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Headline News-November 2 2015

 

BY MR LARRY®

AGI, TUC UP IN ARMS

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) have kicked against proposals by the utility companies to increase tariffs.

NPP NEC AFFIRMS AFOKO’S SUSPENSION

The New Patriotic Party on Tuesday held its first National Executive Committee and National Council meetings to affirm the suspension of the National Chairman of the party, Paul Afoko.

2 ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTING TO SMUGGLE INDIAN HEMP TO NIGERIA

A 58-year-old woman and a 36-year-old warehouse keeper have been arrested for allegedly concealing 650 slabs of a substance suspected to be narcotic in bales of used clothing and attempting to transport them to Nigeria.

NPP BOUNCES BACK: NANA NAMES CAMPAIGN TEAM

Calm and excitement have returned to the headquarters of the opposition New Patriotic Party which has of late gained notoriety for controversies.

NIGERIAN WOMAN BUSTED WITH WEE

The SWAT Unit of the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has apprehended a 58-year-old Nigerian woman for attempting to transport about 630 slabs of compressed dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp (wee) to Nigeria.

STUDENTS REJECT LIGHT BILL

Government’s decision to pass on electricity bills to students in public universities and other tertiary institutions across the country has been met with serious resistance by the various student bodies.

BOST MD IN STRANGE DEAL

Documents available to The Finder indicate that Managing Director of Bulk Oil Storage and Transport Company Limited (BOST), Kwame Awuah-Darko, for unexplained reasons, is selling a product of the company at a price lower than the bid price offered by Sure Gas Limited, a private company.

BLOWS AT NVTI OVER PROMOTIONS

Some staff of the National Vocational and Technical Institute (NVTI) are up in arms against management over new rules governing promotions.

COMPEL UTILITIES TO REDUCE TECHNICAL AND OPERATIONAL INEFFICIENCIES – TUC

Utility companies must be compelled to reduce their technical and operational inefficiencies as the condition for tariff review, Trades Union Congress (TUC) demands.

DON’T LET POLITICIANS INFILTRATE YOUR RANKS – CHRISTIAN COUNCIL WARNS RELIGIOUS LEADERS

The General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, Rev. Dr, Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong has said Ghana would be doomed if religious leaders, Imams and traditional leaders allow politicians to infiltrate their ranks.

NOTHING JUSTIFIES TUESDAY’S NEC MEETING AS LEGAL – AFOKO

The suspended Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Paul Afoko, says per the constitutional provisions of the party, the NPP cannot succeed in turning Tuesday’s National Executive Committee(NEC) meeting to a legal activity, despite the fact that the said meeting was well attended.

PNC CONGRESS THROWS OUT HASSAN AYARIGA’S BOYS

Ahead of the national congress of Peoples National Convention (PNC) to elect their presidential candidate, one of the presidential candidates Dr Hassan Ayariga who recently threatened to resign should the old crops of party leaders are retained suffered a big blow as his loyalist who are seeking various positions are thrown out.

AKUFFO ADDO , BAWUMIA ATTEND ‘Illegal’ NPP NEC MEETING

The flagbearer of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo and his running mate Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia have arrived for the controversial National Executive meeting of the party.

EOCO ORDERS DVLA TO RETRIEVE 18M CEDIS FROM FOTO-X

An investigation by the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) into contracts between the Driver and Vehicular Licensing Authority (DVLA) and a license-printing company Foto-X has revealed an overpayment of more than 18 million Ghana cedis to the latter.

EC FORUM ON VOTERS REGISTER SENSELESS- AMOAKO BAAH

Head of political Science Department at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has described the public forum organized by the Electoral Commission (EC) on the voters register as “senseless”.

ET MENSAHORCHESTRATED ROBBERY ATTACK ON HIMSELF – SAM GEORGE

Parliamentary contender for the Ningo-Prampram constituency, Sam George, has accused the incumbent Member of Parliament for the area, ET Mensah of orchestrating an armed robbery attack on himself.

INSTITUTIONS THREATEN SHUTDOWN OVER NON-PAYMENT OF BILLS

Vice Chancellors of the various public Universities are threatening to shut down their institutions if bills owed the Electricity Company of Ghana are not paid.

DEAF ASSOCIATION THREATENS TO DISRUPT NDC CONGRESS

Deaf and dumb groups in Nkoranza in the Brong-Ahafo Region are threatening to disrupt the NDC parliamentary primaries come 21st November, as they continue with their protest over the freezing of their investments with some microfinance companies in the region.

