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News Headlines-June 22 2016

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WEDNESDAY 22ND JUNE 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

ECG OVER-BILLING WILL BE OVER SOON; BE PATIENT – MAHAMA

President John Dramani Mahama has pleaded with Ghanaians affected by the recent supposed over-billing by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), to exercise restraint as authorities are working to fix the problem by the end of this month.

VICE-PRESIDENT CHALLENGES EXPERTS TO INNOVATIVE HEALTH FINANCING

Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has challenged health experts to come out with innovative ways for financing the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). He explained that currently the government budget is seriously constrained and therefore the easy option of allocating more money to the scheme is not available.

EC TO EXHIBIT VOTERS’ REGISTER FROM JULY 18 TO AUGUST 7

Reliable sources have hinted The Finder that the Electoral Commission (EC) plans to exhibit the provisional voters’ register from Monday, July 18, 2016 to Sunday, August 7, 2016.

‘IMPLEMENT FREE MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTHCARE AT ALL LEVELS’

A Technical Review Committee set up to review the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has suggested to government to implement free maternal and child health package at all levels.

40-YEAR DEVT PLAN NOT GUARANTEE FOR SUCCESS – NDPC

Director General of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Dr Nii Moi Thompson has stated that Ghana’s 40-year development plan is not a guarantee for the country’s success.

MAHAMA PROMISES MADINA RESIDENTS NEW HOSPITAL, SHS, MARKET

President John Mahama has resumed his accounting to the people tour of the Greater Accra Region with a promise to build a hospital, a Senior High School and a market for the people of Madina.

NDC’S NON-PARTICIPATION IN 2016 IEA DEBATES

The National Democratic Congress (NDC), has, at its Functional Executive Committee (FEC), Meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, decided not to participate in any debate to be organized by the Institute Of Economic Affairs (IEA), as far as it is related to the 2016 General Election.

NPP BLOWS $84,000 ON BAWUMIA’s CHINA BEGGING TRIP

In his effort to help the cash-strapped New Patriotic Party (NPP) raise funds, the running mate to Nana Akufo Addo, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, stormed the People’s Republic of China with an indescribable container begging for Chinese coins.

ATUGUBA BLASTS AG OVER GITMO 2 DETAINEES’ SUIT

A five-member panel of Supreme Court Justices has lashed out at the Attorney-General’s (AG) Department over the manner in which it is handling the case in which the State has been sued over how the two Guantanamo detainees were admitted into the country.

NO ALTERNATIVE TO NDC -BAGBIN

Majority Leader and Leader of Government Business in Parliament Hon Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has thrown an open arm to all members to get on board for the victory of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Election 2016, saying, “There is no alternative to the NDC.”

CPP DRAGS MAHAMA TO CHRAJ

The Convention People’s Party (CPP) wants the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to institute a probe into President John Mahama’s receipt of a brand new Ford Expedition vehicle from a contractor.

PETITIONING CHRAJ OVER MAHAMA FORD GIFT NEEDLESS -NDEBUGRI

A private legal practitioner, John Ndebugri, believes any potential investigation by the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) into President John Dramani Mahama’s acceptance of a Ford Expedition gift from a Burkinabe contractor, will be an exercise in futility.

RETRIEVE GHc1.5M STOLEN MONEY – PAC TELLS RAILWAYS

The Ghana Railway Company has been urged by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament to be very serious in retrieving a whopping amount of GHc1.5 million stolen by a former cashier of the company, J.W. Myles, in 2006, possibly with interest.

I LOVE HOMOSEXUALS BUT… – EDWARD MAHAMA

The Flagbearer of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Dr. Edward Mahama, has said although he loves homosexuals and will not discriminate against them as a Christian, as a medical practitioner, he considers their act unhealthy.

2 DECODER THIEVES LYNCHED IN BEREKUM

Two suspected thieves who are said to have specialised in stealing TV decoders at Baiden, a suburb of Berekum in the Brong Ahafo Region, have been lynched and their bodies have been deposited at the Berekum Holy Family Hospital.

