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News Headlines-June 23 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

FORD EXPEDITION GIFT BROUHAHA…ALLEGATION BASELESS – PRESIDENT MAHAMA

President John Dramani Mahama has dared his critics who say that he is corrupt to use the constitutional provisions to try him. He said making what he called ‘baseless allegations’ would not win them power.

NPP CALLS FOR NON-PARTISAN PROBE

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has called for a non-partisan probe into the Ford Expedition car gift made to President John Mahama and the manner certain contracts were awarded to the Burkinabe who gave out the gift.

DR MAHAMA PLEDGES RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP

A responsible leadership that will bear the consequence of any pitfalls in governance is Dr Edward Nasigre Mahama’s pledge to Ghanaians.

FUEL DEALER KILLED BY ARMED ROBBERS

A wayside fuel dealer was in the early hours of yesterday shot dead by three suspected armed robbers close to where he operated his fuel station at Kotwi-Nkoransa, near Kumasi.

GHANA’S EC NOT CERTAIN ON ELECTION DATE

The Electoral Commission says it has done its part in the formulation of the Instrument that will legalize the Conduct of the 2016 elections in November.

NETHERLANDS EMBASSY APPRECIATES PRESIDENT MAHAMA’S VISIT TO WASTE-TO-ENERGY FACILITY

The Netherlands Embassy has expressed it appreciation to President John Dramani Mahama for his visit to the waste-to-energy plant site, in Ashaiman, on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. The waste-to-energy project is under the Ghana-Netherlands WASH Programme (GNWP), based on a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) construction with the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly as the public partner, which has provided the land.

EC BOSS DODGES MPS

The image of teh Electoral Commission (EC) was further dented when officials of the commission, including the two deputy commissioners in charge of operations and corporate services, were asked to leave the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearing for not adequately preparing to answer queries raised in the Auditor General’s report of 2013.

SUBMIT GITMO 2 DEAL

The Supreme Court yesterday orderedthe Attorney General (AG) to produce the agreement signed between the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government and the United States of America to bring to Ghana the two hardcore terrorists that were held at Guantanamo Bay.

PHARMACY COUNCIL, FDA MUST STOP INFLUX OF FAKE MEDICINES – MINISTER

The Minister of Health, Alex Segbefia, has asked the Pharmacy Council and the Food and Drugs Authority to step up their regulatory functions to stop the sale of fake medicines on the market. He also challenged them to weed out charlatans who peddle such products.

EC CHAIR, RAMADAN FACEOFF OVER VOTER REGISTER RULING

The controversy surrounding the proper interpretation of the seven-member Supreme Court panel’s judgment on deletion of names of National Health Insurance (NHIS) card registrants from the Voters Register will be settled in court today.

NO FORMAL DEAL WITH USA ON GITMO 2

It has emerged at the Supreme Court that there was no formal agreement signed between the Government of Ghana and the United States of Americaa, prior to admitting the two Guantanamo Bay ex-detainees into the country.

PAC SITTING: EC DISMISSED FOR NOT BEING FULLY PREPARED

The evidently lack of preparation by the Electoral Commission, EC, as they appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament led to their dismissal to reappear in two weeks.

I LIKE SHATTA WALE’S ‘KAKAI’ – PREZ MAHAMA REVEALS

President John Mahama has revealed his undying love for Shatta Wale’s smash hit single, ‘Kakai’. The president, who is an avid follower of Ghana’s entertainment industry, made the disclosure during his Accounting to the People tour in Tema Wednesday.

WE EXERCISED OUR RIGHT NOT TO JOIN IEA DEBATES – KOFI ADAMS

National Organiser of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Kofi Adams says the party reserves the right to choose which elections programmes to be involved in. “We have exercised that right that has been given us constitutionally,” he said.

ABEIKU SANTANA DETERMINED TO MAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT RELEVANT

Abeiku Aggrey Santana, a Tourism Ambassador, has pledged to use public transport as his focal point in the development of tourism in the country.

TOO MUCH HARDSHIP IN GHANA NOW!

Former President John Rawlings has lamented that there is too much hardship in Ghana at the moment, under the Mahama-led National Democratic Congress government.

