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News Headlines-March 23 2016

WEDNESDAY 23RD MARCH 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

MAHAMA CONDEMNS BELGIUM ATTACKS

President John Mahama has condemned attacks in the Belgian capital, Brussels, describing it as cowardly attack on innocent lives.

SA HIGH COMMISSION TO MEET GOV’T OVER ARREST OF CITIZENS

Officials of the South African High Commission will today meet the Foreign Affairs Minister, Hanna Tetteh over the arrest of three retired South African police officers.

HORROR AT HWERESO
Man kills girl, 17 after raping her

APOLOGY TO MR STANISLAV X. DOGBE

We retract and deeply regret the attribution of the story of the arrest of the three South African nationals in the Central Region by the security agencies for suspicious conduct and engaging in acts that have security implications to Stanislav X. DOGBE.

NPP FIGHTS BACK OVER SA SECURITY CAPOS

The NPP says the BNI is overly exaggerating its report on the arrest of the three South African security capos who are providing training for its security details in the country.

ZANETOR THROWN OUT

An Accra high court yesterday struck out a motion filed by lawyers for Dr Zanetor Agyeman Rawlings to dismiss a suit challenging her eligibility as the Klottey Korle Constituency parliamentary candidate for the ruling NDC.

SCRAMBLE FOR ECG; COMPANIES INTERESTED IN CONCESSION JUMPS TO 42

The number of companies that have expressed interest in the private sector participation (PSP) in the ECG has jumped from 33 as of the end of 2015 to 42 companies at March 2, 2016.

TERROR THREATS: GHANA GAS TIGHTENS SECURITY

The Ghana National Gas Company has in the wake of terror threats alert in the West African sub-region, has met with some key security heads in the country to assess threat levels and map out plans and strategies to enhance a collective protection of the nation’s premier gas infrastructure.

3 SA NATIONALS ARE NOT SECURITY THREAT – NPP

The NPP has rubbished claims by some operatives of the ruling NDC and newspaper reports which suggest that the activities of the three South African nationals pose a security threat.

TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS BOOST SECURITY OVER RISING TERROR THREAT

Following reports of recruitment of young people into the swelling ranks of terrorists groups such as ISIS, coupled with the threat of terrorist activity in the sub-region, the Vice-Chancellors Ghana has revealed intentions to boost IT surveillance on the campuses of public universities.

NPP IMPORTED ‘MERCENARIES’ TO RIG ELECTIONS – ADU ASARE

Presidential staffer, Kojo Adu Asare is convinced the three South African arrested for allegedly training some young men in various security drills are “mercenaries” brought into the country by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).

ARRESTED SOUTH AFRICANS WERE TRAINING NPP SECURITY MEN – NPP

The NPP has confirmed the 15 people being trained by three South African ex-police men are part of its security detail, but denied links to any treasonable movtive.

20,000 MINORS REGISTERED IN 2012

A senior research fellow at the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG), Dr Kwesi Jonah, has revealed that an estimated 20,000 under age persons managed to register in 2012, despite monitoring of the registration process by political parties and civil society organisations.

2016 EUROBOND ROAD SHOW TO START IN APRIL

Ghana may commence a road show for its fifth Eurobond next month to raise US$700 million for infrastructure development. The road show, which would be led by Finance Minister, Mr. Seth Terkper, will include individuals from government’s economic team and the Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Dr. Wampah.

DEVELOP YOUR FULL POTENTIAL – NDUOM

President of Groupe Nduom (GN) Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, has charged Ghanaian youth to develop their full potential in order to harness opportunities that would be made available to them by the right leadership.

REPORT ON DEADLY KINTAMPO ACCIDENT READY

The Kintampo Divisional Police Command says the outcome of the investigations into the gory Kintampo accident that claimed 60 lives is ready.

NPP’S USE OF EXTERNAL SECURITY TRAINERS ‘ALIEN’ – NDC

Deputy General Secretary of the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho, says the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP’s) use of external security consultants to train the security detail of Nana Addo and Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, is alien to local politics, and thus a cause for concern.

WORK TO RE-START ON TAMALE SOCIAL HOUSING SCHEME

Work is to re-start on the Social Housing Scheme launched to deliver 100 affordable houses to low income earners at Lahagu in the Tamale Metropolis.

