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News Headlines – September 6 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

PLANT TREE BEFORE YOU PROMISE FRUIT- MAHAMA TELLS AKUFO-ADDO

President John Mahama has inaugurated one of the newly constructed Senior High Schools under his flagship education infrastructure program to provide 200 Community Schools across the country.

GHANAE LOSES GHC 120,000-OVER THE NPP ENGINEER RECALL OF PARLIAMENT

The emergency recall of Parliament occasioned by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Minority Members is making Ghana lose GH₵120,000. The motion for the recall is for the Legislature to set up a bipartisan committee to investigate President John Dramani for accepting a Ford Expedition gift from a Burkinabe contractor.

COPS CHASE BUKOM BANKU OVER KISS

The much aniticipated assault case involving maverick boxer, Bukom Banku, could not he heard by an Accra Central District Magistrate Court yesterday.

LUCKY MENSAH DUMPS NDC; RELEASES CAMPAIGN SONG FOR NPP

Popular highlife musician, Lucky Mensah, has confirmed he has cut ties with the NDC and released a campaign song which asks Ghanaians to vote for Nana Akufo-Addo during the December polls.

GETFUND BOSS STABS MAHAMA -INSTRUCTED YOUTH ORGANIZERS: “DON’T CAMPAIGN FOR MPS. JUST FOCUS ON THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN “

President John Dramani Mahama’s ride to victory to retain the Presidency for the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) is on course, but an activity of one of his appointees is likely to leave him with Minority MPS in Parliament after winning the election.

NORTHERN REGION WILL NOT DISAPPOINT MAHAMA

Communications Minister Dr. Edward Omane Bomah says President Mahama will increase his vote margin astronomically in the northern region compared to what he got in the 2012 elections.

22 NEW COWPEA VARIETIES DEVELOPED

The University of Cape Coast college of Agriculture and Natural Resources in the Central Region has developed 22 new varieties of Cowpeas for farmers. This comes in the wake of reports that cowpea production in the Central Region will be far higher than any other region in terms of yield.

UNEASY CALM AT CUSTOMS DIVISION OF GRA

Information reaching the Ghana News Agency indicates that there is an uneasy calm at the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA). This follows the refusal of Management to comply with a Supreme Court judgment in February 2009 that the Officers of the Division cannot unionize.

FIRST LADY ADDRESSES COBAANA DURBAR IN WORCESTER, USA

First lady Mrs Lordina Mahama has called for equal opportunities to education for every child. She believes the location of a child should not deprive a child of education saying that there was nothing as important in a child’s early life as education. “Give a child education and change his or her future” she noted.

VEEP AMISSAH ARTHUR ARRIVES IN MOLE FOR 5-DAY NORTHERN AND UPPER REGIONAL CAMPAIGN TOUR

Mr. Amissah-Arthur is expected to meet with the Gonja Traditional Council, as well as party executives and parliamentary candidates of the National Democratic Congress whilst in the Northern Region.

AGALGA DENIES LOBBYING MARTEY TO CHAIR PEACE COUNCIL

The Ministry of Interior has rejected claims that Deputy Minister, James Agalga, attempted to lure outgoing Moderator of the Presbyterian Church Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey, to take up the position of chairman of the National Peace Council.

JOURNALIST ARRESTED FOR TAKING PHOTOS OF A POLICEMAN WHO DEMANDED GHC 5 BRIBE

A Journalist from the Daily Express Newspaper has been arrested for ‘offensive conduct’ by the police, for taking pictures of a policeman who was allegedly requesting a GHC5 bribe from a bus driver around Tesano in Accra.

80% ASHANTI VOTES WILL GET US CLOSE TO JUBILEE HOUSE – NANA ADDO

Three-time flagbearer of opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, has said the party is likely to win power to govern the country in the upcoming December 7 general election, if it secures 80 percent of the total votes in the Ashanti Region.

STOP POLITICS OF INSULTS – JUSTICE CRABBE

A retired Supreme Court judge and a former professor of Law at the University of West Indies, Justice Vincent Cyril Richard Arthur Charles Crabbe has called on all political party leaders to have service within their heart.

LEAD NDC TO VICTORY – ASIEDU NKETIA CHARGES SUPPORTERS IN VOLTA REGION

The General Secretary of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has charged functionaries of the party at the grass root level to spearhead the campaign towards winning the 2016 polls.

KAYAYEIS SWERVE NANA ADDO…….DECLARE SUPPORT FOR MAHAMA

Scores of head Porters in the Kejetia market of the Ashanti Regional Capital have declared their intention of voting massively for the Mahama led National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the December polls.

EC TO EXHIBIT NAMES OF RE-REGISTERED NHIS REGISTRANTS

The Electoral Commission (EC) will on Friday and Saturday, exhibit the voters’ register of the newly registered persons whose names were deleted from the electoral roll for using the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards as proof of identity.