APC OPENS PARLIAMENTARY NOMINATION FOR ASPIRANTS

The All Peoples Congress has opened nomination for parliamentary aspirants for the 2016 election. A Statement signed by the party`s General Secretary Razak Kojo Opoku said the nomination opened Monday, 26th June and will be closed on Thursday 7th July, 2016.

CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS AGITATE AGAINST MOVES TO MINE IN TANO OFFIN FOREST RESERVE

Two civil society organizations, Forest Watch Ghana and KASSA initiative, have expressed worry over possible gold exploration activities which could soon take off soon in the Tano Offin Forest Reserve in the Ashanti Region.

I LOVE HOMOSEXUALS – MAHAMA

The flagbearer of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Dr Edward Mahama, has stated that he will not discriminate against homosexuals if elected as President.

NANA ADDO DESPERATE BECAUSE THIS IS HIS LAST CHANCE – OFOSU AMPOFO

First Vice National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Samuel Ofosu Ampofo says Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo’s “1-factory 1-district” promise to Ghanaians is an indication of his “desperation for power”.

HARDSHIP IN GHANA DUE TO CORRUPTION, BAD ECONOMY – AKUFO-ADDO

The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has blamed the poverty and hardship in Ghana to the corruption of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).

MISS GHANA BRAND IS DEAD – STEPHANIE KARIKARI

Former Miss Ghana Stephanie Karikari, has given a damning verdict on the nation’s premier beauty pageant, describing it as “a dead brand” that needs to take a break and return after about three years better packaged and more attractive.

DEPUTY TOURISM MINISTER INSPIRES YOUTH

A poetry presentation entitled The Africa I Want written and performed by Ms Dzifa Gomashie, Deputy Minister of Culture and Creative Arts at a youth, culture and sports programme in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is to be translated into four languages that are used by the African Union.

I AM DISAPPOINTED IN AKUFO-ADDO -MP

Deputy Majority Whip in Parliament, Ahmed Ibrahim has called on the leadership of New Patriotic Party (NPP) to call their flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo to order over what he describes as his ‘empty promises’.

PM EXPRESS: IEA PLATFORM NOT USUAL BUSINESS OF THE DAY – EXPERT

The Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Media Analysis (CMA) has defended the Institute of Economic Affairs saying its platform is credible. Dr Messan Mawugbe said the IEA platform given to all presidential aspirants help the citizens to measure the political consistency of the candidates.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

SECOND LADY CALLS FOR A RETURN TO ‘OPERATION FEED YOURSELF’

The Second Lady, Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur, has said that there are economic benefits of eating what the country grows and there are a lot of health benefits to be derived from eating the many fresh and nutritious produce from Ghana.

GHANA’S FIRST QUARTER 2016 GDP GROWS AT 4.9%

The first quarter provisional figures released by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) reveal that Ghana’s economy grew by 4.9 per cent. This is a few points up from the figure recorded during the same period in 2015. During the first quarter of 2015, the economy grew by 4.5%.

BULK CASHEW EXPORTERS THROW PROCESSORS OUT OF OPERATION

Despite Ghana’s cashew processors having a combined capability of 60,000 metric tonnes, agri-processors suffer from a deficit of raw inputs, leaving only two of Ghana’s twelve cashew nut processors in operation as of May 2016 – or in some cases, completely idle.

DVLA TARGETS CAPITAL MARKET178,080 ON RENT

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) wants to raise funds from the capital market to finance its ambitious expansion plans to better serve Ghanaians.

STLF SPENDS US$

Students Loan Trust Fund (SLTF), the institution responsible for disbursing loans to needy students in various tertiary institutions, spent US$178,080 as a two-year rent advance in June 2011, the 2014 Auditor’s General’s report has revealed.

PIAC 2015 ANNUAL REPORT ON PETROLEUM REVENUE MANAGEMENT LAUNCHED

The Chairman of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee, PIAC, Professor Paul Kingsley Buah-Bassuah, has described the collection of revenue in the Petroleum sector in 2015 as very poor. According to him, government received no revenue from the gas sector last year even though 10 10,606 million British Thermal Units of wet gas valued at 32.6 million dollars was evacuated to the Atuabo Gas Processing Plant.

TRADERS COMPETE FOR SPACE AT BOLGATANGA MARKET

Traders at the new Bolgatanga market are competing for space as construction works on the ultra-modern market structure progresses. Some of the traders have already occupied the completed stores under the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) arrangements with the Municipal Assembly.

