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News Headlines- March 16 2016

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WEDNESDAY 16TH MARCH 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

GHANA WILL OVERCOME PREVAILING CHALLENGES – PRESIDENT MAHAMA

President John Mahama who has dared Nana Akufo-Addo, the presidential candidate of the NPP to debate him over contentious issues has urged Ghanaians to remain resolute and that the country would soon overcome its challenges.

186 TEACHERS IN TROUBLE USING FAKE CERTIFICATES, IMPERSONATION

MAHAMA OPENS GHANA’S 1ST PRIVATE MEDICAL SCHOOL

Ghana’s first private medical institution to train doctors, the Family Health Medical School has been commissioned at Teshie, a suburb of Accra.

RLG HAS SETTLED ITS INDEBTEDNESS TO GOVT

The Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Department which has been tasked by the government to retrieve all debts owed by companies implicated in what has become known as the GYEEDA scandal, says Agams Holdings has paid all debts owed the nation with accrued interest.

ENSURE TRANSPARENCY OF POLLS – DR ARYEE TELLS ELECTORAL COMMISSION

The Reverend Dr Ms Joyce Aryee, Founder of the Salt and Light Ministries, has added to calls for EC to work with all key political actors to build confidence in the electoral process.

GH¢15,000 BRIBERY SAGA: EOCO CAGES TOP OFFICIAL OF WASSA ASSEMBLY

The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) has arrested Mr Frank Taylor, District Finance Officer of Wassa Amenfi East District Assembly, for bribing EOCO officers who are investigating alleged procurement fraud at the assembly.

CEMENT: GHANA IMPORTRS OVER 1 MILLION TONNES ANNUALLY

The desire to import everything, which has a negative impact on the economy, especially the strength of the local currency and the promotion of buy made-in-Ghana products, is not ending anytime soon as the country imports more than 1 million tonnes of cement per annum.

BAWUMIA CHALLENGES MAHAMA: NDC ‘CHOPS’ GH¢90 BILLION

The New Patriotic Party’s vice presidential candidate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has taken on President John Mahama about the state of Ghana’s public debt, calling on the president to have a proper briefing on the state of borrowing that has occurred in the last seven years under the NDC administration.

BUKOM BANKU CAGED

Maverick boxer and notorious street fighter Briamah Kamoko, aka Bukom Banku, was yesterday detained by the Greater Accra Regional police after three ladies lodged a complaint of assault against him.

AL-QAEDA ALERT! PRESIDENT MEETS SECURITY CAPOS

The National Security Council, chaired by President Mahama, yesterday reviewed the security situation n the country following the rising insurgency by Al Qaeda militants in the West African subregion, especially in Ghana’s neighbouring countries.

DKM SEEKS BAIL OUT

A financial expert has added his voice to calls on government to provide a bailout for DKM Diamond Microfinance Limited.

AFRICAN EXPERTS MEET IN GHANA ON NEGLECTED DEVELOPMENT MINERALS

More than 60 experts from 12 African countries met in Accra on Monday to discuss a development minerals program in the sub-region.
The four-day workshop is aimed at building the profile and improving the management of industrial minerals and construction materials in West Africa

AUDIT POLITICAL PARTIES – PPP URGES EC

The PPP has called on the EC to audit political parties in compliance with the Political Parties Law (Act 574 of 2000).

NATIONAL DEBATE: WHY DODGE NDUOM?

Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom is surprised that President John Mahama will prefer debating Nana Akufo-Addo instead of him and wonders whether the NPP flag-bearer comes across s an easy match to the President.

ELIZABETH OHENE COMMENDS PRESIDENT MAHAMA

The announcement that Ghana is to begin issuing visa on arrival for other Africans who wish to visit the country has been described as a very laudable initiative.

MAHAMA NEEDS PROPER BRIEFING ON GHANA’S DEBT – BAWUMIA

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice-Presidential Candidate of the NPP, has said that President John Mahama needs proper briefing on the true state of the borrowing that has occurred in the last 7 years.

YENDI RESIDENTS WAITING FOR NADMO RELIEF 2 WEEKS AFTER STORM

The over 900 residents of Yendi in the Northern Region who were severely affected by a rainstorm a fortnight ago, are yet to receive any form of assistance, two weeks after the incident.

