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News Headlines -September 8 2016

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THURSDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 2016

BY *MR LARRY* ®

I CAN’T THINK FAR; I CAN’T THINK MADNESS – MAHAMA MOCKS NPP

President John Dramani Mahama is baffled at the continuous claim by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) that he has done nothing in his four-year tenure.

EC IDENTIFIES 81 FLASH-POINTS; SEEKS POLICE ASSISTANCE FOR ADEQUATE SECURITY

The EC has identified 81 constituencies out the 275 as possible violent-prone areas before, during and after the 2016.

NANA CALLS ME THIEF – MAHAMA FIRES BACK

President John Mahama has made astonishing claims that the opposition New Patriotic Party flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has been calling him a ‘thief’ hence, his recent blistering attack on the opposition party leader.

BAWUMIA FEAR GRIPS GOVERNMENT

Government seems to be doing everything possible to to thwart a public lecture to be given by the vice presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, today to be chaired by former president John Agyekum Kufuor.

EKUMFI: PRESIDENT MAHAMA PROMISES TO CONSTRUCT SUPRUDU BRIDGE

President John Mahama has assured the people of Ekumfi that their long awaited wish to have the Suprudu Bridge constructed over River Ochie will soon take off.

NPP LAUNCHES MANIFESTO ON OCTOBER 8 – JOHN BOADU REVEALS

Acting General Secretary of the opposition New Patriotic Part (NPP), John Boadu, has revealed the party’s much anticipated manifesto for the December elections will unveiled on October 8, 2016.

GOV’T TO BUILD EMERGENCY, ACCIDENT HOSPITAL AT BUIPE

Government is to construct an Emergency and Accident Hospital at a cost of 89 million euro in Buipe in the Northern Region.

DR. IBN CHAMBAS CALLS FOR STRENGTHENING OF SECURITY AGENCIES FOR CREDIBLE POLLS

The Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, UNOWAS, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, has asked actors in the electoral process to ensure peaceful and credible elections come 7th December, 2016.

POLITICAL PARTIES URGED TO EDUCATE AGENTS ON PROXY VOTING TO AVOID CHAOS

Political parties have been advised to educate their party agents on proxy voting ahead of the December 7 general elections to avoid possible chaos.

ASHANTI REGIONAL MINISTER ADVOCATES VOCATIONAL EDUCATION REBRANDING

The Ashanti Regional Minister, John Alexander Ackon, says it is time for Ghana to consider rebranding technical and vocational education and training to enhance its appeal to Ghanaians.

BAWUMIA TO DELIVER LECTURE ON GHANA’S ECONOMY TODAY

The New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) running mate, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, will today [Thursday], deliver a lecture on the state of Ghana’s economy.

NCA ‘WEEDS OUT’ UNCERTIFIED DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TELEVISION

The National Communication Authority (NCA) is embarking on an exercise to weed from the market all uncertified Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) receivers within the Greater Accra Region.

GOV’T COMMITTED TO DOORSTEP HEALTH DELIVERY- HEALTH MINISTER

The Minister for Health, Alex Segbefia says the NDC Government, as part of its Better Ghana is committed to ensuring that health service delivery is brought to the doorsteps of every on living in Ghana.

‘DORMANT’ SADA NOT BUILDING DAMS – NPP REPLIES MAHAMA

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has rejected President John Mahama’s claims that the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), is already constructing dams and dugouts in the northern part of the country.

WE CAN’T PAY ‘UNBUDGETED’ PREMIUMS – GOV’T TO PHARMACISTS

Government has told the striking Government and Hospitals Pharmacists (GHOSPA), that it cannot heed to their demands for an upgraded market premium this year.

BAWUMIA’S AICC SAGA: GOV’T IS INNOCENT – BOMBANDE

The deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Dr. Emmanuel Bombande, has dismissed claims that government masterminded plot to refuse Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia access to the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) for a public lecture on the economy.

I ADMIRE MAHAMA’S HONESTY – ASABEE

President John Mahama’s admission that his government cannot deliver the 200 Community Day Senior High Schools before the end of his first tenure is admirable, former Information Minister Stephen Asamoah Boateng has said.

MAHAMA PROMISES ‘PROGRESSIVELY FREE TERTIARY EDUCATION’

President John Dramani Mahama says the country under his watch is inching closer to making tertiary education free, given the investments made.

STOP MORTGAGING YOUR INTEGRITY FOR CARS – DR. AMOAKO BAAH TO CHIEFS

Political analyst, Dr. Richard Amoako Baah is advising chiefs to stop their disgraceful conduct of openly endorsing flagbearers of various political parties in return for some goodies.

