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News Headlines- May 4 2016

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WEDNESDAY 4TH MAY 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

PRESIDENT OPENS CAPE COAST STADIUM

President John Dramani Mahama has inaugurated the 35 million dollar multipurpose Cape Coast Stadium in the Central Region. The 15,000 capacity stadium was named after the late President Prof. John Evans Atta Mills.

VIOLENCE AT REGISTRATION CENTERS… NDC, NPP IN BLAME GAME

PRESIDENT MAHAMA TASKS ECG TO RESPOND PROMPTLY TO COMPLAINTS

President John Dramani Mahama has called on the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to promptly respond to complaints of erratic billing of customers due to faulty meters.

ECG WORKERS FIGHT GOVT OVER PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION, PROPOSE LISTING ON GE INSTEAD

Staff of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has vehemently objected to the decision by government to give the company to a private investor on concession arrangement, and charged government to re-think the decision.

DANADAMS MAKES INROADS INTO NIGERIAN MARKET

Danadams Pharmaceutical Industry Limited, a leading manufacturer of anti-malaria drugs and the only producer of anti-retrovirals in the country, has taken a giant leap into the Nigerian market, where it is poised to produce larger volumes of quality and affordable medicines for the African continent.

STRANGE MILLIPEDE-LIKE CREATURES INVADE JUABOSO

Some millipede=like creatures have invaded seven cocoa-growing communities in the Juaboso District of the Western Region, killing two children in the process.

WONTUMI ARRESTED OVER ‘DIRTY SLAPS’

The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP, Bernard Antwi-Boasiako aka Wontumi, was yesterday arrested, stripped of his clothes and placed behind bars at the Kumasi Central Police Station, where he spent the night, on assault charge.

4 SIMBOX FRAUDSTERS NABBED

Twenty-eight-year-old Benjamin Komlan Agbo, a Togolese, has been arrested together with three others for six box fraud.

TOGOLESE, THREE OTHERS BUSTED FOR SIM BOX FRAUD

Communication taskforce, a subsidiary of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police Service, in collaboration with Subah Info Solutions Ghana Limited, has arrested for men for allegedly defrauding the state through SIM box operation.

ZANETOR WANTS HIGH COURT JUDGE REMOVED FROM HEARING HER CASE

Lawyers for National Democratic Congress parliamentary nominee for Klottey Korle, Dr Zanetor Rawlings wants the Supreme Court to bar High Court judge Ackah-Boafo from hearing a case concerning her candidature.

GHANA HOSTS SOCIETY OF CLERKS-AT-TABLE AFRICA REGION CONFERENCE

The Parliament of Ghana under the auspices of the Clerk-to-Parliament is hosting the Society of Clerks-At-Table (SoCATT) Africa Region Conference in Accra.

TRôOFê AFRICAN FESTIVAL OPENS IN ACCRA

Trôofê Festival, an event which showcases traditional African cuisine will host some of Africa’s best chefs at the 5th soup fair slated for Friday 1st July to Saturday 2nd July,2016, at Mmofra park Foundation located at Dzorwulu in Accra.

WE DIDN’T SEND MOB TO DEMAND WONTUMI’S RELEASE – NPP

The leadership of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ashanti Region, has said the crowd that stormed the police command requesting the release of its Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, popularly known as Chairman Wontumi, was not acting under the orders of the party.

DPSI GHANA STUDENTS IN GREAT MULTI-TALENT EXHIBITION AT ANNUAL DAY CELEBRATION

The Delhi Public School International (DPSI) Ghana, Tema has held its 6th Annual Day celebration with the students exhibiting their admirable talents in various competitive performances.

EC DISENFRANCHISING UNIVERSITY STUDENTS – USAG

The University Students Association of Ghana (USAG) has said the Electoral Commission is essentially disenfranchising students eligible to vote with their handling of the limited voters registration exercise on university campuses nationwide.

NDC BEHIND CHAIRMAN WONTUMI’S ARREST – NPP

The opposition New Patriotic Party in the Ashanti Region, has accused the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) of orchestrating the arrest of its Regional chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako also known as Chairman Wontumi.

CONFUSED BAWUMIA IS LIKELY TO INCITE CIVIL WAR – KOFI ADAMS

National Organizer of the ruling NDC, Kofi Adams says the running mate of the opposition New Patriotic Party [NPP], Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is now a “confused” politician who is likely to cause a civil insurrection in the country.

AVOID NEEDLESS INTERFERENCE IN THE ELECTORAL PROCESS – IGP TELLS POLICE

Mr. John Kudalor, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) has urged Police personnel to be conversant with electoral laws to be able to isolate breaches and deal with them accordingly.