SET ECONOMIC TARIFFS – WEREKO-BROBBY

Charles Wereko-Brobby, a former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Volta River Authority (VRA), says the current tariffs being paid by Ghanaians to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) also cover charges of Independent Power Producers (IPPs) such as Asogli and Karpower barges which are still nowhere to be found on the high seas.

NPP ACCUSES EC of DILLY-DALLYING OVER VOTERS’ REGISTER PETITION

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) says the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) appears to be trifling with a petition it submitted over the current voters’ register.

ACCEPT AFOKO’S SUSPENSION – NPP NEC TO MEMBERS

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), is asking its members to support its decision to suspend the party’s chairman, Paul Afoko.

DR NDUOM HINTS OF COALITION GOV’T IN 2017

Founder of the Progressive Peoples’ Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, has hinted of a coalition government should the PPP be given the nod in 2016.

NPP ADVISED TO FORM COURTS TO SOLVE INTERNAL FRACAS

The New Patriotic Party – NPP has been advised to form internal party courts to handle misunderstanding and wrangling which have the potential of destroying the party.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

WE WON’T PAY – INDUSTRY AND LABOUR SAY TO TARIFF HIKES

Imminent hikes in utility tariffs have provoked a salvo of reactions from a cross-section of employers and their workforces, with both sides asking for improvements in service delivery before they pay more.

PARLIAMENT TO TIGHTEN SCREWS ON PUBLIC FINANCES

The Finance Ministry is confident that by end of year, it will submit to cabinet a draft of the Public Financial Management (PFM) Bill, which among other things is expected to punish fiscal indiscipline arising from public sector managers.

STATISTICAL SERVICE TO REBASE THREE ECONOMIC INDICES

The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) is to conduct a number of surveys to enable it to collect data needed to rebase its three main economic indicators namely the Consumer Price Index (CPI), Producer Price Index and Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

INDUSTRY’S ANTIDOTE REMAINS IN ARCHIVES

Ace Ankomah, a legal practitioner, holds the belief that many of the solutions to the country’s industrial problems are hiding in various faculties and archives of the universities.

2016 BUDGET: BUSINESS TO LOSE TAX EXEMPTIONS

Businesses should brace themselves in 2016 as they would be required to pay for some taxes that they are currently being exempted from.
This is because the finance ministry is looking at reviewing these tax exemptions as part of the 2016 budget.

MOBILE MONEY HOLDS HUGE POTENTIAL FOR GHANA

Mobile money started off in Ghana tottering on the brink of little hope it will gain popularity among the public. While the promoters, mainly the mobile telecom operators, touted its potential, especially drawing on Kenya’s huge success story with the service, critics maintained that the geo-economic and demographic differences between the two countries were poles apart for Kenya’s succes to be replicated in Ghana.

GhIPSS, BANKS EMBARK ON DIRECT CREDIT CAMPAIGN

The Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS), together with banks has embarked on public education to encourage more usage of Direct Credit. This is to ensure the public experience benefits associated with the electronic payment system.

SMEs NEED GOV’T SUPPORT TO REBOUND ECONOMIC GROWTH

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) need strong governmental support in order to bring economic growth back on track, Philip Oti-Mensah, Managing Director of Union Savings and Loans, has said.

PAARS IMPLEMENTATION HAS INCREASED REVENUE GENERATION – GRA

The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) says its revenue generation has increased since the successful implementation of the Pre-Arrival Assessment Reporting System (PAARS).

WE NEED ENGINEERS NOT OIL AND GAS MANAGERS’

Deputy Petroleum Minister Benjamin Dagadu has described as unfortunate the practice whereby most Ghanaians wanting to work in the oil and gas sector shy away from technical aspects of the sector, opting to rather pursue various courses such as “oil and gas” management.

INVEST IN LOCAL RAW MATERIALS FOR MANUFACTURING

The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Yakubu Alhassan has called on industries to reduce their dependence on imported raw materials for manufacturing but rather invest in the local raw materials supply chain, by sourcing locally for their manufacturing.

2016 BUDGET PRESENTATION PUSHED TO NOV. 13

Finance Minister Seth Terkper is now being asked to consider another date for presenting the 2016 budget.
This is what Joy Business has picked up from persons close to the finance ministry and parliament’s finance committee.

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