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GOV’T TO RELEASE REPORT ON CMS FIRE TODAY

Government will on Friday release its official position on the investigations into the fire that gutted the Central Medical Stores in Tema. Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong, will issue the government statement following the approval of President John Dramani Mahama.

WHO LEADS CPP TO ELECTION 2016? IT LOOKS LIKE SAMIA NKRUMAH

The question as to who will lead the Convention People’s Party in the 2016 elections will be decided tomorrow when the party delegates converge at the Ghana International Trade Fair, La in Accra, for the party’s presidential primary.

MENINGITIS CLAIMS 50 LIVES

Fifty people have so far died from the outbreak of pneumococcal meningitis, the Health Minister, Alex Segbefia, has said.

COVER-UP IN ₵3.6M BUS BRANDING SCANDAL

There appears to be a deliberate attempt by government to shield some public indicted by the findings of the Attorney General’s report in the Metro Mass Transit Bus branding scandal that recently took the nation by storm.

IVOR FEVER GRIPS CPP

Even before the Convention People’s Party national delegates could converge to decide on the choice of a candidate for the 2016 presidential poll, the grounds appear to favour Ivor Greenstreet, the immediate past General Secretary of the party.

MP, OWUSU BEMPAH WANTED

The Ashanti Regional police are hunting for the Member of Parliament for Agogo, Kwadwo Baah Agyeman and Ernest Owusu Bempah of the National Democratic Congress over alleged inflammatory remarks.

CRISIS HITS FIRE SERVICE: NO FUEL FOR FIRE TENDERS DUE TO INDEBTEDNESS

The financial crisis facing almost every sector of the Ghanaian economy is now having a telling effect on emergency services in the country to the extent that the Ghana National Fire Service is having challenges purchasing fuel for its fleet of vehicles in the Ashanti Region and some other parts of the country.

RESIDENTS OF NKROFUL ANGRY OVER MASS REBURIAL

Residents of Nkroful in the Sekondi Takoradi Municipality have expressed dismay over the mass reburial of corpses exhumed at the community cemetery last Saturday to pave way for the construction of a 13-kilometre dual-carriage road.

SIX NEW MILLENNIUM CITY SCHOOLS TO PEN – ACCRA MAYOR

The Chief Executive Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Alfred Oko Vanderpuije has hinted that out of the number of Millennium City school projects in the country, six have been completed and would soon be inaugurated.

STOP SPREADING WRONG INFORMATION ABOUT MENINGITIS OUTBREAK – DIRECTOR OF HEALTH SERVICES

The Ashanti Regional Director of Health Services, Dr Alexis Beifubah has called on the public to remain clam amid reported cases of pneumococcal meningitis in some districts in the region.

MORE STUDENTS TO BENEFIT FROM PRESIDENT’S SCHOLARSHIP

Over 50 brilliant but needy students from selected basic schools in the Eastern Region are to benefit from the Presidential Award this year. The award, initiated in 2011, is organized annually to help support brilliant but needy students in the Region to finance their education at the secondary level.

WE DON’T ACCEPT BECE HOLDERS – GHANA POLICE

The Ghana Police Service has stopped recruiting holders of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) into the service.

NO ROAD NO VOTE; MPASASO TELLS GOV’T

Chiefs, elders and residents particularly drivers at Mpasaso, a cocoa growing community in the Ahafo South District of the Ashanti region, have declared not to allow any political party to campaign in their jurisdiction during this year’s electioneering campaign due to the bad state of the roads to the area.

KOFI BOAKYE CHASES ‘AGOGO FULANI’ MP

The Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Kofi Boakye is on the heels of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Asante Akyem North, Kwadwo Baah Agyemang over a press conference he held in Agogo to protest the invasion of their farmlands by Fulani herdsmen.

CHIEF WANTS AJET NASSAM RULING ON ABOKOBI LANDS REVIEWED

Chief of Abokobi at Ga-East, Nii Samuel Adjetey Mohenu, is calling on the Chief Justice to take a second look at a ruling by sacked High Court Judge John Ajet Nassam over land ownership between Abokobi and Brekusu.

