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News Headlines – February 29 2016

📰NEWS HEADLINES📰
MONDAY 29TH FEB 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

TURKISH PRESIDENT ERDOGAN TO VISIT GHANA TODAY

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is set to arrive in Accra, Ghana, Today for a two-day state visit. Accompanied by his wife and over 150 business and government officials, Mr. Erdoğan will hold talks with President John Dramani Mahama at the Flagstaff House.

CPC SUFFERS NEW SETBACK; ONE OF ITS 3 ROASTERS BREAKDOWN

Cocoa Processing Company, a majority state-owned company, has suffered a fresh setback as one of its three roasters has broken down.

ADDISION SHOCKS NII MOI IN NPP KLOTTEY KORLE BATTLE

Celebrated Lawyer Philip Kojo Addison over the weekend pulled a major surprise when he defied the odds to win the rerun parliamentary primary of the opposition NPP in the Klottey Korle constituency.

NCCE EMBARKS ON PEACE KEEPING ENGAGEMENTS

The National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) has said it was embarking on a peace keeping engagement in eleven communities to help minimise conflicts in flashpoints areas.

5 VIE FOR JB’S SEAT

Six NPP members in the Abuakwa North Constituency of the Eastern Region have picked nomination forms and have been vetted by the regional branch of the party to contest in the parliamentary primary of scheduled for Tuesday.

GHANA HAS ACIDIC SYSTEM THAT KILLS VALUABLE DREAMS – OTABIL

Dr Mensa Otabil, Founder of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) said Ghana has a “poisonous” system which is killing dreams and potentials of young people.

IS MAHAMA LIVING IN GHANA? – NANA ASKS

As the NPP Presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, presents what he as described as ‘the real State of the Nation’ at the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons today, he is wondering if President Mahama as any idea about the unprecedented level of economic difficulties and hardships the Ghanaian people have been subjected under the two-term administration of the NDC.

GANA NEEDS COHERENT ALCOHOL POLICY – THINK TANK

Baraka Policy Institute (BPI) an independent think-tank, has called for a coherent national policy to regulate the production, consumption and marketing of alcoholic products in the country.

PASS RTI BILL FIRST AND NOW – LAWYER WRITES TO SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT

Pass the Right to Information Bill before The Interception of Postal Packets and Telecommunication Messages Bill.

DVLA PLEDGES SUPPORT TO KATANKA AUTOMOBILE

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has pledged its preparedness to offer support to the Kantanka Group of Companies, manufacturers of Kantanka brand of vehicles.

POLICE, LAND GUARDS STRIKE IN DOBLO

Some personnel from the Police SWAT Unit of the Ghana Police Service and land guards have teamed up to terrorise land owners in Ayikai Doblo, a fast growing community in the Ga West Municipality of the Greater Accra Region.

PPP PUNCHES MAHAMA AGAIN; SAYS DUMSOR NOT OVER

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has painted a gloomy picture about the state of the Ghanaian economy which in its estimation points to the governor’s failure to address the dwindling economic fortunes of the country.

N/R: ONE KILLED IN KONKOMBAS, GONJAS RIVER DISPUTE

One person has been shot dead and a police officer critically injured in a gun battle between the police and some Konkombas at ‘Nigeria camp’ near Mpahar in the Central Gonja district of the Northern region.

FULANI HERDSMEN KILL TWO FARMERS AT AGOGO

There is a growing concern about insecurity among residents of Agogo and its surrounding villages following the killing of two Sissala resident farmers at Abrewanko last Friday.

NANA ADDO IS A DICTOATOR – AFOKO INFERS

Embattled Chairman of the NPP, Paul Afoko, has inferred that the party’s 2016 flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is a dictator.

GHANA LIKELY TO SUFFER SHORTAGE OF NATURAL WATER – MINISTER

Natural supply of water is at risk of depletion if measures are not taken early to arrest the growing rate of the reduction caused by natural and human factors, Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, Minister of Water Resources has warned.

