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News Headlines – January 26 2016

 

BY MR LARRY ®
DEPOSITORS SCRAMBLE FOR DKM’DKM’S ASSETS FOLLOWING COURT ORDER

Hundreds of customers of the troubled microfinance company DKM have started selling out properties of the company to defray debts it owes them.About 20 DKM branded buses as a result, have been impounded by the aggrieved customers who through various court orders were seen packing out properties of the company from the 3-storey building used as its headquarters in Sunyani, the Brong Ahafo regional Capital.

GOV’T COMMITS GHC150K TO FIGHT MENINGITIS

Government has set aside GHC150,000 to confront the deadly Pneumococcal Meningitis which has already claimed over 30 lives.

BOMBSHELL
HOW AKUFO ADDO KILLED HIS FIRST WIFE IN A FIT OF RAGE-AUTOPSY REPORT BARES IT ALL

A hailstorm of controversy is set to engulf the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party following the discovery of a grisly autopsy report that has brought to light for the first time, the gruesome circumstances under which one Obaa Yaa Nkansah Dwamena, a former wife of NPP flagbearer, Nana Akufo Addo met her untimely death.

ANOTHER NPP FABRICATION ON ELECTORAL REGISTER EXPOSED
…as ‘Daily Guide publishes another lie

Attempts by the New Patriotic Party to revive their failed campaign to undermine the credibility of the electoral register suffered a major setback this morning. The charade which involved the publication of a supposed letter from the British Government claiming that Ghana’s electoral register is bloated was scuppered when the British High Commissioner to Ghana, flatly denied that such a position had been taken by his government.

POLICE ARREST SUSPECTED TERRORIST IN UPPER WEST

A man believed to be a former member of the Burkina Faso presidential guard during the recent coup d’etat has been arrested in Ghana.The Police confirmed that the man, whose name has been withheld for now, is on the wanted list of Burkina Faso’s security forces.

GIFEC TO INSTALL VSAT HUB

The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) is in the process of installing a VSAT hub to provide universal access to telecommunications services for remote communities in the country.

WILD CUSTOMERS RAID DKM

Customers of distressed DKM Financial Services in Sunyani, the Brong-Ahafo regional capital, yesterday ransacked the headquarters of the company and removed office equipment and all movable items to defray their lost deposits.

BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION CLARIFIES BLOATED REGISTER

The British High Commission in Accra has refuted claims in the media that government has acknowledged that Ghana’s voter register is bloated by at least percent.

ROBBERY LEADER NABBED AT KASOA

The Kasoa district police have arrested a man believed to have recruited robbers to terrorise residents of Amanfrom and Kasoa in the Central Region.

LABOUR STILL ADAMANT: INSISTS GOVERNMENT MUST WITHDRAW ENERGY SECTOR LEVY BILL

Tuesday’s meeting between Organised Labour and government is likely to end in deadlock because Labour has unanimously agreed that the Energy Sector Levy Bill (2015) must be withdrawn at all cost, something government has said is impossible.

3 NABBED FOR FAKE PASSPORT, VISA FRAUD

Three persons who, for over 13 years, have been falsifying visas are now in the grips of the Accra Regional Police Command.

WHO STEPS IN TO CURB SPREAD OF PNEUMOCOCCAL MENINGITIS

The World Health Organization (WHO) has stepped in to help Ghana curtail the spread of the deadly pneumococcal meningitis.

GHANA’S PARLIAMENT RECONVENES TODAY

Parliament of Ghana returns from recess today, January 26, 2016 to consider 26 bills which will be tabled for presentation.It will be the 4th Meeting of the 3rd session of the 6th Parliament of the Fourth Republic.

SPENDING GHC1MILLION ON FREE CONDOMS ‘IRRESPONSIBLE’ – ATTA KYEA

The Vice Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Atta Kyea has criticized the Ministry of Health for the cost of condoms it distributed for free describing the move as “irresponsible.”

NDC ‘WORLD BANK’ SHAKING

With the arrival of a group in the Volta region, the electoral ‘World Bank’ of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is set to rattle the support base of the governing party as it seeks to spearhead a change in the region.

PRESIDENT MAHAMA RESPONDS TO PETITION ON STAN DOGBE

President John Dramani Mahama has responded to a petition by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and 155 journalists seeking disciplinary action against senior presidential staffer, Mr Stan Dogbe.

BNI TRAILS SLYVESTER MENSAH TO CHURCH

The presence of armed operatives of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) during Sunday church service hours at the Dome Perez Chapel International in Dzworlu in Accra in recent times is causing anxiety among church members, people familiar with the matter told Today.

GO TO HOSPITAL IF THERE IS HEADACHES, FEVER, NECK PAINS’ – GHS TELLS SUSPECTED MENINGITIS PATIENTS

The three, are symptoms of the deadly pneumococcal meningitis disease which has claimed over 30 lives across three regions in Ghana and hospitalised over a 100 others.Head of disease and surveillance at the Ghana Health Service Dr Franklin Asiedu Bekoe gave the alert in an interview with Joy News, Monday.