SMES CHALLENGED TO UNDERTAKE PERIODIC CREDIT REFERENCE CHECKS

The Director of Exploration at oil firm, Tullow Ghana, Appia Kyei has challenged small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs), especially in the oil and gas sector to conduct periodic credit reference checks. He says this would enable them to avoid credit risks which impede access to finance and investments.

DANGOTE CEMENT INCREASES PRODUCTION CAPACITY

Dangote Cement Ghana Limited, has announced expansion plans to meet the growing demand of its products across the country.

MINING PAYS GHC463.12 BILLION IN CORPORATE TAX

The Mining Industry last year, paid GHC463.12 billion in taxes to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Mr. Sulemanu Koney, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Chamber of Mines, has announced.

FINANCE MINISTRY OVERSPENDS 2015 ABFA BY 34 % – PIAC

The Ministry of Finance spent 34% more of the total Annual Budget Funding Amount (ABFA) allocated to it from oil revenues accrued in 2015.

CABINET APPROVES GAS MASTER PLAN

A gas master plan intended to guide Ghana’s gas industry from 2016 to 2040, has received cabinet’s approval. This was disclosed by the Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, at the commissioning of the Western Regional office of the Petroleum Commission in Takoradi.

SUGAR IMPORTS COULD COLLAPSE KOMENDA – TEGLEU

The revamped Komenda Sugar Factory in the Central Region will collapse if government does not institute measures to ensure that the sugar produced at home is less expensive compared to imported sugar, Mr Abraham Koomson, General Secretary of the Textile, Garment and Leather Employees Union (TEGLEU) of the Ghana Federation of Labour, has said.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

EQUATORIAL GUINEA PRESIDENT NAMES SON VICE-PRESIDENT

Equatorial Guinea’s veteran ruler, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, on Wednesday named his son Teodorin Nguema Obiang vice president of the tiny oil-rich nation, in charge of defence and security. Obiang, who seized power in a military coup in 1979 and was re-elected again in April with 93.7 percent of the vote, promoted the 47-year-old second vice-president by a presidential decree read on state television.

PRESIDENT BUHARI’S WIFE CALLS OPPOSITION GOVERNOR ‘MAD DOG’

The wife of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has become embroiled in a spat with an opposition governor over corruption allegations. The spat began after the governor of Nigeria’s Ekiti state, Peter Ayodele Fayose, accused Aisha Buhari of involvement in a bribery scandal involving former U.S. Congressman William J. Jefferson.

U.N. TO SEND PEACEKEEPERS HOME OVER REACTION TO SOUTH SUDAN VIOLENCE

United Nations peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said on Wednesday troops would be sent home from a U.N. mission in South Sudan due to their response to deadly violence at a compound.

NORTH KOREA LEADER SAYS MISSILE GIVES ABILITY TO ATTACK U.S. IN PACIFIC

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un said after supervising the test launch of a “medium long-range strategic ballistic missile” that the country now has the capability to attack U.S. interests in the Pacific, official media reported on Thursday.

SEEKING TO REGAIN GROUND, TRUMP CALLS CLINTON CORRUPT AND A LIAR

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump staged a harsh attack on his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, accusing her of corruption and dangerous incompetence as he tried to put his campaign back on track after recent setbacks.

DEMOCRATS STAGE HOUSE ‘SIT-IN’ OVER GUNS DESPITE REPUBLICAN REBUKE

The U.S. House of Representatives descended into chaos on Wednesday after Republicans refused demands by Democrats, who staged a “sit-in”, to bring up gun control legislation in the wake of the nation’s worst mass shooting in modern history.

MORE THAN TWO DOZEN REGISTER TO RUN FOR HAITI PRESIDENCY

More than two dozen people have signed up to run for Haiti’s presidency, authorities said on Wednesday, including the four leading candidates from an earlier election aborted after a commission found widespread fraud

UK GOES TO POLLS IN EU REFERENDUM

The UK is set to go to the polls in a historic referendum on whether the country should remain a member of the European Union or leave. Polling stations are open between 07:00 BST and 22:00 BST.

NEW CHARGES LOOM FOR BRAZIL’S SUSPENDED SPEAKER EDUARDO CUNHA

Brazil’s supreme court has accepted more charges of corruption against the suspended leader of the lower house of Congress, Eduardo Cunha.

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