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NEWS HEADLINES -WEDNESDAY 1-4-2015

GROUP IN B/A COMMENDS GOV’T FOR RAPID DEVELOPMENT

The Alliance for Truth, a political group in Brong-Ahafo, has commended the government for the high level and rapid socio-economic development in the Techiman Municipality.

WOYOME: I’LL REFUND È»51.2M TO STATE BY END OF YEAR

The lead council for Mr Alfred Agbesi Woyome, the businessman who was recently acquitted and discharged on two counts of defrauding by false pretence and causing financial loss to the state, yesterday assured the Supreme Court that his client had agreed to refund the Ȼ51.2 million he wrongfully procured from the State by the end of the year.

FIRST LADY DONATES EASTER ITEMS TO CHILDREN HOMES

Mrs Lordina Mahama, the First Lady, has donated items to inmates of the Osu and Christ Faith Foster Children’s Home to make them enjoy the upcoming Easter celebration.

GAF DEMOLISH STRUCTURES AT TSEADO TO MAKE WAY FOR SECURITY BUFFER ZONE

There is growing anger among some property owners at Tseado in the La Dadekotopon municipality in the Greater Accra Region over what they describe as attempts by the military to take over their lands in the name of a security buffer zone.

49 TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS OPERATING ILLEGALLY

The National Accreditation Board (NAB) has cited Ghana Institute of Languages, Legon, and Ghana School of Survey and Mapping, Accra, to be among 49 unaccredited institutions operating in the country.

CRIME IN ACCRA GOES DOWN

Crime in the Accra metropolis is gradually going down, and even as this appears to be refreshing, the Police Administration is not leaving anything to chance.

LOW FOOD PRODUCTION THREATENS GDP GROWTH

Agricultural production now contributes about 20 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) instead of the original 60 per cent to 70 per cent.

BUHARI WINS NIGERIA’S PRESIDENTIAL POLL

Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria, has a President-elect. With the results declared in all the 37 states by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, has won the presidential election.

BUHARI SWEEPS AWAY GOODLUCK

Former Nigeria military leader, General Muhammadu Buhari; yesterday emerged the winner of last Saturday’s presidential election, as president Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat.

FUEL SUPPLY CHALLENGES

While the nation faces another possible fuel shortage due to huge indebtedness to Bulk Oil Distributors Companies (BDCs), state-owned Tema oil Refinery (TOR) needs $37.7 million to produce at full capacity.

AMA, ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION TO CREATE 10.000 JOBS

The Rockefeller Foundation, in collaboration with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, is to create 10,000 jobs through the building of a Business Processing Centre.

GOODLUCK RUNS OUT OF LUCK

Election Commission declares victory for former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, over incumbent Goodluck Jonathan.

AMOAKO-TUFFUOR WARNS NPP AGAINST AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

Ahead of the crunch meeting of the National Council of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) scheduled for today, Dr Kwame Amoako-Tuffuor, a founding member of the party, has warned against the adoption of trial-and-error strategies by the party as it prepares for Election 2016. The meeting will review the affirmative action policy proposed by the National Executive Committee (NEC)

GOVERNMENT PURSUES WATERVILLE TO RECLAIM 25M EURO

The Deputy Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Dr Dominic Ayine, has indicated the government’s resolve to reclaim €25 million awfully paid to Waterville Holdings despite a suit by the construction firm at the International Court of Arbitration to block the process.

NANA ADDO CONGRATULATES GEN BUHARI

The presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo, has congratulated the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari, on his election as the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

NPP COUNCIL MEETS TODAY

The National Council, the 2nd highest decision making body of the New Patriotic Party will at 10 am today meet to review some controversial decisions of the National Executive Committee regarding the impending the parliamentary primaries that have sparked internal party outrage.

SALARIED TAKE ALL

The Education Ministry has planned to spend almost its entire budget for this year on staff remunerations, joining a long list of state institutions with minimal resources to undertake critical capital projects.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

GOVT ANNOUNCES FERTILIZER SUBSIDY FOR 2015

The Government is to subsidise 180,000 metric tonnes of granular fertilizer at the cost of GH¢ 80.4 million for the 2015 farming season, the Minister of Food and Agriculture Mr Fifi Kwetey, has announced.

COMMON ECOWAS TARIFF SET FOR JULY 2; BUT REVENUE TARGET MAY FALL

The country is expected to start implementing the Common External Tariffs (CET) regime by July 2, 2015, following approval by Cabinet and imminent passage of the bill by Parliament.

CLEARING OF SITE FOR HO AIRPORT TO BEGIN

Clearing of the site for the construction of an airport for the Volta Region at Tritrinu, near Ho, is expected to begin on Saturday, April 4, 2015.

AUSTRALIA SUPPORTS PUBLIC-PRIVATE DIALOGUE ON MINING

Key representatives of government, civil society organisations, mining communities, and industry, have met in Accra to dialogue on issues concerning mining.

