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News Headlines -May 23 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

SPEAKER CHIDES C’TTEE FOR OVER-BLOATED ACHIMOTA-ACHIMOTA-OFANKOR ROAD

The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, has flayed the Roads and Transport Committee of Parliament for its failure to exercise proper diligence over the Achimota-Ofankor Highway project, contributing to the 217 per cent inflation of the project’s value.

BIG BLOW TO NPP – ANOHTER MP DIES

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Abetifi in the Eastern Region, Peter Wiafe Pepera,has died after battling with an unknown illness.

BNI DENIES COVER-UP IN JB’S MURDER

The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) says media reports suggesting that it wa covering up facts on the gruesome murder of Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa North in the Eastern Region, are false.

NANA, VOLTA CHIEFS MEND FENCES

The perceived sour relationship between majority of the people of the Volta Region and the oppositio New Patriotc Party (NPP) seems to be diminishing.

NAVY OFFICERS STRIKE! – TORTURE FISHERMAN & 9 RESIDENTS IN DZEMENI

28-year-old fisherman, Kwasi Gadri, accused of insulting navy officers in Torgor Dzemeni, a fishing community in the South Dayi District of the Volta Region, has been beaten to pulp by four navy officers, Today can report. The victim, who is native of Bakpa in the Central North Tongu District of the Volta Region, is currently at the Ho General Hospital, receiving treatment.

Ghana Immigration Service arrests recruitment scammer

The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has arrested one Saviour Sodjagor in a recruitment scam. The suspect was arrested at Weija, a suburb of Accra, when he attempted to defraud a lady of GH¢350 under the pretext of selling GIS recruitment forms.

ACHIMOTA-OFANKOR ROAD COST SHOOTS UP TO 217%

A report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament has revealed that the construction of the Achimota-Ofankor Highway, which was estimated to cost the Ghanaian taxpayer an amount of GHC40.4 million, had shot up to GHC120 million, representing an increase of about 217%.

HEAVY RAINS LEAVE THOUSANDS DISPLACED IN ACCRA & AGONA SWEDU

Eight of torrential rains in Accra last Saturday night caused widespread flooding and destruction to properties in low-lying areas. The rains, which began at about 9 p.m., Saturday to about 4 a.m., Sunday, left many suburbs of the city generally submerged in water.

WAGE BILL TO GO SKY-HIGH – COULD SHAKE FOUNDATION OF IMF BAILOUT PROGRAMME

The wage bill to tax revenue, which currently hovers around 57%, is set to shoot up sharply as government recruits thousands into the health and education sectors, as well as the security agencies.

GOV’T TO CLEAR ALL BDCS DEBT BY 3RD QUARTER

Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors (CBOD), Mr Senyo Hosi has assured banks that government is working round the clock to clear all debts by the third quarter of the year.

MAN USES TWO BOYS TO SWINDLE MATTRESS SELLER

A 36-year-old man who use two young boys to swindle a mattress seller is in the grips of the Tesano Police Command.

PPP LAUNCHES PARLIAMENTARY CAMPAIGN FOR ELECTIONS

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP), on Saturday launched its National House-to-House and Village-to-Village Parliamentary Campaign for Election 2016, from the Odododiodio Constituency of the Greater Accra Region.

POLITICIANS BEHIND DRUGS IN GHANA – NACOB BOSS

Executive Director of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) Yaw Akrasi Sarpong has staged a scathing attack on politicians as those behind the abuse of marijuana and alcohol in the country.

WE WILL CLEAN REGISTER BY LEGAL AND INCLUSIVE MEANS – EC

The Electoral Commission (EC) has said that the Commission by itself, has no power under any law currently in force to unilaterally delete the names of persons from the register.

RAINSTORM WITH ‘GUSTY WINDS’ PREDICTED TO HIT GHANA MONDAY

The Ghana Meteorological Agency is warning of a thunderstorm in northern Ghana on Monday morning, precisely between 6:00am and 9:00am. The storm was observed over north-eastern Benin and is said to be moving westward.

GHANA READY TO ISSUE CHIP-EMBEDDED PASSPORTS

Ghana will soon migrate from issuing biometric passports to chip-embedded ones to citizens globally by next year.
This was announced by Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Minister, Hanna Tetteh when he interacted with the Ghanaian community in Tokyo, Japan.

PUPILS OF ADAM-KYIREN BASIC SCHOOL FOREGO SCHOOL DUE TO LACK OF DESKS

Some pupils of the Adam-Kyiren Methodist Basic School in the Gomoa district of the Central Region have refused to go to school due to the absence of desks for them to sit on, Joy News has discovered.

LAWYER CONTESTS SUSPENSION BY GENERAL LEGAL COUNCIL

A private lawyer, James Abiaduka, has appealed against the General Legal Council’s (GLC) two-year suspension placed on him.