ATTEMPT TO LINK AKUFO-ADDO TO 3 SOUTH AFRICANS WON’T WASH – NPP

Spokesperson for the Presidential Candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Lawyer Yaw Buabeng Asamoah has described as ‘gibberish’ the attempt by the ruling NDC to link Nana Akufo-Addo to the arrested three South African supposed ‘mercenaries’.

ADOAGYIRI RESIDENTS BARE TEETH AT KONADU OVER LANDS

Residents in four communities whose lands were confiscated and later leased to former first lady Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings are preparing to hit the streets in a last gasp pressure to take back their lands.

NDC LAUDS WHISTLEBLOWERS OVER ARREST OF 3 SA NATIONALS

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has commended the whistleblowers whose tip-of led to the arrest of three South African ex police officers said to be engaging in acts that threatens the country’s security.

I RESURRECTED FROM THE DEAD – ASIEDU NKETIA

Members of his family in his hometown of Seikwa and other nearby communities were summoned to the family house to continue the mourning which had already started for the small member of the family.
BUSINESS HEADLINES
SHEABUTTER FACTORIES FOR THE NORTH – PRESIDENT MAHAMA

Government would build two new shea butter processing factories in the Upper East and Upper West Regions, President John Dramani Mahama has announced.

GOVT PAYS ECG GH¢180M AS DEMANDED BY MCC

As demanded by the Millennium Challenge Compact II, the government of Ghana has begun settling its indebtedness to struggling power distributor the ECG – although the full complement of debt is undergoing an audit.

CASHEW INDUSTRY NEEDS BIG PUSH

The Africa Cashew Alliance (ACA) has urged government to create an enabling environment and policies in the cashew industry to enable it realize its objective of local value addition through processing.

UNION CALLS FOR PROBE INTO NEAR-SINKING OF ‘NANA BESEMUNA’

The Maritime and Dockworkers Union (MDU) of the TUC is calling for investigations into the accident on the Volta Lake that caused the near-sinking of the vessel “Nana Besemuna”.

GHANA GAS TO GET BACKUP COMPRESSOR BY THE END OF YEAR

The Ghana Gas Company says it is ready to procure a backup compressor to avoid a shutdown of the Atuabo Gas Processing Plant whenever there is mandatory maintenance work. This, the company explains, is to ensure constant supply of gas in the country.

RICE FARMERS APPEAL FOR GOVERNMENT’S INTERVENTION

Rice farmers at Sefwi Asafo in the Waiawso Municipality of the western region are appealing to government and other corporate institutions to assist them in acquiring power trailer and trenching machines in order to produce more local rice. According to the farmers, absence these machines and lack of fertilizer is negatively affecting them as local rice farmers.

14 PER CENT GHANAIANS ARE SATISFIED WITH MOBILE MONEY

Findings presented by Ericsson, a global kingpin in communications technology and services has indicated that about 14 per cent of Ghanaians who use mobile money personally on their mobile phones are satisfied with the services.

CAPITAL BANK, RIA ENTERS STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

Capital Bank Ghana has entered into a strategic partnership with the world’s number three money transfer operator, Ria, to boost remittances to Ghana.

NIB SHOWS STRONG GROWTH, ASSETS SHOOT UP TO GH¢ 2.72 BILLION

The National Investment Bank (NIB) continues to show strong growth with its total assets hitting GH¢ 2.72 billion, last year.

PUBLIC PROCUREMENT LAW AMENDED

The Public Procurement Authority on Tuesday announced the amendment of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) by Parliament on Friday, March 18, 2016.

IMPROVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN MINES

Beneficiating ore underground could help mining companies become up to 30 per cent more energy efficient.

FOOD SECURITY ALERT: COCOYAM PRODUCTION REDUCES DRASTICALLY

Ghana’s cocoyam exports have gone down as farmers are hit with harsh weather conditions.

POULTRY FARMERS DEMAND ENACTMENT OF POLICY TO REGULATE SECTOR

Mr Napoleon Oduro, Vice President of the Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers has called for a national policy for the sector to enhance its operation and revitalize the industry. Mr Oduro said the country had pieces of consultative documents without a clear-cut policy for the industry, and called for a legislative instrument to protect the sector and increase poultry production in the country.

