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FRIDAY 29TH APRIL 2016

BY MR LARRY

PRESIDENT MAHAMA ORDERS IMMEDIATE DISSOLUTION OF WA POLYTECHNIC COUNCIL

President John Mahama has upon advise from the National Council on Tertiary Education ordered the immediate dissolution of the Wa Polytechnic Council. The directive comes in the wake of a protracted internal wrangling at the Institute.

NEW UNIFORM FOR POLICE IN AUGUST – IGP

The Ghana Police Service would outdoor a new uniform in August this year, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) John Kudalor, has said. Addressing a durbar of the personnel at Wa on the second day of his official visit to the Upper West Region, the IGP said the distribution of the uniforms would start from area.

PRESIDENT MAHAMA ON NHIS, OUTPATIENT VISIT WAS OVER 29 MILLION IN 2014

CHAOS HITS VOTER REGISTRATION 2 LOGOS POP UP

The first day of the limited voter registration exercise which began yesterday recorded incidents of date errors, mechanical hitches, low turnout and confusion at some centres.

EC SUED OVER ROPAA

Ghanaians resident abroad are putting pressure on the Electoral Commission to implement the Representation of the People Amendment Act (Act 699), popularly called ROPAA, to enable them to vote in the upcoming crucial November general election.

MAN KILLS SON, COMMITS SUICIDE

A 32-year-old driver from Akatsi in the Volta Region has committed suicide after allegedly killing his two-year-old s at Ablekuma Curve in the Ga Central Municipality of the Greater Accra Region.

MAHAMA ORDERS RECONSTRUCTION OF KETA SEA DEFENSE WALL

President John Dramani Mahama has directed the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, to begin the construction of a sea defense wall in the Keta Municipality. This comes days after tidal waves displaced hundreds in the Municipality.

CATHOLIC BISHOPS DISOWN BONKING PRIEST

General Secretary of the National Catholic Secretariat, Very Reverend Father Nicholas Afriyie, says Rev Father Yves-Lucien Evaga Njana does not work with the Ghana Catholic Bishops.

GHANA: EC TO EXPAND NUMBER OF POLLING STATIONS TO 29,000

The Electoral Commissioner, Mrs Charlotte Osei, has said the Commission would be expanding the number of polling stations nationwide to 29,000 for the November 7 General Election.

MAHAMA ENDS GARGANTUAN TOUR OF THE BRONG AHAFO REGION

President John Dramani Mahama ended his working tour of the Brong Ahafo Region late this afternoon at Ammasu where he addressed an asphyxiating crowd and their chiefs. This unexpected address was one of the many such impromptu crowds that the president has been addressing ever since he began the Accounting to the People Tour in the Western region four weeks ago.

ZANETOR RAWLINGS STILL IN LEGAL CHAINS – LAWYER

Lawyer for incumbent Member of Parliament for the Klottey Korle Constituency, Gary Nimako, has said the sudden registration by Dr. Zanetor Rawlings in the limited voters’ registration exercise, will not exonerate her from any wrongdoing or bring the case to a close.

AYARIGA BEGINS “COME ON BOARD TOUR” FOR SUPPORT

The flagbearer and chairman of the All People’s Congress (APC), Dr. Hassan Ayariga has made it known to a section of the media that, he will be embarking on a “Come in Board Tour” from April to June.

TEACHER TRAINEES’ ALLOWANCES SWAPPED, NOT SCRAPPED – MAHAMA

President John Mahama has explained that contrary to assertions that allowances for teacher trainees in Colleges of Education across the country have been cancelled, they have actually only been “swapped”.

NPP EXPRESSES SERIOUSNESS TO EC LIMITED VOTER REGISTRATION EXERCISE

The Electoral Commission’s limited voter registration took off on Thursday of 28th April, 2016 with high expectation from all political parties for a smooth exercise, but the New Patriotic Party (NPP) seem to be more interested in the process more than ever.

UG-LEGON ELECTS SECOND FEMALE SRC PRESIDENT

A level 300 female student of the University of Ghana (UG) studying Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English has been elected President of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC).

NDC GROUP ACCUSES NPP MP OF BUSING PEOPLE TO REGISTER

A group calling itself Youth For Mahama in the Offinso North constituency has accused the Member of Parliament for the area, Hon. Augustine Ntim of busing people from other parts of the country specifically from the Offinso South and Kumasi Metropolis to register as part of the Limited Registration exercise which begun today, 28th April,2016.