NDC CLEARS ABUGA PELE FOR ELECTION

The leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has finally slated July 9, 2016 as the date for the Chiana-Paga parliamentary primary, a letter signed by the General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has said.

PNC’S MAHAMA PROMISES REVIEW OF PROCUREMENT LAW

Presidential Candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Dr. Edward Nasigri Mahama says he will review the existing Public Procurement Law if elected president. He said this is necessary to battle corruption and reduce graft especially in the public procurement system.

CRUCIFYING THEMSELVES IN THE NAME OF AKUFO-ADDO’S POLITICAL AMBITION II

Apparently some elements in the Christian clergy fit the profile of this backward-thinking historical periodization, in that their claim to prophetic credibility and transcendental authority rather sounds hyperbolically pharisaical and also feeds on the contaminated blood of the so-called Revolving Door Syndrome.

SACK NATIONAL SECURITY COORDINATOR – OSU CHIEFS APPEAL TO MAHAMA

Nii Ako Nortei IV, the Mankralo of the Osu Stool has called on government to investigate what he calls an act of lawlessness by security agencies who demolished their property at Achimota, a suburb of Accra.

ALLOTEY SUES HOPESON ADORYE OVER HEATHROW ARREST CLAIM

Central Regional Chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Allotey Jacobs has sued Hopeson Adorye, a member of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) for defamation.

AKUFO ADDO’S FACTORIES POLICY ONLY A WISH – FRANKLIN CUDJOE

Founding President of IMANI Centre for Policy and Education, Franklin Cudjoe, has described the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s campaign message to put up factories in every district in the country as a wish. According to him, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the NPP flagbearer, must do Ghanaians a favour and explain practical measures he intends to take to put up factories across the country if he wins the Presidential race in November.

AKUFO-ADDO IN PHOTO PROPAGANDA

As Ghanaians were mourning with President John Mahama on the loss of his mother, Hajia Abiba Nnaba , Nana Akufo Addo, the 2016 Presidential candidate of New Patriotic Party (NPP),rather took advantage of the death of Mma Abiba Nnaba to propagate his political agenda.

MURDER TRIAL – AFOKO’S MOTION FOR BAIL ON JUNE 24

A High Court hearing the case involving Mr. Gregory Afoko, has adjourned the case to June 24 to hear the motion for bail. The court was set to hear the motion for bail, filed by the defence counsel after they withdrew two other motions filed earlier on May 16 and 19, at the last adjourned date.

COLLINS DAUDA CANNOT BE SUBSTITUTED – NANA KONTOR

Nana Owusu Kontor, the chief of Mehame in the Asutifi South District of the Brong Ahafo Region, has described the contributions by the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Alhaji Collins Dauda to the development of the constituency as very remarkable.

AKUFO ADDO ABANDONS NPP TRADITION FOR CPP TRADITION-NKRUMAHIST

The recent news by the flag bearer of the NPP Nana Akufo – Addo to open a factory in every district in Ghana reads like something from the play book of the CPP.

MAHAMA FINGERED FOR RISING MORTALITY DUE TO FAILED NHIS CAPITATION EXPERIMENT

Pro-NPP group; Coalition to elect Nana and Bawumia (CENAB-Ashanti) is fingering the John Mahama led NDC government for rising deaths in the Ashanti region. They say the high mortality rates in the region emanates from a failed experiment conducted on the people of the Ashanti region in the name of NHIS-Capitation.

SPENDING OIL MONEY ON BLACK STARS UNWISE – EDWARD MAHAMA

Flagbearer of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Dr. Edward Mahama, has described the use of Ghana’s oil revenue by the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) on the senior national team, the Black Stars as unwise, saying he will use Ghana’s oil revenue more judiciously should he be elected President.

ECG CONNECTS MAFI-ZONGO COMMUNITIES AFTER 6 YEARS IN DARKNESS

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has extended power to some residents in seven communities in the Mafi Zongo Electoral Area of the Central Tongu District in the Volta Region. The beneficiary communities are; Mafi-Agbadzikope, Mafi-Zongo, Mafi-Seva, Mafi Amerika, Mafi- Adiekpe, Mafi- Manase and Mafi -Wudzrolo-Ahloevi.