YOU’RE NOT CHIEF! — NATIONAL HOUSE OF CHIEFS TELL KWASHIE GBORLOR

National House of Chiefs has struck out the name, Nii Kwashie Gborlor IV, from the National Register of Chiefs as Ngleshie Amanfro Mantse.

ROAD SAFETY C’TTEE TO INVESTIGATE FATAL KINTAMPO CRASH

The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has constituted a team of professionals to investigate the fatal Metro Mass Bus accident that claimed 61 lives on the Kintampo-Tamale stretch in the Brong Ahafo Region.

DON’T BE SWAYED BY MONEY HANDOUTS – NANA ADDO

The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged Ghanaians not to be swayed by handouts aimed at influencing their decision during the 2016 general election.

LAND GUARDS TERRORIZE GOMOA AKOTSI RESIDENTS

Residents at Gomoa Akotsi in the Central region are living in fear after they were subjected to massive beating by a group of machomen suspected to be landguards.

MAHAMA’S ACHIEVEMENT IMPRESSES ME – PRATT

Ace journalist Kwesi Pratt Junior has said he was impressed with the achievements outlined by President John Mahama in his State of the Nation Address.

AKUFO-ADDO PRESENTS ‘REAL STATE OF THE NATION’ TODAY

Flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, has announced he will deliver what he calls “The Real State of the Nation” today.

IMANI: GOV’T’S JOB CREATION CLAIMS DUBIOUS

IMANI Ghana has stated that the president’s State of the Nation Addresses since 2013 have not been able to provide deep insights on the efforts of government to reduce unemployment in the country.

BNI DETAINS MAN SUSPECTED OF PLOTTING TO KILL MAHAMA

The Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) is holding one Mr Kwame Gyebi, a resident of Dzorwulu in Accra, on grounds of a planned assassination plot on President John Mahama. Details of the case are sketchy but BNI officials say they are investigating.

MAHAMA’S SONA WAS A CATALOGUE OF LIES – WONTUMI

During President Mahama’s State of the Nation address to Ghanaians, he adopted an evidence based style by displaying in the gallery and chamber of parliament, some beneficiaries of his government’s various social intervention policies.

GHANA LACKS CREATIVE LEADERS – ODIKE

Leader and Founder of United Front Party (UFP) Akwesi Addai Odike has underscored that the only way Ghana can develop is by devising creative means of mobilizing resources, and not relying on loans.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

CRUDE OIL PRICES ONLY BACK TO NORMAL

Crude oil prices are only back to normal – and they will remain so unless there is a “major shock”, like an India following a China growth trajectory and guzzling more oil or in the event of a major geopolitical upheaval, independent economists at London-based Llewellyn Consulting have said.

ILLEGAL FEES KILLING WOMEN IN LABOUR

A study by Send-Ghana has revealed that a lot of women who go into labour, especially in the northern regions, avoid health facilities due to illegal fees – a situation that is contributing to the rise in maternal mortality.

CEDI GESTURES FIRST QUARTER RESLIENCE

The year-to-year performance of the cedi against the US dollar should give the central bank something to be hopeful about as it depreciated only 2.49 percent as against 7.6 percent within the same period last year.

GHANA IS BROKE – DALEX FINANCE CEO

Government has been urged to face up to the reality that the country is broke and chart a new path with agriculture development as key to help address her economic challenges for a better future.

BOG GOVERNOR MUST RESIGN – GHANAIANS SUGGEST

The recent microfinance crisis has shaken public confidence in the Bank of Ghana as some Ghanaians are calling on the Governor to step down, stressing that, his continuous stay in office would mean more trouble for the country’s financial sector.

PARLIAMENT SUMMONS BANK OF GHANA OVER DKM WAHALA

Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Dr. Kofi Wampah, has been summoned to appear before Parliament to brief Members on the operations of Savings & Loans and Micro Finance Companies in the country.