AMA URGES PUBLIC TO OBEY BAN ON NOISE-MAKING

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has urged religious bodies, residents and drinking bars to obey the ban on drumming and noise-making from May 2 to June 2 to ensure that peace and harmony prevail.

STOP HARASSING EC BOSS – MAHAMA

President John Mahama has called on political parties to stop harassing the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission and rather cooperate with it to purge the voters register.

KONADU TO GO UNOPPOSED AT NDP CONGRESS

The National Democratic Party (NDP), is scheduled to hold its National Delegates Congress at the La Trade Fair Centre in Accra this Saturday, April 30, with Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings likely to go unopposed.

DADIESO POLICE ARRESTS FOUR FOR SIBLING MURDER

The Dadieso Police in the Suaman District of the Western Region has arrested four people for their alleged involvement in the murder of Yaw Amaga, 36, about three months ago.

NANA ADDO MONITORS LIMITED REGISTRATION EXERCISE IN A/R

On the first day of the limited voter registration exercise, the 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, visited some polling stations in the Ejisu Juaben and Oforikrom constituencies of the Ashanti Region.

ENSURE CREDIBLE POLLS – TUC TO EC

Organised Labour has charged the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) to ensure that the November 7 polls are free and credible.

10,000 ‘SUSPECTED FOREIGNERS’ CROSS BORDER INTO JOMORO – SAMIA RAISES RED FLAGS

Former CPP presidential aspirant Samia Nkrumah claims that some 10,000 suspected foreigners have crossed into Ghana from Ivory Coast as registration for newly eligible voters begin Thursday.

VIP BUS KILLS TWO IN KUMASI

Two passengers are reported dead after they were run over by a VIP bus in Kumasi in the Ashanti region. The VIP bus veered off the road and killed the passengers at a bus stop at Kentinkrono, near the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi.

CHIEFS DESECRATING STOOLS WITH POLITICAL ENDORSEMENTS – LECTURER

A political historian and lecturer at the Political Science Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Dr Samuel Adu Gyamfi, has advised traditional rulers, who openly declare support for politicians, to quit the practice as it defiles their thrones.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

SINGLE-DIGIT INFLATION BY 2017 – MAHAMA

President John Dramani Mahama has disclosed that his government is targeting 12% inflation by the end of 2016.

MAHAMA IS PUTTING MONEY IN PEOPLE’S POCKETS – SPIO-GARBRAH

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Ekwow Spio Garbrah has sent a strong message yet to critics of government that government through several social intervention programmes and skills development initiatives has provided economic empowerment to beneficiaries. The Minister noted that President Mahama is putting money into people’s pocket through programmes which are enabling Ghanaians to generate income, and making people more economically productive and self-dependent.

GROUPE NDUOM ACQUIRES ISF BANK, IN CHICAGO

Groupe Nduom has completed the transaction to acquire a bank in the USA. This begins a new important and pioneering chapter in the entrepreneurial history of our multi-national group of companies.

FERTILIZER SUBSIDY COULD TAKE A HIT

Once economic challenges affect allocations to other sectors, farmers should expect fertiliser subsidies to take a hit as well, Alhaji Alhassan Yakubu, Deputy Agric Minister, has said – raising concerns as to whether government will deliver the full complement of the 180,000 metric tonnes of the input it promised farmers this year.

ECONOMY GROWS LOWEST IN 15-YEARS

The size of the Ghanaian economy grew by 3.9 percent in 2015, the slowest in 15 years, on the back of a slump in commodities prices and energy supply deficit, the Ghana Statistical Service has reported.

TULLOW LOWERS SPENDING FORECAST

Africa-focused oil exploration company, Tullow Oil, said on Thursday it has lowered it 2016 spending plans while reporting lower output from a key project offshore Ghana.

FUEL PRICES SET TO GO UP

The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers, Ghana has predicted a hike in fuel prices at the next petroleum pricing window on Monday, May 1. The Chamber says the prices will go up by between 5 per cent and 10 per cent.

GHANA FARMERS ADVISED TO USE “BUBBLE DRYER” TO IMPROVE LOCAL RICE

Mr Emmanuel Asior, Rice Value Chain Advisor at Green Innovation Centre (GIC) has asked rice farmers in the country to consider the use of “bubble dryer” to improve the quality of local rice.

REMITTANCES TO GHANA ESTIMATED AT $2B IN 2015

Despite the fall in oil prices and slow economic recovery in high income countries, an estimated $2 billion of remittances were sent to Ghana in 2015, according to the World Bank.

