muslims who were refused permission to board a flight from London to Los Angeles to visit Disneyland.

SYRIA READY TO PARTICIPATE IN GENEVA PEACE TALKS – FOREIGN MINISTER

Syria is ready to participate in peace talks in Geneva and hopes that the dialogue will be successful in helping the country form a national unity government, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Thursday.

MYANMAR MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER OF BRITISH BACKPACKERS IN THAILAND

A Thai court sentenced two Myanmar migrant workers to death on Thursday after convicting them of the 2014 murders of two British tourists on a holiday island in a case mired in controversy and a dispute over DNA samples.

FIRE AT SAUDI HOSPITAL KILLS 25, INJURES 107

A fire at a hospital in Saudi Arabia on Thursday killed 25 people and injured 107, the country’s civil defence said in a statement.

U.S. PLANS RAIDS TO DEPORT FAMILIES WHO SURGED ACROSS BORDER – WASHINGTON POST

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has begun preparing for a series of raids that would target for deportation hundreds of families who have flocked to the United States since the start of last year, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

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