WAMPAH MASSAGING FIGURES TO PLEASE HIS PAYMASTERS – ASSIBEY YEBOAH

The country’s total debt stock quoted in the dollar equivalent is an attempt by the Bank of Ghana to throw dust in the eyes of the public, the New Patriotic Party(NPP), Member of Parliament for New Juaben South, Dr Mark Assibey Yeboah has said.

ESCAN TO STRENGTHEN ITS BUSINESS IN GHANA

eScan, one of the leading Anti-Virus and Content Security Solution providers announces the opening of eScan Ghana as a step-ahead to strengthen its business in Ghana.

MTN GOES BIG ON RURAL TELEPHONY

MTN Ghana says it has earmarked over $12 million to provide at least 200 telecom cell sites in rural un-served and under-served areas across the country over the next three years.
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES
TWO HELD FOR BURYING SUSPECTS ALIVE IN NIGERIA

Police in Ondo State have arrested two brothers who buried two people alive for allegedly stealing N130,000 in Igbokoda area of the state recently. Daily Trust gathered that Omoniyi and Oluwaseun had buried Igbekele Orisabinole and Ogbaro Erinbo alive, with their heads tucked out after they were accused of stealing their mother’s N130,000.

SENEGAL VOTES TO LIMIT PRESIDENTIAL TERMS TO FIVE YEARS

Senegal has voted overwhelmingly in favour of limiting presidential terms to five years, the country’s interior minister said Tuesday, after a weekend referendum widely seen as a test of the president’s popularity.

MOROCCO CLOSES UN MILITARY LIAISON OFFICE IN W. SAHARA

The United Nations said Tuesday it has closed its military liaison office in Dakhla, Western Sahara at the request of Morocco and withdrew three military observers posted there.

BELGIANS HUNT ISLAMIC STATE SUSPECT AFTER BLASTS KILL 30

Belgian police are hunting an Islamic State suspect seen with two supposed suicide bombers shortly before they struck Brussels Airport in the first of two attacks that also hit the city’s metro, killing at least 30 and wounding over 200.

TRUMP, CLINTON WIN ARIZONA ON BIG NIGHT IN THE U.S. WEST

U.S. Republican front-runner Donald Trump and Democratic favourite Hillary Clinton swept to victory in Arizona on Tuesday in contests that were overshadowed by deadly attacks in Brussels that raised security concerns in the United States.

OBAMA CHALLENGES COMMUNIST-LED CUBA WITH CALL FOR DEMOCRACY

U.S. President Barack Obama challenged Cuba’s Communist government with an impassioned call for democracy and economic reforms on Tuesday, addressing the Cuban people directly in a historic speech broadcast throughout the island.

BRAZIL’S ROUSSEFF SAYS ‘WILL NEVER RESIGN’ IN DEEPENING CRISIS

President Dilma Rousseff said on Tuesday she will not resign in Brazil’s worst political crisis in two decades, calling an opposition move to impeach her a “coup d’etat” against democratic rule because she had committed no crime.

SYRIAN OPPOSITION SAYS NO COMMON GROUND WITH GOVERNMENT PROPOSALS IN TALKS

The Syrian opposition said on Tuesday there was no common ground with the government after more than a week of peace talks, accusing Damascus of renewing sieges and stepping up barrel bombings on civilians.

RUSSIAN COURT SENTENCES UKRAINIAN PILOT TO 22 YEARS IN JAIL

A Russian court sentenced Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko to 22 years in jail on Tuesday after finding her guilty of involvement in the killing of two Russian journalists during the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

President Mahama is addressing the healthcare needs of Ghanaians in an aggressive manner.
18 Health Centres have been completed at Amasaman, Doffor, Pokukrom, New Jejeti, Paakro, Gwollu, Funsi, Sang, Northern Buipe, Manso Nkwanta, Abuakwa, Mase Sosekpe, Kedzi, Adamso, Kayoro, Timonde, Bonsu Nkwanta and Dadieso.
Out of 2,948 functional Community -based Health Planning and Service (CHPS) zones, 1,260 have been constructed. Another 1,600 are at varying stages of implementation as the next phase.

 

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