NDC WOMEN’S ORGANISER BLASTS ASHITTEY OVER ZANETOR SUIT

The women’s organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has taken a swipe at the party’s Klottey Korle MP Nii Armah Ashitey, who is contesting the legitimacy of the NDC parliamentary candidate of the constituency Dr Zanetor Rawlings.

AUTHORITIES TIGHTEN SECURITY IN DAGBON TO AVERT ANOTHER ABUDU-ANDANI WAR

Security has been beefed up at the Gbewaa Palace in Yendi in the Northern region following threats by members of the Abudu royal family they will to use all means available to perform the final funeral rites of their late chief Naa-Mahamadu Abdulai IV there.

33 PRIVATE COMPANIES BID FOR ECG JOB

A total of thirty-three private companies have expressed interest in the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) under the Private Sector Participation (PSP), the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) has announced.

PARENTS MUST INSTILL DISCIPLINE IN THEIR CHILDREN – 2ND LADY

Second Lady of Ghana, Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur, has charged all women particularly mothers to instil in their children and dependents strong regard for ethics and morality to help drive the country towards greater heights and prosperity.

POLICE OFFICER RESIGNS TO CAMPAIGN FOR AKUFO-ADDO

A Police officer with the New Juaben Municipal Police Command in the Eastern region has resigned to support the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party ahead of the presidential elections.

I DON’T HATE KROBOS, APOLOGY NEEDLESS’

Abuakwa South MP Samuel Atta Akyea has said he does not hate Krobos as being said of him by critics, in connection with his recent argument that a university proposed for the Eastern Region, should have been situated in his constituency in Akyem rather than a proposed location in Somanya, which is dominated by Krobos.

WE ERRED IN GHC10M VEHICLES, CONDOMS PURCHASE – GHS

Officials of the Ghana Health Service have conceded breaching procurement and financial regulations in the purchase of vehicles and condoms worth over 10million cedis.

BNI ON THE HEELS OF 12 KORLE-BU STAFF

Bureau of national investigations (BNI) are on the heels of 12 Kole-Bu Teaching Hospital staff in Accra for failing to repay salary advance forwarded to them by management of the facility.

AG DRAGS KOJO YANKSON, MULTIMEDIA TO NMC

The Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mrs Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong, has dragged the host of Joy FM Super Morning Show Kojo Yankson and Multimedia Group Limited to the National Media Commission (NMC).

GHANA’S SINGLE HOUSEHOLD REGISTRY TAKES OFF THIS YEAR

This year, Ghana will mark yet another major victory in her quest to strengthen the social protection system. The country’s Single National Registry, the Ghana National Household Registry, will commence operation under the auspices of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP). This follows the formal launch of the Registry by His Excellency the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana on the 20th of October 2015.
BUSINESS HEADLINES
NVTI TARINERS LACK SKILLS – EXPERT

A technical and education training expert has criticised the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) for churning out artisans that lack practical skills, largely as a result of using unqualified trainees.

MPC STAYS POLICY RATE

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Ghana has voted to maintain its policy rate at 26 percent, despite fears over the recent increases in petroleum prices and utility prices feeding into inflationary pressure.

INDUSTRIALISTS EXPRESS WORRY AS INDUSTRIAL POLICY GATHERS DUST

It was launched in June 2011 and was to be implemented through an Industrial Sector Support programme (ISSP) over a five-year period from January 2011 to December 2015.

FINANCE MINISTRY CLEARS PART OF DEBT OWED BDCS

The extension of credit to businesses and importers of petroleum products by banks should witness a marginal improvement.This follows the payment of a little over 600 million to Bulk Oil Distribution companies by Government, representing a fraction of a 3 billion Ghana cedis owed the oil distribution companies.

PURC ORDERS ECG TO CORRECT METERING AND BILLING ANOMALIES

The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) says it has issued an order to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), to correct the metering and billing anomalies resulting from implementation of the 2015 Major Tariff Increase.

FPSO MILLS BEGINS GHANA VOYAGE

Ghana’s second Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel, FPSO Prof John Evans Atta Mills, which will produce and store oil from Ghana’s Tweneboa-Enyenra-Ntomme (TEN) offshore oil fields, has set sail home.

IMF BACKS GOV’T TO SNUB LABOUR

Workers’ demand for wage increases due to recent utility tariffs adjustment and hikes in prices of petroleum products could face a potential stumbling block, as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest review of the economic programme has urged government to keep the wage bill within its budget limits.

PAC TARGETS CIVIL SERVANTS FOR WRONG-DOING

A member of the Public Accounts Committee, Simon Osei Mensah, has urged Parliament to clamp down heavily on public and civil servants who embezzle state funds.