FUNNY’ NANA ADDO WILL SOON PROMISE EACH GHANAIAN A “HUSBAND OR WIFE” – DEPT MINS

The Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed, has chuckled at the opposition New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) promise of establishing a factory each in all 216 districts of the country.

ABUG PELE TRIAL: STATE ATTORNEY OUT OF THE COUNTRY – JUDGE GIVES SEVEN-DAY ULTIMATUM

State prosecutors have been given a seven-day ultimatum by the Court of Appeal to submit their response to an appeal case filed at the court by one of two accused person’s, Philip Apkeene Assibit, who stands accused of causing financial loss to the State.

NANA ADDO IS CLINGING ON TO STRAWS WITH HIS ONE FACTORY PER DISTRICT PROMISE-YAMMIN

Former Deputy Ashanti regional minister; Joseph Yammin says Nana Akufo Addo’s promise of a factory in every district is laughable and should be taken with a pinch of salt.

NSS FIGURES FOR 2016/2017 POSTINGS DISPUTED

A Former National President of the National Service Personnel Association (NASPA) has disputed figures by the National Service Secretariat (NSS) as number of service personnel posted for 2016/2017. Ekow Vincent Assafuah says the over 70,000 figure quoted by the NSS cannot be accurate.

KINTAMPO SHS HEADMASTER ACCUSED OF EXTORTION

Headmaster of Kintampo Senior High School (KINSS) in the Brong Ahafo Region, Mr. Ata Amponsah-Frimpong, has been accused of extorting monies from his students.

NO AFRICAN WILL APPEAR BEFORE ICC UNDER MY PRESIDENCY – AYARIGA

The Presidential candidate of the All People’s Party (IPP) Hassan Ayariga has stated that “no African leader will appear before the international criminal court” if he becomes President of Ghana.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

MAHAMA TO BOOST PUBLIC TRANSPORT WITH AYALOLO BUS SERVICE

President John Dramani Mahama has promised the people of Greater Accra Region of an improved transportation in the capital with a new bus system. The system, Ayalolo Bus Service is aimed at easing the challenges commuters face in accessing transportation services in Accra.

GCCA WARNS OF POSSIBLE PLANE CRASHES AT KOTOKA

The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has warned of possible plane crashes at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) if equipment purchased for air safety control are not installed immediately.

GOVERNMENT TO CONSTRUCT NATIONAL GAS TERMINAL IN TEMA

Deputy Minister of Power, John Jinapor has announced the construction of a Liquefied National Gas Terminal in Tema to store imported LPG for the generation of electricity. He said government will from next year begin the development of national gas reserves at the Sankofa fields and the gas and oil reservoir in the Voltaian basin.

AGI, CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OTHERS CONCLUDE NETHERLANDS TRADE VISIT

A 20-member trade delegation from Ghana concluded a week-long visit on Friday to the Netherlands to explore opportunities for business and cooperation in food & beverage processing and agricultural inputs.

GOVT’S UNDETERMINED BOND A CASE OF EMERGENCY-ECONOMIST

Government’s decision to return to the domestic bonds market barely a month after it failed to raise 500 million cedis to restructure its debt and retire maturing loans may be due to contingency developments, Economist Dr. Ebo Tuckson has suggested.

INTERBANK INSTANT PAY GOES LIVE – GHIPSS

The Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement System (GhIPSS) has announced that interbank payment could now be effected instantly after its latest initiative, the Instant Pay, has gone live. With the new service, bank customers could now transfer money from their accounts to another with a different bank and the recipient will have value for the money instantly.

HFC BOSS MARKETS GHANA IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

From the much-talked about transfer of energy skills to manufacturing, agriculture, tourism and culture, Ghana presents a multitude of investment opportunities for Trinidad and Tobago (TT).

SADA RECEIVES FINANCE MINISTRY APPROVAL TO SET UP BANKS

The Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) has been given the approval by the Finance Ministry to set up banks in the three regions of the north.