DRY WEATHER TO AFFECT IVORY COAST AND GHANA COCOA PRODUCTION

Ivory Coast and Ghana’s cocoa mid-crops are expected to fall sharply this season due to dry weather and the impact of a severe Harmattan wind, the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) and industry sources said this week. “We do not expect the mid-crop harvest to be as high as last year in Ivory Coast when it was 514,000 tonnes,” said Jean-Marc Anga, Executive Director of inter-governmental body ICCO. “In Ghana, it’s a similar situation.”

NLC PRESENTS CONTRIBUTION TO NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN

The National Labour Commission (NLC) has shared its policies, strategies and how it can contribute to the long-term development of the country at the technical consultation meeting of the National Development Planning Commission.

AMENFIMAN RURAL BANK DECLARES SUPPORT TO GROWTH OF SMES

The Amenfiman Rural Bank has opened its Kumasi office with a pledge to introduce more innovative products to support strong growth of small businesses.

UNSTABLE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT STIFLES PRIVATE SECTOR GROWTH – GEA

The unpredictable and unstable micro economic environment has taken a heavy toll on private sector growth in the country,Ghana Employers Association says.

CANCEL PLANNED STRIKE OVER ‘KILLER’ TAXES – GOV’T BEGS BUSINESSES

The Minister of State at the Presidency in charge of Public Private Partnerships, Rashid Pelpuo, has called on the Private Business Consultative Forum to reconsider their decision to embark on a three- day strike beginning Monday February 29.

AUDIT ITALIAN RESTAURANT’S ‘ABNORMAL’ ELECTRICITY TARIFF – GOV’T

The Deputy Minister for Power, John Jinapor, has directed a systems audit of the metering system of Bread and Wine, an Italian restaurant operating in Ghana.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

BUHARI REMOVES NEARLY 24,000 GHOST WORKERS

The Nigerian government has identified and removed nearly 24,000 ghost workers from the state payroll during the latest audit. The removal of the non-existent workers has saved it up to £8.3m ($11.5m).

BRITISH PM THREATENED WITH ‘NO CONFIDENCE VOTE’

British Prime Minister David Cameron may face a leadership challenge after the “in or out” European Union (EU) referendum unless he tones down his attacks on pro-Brexit London mayor Boris Johnson and other Eurosceptics, local media reported Sunday.

IRAN’S ROUHANI WELCOMES POLL WINS THAT COULD MEAN FASTER REFORM

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and reformist partners won a big vote of confidence in elections that could speed up Iran’s emergence from isolation, and a key ally told long dominant hardliners to accept that voters wanted them to step aside.

TRUMP GETS ANOTHER ENDORSEMENT FROM PROMINENT SENATOR

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama endorsed Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s campaign on Sunday. Trump announced the endorsement alongside Sessions at a massive campaign rally in Madison, Alabama.

SYRIA REBELS SAY ATTACKS BY ARMY AND RUSSIAN PLANES THREATEN TRUCE

The Syrian opposition warned on Sunday that attacks by the army, backed by Russian warplanes, threatened a U.S.-Russian deal for a cessation of hostilities with collapse and endangered future peace talks.

PAKISTAN HANGS MAN WHO KILLED GOVERNOR OVER CALL TO REFORM BLASPHEMY LAW

Pakistan on Monday executed a man who killed the governor of Punjab province over his call to reform the country’s strict blasphemy laws that carry a death sentence for insulting Islam, police said.

FORMER TEPCO EXECUTIVES INDICTED OVER FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR DISASTER – MEDIA

Three former Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) executives were indicted on Monday for failing to take safety measures to prevent the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, a local media report said.

DEATH TOLL IN BAGHDAD TWIN SUICIDE BOMBING RISES TO 70 – SOURCES

The death toll of a twin suicide bombing in a Shi’ite district of Baghdad on Sunday rose to 70, with more than 100 wounded, police, medics and morgue sources said.

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