LET THE YOUTH REGISTER FOR CHANGE – SAMMI AWUKU WARNS

National Youth Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sammi Awuku has expressed deep dissatisfaction at the number of registration equipment sited in secondary and tertiary institutions in the Country, where the majority of first time voters will be expected to register to vote in the November 7th general elections.

CLERKS SHOULD BE BOLD TO RESIST POLITICAL INTERFERENCE – DOE ADJAHO

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon Edward Doe Adjaho has urged clerks in parliament to be bold in resisting political interference.

ASIEDU NKETIAH URGES BAWUMIA TO ADMIT WRONG

General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah has showered praises on the Chairman of the National Peace Council, Rev Asante for condemning recent remarks by the NPP’s Vice Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on religious imbalance atthe Flagstaff House.

ECG PRIVATIZATION: MAHAMA BEING DISHONEST – KARBO

Deputy Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Anthony Abayifa Karbo has asked President Mahama to stop shifting and come clean on the alleged privatisation of the Electricity Company Ghana, insisting that Mahama is not being honest in the deal.

FAILURE TO COMPLY TO RULES LEAD TO VIOLENCE AT CENTERS – EC

The Electoral Commission (EC) says the failure of political parties to comply with the rules guiding the Limited Biometricn Voters Registration exercise is to be blamed for the pockets of violence which have characterized the exercise.

KEN AGYAPONG ENDORSES MPS BEATING

The controversial Assin Central Member of Parliament, Mr Kennedy Agyapong has endorsed the alleged assault of the Member of Parliament for Manhyia North in Kumasi, Mr Collins Owusu Amankwah by the Regional Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).

BUSINESS HEADLINES

MFI CAPO PROPOSES APEX BODY

The central bank is simply overwhelmed by the sheer numbers in the turbulent Micro Finance sector, hence the need for an apex body in the similitude of the ARB Apex Bank which regulates rural banks, Kafui Amegah, CEO of Eclpse Microfinance Limited has said.

TELCOS UNDER THREAT FROM WHATSAPP, VIBER ET AL

CEO of MTN Ghana, Ebenezer Asante, has said that the local mobile telecoms are facing growing threats from over-the-top player like Whatsapp, Viber and Facebook who offer cheaper voice services to customers.

SIMBOX FRAUD TASKFORCE SAVES ECONOMY $77.379M

The operations of the Joint Anti –Telecoms Fraud Taskforce – comprised of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, Subah Infosolution and representatives from the telecoms sector – as saved the economy a total of $77, 379 million in 17 months.

GHANA TO RECEIVE AT LEAST 23,000 BOPD MORE OF OIL FROM AUGUST – TULLOW

Ghana will receive at least an additional 23,000 barrels of oil per day (BOPD) from August, Tullow Oil plc of Britain has said. It said this would be the average gross production from the Tweneboa-Enyenra-Ntomme (TEN) field expected to commence production between July and August, this year.

US$12.9 MILLION SPENT ON KNUST LABORATORIES

Government has spent about 12.9 million dollars on the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) for laboratory refurbishment, training and procurement of goods and equipment.

WORLD BANK PROJECTS GHANA’S ECONOMY TO EXPAND IN 3 YEARS

Ghana’s economy is projected by the World Bank to expand over the next three years notwithstanding the global economic situation. The projected expansion is expected to start this year by 5.2 per cent, 2017 by 8.2 per cent and in 2018 by 7.5 per cent growth rates.

MINISTER LAUDS GOIL’S STRATEGIC ROLE IN OIL DOWNSTREAM SECTOR

Ghana Oil Company Limited, GOIL, has launched its Rights Issue with a commendation from the Petroleum Minister, Armah Kofi Buah for its strategic role in the Oil industry.

MINISTER COMMISSIONS EXPORT INSPECTION FACILITIES

Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna, the Minister of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), has commissioned newly constructed and refurbished export inspection facilities at the Aviance Cargo Village in Accra.

TOR DRAWS PLAN TO PAY-OFF ITS DEBT IN TEN YEARS

Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) has drawn its plan to enable the company, within the next ten years, be able to pay off its debt. This was revealed by The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TOR., Mr Awuah-Darko.

PEASANT FARMERS YELL OVER PLANT BREEDERS BILL PASSAGE

The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG), has called on government and Parliament to halt the passage of the Plant Breeders Bill (PBB) and to ensure further consultations with farmers.

BOG SETS ASIDE US$100M FOR AGRIC DEVELOPMENT IN GHANA

Agriculture’s contribution to GDP has been declining over the years partly due to the low output of farmers as well as other constraints in the value chain. Some reasons cited as accounting for the decline include; inaccessibility to funding, unfavourable weather pattern as well as poor infrastructure such as road and storage facilities.