ELECTRIFICATION PROJECT: GOV’T BEATS CHEST FOR SAVING GHANA $9M

Government says it rather saved Ghana an amount of $9 million in the controversial rural electrification project which was passed in Parliament, Monday.

GHANA MOVES TO REGULARIZE TRADITIONAL MEDICINE PRACTICE

Ghana’s Traditional Medicine Practice Council (TMPC) is taking steps to clamp down on illegal practitioners in the industry, local media reported Tuesday.
The TMPC taskforce has seized traditional medicines and closed don shops for various offenses, the state-run Ghanaian Times reported.

DEBATE ME NOT “EASY MATCH” AKUFO-ADDO – NDUOM TO MAHAMA

The flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom has dared president John Mahama to debate him “on how to offer alternative solutions” to Ghana’s problems.

MAHAMA’S APPOINTEES ARE SABOTAGING HIM – KOFI WAYO

Maverick politician Chuck Kofi Wayo has disclosed that the woes of President John Dramani Mahama should solely be blamed on his appointees who, he indicates, are sabotaging his administration.

WE DIDN’T PREVENT BAWUMIA’S LECTURE – NDC

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has rejected accusations that it was behind the cancellation of Dr Bawumia’s lecture on the premises of the Dambai College of Education in the Volta Region.

ELECTRIFICATION PROJECT: NPP MPS LOBBYING FOR THEIR AREAS – SOROGHO

Member of Parliament for Madina Constituency, Alhaji Amadu Sorogho, has alleged that NPP Members of Parliament have been lobbying for their constituencies to be included in the rural electrification project.

SECOND POWER BARGE TO ARRIVE IN SEPTEMBER

Ghana’s second emergency power barge will arrive in the country by the end of September 2016. The construction of the Karpowership which has a production capacity of 225 megawatts of power is about 70 percent complete.

INVOLVE CITIZENS IN SPY BILL DEBATES – CDD TO GOV’T

Head of Research and Programmes at the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) Dr. Franklin Oduro has called on government to involve the citizens of Ghana in discussions on why the Postal Packets and Telecommunications Bill, popularly known as Spy Bill, must be introduced in Ghana.

VALIDATION OF TEACHERS’ SALARIES EXTENDED TO APRIL 15

The validation process being undertaken by the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) in collaboration with the Audit Service, the Ministry of Finance and the Controller and Accountant General’s Department for workers within the Ghana Education Service is now expected to end on April 15, one month later than the originally scheduled date.

MAHAMA’S 123 SHSS BEFORE NOV. POLLS IMPOSSIBLE – KARBO

The Deputy Director of Communications for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Anthony Karbo, has cast doubts over President Mahama’s promise to complete majority of the 200 Community Day Senior High Schools (SHS) project before the November general elections.

REDUCE COST OF CONTI PROJECT ELSE… – AFAG TO GOV’T

Pro-opposition pressure group, Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG), wants government to reduce the cost being quoted for the dredging of the Odaw River and the construction of drains among others.

FORTIFIED BORDERS WON’T STOP TERROR ATTACKS – ANTWI-DANSO

A security expert has rejected suggestions that a lack of fortified security at Ghana’s borders is a major setback in efforts to parry possible terror attacks on the country.

NDC’S INTIMIDATION CAN’T STOP THE WIND OF CHANGE – KARBO

Former National Youth Organizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Anthony Karbo has condemned the act of intimidation tactics employed by some officials from the Ministry of Education to stop the NPP’s Running Mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia meeting the students of Dambai Training College in the Volta region.
BUSINESS HEADLINES
VEEP CALLS FOR STRONGER PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIA

Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has observed that television images of Africa migrants seeking entry into Europe in pursuit of jobs o security is a reflection of economic malfunction.

REMITTANCES DROP DESPITE RECOVERY IN OVERSEAS FUNDS TRANSFERS

Remittances from Ghanaians working overseas to their families back home dropped last year for the second consecutive time, to $1.92 billion amid moderation in global economic growth that reflects the slowdown in China’s growth prospects and falling oil prices.

GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES GREEN LABEL FARMER’S MANUAL

Government has launched the Ghana Green Label farmer’s Manual, a training tool, to inform farmers on how to be green label certified.

MINISTRY MOVES TO PROTECT LOCAL CEMENT INDUSTRY

The Ministry of Trade and Industry has given a public notice of its intended executive action aimed at protecting the local cement industry from cheap imports.

GHANA EXHIBITS AT ITB FAIR IN BERLIN

Ghana’s Tourism Ministry is participating in the on-going 50th International Tourism Exchange (ITB) Fair in Berlin, Germany.

USAID SUPPORTS EFFORTS TO REDUCE POST-HARVEST LOSSES

Farmers in the Northern and Upper East Regions have taken delivery of maize shellers and multicrop threshers to boost their farming operation and reduce post-harvest losses.

MAERSK INVESTS $1.5B IN TEMA PORT EXPANSION PROJECT

Maersk Group, a worldwide conglomerate that operates in a wide range of activities including; shipping, logistics as well as oil and gas, has invested US$1.5 billion in the ongoing expansion of the Tema Port.

A SECOND 5-YEAR BOND SUCCESSFULLY ISSUED

In accordance with the implementation of the new debt management strategy outlined in the 2016 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of Government, the Ministry of Finance announced a second 5-year Bond has successfully been issued through the book-building approach on 3rd March 2016.

AUDITOR-GENERAL ANGRY OVER SHODDY $350M ELECTRIFICATION PROJECT

Auditor General’s report of 2014 reveals that the national electrification project which cost the taxpayers millions of dollars was executed with substandard poles and leaking transformers.

AGRIC SECTOR NEEDS A STRATEGIC INVESTMENT PLAN – DR ACKAH

Dr Ishmael Ackah, the Head of Research, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), has called on government to develop an agriculture investment plan that would yield meaningful returns to the country’s economy.

ECONOMY RELATIVELY STABLE UNDER IMF DEAL – ECONOMISTS

Some economists have welcomed impacts on the economy of the US$918m IMF budgeted support, which they say has helped to stabilise the local currency and placed the economy on a recovery path.
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES
SOUTH AFRICA APPEAL COURT FURIOUS OVER STATE’S AL-BASHIR COVER-UP

The government’s lie that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir had not left this country pending a court decision on his arrest, when in fact he had, was “disgraceful conduct”.

TRUMP KNOCKS RUBIO OUT OF REPUBLICAN RACE, PARTY IN CHAOS

U.S. Republican front-runner Donald Trump swept three states and drove rival Marco Rubio out of the White House race, but the New York billionaire’s loss in the crucial state of Ohio wrought more chaos for a party deeply fractured by his candidacy.

MACEDONIA RETURNS MIGRANTS TO GREECE, CYPRUS OBJECTS TO EU-TURKEY DEAL

Macedonia trucked about 1,500 migrants and refugees back to Greece after they forced their way across the border on Monday, as European nations continued to pass the buck in a migration crisis that risks tearing the European Union apart.

RUSSIAN WARPLANES LEAVE SYRIA, RAISING U.N. HOPES FOR PEACE TALKS

Russian warplanes flew home from Syria on Tuesday as Moscow started to withdraw forces that have tipped the war President Bashar al-Assad’s way, and the U.N. envoy said he hoped the move would help peace talks in Geneva.

BUS BLAST KILLS 15 GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES IN NORTHWEST PAKISTAN

At least fifteen people were killed when a bomb exploded on a bus carrying government employees in the volatile northwest Pakistani frontier city of Peshawar on Wednesday, officials said.

NORTH KOREA COURT SENTENCES U.S. STUDENT TO 15 YRS HARD LABOUR – XINHUA

North Korea’s supreme court sentenced American student Otto Warmbier, who was arrested while visiting the country, to 15 years of hard labour for crimes against the state, China’s Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Government has subsidised the provision of 680,879 metric tonnes of fertilizer equivalent to GHC325.24 million for Ghanaian farmers since 2009. In 2013, subsidies on 166,807 metric tonnes were given to farmers as against 43,176 metric tonnes in 2008.

 

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