EXPRESSO MAKES ITS BIGGEST GAIN IN VOICE SUBSCRIBER BASE

Recent figures contained in the National Communications Authority (NCA) mobile voice subscriber report show that Expresso’s subscriber base has gone up by 274,550 from December 2014 to January 2015, its biggest gain yet.

TWO COMMUNITIES CONSTRUCT ROADS OWN RESOURCES

Two communities in the Bosomtwe District in the Ashanti Region have combined efforts and constructed a six-kilometre road using their own financial resources.

DECADES OF PROFLIGACYRRESPONSIBLE FOR OUR MESS – CAL BANK BOSS

The country’s current economic hardship is the consequence of over 30 years profligacy and successive mismanagement of this economy by various governments, Frank Adu Jnr., Managing Director of CAL Bank, has said.

LOCAL FARMERS TO BENEFIT FROM GH¢90m AGRIC SUBSIDY

Farmers are to benefit from a GH¢90 million subsidy on fertiliser and seeds this year, the Minister of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Mr Fifi Kwetey, has said.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

NIGERIA’S BUHARI PRAISES JONATHAN FOR PEACEFUL HANDOVER

Nigerian election winner Muhammadu Buhari congratulated outgoing president Goodluck Jonathan for peacefully relinquishing power on Wednesday, a day after becoming the first Nigerian politician to unseat a sitting leader at the ballot box.

OBAMA URGES DR CONGO’S KABILA TO RESPECT CONSTITUTION

As Congolese President Joseph Kabila appears to toy with extending his 14-year rule, US President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged him to respect the Democratic Republic of Congo’s constitution.

HEAVY CLASHES CLASHES ON SAUDI-YEMENI BORDER

Saudi troops clashed with Yemeni Houthi fighters on Tuesday in the heaviest exchange of cross-border fire since the start of a Saudi-led air offensive last week, while Yemen’s foreign minister called for a rapid Arab intervention on the ground.

IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS MISS DEADLINE; RUSSIA SAYS ‘KEY ASPECTS ‘ AGREED

Six world powers and Iran missed a Tuesday deadline to reach an outline accord reining in Tehran’s nuclear programme, extending talks into an extra day as they edged towards a deal but failed to agree crucial details such as the lifting of U.N. sanctions.

IRAQI FORCES DRIVE ISLAMIC STATE OUT OF CENTRAL TIKRIT – PM

Iraqi troops aided by Shi’ite paramilitaries have driven Islamic State out of central Tikrit, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Tuesday, but the fight to retake all of Saddam Hussein’s hometown continued.

GREECE FAILS TO REACH INITIAL DEAL ON REFORMS WITH LENDERS

Greece failed to reach an initial deal with the European Union and the IMF to unlock aid after the creditors dismissed a package of reforms from Athens as ideas rather than a concrete plan, officials said on Tuesday.

PROSECUTORS PUSH AGAIN TO INVESTIGATE ARGENTINE LEADER IN BOMBING CASE

Argentine prosecutors pushed for a conspiracy investigation against President Cristina Fernandez on Tuesday in the second appeal of a court decision that cleared her of trying to block the inquiry into a deadly 1994 bombing.

INDONESIAN COURT TO DECIDE ON BALI NINE EXECUTION APPEAL ON APRIL 6

An Indonesian court hearing the appeals of two Australian death row convicts will announce a verdict on April 6, one of the judges determining the case said on Wednesday.

PROSECUTOR DIES OFWOUNDS AFTER ISTANBUL HHOSTAGE SHOOTOUT

An Istanbul prosecutor died from his wounds after security forces stormed the office where members of a far-left Turkish group took him hostage on Thursday, killing his two captors.

MERKEL AND HOLLANDE EDGE CLOSER AFTER TRAGEDIES

The leaders of Germany and France announced plans on Tuesday to work more closely on economic and security issues after years of strain, saying the tragedies of the Charlie Hebdo killings and air crash in the French Alps had brought them closer.

SPORTS HEADLINES

DUNCAN PRAISES ‘OPPORTUNISTIC’ AHMED TOURE

Kotoko coach David Duncan has praised striker Ahmed Toure’s instincts since he took charge.

BEREKUM CHELSEA, NANIA, OTHERS GET €31,000

After nearly four years of relentless battle, Dalian Aerbin FC of China have finally yielded and reimbursed four Ghanaian clubs with 31,210.20 euros for their signing of former Black Stars defender, Lee Addy, from Red Star Belgrade.

ELITE CLUB CUP OUTSTANDING MATCHES TO BE PLAYED FROM APRIL 5-8

Four outstanding Elite Club Cup Third round 2nd leg matches will be played from Sunday April 5-8th April, 2015.

MATCH COMMISSIONER ADJEI BAFFOUR CHARGED FOR MISCONDUCT

Mr Adjei Baffour, a match commissioner has been charged by the GFA Disciplinary Committee with misconduct for breaching 35(7)(d) of the GFA General Regulations.

GHANA 1-1 MALI: SAKO LEVELS AFTER AGYEMANG BADU OPENER

Ghana’s Black Stars drew 1-1 with Mali in the team’s second international friendly game in France on Tuesday night.

MR LARRY

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