MTN GHANA TO ROLL OUT 4G DATA SERVICE IN JUNE

From June this year, MTN subscribers will be able to get high-speed 4G data service on any of their mobile devices. The telecom giant will soon be rolling out its 4G data service, after carrying out some test runs in some regional capitals across the country.

BE TRANSPARENT AND FAIR WITH RELEASED CONCESSION, MINEWORKERS URGE GOVERNMENT

Recent Anglogold Ashanti’s (AGA) concession released to the State, must be a catalyst for revamping the economies of local communities, the Ghana Mineworkers’ Union (GMWU), has said.

GOV´T, PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP TO DELIVER 1,000 HOUSES

The government is to partner a private real estate developer, Blue Rose Limited, to deliver more affordable houses as part of measures to address the housing deficit.

PETROLEUM MINISTER INAUGURATES ’OIL VILLAGE’

The Minister of Petroleum, Mr Emmanuel Kofi-Armah Buah, has inaugurated a multi-million Ghana Cedi housing project called the Takoradi Oil Village at Ewusie-Joe, near Takoradi in the Ahanta-West District in the Western Region.

TEN PROJECT MORE THAN 90% COMPLETE

Oil production from Ghana’s Tweneboa-Enyenra-Ntomme (TEN) is on course to start in the third quarter of this year, as work on the field progresses steadily.

WITHDRAW STABILISATION LEVY – JBA

The Journalists for Business Advocacy (JBA) has called on the government to as a matter of urgency withdraw the National Fiscal Stabilisation Levy (NFSL).

POWER SECTOR TO RECEIVE MASSIVE INJECTION OF GAS

The power sector is expecting not less than 300 million standard cubic feet per day (mscf/d) of gas from new oil and gas fields within the next three years.

SOCIAL MEDIA CALLS RIPPING OFF TELCOS, GOV’T – MTN CEO

The Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Ebenezer Twum Asante has called on the National Communications Authority (NCA) to work on regulating Over-The-Top (OTT) calls made through social media networks such as whatsapp to stop the increasing loss of revenue suffered by telcos and government.

GOV´T TOUTS MANAGEMENT OF OIL REVENUES

The government has described the management of petroleum resources in the country as one of the best models in the West African sub-region considering the tight and rich provisions in the Petroleum Revenue Management Act (PRMA), Act 815.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

SUDANESE STUDENT FACES DEPORTATION FROM CANADA AFTER LYING ABOUT AGE

A South Sudanese high school student faces possible deportation from Canada after lying about his age. Jonathan Nicola said he was 16 when he came to Canada late last year on a student visa – but the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board says he is, in fact, 29.

PIRATES PAID ‘$400,000’ RANSOMS IN WEST AFRICA’S

Ransoms of up to $400,000 (£273,000) have been paid to gangs which hijacked ships in the Gulf of Guinea in 2015, a maritime report says.

SENEGAL AND THE US SIGN MILITARY COOPERATION DEAL

enegal and the United States have signed a defence cooperation deal aimed at easing the deployment of US troops to the country.

TRUMP SOARS FROM LONG-SHOT TO PRESUMPTIVE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE

Republican front-runner Donald Trump went from long-shot contender to become the party’s presumptive nominee on Tuesday with a commanding win in Indiana, and the party began to coalesce around him as top rival Ted Cruz bowed out of the race.

TURKEY APPROVES LAW AMONG FINAL HURDLES FOR EU VISA DEAL

Turkey’s parliament has approved a law on setting up a panel to monitor discipline for law enforcement officials, one of the last hurdles remaining before the country wins visa-free access to Europe for its nationals.

U.N. YEMEN ENVOY SAYS PEACE TALKS TO RESUME IN KUWAIT WEDNESDAY

U.N. backed peace talks to end Yemen’s civil war will resume on Wednesday after they were suspended by the Yemeni government in protest at a Houthi assault on a military base in the capital Sanaa on Sunday.

REBELS LAUNCH ASSAULT IN SYRIA’S ALEPPO, DIPLOMATS TRY TO REVIVE TRUCE

Rebel fighters launched an assault in Syria’s divided northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday and fired rockets on a hospital in the latest violence to hit civilians as diplomats struggled to restore an unravelling ceasefire and resurrect peace talks.

CANADIAN WILDFIRE FORCES EVACUATION ORDER FOR ENTIRE CITY

The Canadian province of Alberta raced to evacuate the entire population of Fort McMurray where an uncontrolled wildfire was taking hold in the heart of the country’s oil sands region, with dry winds forecast for Wednesday that could fuel the blaze.

RUSSIA DELAYS U.N. COUNCIL CONDEMNATION OF NORTH KOREA MISSILE TESTS

A United Nations Security Council condemnation of North Korea’s latest missile tests has been delayed by Russian amendments to a statement that had been agreed by the remaining 14 members, including Pyongyang’s ally China, diplomats said on Tuesday.

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