NO FURTHER DETAILS ON ‘1 DAM, 1 VILLAGE’ PROMISE – NPP

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) says it is not obliged to give further and better particulars on its campaign promise of one dam, one village for communities within the three Northern regions.

RETAIN ONLY ‘DESERVING’ EMPLOYEES IN ECG – ACEP TO GOVERNMENT

The African Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), wants government to be firm in retaining only deserving staff of Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) as the government seeks to hand over part of management of the company to a private entity.

GREENSTREET PROMISES FREE EDUCATION FOR DISABLED

The flagbearer of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Ivor Greenstreet, has promised Persons with disabilities (PWDs) will enjoy free healthcare, education, transport and job security if he wins the December 7 elections.

*BUSINESS HEADLINES*

COCOA: ANOTHER SHORTFALL LOOMS: ONLY 720,000 TONNES WILL BE BAGGED

Ghana is set to experience another shortfall of about 130,000 metric tonnes in cocoa beans for the 2015/2016 crop season when the light crop season ends this month, Business Finder has learnt.

GOV’T, MIDA DRAGGED TO COURT OVER ECG CONCESSION

An activist engaged in public advocacy for the protection and preservation of public property, Saaka Salia has filed a suit praying an Accra High Court to halt the processes to select a concessionaire for Private Sector Participation (PSP) in the ECG, citing violation of Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission law and alleged forgery committed by Millenium Development Authority and International Finances Corporation.

TRADERS SHUN LOCAL TOMATOES FOR BURKINABE, IVORIAN VARIETIES

Tomatoes sellers in the country have abandoned tomatoes produced in large volumes across the Brong Ahafo Region in favour of Burkinabe and Ivorian tomatoes.

ATUABO RESUMES OPERATION AFTER “LAST” SHUTDOWN

Power consumers are to enjoy more stable power supply as Atuabo gas plant resumes operation. The plant was shut down last week for a ten- day mandatory maintenance works.

SOARING COST OF LAND DERAILS HOUSING DREAMS

Land values in the country have risen exponentially over the past 12 months as strong demand for homes soars to the delight of land dealers who are expecting at least double returns on their investment.

CABINET APPROVES REGULATOR FOR OIL PALM SECTOR

The Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan has disclosed that cabinet has approved the creation of an Oil Palm Development Board to regulate and promote the sector.

GHANA CLEARED TO ACCESS $498M COMPACT II FUND

Ghana’s power sector has received a major boost after the country got the nod to access a US$498 million grant under the Ghana Power Compact – Compact II.

World Bank supports Ghana to strengthen debt management

Ghana today received support from the World Bank to strengthen its institutional capacity in domestic revenue mobilization, public investment management, debt management, and governance of State-owned Enterprises (SOEs).

BRITISH INVESTORS TO TOUR GHANA NEXT MONTH

The United Kingdom-Ghana Chamber of Commerce (UKGCC) will host a multi-sector business trip to Accra next month for British companies, investors, exporters, importers and small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs).

MINIMUM WAGE INCREASED BY 10 PERCENT

The national tripartite committee has increased the daily minimum wage from GHC8 to GHC8.80. The 10 percent increment takes effect from January 2017.

DON’T NEGLECT ECG WORKERS’ CRY – ACEP TO GOVERNMENT

The Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) has urged the government of Ghana to pursue its agenda of introducing reforms to the management of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to make it more efficient.

*INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES*

RESCUERS BRING 354 BOAT MIGRANTS TO SICILY

Rescuers brought more than 350 migrants to shore in Sicily on Wednesday, along with the bodies of five women and two men who had died on the perilous journey.

S.AFRICA’S ANC FACES DEEP CRISIS AFTER VOTE DEFEAT

Record electoral losses and deep internal divisions are threatening both the long hold on power enjoyed by South Africa’s ruling ANC party and the political future of President Jacob Zuma.

38 DEAD, 92,000 LEFT HOMELESS BY NIGER FLOODS

At least 38 people have been killed and more than 92,000 left homeless since June in disastrous floods in Niger, the United Nations said Wednesday.

U.S.MILITARY SAYS CONDUCTED STRIKES AGAINST SOMALIA’S AL SHABAAB EARLY THIS WEEK

The U.S. military conducted two strikes in southern Somalia early this week that killed four al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants involved in attacks on Somali government troops, a U.S. military spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

PUTIN BETTER LEADER THAN OBAMA: TRUMP

Donald Trump declared that Russia’s Vladimir Putin had been a better leader than U.S. President Barack Obama, as the Republican presidential nominee used a televised forum to argue he was best equipped to reassert America’s global leadership.

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