FARMERS INTRODUCED TO ADDITIONAL SOURCE OF INCOME

Farmers in forest reserve areas are being introduced to tree farming as an additional livelihood venture under a project by the Forestry Commission.

BANKERS URGE GHANAIANS TO TAKE ON RETIREMENT PLANS

Some bankers are asking the public to consider taking up additional retirement investment products now to secure their future.

PACKAGING OF LOCAL PRODUCTS NEED IMPROVEMENT – MINISTER

Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Minister of Trade and Industry (MoTI), has said the packaging of Made in Ghana Products can be improved to meet global standards and meet consumer expectations.

GHANA TO HOLD RENEWABLE ENERGY CONFERENCE

The Ghana Energy Commission would in August organise the second Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition to explore investment and financing in the solar energy sector to attract investors.

GPHA TO MONITOR PORTS WITH DRONES

In its quest to maintain its leadership as the best port in the West and Central Africa sub-region, the Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority (GPHA) has secured drones to counter terrorist attacks.

AIRTEL GHANA POWERS TEDXACCRA

Airtel Ghana headlined TEDxAccra to provide a platform for sharing ideas and birthing possibilities

PLAN TO ENCOURAGE ISLAMIC BANKING FACES SETBACK

Efforts by the Bank of Ghana to encourage the establishment of an Islamic bank have been dashed as the provisional license that was granted to a Saudi Arabia-based financial institution is withdrawn.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

ARREST WARRANT FOR COMPAORE AND SORO CANCELLED BY BURKINA FASO COURT

The Ouagadougou Court of Cassation has cancelled the international arrest warrant issued by the military court against the former Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore and Ivorian National Assembly president Guillaume Soro.

NIGERIA’S BUHARI ORDERS CRACKDOWN ON FULANI CATTLE RAIDERS

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the security forces to crack down on cattle raiders accused of killing hundreds of people this year. Soldiers and police would “go after the groups terrorising innocent people all over the country”, he said.

GEORGE WEAH OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES HIS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

Liberian soccer legend George Weah has officially declared his intention to contest the country’s presidential election. He made the announcement to a cheering “all blue” crowd in the capital city, Monrovia.

CHINA, RUSSIA URGE U.S. TO DROP KOREA MISSILE DEFENCE PROPOSAL

China and Russia urged the United States on Friday not to install a new anti-missile system in South Korea, after Washington said it was in talks with Seoul in the wake of nuclear arms and missile tests by North Korea.

COLOMBIA LEGALISES GAY MARRIAGE

Colombia’s top court has legalised same-sex marriage, making the country the fourth in Latin America to do so. Gay couples were already allowed to form civil partnerships, but Thursday’s ruling extends them the same marriage rights as heterosexual couples.

IRAN ASKS U.N. CHIEF TO INTERVENE WITH U.S. AFTER COURT RULING

Iran asked U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday to convince the United States to stop violating state immunity after the top U.S. court ruled that $2 billion (1.36 billion pounds) in frozen Iranian assets must be paid to American victims of attacks blamed on Tehran.

AIR STRIKES ON ALEPPO HOSPITAL KILL DOCTORS AND CHILDREN

Air strikes destroyed a hospital and killed dozens of people in rebel-held areas of Aleppo, including children and doctors, in an attack that a U.S. official said appeared to be solely the work of the Syrian government.

TRUMP ATTACKS CLINTON ON GENDER, RISKING BACKLASH FROM WOMEN

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump waded into politically risky territory this week when he accused Democrat Hillary Clinton of exploiting her gender to win votes and said she would have little support if she were not a woman.

RUSSIA SAYS SYRIAN ARMY PLANNING OFFENSIVES ON DEIR AL-ZOR, RAQQA – RIA

The Syrian Army is planning offensives against the cities of Deir al-Zor and Raqqa with the support of the Russian Air Force, RIA news agency quoted Alexei Borodavkin, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, as saying on Friday.

NORTH KOREA TIGHTENS SECURITY AHEAD OF CONGRESS – SOUTH KOREA

North Korea has tightened security ahead of a ruling party congress, South Korea said on Friday, with authorities keen to avoid any “mishap” at the gathering at which advances in the drive for nuclear weapons will likely be hailed.

OBAMA EXPECTS U.S. TO ADMIT 10,000 SYRIAN REFUGEES THIS YEAR

President Barack Obama said on Thursday he expected the United States would meet a goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees before the end of the year despite delays and opposition from critics concerned about security implications.

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