NDUOM WISHES CPP WELL AS IT ELECTS FLAG-BEARER TOMORROW

Founder member and 2012 presidential candidate of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, has extended best wishes to the Convention People’s Party (CPP) as the Nkrumaist party gets ready to elect a flag-bearer for the 2016 General Elections on Saturday, January 30, 2016.

EC STAFF PLAN NATIONWIDE STRIKE OVER POOR SERVICE CONDITIONS

Staff of the Electoral Commission (EC) have resolved to call a nationwide strike on February 22, 2016 to protest poor service conditions.

ARSONIST SET CENTRAL MEDICAL STORES ON FIRE – REPORT

More than a year after the Central Medical Store was razed to the ground by fire, a report on the incident has confirmed someone deliberately set fire to the facility. The Central Medical Store is where the country’s medical equipment and drugs are stored for onward distribution across the regions.

MPS ANGRY OVER 23 ‘MISSING’ CHILDREN FROM 8 ORPHANAGES

A report by the Auditor General has revealed that 23 children who were hosted in eight out of ten orphanages by the Department of Social Welfare cannot be accounted for.

SPEAKER ANGRY WITH GRA OVER SUSPENSION OF TAX LAW

Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho is angry at the Ghana Revenue Authority over what he says are attempts by the GRA to subvert a law passed by the House.

POLICE CAN’T ARREST ME – MP FOR ASANTE AKYEM NORTH

Member of Parliament for Asante Akyem North, Mr Kwadwo Baah Agyemang, has denied media reports that he has been arrested by the Police.

‘I FEEL ITCHY WHEN NPP SPEAKS ABOUT CORRUPTION’

Presidential staffer, Kwadwo Adu Asare has said that he is always horrified by comments of communicators of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) that there is high levels of corruption in the John Mahama led administration.

US SENATORS: STOP AID TO GHANA IF GITMO 2 ESCAPE

Four Senators from the United States of America (USA) have petitioned the Senate Appropriations Committee to cut off foreign aid to Ghana should the small West African country fail to keep the two ex-detainees from Guantanamo Bay from escaping to “re-engage in terrorism against the United States”.

VOTE ARROGANT HANNAH TETTEH OUT – GEORGE ANDA

New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary Candidate for Awutu-Senya East in the Central Region, George Andah has said that the constituency is tired of having an ‘arrogant person’ as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area.

PARLIAMENT VOWS NOT TO VET APPOINTEES WITH “ROWDY CROWDS”

Parliament has served notice that the era of packing a crowd of party supporters, chiefs and families to support nominated ministers during vetting is over. The Appointment Committee has vowed not to vet any minister-designate who brings fanfare to the vetting.

ABUDU ROYALS PETITION ASANTEHENE’S MEDIATION COMMITTEE

The Abudu royals in Dagbon in the Northern Region have petitioned the three eminent chiefs mediating the chieftaincy dispute, reaffirming their temporary boycott of proceedings at the Manhyia palace in Kumasi.

WISA FORGOT HIMSELF’

The ‘Susuka’ hit-maker, Kofi Kinaata, says, what probably caused Wisa to show his manhood on stage was because he was carried away by the fans and might have forgotten himself.

FAN WHO MIMICKED STONEBWOY APOLOGISES

Stonebwoy walked off stage during his performance at the launch of Ghana’s biggest youth brand Live 91.9 FM at the SilverStar Towers over the weekend.A fan who walked on stage and mimicked the ‘Go Higher’ hitmaker led to the musician throwing his microphone into the audience, abruptly ending his performance.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

CRUDE DIP WON’T AFFECT GHANA’S OIL INDUSTRY

The Minister of Petroleum, Emmanuel Kofi Armah Buah, has given an assurance that the drastic drop in the prices of crude oil on the world market will not have adverse effects on investor confidence in Ghana’s petroleum industry.

THE AIRLINE BUST: WHO’S NEXT?

Euphoria greeted the start of domestic air travel in the country. Many locals, who hitherto saw air travel as a leisure and an expensive endeavor warmed to the idea of travelling by air from Accra to major capitals such as Kumasi, Takoradi, Sunyani and Tamale.