1 VILLAGE; 1 DAM; DON’T BELIEVE FAKE PROMISES – NDUOM

Presidential hopeful of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, has warned Ghanaians to be weary of politicians who make empty and “fake” promises in their bid to win power.

I WILL COMPLETE REMAINING 200 SHSS IN MY 2ND TERM -PRESIDENT MAHAMA

President John Mahama has promised to complete all the 200 Community Day Senior High Schools he promised, if Ghanaians give him four more years in the December polls.

MAHAMA’S PROGRESSIVE FREE SHS HAS FAILED – KARBO

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), has described as a monumental failure, President John Mahama’s implementation of the so-called progressive free Senior High School (SHS) education policy.

ONE-TOUCH VICTORY IS OURS – FREDDIE BLAY

The New Patriotic Party will win a one-touch victory in the 7 December polls, its acting Chairman Freddie Blay has said.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

GOVT TO GUARANTEE CREDIT FACILITIES TO FARMERS

The Government, with the Bank of Ghana, would launch an initiative that would allow banks to give credit facilities to farmers to expand production and increase productivity.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY BOOMS

Higher levels of infrastructure investment in the coming months should help Ghana’s construction industry rally after a slow start to 2016, although rising costs risk squeezing profits margins.

SHOPPING MALLS PERFORM POORLY

The 20,000 meter square Accra Mall, anchored by Shoprite and Game, has been performing relatively well this year, while overall sales in most modern shopping malls are well below historic averages.

PENSION FUNDS HUNGER FOR MORE LEVERAGE

The current guidelines for investing pension funds are too restrictive and do not allow for long term investment that could radically change the country’s economy, Kojo Addae-Mensah, CEO of Databank, has said.

UNCERTAINTIES REMAIN OVER IMF DEAL

A team from the IMF has left the country after a marathon of discussions with government on country’s fiscal policies and parliament’s recent actions ended inconclusively.

GOV’T ORDERS WITHDRAWAL OF PORT HANDLING CHARGES INTRODUCED BY SHIPPING LINES

Government has ordered for shipping lines to withdraw the Terminal Handling Charges introduced at the country’s ports in August.

CRUNCH MEETING TOMORROW OVER CONTROVERSIAL ECG CONCESSION

The Public Utility Workers’ Union and the Ministry of Power are set for a crunch meeting tomorrow on concerns raised regarding the planned concession arrangement for ECG.

CLEARING AGENTS RENEW THEIR CALL FOR A REVIEW IN IMPORT TAXES

Clearing Agents are calling on government to replicate a similar sense of urgency it employed in halting the implementation of the TerminalHandling Charges in scrapping other import charges and taxes.

WESTBLUE, GTBANK PARTNER UP IN THE COLLECTION OF IDF FEES

WestBlue Consulting has adopted Guaranty Trust Bank’s safe, strong and robust payments and collections channels; viz; GTPay, GTCollect and Bank *737# to provide payments for Import Declaration Forms (IDF) from clearing agents and importers. The partnership with Guaranty Trust Bank (Ghana) Limited is aimed at offering clearing agents and importers additional convenient channels for the payments of fees for IDFs.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

GABON’S JUSTICE MINISTER RESIGNS AS PING CALLS FOR STRIKE

Gabon’s justice minister resigned on Monday, in the first high-level defection after days of violence following incumbent Ali Bongo’s disputed re-election, as the opposition leader called for a general strike to “topple the tyrant”.

ETHIOPIA FIRE KILLS 23 AT PRISON ‘HOLDING OROMO PROTESTERS’

At least 23 inmates have died after a fire at an Ethiopian prison where anti-government protesters are reportedly being held, the government has said.

NIGERIAN ARMY ARRESTS JOURNALIST WITH LINKS TO BOKO HARAM

Nigerian journalist with access to Boko Haram insurgents, Ahmad Salkida, has been arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on his arrival to the country, Sahara Reporters is reporting.

PHILIPPINE LEADER CALLS OBAMA ‘SON OF WHORE’

US President Barack Obama has cancelled a meeting in Laos with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who had earlier called him a “son of a whore”. National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said Mr Obama would meet South Korea’s president instead.

TRUMP DISMISSES QUESTIONS ABOUT IMPROPER GIFT TO FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL

Donald Trump’s charity violated federal rules in 2013 with a $25,000 contribution to a group connected to Attorney General Pam Bondi, who was then considering whether to open a fraud investigation against Trump University.

OBAMA AND PUTIN UNABLE TO REACH CEASE-FIRE AGREEMENT FOR SYRIA

Their 90-minute unscheduled meeting took place on the sidelines of the G-20 summit.

NORTH KOREA FIRES 3 MISSILES AS G-20 CONTINUES IN CHINA

The missiles were fired as Chinese and South Korean leaders discussed an anti-North missile defense system.

IN PHILIPPINE DRUG WAR, LITTLE HELP FOR THOSE WHO SURRENDER

An estimated 687,000 drug users have turned themselves in since President Rodrigo Duterte took office, but the government is proving unprepared to assist them.

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