TIGHTEN SECURITY TO PROTECT YOUR CLIENTS; HOTELIERS ADVISED

Hotel owners have been urged to take extra security measures to protect their clients, in view of the isolated cases of explosions at some hotels in the West African sub-region which have resulted in the death of a number of people.

BOG THROWS OUT SUGGESTIONS FOR CEDI DEVALUATION

Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Kofi Wampah, has denied reports that government is planning to devalue the Ghana cedi.

BANK OF GHANA KEEPS BENCHMARK INTEREST RATE AT 26 PCT

Ghana’s central bank kept its benchmark policy rate at 26 percent on Monday citing moderation in the pace of consumer inflation, its governor Henry Kofi Wampah said. The West African nation is under a three-year aid program with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to restore fiscal balance to an economy dogged by high fiscal deficits and a distressing public debt, with consumer inflation consistently above government target.

EMBRACE TAX POLICY MEASURES – MONA QUARTEY

A Deputy Minister of Finance, Mrs Mona Helen Quartey, has said that the recent tax policy measures being implemented by the government are relevant for nation building and, therefore, must be embraced by the citizenry.

GSE COERCES GOV’T OVER CAPITAL GAINS TAX

The Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) has assured that it will continue pushing for government to restore the exemptions on capital gains tax and the 3 percent rebate on income taxes for listed companies during the first three years of their listing on the bourse.

CURRENCY DEALERS PROJECT CEDI STABILITY IN MARCH

Forecasts by the Association of Financial Market operators have pointed March this year for the cedi to begin stabilizing against the US dollar.
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES
SUICIDE BOMBERS KILL 32 IN NORTH CAMEROON MARKET

Thirty-two people were killed when at least three suicide bombers blew themselves up at a market in northern Cameroon, a region often targeted by Nigeria’s Boko Haram, officials said.

SA MAYOR DEFENDS VIRGIN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS

Dudu Mazibuko told the BBC that the scheme was intended to “reduce HIV, Aids and unwanted pregnancy” among young girls in the Uthukela district of eastern KwaZulu-Natal province.

TWO EX-PMS TO FACE OFF IN CENTRAL AFRICAN PRESIDENTIAL RUN-OFF

Former Central African Republic prime ministers Anicet-Georges Dologuele and Faustin-Archange Touadera will face off in a presidential run-off poll, the constitutional court said on Monday. Dologuele won 23.74 percent of votes cast in the Dec. 30 first round, followed by Touadera with 19.05 percent, announced the court, which was tasked with certifying the results.

BURKINA FASO LIFTS CURFEW IMPOSED DURING FAILED COUP

Burkina Faso has lifted a curfew in force since a failed coup in September, the government announced Monday, but it warned citizens to stay vigilant following this month’s jihadist attack at a top hotel in the capital.

DEALS AND WARMS WORDS FLOW AS IRANIAN PRESIDENT VISITS EUROPE

Italy and Iran signed billions of dollars of business deals on Monday at the start of a visit to Europe by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani aimed at rebuilding his nation’s ties with the West after years of economic sanctions.

CHINA RELEASES SWEDISH NGO WORKER – SWEDISH FOREIGN MINISTRY

China has released a Swedish man taken into custody this month on suspicion of acts detrimental to the country’s national security, the Swedish Foreign Ministry said.

PROBE CLEARS MALAYSIAN PM NAJIB, SAYS $681 MILLION TRANSFER A SAUDI GIFT

Malaysia’s attorney-general cleared Prime Minister Najib Razak of any criminal offence or corruption on Tuesday, and said a controversial transfer of $681 million into his personal bank account was a gift from Saudi Arabia’s royal family.

U.N. SEEKS SYRIAN PEACE TALKS THIS WEEK, OPPOSITION THREATENS BOYCOTT

The United Nations said on Monday it would issue invitations for marathon Syrian peace talks to begin this week, but opposition groups signalled they would stay away unless the government and its Russian allies halt air strikes and lift sieges on towns.

TWO PALESTINIANS SHOT DEAD AFTER STABBING TWO ISRAELIS IN WEST BANK – POLICE

Two Palestinians were shot dead after stabbing two Israeli women on Monday in the West Bank, police said, in an emerging pattern of assaults inside Jewish settlements in the occupied territory.

U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL CREATES MISSION TO VERIFY A COLOMBIA PEACE DEAL

The United Nations Security Council on Monday approved the creation of a U.N. mission of unarmed international observers to monitor disarmament should Colombia’s government and leftist FARC rebels reach a deal to end Latin America’s longest war.

DO YOU KNOW???

👉•The ongoing construction of
123 Community Day Senior High
Schools across the country will
provide space for the admission of
about 400,000 additional students,
who would have been out of school
but for this intervention. This is
providing access for JHS graduates
at the SHS level.

 

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