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Headline News – October 21 2015

BY MR LARRY ®

NDC FORTUNES WON’T BE HINGED ON LAPSES IN NPP – PRESIDENT MAHAMA

President John Dramani Mahama has declared that the fortunes of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) will not be hinged on the lapses, internal disunity and conflict brewing in the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

79,418 MORE STUDENTS PLACED IN SHSs

The Computerised School and Placement System (CSSPS) Secretariat has placed an additional 79,418 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates into senior high schools (SHSs) and technical institutes (TIs).

VOTERS REGISTER TEARS NATION APART

The controversy surrounding the voters register appears to be tearing the nation apart, with the two dominant political parties, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP, maintaining their entrenched positions on it.

OMANHENE OF SUNYANI JUSTIFIES GOVERNMENT’S BORROWING

The Omanhene of the Sunyani Traditional Area, Nana Bosoma Asor Nkrawiri II, has said criticisms of the Mahama administration for borrowing too much are unjustified.

NDC SNUBS IEA DEBATE

A national debate on the issue of a new voters’ register took place on Tuesday under the auspices of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in Accra, despite a last minute boycott by the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).

MAHAMA PICKS VEEP

President John Mahama, who is the leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has stated that he has already settled on the person that would partner him as running mate for the 2016 elections.

VEEP LAUNCHES NATIONAL HOUSEHOLD REGISTRY

The country’s social protection strategy was given a major boost with the launch of the Ghana National Household Registry (GNHR) by the Vice-President, Mr Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, in Accra Tuesday.

THREE FINED FOR POWER THEFT

Three persons have been convicted and fined by an Accra Circuit Court for illegally connecting electricity to their homes and business.
They were sentenced on their own plea of guilty of connecting power illegally and theft of power.

2 RIVALS DIE OVER MAN

A 3-year-old girl has been found dead in a river at Ejisu-Jamasi in the Ashanti Region, in what appears to have a link with voodoo, also known in local parlance as ‘juju’ rituals.

CABINET APPROVES MIGRATION POLICY

The Cabinet has approved the National Migration Policy (NMP) which has been formulated to manage the country’s internal, intra-regional and international migration flows.

GHANA CLOSE TO ERADICATING POLIOMYELITIS

Ghana is close to eradicating poliomyelitis which kills or cripples children for life, the Minister of Health, Mr Alex Segbefia, has stated.
He said the country’s polio eradication interventions, including periodic nationwide polio immunisation and active surveillance activities have yielded positive results.

SCHOOL DISMISSES ALLEGED RAPE VICTIM

An 18-year-old second year student of the Kumbungu Senior High School (SHS) in the Northern Region has been dismissed for accusing the assistant headmaster, Chief Musah Seidu of rape.

GOVERNMENT BUDGETS Ȼ1.3B FOR SOCIAL PROTECTION

Government plans to spend Ȼ1.3 billion on social protection programmes this year.

J.J, KONADU DISAGREE ON SUPPORT FOR ZANETOR

The former President, Jerry John Rawlings and his wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings are in open disagreement over open support and declaration of their daughter, Dr Zanetor Rawlings, who is seeking the mandate of the members of the NDC in Klottey Korley constituency to represent them in the 2012 general elections.

USE SCIENTIFIC AUDIT TO ASSESS INTEGRITY OF VOTERS REGISTER – CDD

The Centre for Democratic Governance (CDD) –Ghana has joined the fray with regards to ongoing debate on the current voters register.

TENSION IN FLAGSTAFF HOUSE OVER STAN DOGBE

Credible information available to Today newspaper points to a seeming tension in the seat of government, Flagstaff House, over calls on President John Dramani Mahama to sanction his communication head, Stan Dogbe.

2016 ELECTIONS WILL BE RIGGED – AKUFO-ADDO

The flagbearer of the main opposition New Patriotic Party Nana Akufo-Addo has said conditions in Ghana point to the fact that the 2016 elections will be rigged.

BROKE GOV’T CAN’T EMPLOY YOUTH – ISSER DIRECTOR

Director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), Professor Felix Asante, has attributed high rate of youth unemployment to government’s empty coffers.

GIVE VEEP SLOT TO GA-DANGME

Ga-Dangme Youth have joined the chorus urging President John Dramani Mahama and the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) to dump Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur as his running mate for the 2016 elections.

I’M NOT ASHAMED BY ‘BABY WITH SHARP TEETH’ TAG – OTUKONOR

Deputy Director of research of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Peter Boamah Otukonor, has stated he was not offended by comments of former President Rawlings describing him and others as ‘babies with sharp teeth’.

CPP NOT CONSIDERING ANY ALLIANCE FOR 2016 – PARTY ELDER

Chairman of the Council of Elders of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) Felix Amoah says the party is not considering any alliance going into the 2016 general elections.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

REMOVE TRADE BARRIERS – SWISS AMBASSADOR

Gerhard Brugger, the Switzerland Ambassador to Ghana, has called on government to remove all trade barriers — including difficulties in clearing goods at the ports — to facilitate easy trade between Ghana and the world.

SSNIT OFFERS INVESTORS LONG-TERM CASH

The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) says it has adequate long-term capital to funds various economically-viable projects in the country.

AFRICANS PAY TOO MUCH FOR POWER – AFDB PREZ

President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Akinwumi Adesina has bemoaned the cost of power in Africa, which is the highest in the world although the continent is home to the least reliable access to power as compared to the rest of the world.

PEF DEMANDS REFORM IN 6 PUBLIC FIRMS

The Private Enterprise Federation (PEF) is demanding reforms in six key public institutions which when accomplished, the Federation believes, will help ease doing business in the country.

WE MUST PROVE IMF WRONG – TERKPER

Finance Minister Seth Terpker has mounted a strong defence of government’s strategy to manage the worrying debt stock of the country.
Most state owned enterprises are now required to borrow on their own strength without necessarily burdening government.

ROBUST ECONOMY CRUCIAL TO NATIONAL DEV’T PLAN

In order to make inroads into desired achievements from the proposed long-term National Development Plan, first it is crucial to develop a robust economy to serve as the bedrock for all other policies to bear fruits.

IMPORTERS, EXPORTERS UNDERGO SINGLE WINDOW SYSTEM TRAINING

Over 300 importers and exporters at the Tema Port have undergone a day’s training on the Single Window System (SWS) introduced by the government for trade facilitation at the port.

27 GHANAIAN COMPANIES OPERATE IN DUBAI

Twenty-seven Ghanaian companies are currently registered with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and operating in Dubai.

HAILFLOW ENTERS GHANA MARKET

Hailflow, a subsidiary of SARA Group, says it will approach the Ghanaian market with innovation, technology and good design to meet the changing demand of Ghanaian homes.

AfDB FUNDS SMEs TO LIST ON GAX

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is to support the listing of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) on the Ghana Alternative Exchange (GAX) with an interest-free funding of US$600,000 over a two-year period.

OMCs REVIEW FUEL PRICES DOWNWARD

Oil Marketing Companies (OMC) have reduced the retail prices of petroleum products at the Mid-October review period pegging Super between GH¢2.859 and GH¢2.820 whilst the prices of diesel is fixed between GH¢2.769 and GH¢2.720.

AGRIBUSINESS IS THE FUTURE FOR AFRICA – AfDB BOSS

Dr. Akiwumi Ayodeji Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has said Africa’s future depends on agriculture as a business and, therefore, urged African governments to focus on building the agribusiness industry.

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