GOVERNMENT’S UNDETERMINED BOND A CASE OF EMERGENCY – DR. EBO TUCKSON

Government’s decision to return to the domestic bonds market barely a month after it failed to raise 500 million cedis to restructure its debt and retire maturing loans may be due to contingency developments, Economist Dr. Ebo Tuckson has suggested.

INTERBANK INSTANT PAY NOW POSSIBLE IN GHANA – GHIPSS

The Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GHIPSS) has introduced an instant payment system called “the Instant Pay” to quicken the payment of a third party through the banking system.

STAKEHOLDERS IN VEGETABLE EXPORT SECTOR URGED TO REVAMP INDUSTRY

The Ghana Association of Vegetable Exporters (GAVEX) has expressed concern about the current state of Ghana’s vegetable export sector describing it as only “existed by name”, calling on all stakeholders in the country to rise up to the challenge and ensure the once vibrant industry which has been left dormant is restored back to its full force.

FUEL PRICES STABLE – CHAMBER OF PETROLEUM

The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPC) has welcomed the stable prices of fuel in the country after the second pricing window in the second half of the month of June.

GHANA RISKS JUDGEMENT DEBTS OVER INVASION OF AIRPORT LANDS – GCAA

The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, GCAA, and for that matter government risks paying huge judgement debts running into several millions of cedis if authorities fail to step in to stop an invasion of lands belonging to the Authority.

WE’RE MIGRATING WORKERS TO E-PAYMENT PLATFORMS – TERKPER

The Ministry of Finance has begun the process to decouple the government’s human resource setup from its payroll system as it moves to integrate the electronic payment system in its settlement drive.

INNOVATIVE E-COMMERCE APP, U-TRADIA, LAUNCHED

The latest free technology in Ghana’s E-Commerce Trading Industry called uTradia has been launched at the Coconut Grove Hotel in Accra.

GA SOUTH ASSEMBLY TARGETS GH¢4 MILLION IN 2016

The Ga South Municipal Assembly (GSMA) has set GH¢4 million as its Internally Generated Fund (IGF) target for 2016.The target forms part of the assembly’s strategy to widen its revenue network to avoid over reliance on the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) allocations from the central government.

DANGOTE LOSES $3.7 BILLION ON PLUNGING NAIRA

Nigerian billionnaire and Africa’s richest person, Aliko Dangote’s fortune fell $3.7 billion knocking him to No. 71 on the Bloomberg ranking, down from No. 46 on Friday. Dangote fell 25 places on the Bloomberg Billionaires index on Monday as the naira tumbled on its first day of trading without a peg to the US dollar.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

EX-DR CONGO VICE PRESIDENT JAILED 18 YEARS FOR WAR CRIMES

Congolese ex-rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba has been jailed for 18 years following a landmark conviction at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and sexual violence. Bemba, a former vice-president of DR Congo, was convicted in March of crimes committed in the neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002-2003.

UN CALLS FOR SANCTIONS AGAINST MALAKAL ATTACKERS

The UN has asked the government of South Sudan to bring to justice those responsible for an attack in February against a United Nations managed IDP camp in Malakal, capital of the north east oil state, Upper Nile.

3RD CHINA-AFRICA MEDIA COLLABORATION FORUM BEGINS

3rd China-Africa media cooperation forum opens The 3rd Forum on China-Africa media cooperation began in Beijing on Tuesday, with a joint declaration on exchange of personnel.

NORTH KOREA TEST-FIRES MISSILES IN DEFIANCE OF UN SANCTIONS

North Korea has test-fired two mid-range ballistic missiles from its eastern coast, says South Korea. The first launch was considered to have failed, travelling about 150km (90 miles) before landing in the sea.

JORDAN DECLARES SYRIA AND IRAQ BORDERS CLOSED MILITARY ZONES

Jordan has declared its border regions with Syria and Iraq to be closed military zones after a suicide bombing on Tuesday that killed six soldiers. It is not clear who was behind the attack, which was launched from Syrian territory, close to a refugee camp.

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