RTI BILL WILL BE PASSED BY JULY – DOMINIC AYINE

Deputy Attorney General, Dr Dominic Ayine has assured that Parliament will pass the Right to Information (RTI) Bill before July. According to him, although the process has been slow, the House is determined to go through with it.

ALAN KYEREMANTEN WILL BE MY TRADE MINISTER – NANA ADDO

The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo Addo may have one cabinet position already filled after he pledged to appoint Alan Kyeremanten as his Trade Minister if he wins this year’s general election.

PARLIAMENT DENIES WEBSITE HAS BEEN HACKED

Ghana’s Parliament has dismissed reports that its website has been hacked. Information went spiral on social media over the weekend that a website, www.ghanamps.gov.gh had been hacked into by some unknown Palestinians.

NDUOM URGES MAHAMA, OTHERS TO COMMIT TO COMPULSORY EDUCATION

Founder of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, has stated his support for the enforcement of the compulsory aspect of Ghana’s education policy, because it is the key to ensuring that every Ghanaian child is enrolled in school.

OBUOBIA TOUCHES LIVES AT WEIJA-GBAWE

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for Weija-Gbawe Obuobia Darko-Opoku has hit the ground running with her campaign, following a series of programmes aimed at rallying the people to believe in the transforming lives agenda.

GPHA TO BUILD $127 MILLION DEVANNING TERMINAL AT KPONE

The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) has sourced for $127 million funding from the Canadian Government to construct a new devanning terminal at Kpone, in the Kpone-Katamanso District.

LET TEACHERS SET THEIR OWN QUESTIONS – GNAT

The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has said it is unhappy that the Ghana Education Service (GES) tasks external examiners to set the End of Term Examination questions for pupils in basic schools.

AYARIGA ACCUSES MMDAS OF DELIBERATE INACTION IN FIGHTING ILLEGAL MINING

The Ministry of Environment, Science Technology and innovation says Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) have deliberately refused to deal with issues of illegal small scale mining in their jurisdiction.

TAMALE TEACHING HOSPITAL DOCTORS TO STRIKE OVER FUEL ALLOWANCE

Doctors of the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) have served notice of their intentions to withdraw their services beginning Monday, May 23, over their unpaid fuel allowances.

LACK OF FUNDING, A THREAT TO QUALITY TERTIARY EDUCATION – OUTGOING KNUST VICE-CHANCELLOR

Outgoing Vice-chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Professor William Otoo Ellis is warning quality higher education could be compromised if funding to tertiary institutions is not improved.

MAHAMA’S ‘KAAKAAMOTOBI’ ECONOMY SCARING INVESTORS; NOT ME – BAWUMIA

The Vice-Presidential Candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has rebuffed claims his comments about the economy is driving away investors from the country.

PRAY FOR ME TO BE A GOOD PRESIDENT’ – AKUFO-ADDO

Nana Akufo-Addo has beseeched Christians to pray for him so he becomes a good leader should he win the November polls.

JUSSAG STRIKE ILLEGAL – LABOUR COMMISSION

The National Labour Commission (NLC) has described as illegal, an ongoing strike by members of the Judicial Service Staff Association (JUSSAG).

FARMER MISTAKES COLLEAGUE FOR ANTELOPE; SHOOTS HIM TO DEATH

A farmer is currently in the grips of Police at the Amansie West District of the Ashanti region for shooting to death a colleague who he mistook as an antelope.

WE DIDN’T RANSACK DI OFFICES OR CAPT. KODA’S HOME – BNI

The Bureau of National Investigation – BNI has broken its long silence on recent accusations over human right abuses and abuse of its power as a security agency.

I’M NOWHERE NEAR MY GRAVE’ – AKUFO-ADDO

Nana Akufo-Addo has said contrary to “vile propaganda” that he is not far from dying, he is nowhere near his grave.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

REVIEW LEVIES ON POWER TARIFFS – AGI

The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) has asked government to relook the various tax components on utility tariffs that have significantly raised the cost of power for businesses in the country.

GLO, EXPRESSO BATTLE CUSTOMER ATTRITION

Glo Ghana Limited and Expresso Telecom are battling customer attrition on their networks as the two mobile telephony operators have lost a combined 35 percent of subscribers since beginning of the year in a new report released by the National Communication Authority (NCA).

TITLE FINALISED FOR AIRPORT LANDS

Title for the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) lands is being finalised to allow the Ghana Airports Company commence various planned projects within its enclave, Transport Minister Fifi Kwetey hs said.

GPHA TO BUILD $127 MILLION DEVANNING TERMINAL AT KPONE

The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) has sourced for $127 million funding from the Canadian Government to construct a new devanning terminal at Kpone, in the Kpone-Katamanso District.

THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF CASSAVA – AGRIC MINISTER

Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna, the Minister of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), has debunked suggestions that there is shortage of cassava in the country.

WORLD BANK LAUDS GHANA’S PROF ERIC DANQUAH

The World Bank has lauded Professor Eric Danquah, the Director of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana, for the excellent successful organisation of the Africa Centres of Excellence (ACE) meeting in Accra.

YEA 100,000 JOB RECRUITMENT BEGINS

Government’s programme to recruit 100,000 Ghanaians under the new youth employment agency is underway across the country.

LET REPUTABLE NATIONAL BODIES RUN TEMA SHIPYARD – UNION

A segment of dockworkers contends that the management of the PSC Tema Shipyard must be assigned to reputable institutions like the Ghana Ports and Harbours  Authority (GPHA), Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) and the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) to make the strategic national asset productive.

US SUPPORTS PALM OIL PRODUCERS TO MECHANISE

An eleven thousand US Dollar-Oil Palm Extraction project, sponsored by the US Government, has been inaugurated at Asekesu, a farming community, and its neighbours, in the New Juaben Municipality

DIAGEO TOP EXECUTIVES CALL ON ASANTEHENE

The senior executives of Diageo PLC, global leader in beverage alcohol and parent company of Gunnies Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL), led by Nick Blazquez, President of Diageo Africa and Asia Pacific Regions, have paid a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, at the Manhyia Palace.

$700,000 SOLAR PROJECT TO REDUCE GHANA’S POWER CHALLENGES

Ghana is to receive some 100 mega watts of power in 2017 to help ease the power challenges confronting the country. It follows the award of a $704,815 grant by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to Ghanaian solar power developer, Home Energy Africa Limited.

PRUDENTIAL BANK, XPRESS PAY LAUNCH MONEY TRANSFER SERVICE

As part of measures targeted at helping Ghanaians in the Mediterranean region and Saudi Arabia, Prudential Bank has partnered XPRESS Money Transfer Service to help Ghanaians remit money to relatives and friends back home.

STANCHART GHANA SUSPENDS STAFF LAYOFFS

Citi Business News has gathered that Standard Chartered Bank has withdrawn termination letters given to staff members who were due to be laid off.

PURC TO ‘ACT’ ON HIGH UTILITY TARIFFS

The Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC) has assured industry players of working to resolve concerns associated with utility tariffs that has caused dissatisfaction among businesses.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

EGYPT SENDS ROBOT SUBMARINE TO HELP PLANE CRASH SEARCH

Egypt has sent a robot submarine to join the hunt for an EgyptAir plane which crashed in some of the deepest waters of the Mediterranean Sea with 66 people on board, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Sunday.

NIGERIA:MILITANTS BOMB NNPC GAS PIPELINE, 3 SOLDIERS DEAD

Suspected militants, the Niger Delta Avengers has again bombed the Escravos Gas Pipeline, a facility of the Nigeria National petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Delta State.

AFGHAN TALIBAN MEETS ON SUCCESSION AFTER U.S. DRONES TARGET LEADER

The Afghan Taliban’s leadership council met on Sunday to start considering succession after a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan targeted its commander, two Taliban sources told Reuters, in the strongest sign yet the insurgency had accepted he was dead.

IRAQ ANNOUNCES START OF FALLUJA OPERATION, SOME RESIDENTS FLEE

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the launching of an offensive to retake the Islamic State stronghold of Falluja after the military told residents on Sunday to get ready to leave before fighting started.

U.S. TO COMPLETELY LIFT VIETNAM LETHAL ARMS EMBARGO

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang said on Monday the United States had decided to “completely lift” its embargo on trade in lethal arms with the Southeast Asian country.

GREEK PARLIAMENT APPROVES REFORMS IN EXCHANGE FOR AID, DEBT RELIEF

Greek lawmakers approved tax increases and a new privatisation fund on Sunday and freed up the sale of non-performing loans in exchange for much-needed bailout loans and debt relief.

SOUTH KOREA REJECTS NORTH KOREA TALKS PROPOSAL AS “BOGUS”

South Korea dismissed on Monday a North Korean proposal for military talks as “a bogus peace offensive” and said it was formally rejecting the overture because it lacked a plan to end the North’s nuclear programme.

FIRE AT SCHOOL FOR POOR GIRLS IN THAILAND KILLS 17

Fire swept through a dormitory at a school for girls from poor families in Thailand, killing at least 17 of them and injuring five, police said on Monday.

AS OBAMA BEGINS VIETNAM VISIT, BBC REPORTER SAYS BEEN BANNED

A BBC correspondent in Vietnam for U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to the country said on Monday he had been ordered by the Vietnamese authorities to stop reporting apparently because they suspected he had met one of the government’s sharpest critics.

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