SMES FINANCING FAIR SLATED FOR MARCH

Government has introduced a SMEs financing fair, scheduled to take place between 16th and 17th March his year at the Accra International Conference Centre, to help propel the sector’s growth.

GOVERNMENT MISSES INTEREST EXPENSE TARGET

Excessive borrowing is set to push government’s interest expenses beyond the planned levels despite a decline in the cost of borrowing, figures from the Finance Ministry has shown.

GERMAN COMPANIES POSITIVE ABOUT GHANA’S ECONOMIC PROSPECTS

Majority of companies in Ghana with German and European origin or interests expect the local economy to perform better this year and beyond to make a positive impact on business operations. Up to 71 per cent of the companies, which took part in the World Business Outlook 2015 survey, expect the economic trend in the country to get better in the next 12 months.

NEWMONT SUPPORTS 400 FARMERS

A total of about four hundred (400) farmers from host communities in the Ahafo Mine Project of Newmont Gold Ghana Limited (NGGL) are to benefit from an impending mass spraying cocoa farms exercise to be undertaken by the company in some communities in the region, Today has gathered.

GOLD DEALERS BLAME MINERALS COMMISSION

Gold dealers, mostly in Preatea, Tarkwa,Takoradi, Obuasi and Bibiani have apportioned blame on the Minerals Commission of Ghana for the continuous smuggling of the nation’s gold through the borders of Togo and Burkina Faso by some unscrupulous Indian and Chinese gold dealers in Ghana.

SIC LIFE SAVINGS AND LOANS LAUNCHED IN ACCRA

Mrs Mona Quartey, Deputy Minister of Finance, has said the non-bank financial sector play a critical role in building a strong and viable financial sector for the development of the national economy.

GOLD, COCOA AND CRUDE OIL EXPORTS YIELD $10BN IN 2015

The country’s earnings from the exports of gold, cocoa and crude oil for 2015 went down marginally compared to what the country got in 2014. According to the latest economic and financial data released by the central bank, Ghana got about 10 billion dollars for 2015, compared to 10.7 billion dollars in 2014.

TRADE MINISTRY EVALUATING CEMENT-TRADE-WAR

Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Minister of Trade and Industries says his Ministry is undertaking a thorough evaluation of various interests in the current trade-war between local cement manufacturers and importers. He said the exercise, with references to price build-ups in other countries, should enable the Ministry pronounce appropriately on the issue.

HELP US FIND MARKET FOR CITRUS FRUIT – FARMERS

Citrus growers in Adansi South have appealed to the district assembly to help establish a processing plant to provide ready market for the fresh fruit they have been producing in huge volumes.

FARMERS TO DISCUSS WAYS TO GROW POULTRY INDUSTRY

Selected farmers across the Ashanti Region have gathered in Kumasi for a two-day workshop to discuss ways of growing the poultry industry to enhance its contribution to the economy. Budgeting, general farm housing, sanitation and feed management took centre stage.

GHIPSS AND BANKS TO DRIVE POS PATRONAGE

The Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS) will work closely with the banks to drive payment patronage on the gh-link hybrid Point of Sales (POS) machines.

IDEAL FINANCIAL HOLDINGS SUPPORTS K’BU

Ideal Financial Holdings, a leading financial conglomerate, has presented a cheque of GH¢20,000 to the Accident Centre of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital to clear the debt of five patients who were treated but could not pay for their bills.

GN BANK REWARDS CUSTOMERS IN ‘PEOPLE’S GIFT’ PROMO

Loyal customers and patrons of GN Bank within the Greater Accra, Eastern and Volta regions with valid promotion tickets were yesterday rewarded in the bank’s first mini-draw in the “People’s Gift Promo” at the Groupe Nduom Financial Centre in Accra.

LACK OF ACCESS TO FINANCIAL SERVICES IMPEDES COMMUNITIES

The lack of access to viable financial services is depriving some communities of the opportunities to build cash assets through savings to eradicate poverty.

GHANA TO SHARE BEST PRACTICES WITH INDIA

Ghana intends to work with India to share best practices and experiences to strengthen the capability of Ghanaians abroad to contribute to our national agenda, the Minister for Environment, Science and technology, Mr Mahama Ayariga, has said.

NIGERIA’S BOURSE TO BUY NASDAQ MONITORING SYSTEM AFTER STOCKS PLUNGE

Nigeria’s bourse plans to buy a price monitoring system from Nasdaq to protect against market manipulation, the stock exchange said on Wednesday, after stocks shed 17 percent in the first eighteen days of 2016.

AMAZON SHARES PLUNGE AS RECORD PROFIT STILL MISSES ESTIMATES

Amazon.com Inc posted its most profitable quarter ever on Thursday but the world’s No. 1 online retailer still managed to disappoint Wall Street by badly missing estimates, sending its shares down more than 13 percent in after-hours trading.

SONY QUARTERLY OPERATING PROFIT RISES 11% VIA PS4 SALES

Sony Corp (6758.T) reported an 11 percent rise in quarterly operating profit on Friday as strong sales of PlayStation 4 games helped offset a decline in sales of image sensors, which had led the company’s turnaround in the previous year.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

FOREIGN JOURNALISTS AMONG 17 ARRESTED IN BURUNDI SWOOP

At least 17 people, including two foreign journalists, have been arrested in a late night police raid in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura, a presidential spokesperson said.

UN PRAISES ‘INCLUSIVE’ SOMALI ELECTION PLAN

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised Somalia’s government for agreeing Thursday to hold elections this year to a new two-chamber parliament in which women will hold nearly a third of seats.

SYRIA PEACE TALKS DERAILED AS OPPOSITION STAYS AWAY

The Syrian opposition said it will not attend peace talks due to begin in Geneva on Friday, derailing the first attempt in two years to hold negotiations aimed at ending the five-year-long war.

TRUMP OVERSHADOWS REPUBLICAN DEBATE EVEN AS HE SITS IT OUT

Republican front-runner Donald Trump skipped a presidential debate in Iowa on Thursday after a flurry of last-minute negotiations with host Fox News, holding his own rally a few miles away four days before the first nominating contest of the 2016 race.

PROTESTERS MARCH, FRANCE EYES BUSINESS DEALS AS IRAN’S ROUHANI VISITS

France and Iran hailed the sale of Airbus planes and the renewal of a decades-old carmaking venture as symbols of thawing relations on Thursday while protesters in Paris tried to get human rights onto the agenda.

NORTH KOREA ACTIVITY POINTS TO POSSIBLE SPACE LAUNCH – U.S. OFFICIALS

The United States has seen increased activity around a North Korean missile site, suggesting preparations for a possible space launch in the near future, U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday.

WHO SAYS ZIKA VIRUS SPREADS EXPLOSIVELY, 4 MILLION CASES FORECAST

The Zika virus, linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, is “spreading explosively” and could infect as many as 4 million people in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

RUSSIA’S NOVOSIBIRSK POWER PLANT SAYS STAFF EVACUATED AFTER BOMB CALL

Russia’s Novosibirsk hydro electric power station said on Friday it had evacuated 231 workers after a phone call about an explosive device at the station.

CHINESE SONAR VESSEL TO JOIN SEARCH FOR MISSING MALAYSIAN JET

China is set to join the underwater search for a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet missing for almost two years by providing a sonar-equipped vessel by the end of February, Australia’s deputy prime minister Warren Truss said on Friday.

ATTENTION! ATTENTION!! ATTENTION!!!

Join the JOHN MAHAMA FAN CLUB in a massive clean-up exercise at the Maamobi Hospital this Saturday, 30th January, 2015.
Procession starts at 7am at the Accra Girls Senior High School-AGISS and ends at the MAMOBI POLY CLINIC.
This is the announcement again Come and let’s have fun while we clean to change lives, transform Ghana.
Make it a point to tell a friend to tell a friend, get your NDC Gear to join this massive clean-up exercise.
JDM BAAFIIRA, JM NO SIZE, JMFC Y3 WO KROM

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