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News Headlines -April 26 2016

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TUESDAY 26TH APRIL 2016

BY MR LARRY

PRESIDENT MAHAMA SWEARS-IN BANK OF GHANA GOVERNOR

President John Dramani Mahama on Monday swore-in Dr Abdul-Nashiru Issahaku and Dr Johnson Asiamah as the Governor and Deputy Governor respectively of the Bank of Ghana.

ZANETOR RAWLINGS HAS NO TIME FOR DIRTY POLITICS – NDC

Mr Emmanuel Ashaley Tetteh, Klottey Korle Constituency Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has condemned a news item associating the NDC’s constituency parliamentary candidate for forging peoples signatures to win the party’s approval.

AUDIT FPSO, ACEP DEMANDS TO HELP RESOLVE FREQUENT BREAKDOWNS

Energy policy think-tank, Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) has called on government and Justice partners to quickly undertake a comprehensive technical audit of Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO) Kwame Nkrumah.

800, 000 JOBS CREATED IN 3 YEARS – GOV’T

The government claims it has created at least 800,000 jobs since President Mahama took office in 2013.

MAHAMA TIGHTENS SECURITY WITH DOGS, BODYGUARDS

President John Mahama has beefed up his security detail with sniffing dogs and uniformed bodyguards.

ROBBERS RAID BANK, KILL ONE

A susu collector is alleged to have been shot and killed at close range by two trigger-happy robbers who invaded a bank at Nsuta Kwaman in the Ashanti Region Monday morning.

CONFUSION OVER JOB FIGURES

The Ministry of Communication has made a sensational claim that the Mahama-led NDC administration has created over 600,000 jobs, in spite of widespread public concerns about the lack of employment opportunities in the country.

CHRAJ PROBES TWO MCEs

Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has begun investigations into the allegation of misappropriation of funds by two Municipal Chief Executives Sam Attukwei Quaye and Ibrahim Baidoo of Ga West and Ashaiman Municipal Assemblies respectively, in the Greater Accra region.

NPP LOSING GRIP ON ASHANTI AS NANA ADDO SNUBS OTUMFUO’S ANNIVERSARY

It is becoming obvious that the NPP is gradually losing grip on its electoral stronghold, the Ashanti Region.

JAKE WAS BETRAYED BY CLOSE ASSOCIATES – FAMILY SOURCE

The late former National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey, who died in a London hospital last month, has been laid to rest over the weekend but, not a happy soul. Though the late former National Chairman of the NPP was not in the best shape of health for some time until his demise, The aL-hAJJ can confirm that Jake, as he is affectionately called, died a sad man.

HEALTH MINISTRY RECEIVES CLEARANCE TO POST UNEMPLOYED NURSES

The Ministry of Health has said it has received clearance from the Finance Ministry to post the unemployed nurses, midwives and psychiatric nurses to various health facilities in the country.

I MET GH¢89 IN NPP’S ACCOUNT – AFOKO

Suspended national chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Paul Afoko has revealed his administration met a paltry Gh¢89 in the official account of the main opposition party.

NEUTRALITY OF SECURITY AGENCIES KEY TO SUCCESSFUL POLLS – RAWLINGS

Former President, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings, has in a meeting with compatriot Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia, expressed the hope that this year’s Presidential and Parliamentary elections will be peaceful.

GOV’T ADMITS IT ‘LACKS SPECIFIC’ NUMBER ON JOBS CREATED

Government has admitted that it cannot quantify the total number of jobs it has created since 2013. Despite releasing a statement pointing out several job creation initiatives, Deputy Communications Minister Ato Sarpong conceded that it does not know how many jobs this initiative has created.

MAHAMA MAY LOSE IN NORTHERN REGION – NDC EXECUTIVE

The National Democratic Congress is likely to lose its popularity in the Northern Region in the 2016 presidential elections, an aggrieved party executive has said. Constituency Organiser for Savelugu in the Northern Region Abdul Rauf Abubakar told Joy News the party leadership has lost touch with the grassroots and that could prove suicidal in the November elections.

LECTURER CALLS FOR BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF GHANA COASTLINES TO MANAGE TIDAL WAVES

A Lecturer at the Department of Marine and Fisheries of the University of Ghana says a better understanding of Ghana’s coastline is crucial to manage effects of tidal waves.

FIRE SERVICE REVOKES FIRE PERMIT OF LUCKY OIL, WEIJA

The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has with immediate effect revoked the fire permit of Lucky Oil filling station adjacent to Pambros at Weija, and also ordered the owner to stop construction works. The GNFS said the order would remain effective until such a time that the Chief Fire Officer was satisfied with the safety of the facility to occupiers and neighbours.

WE’VE CREATED JOBS INDEED – GOV’T REPLIES CRITICS

Government has defended it’s claim that it has introduced several interventions which has created employment opportunities for thousands of Ghanaians.

SLUMS WILL REMAIN IMPORTANT IN GHANAIAN POLITICS

It has been predicted slums will continue to play a very crucial role in Ghanaian politics as they create opportunities for politicians, entrepreneurs, traditional rulers and community leaders.

TERROR THREATS NOT AFFECTING MALL BUSINESS – OPERATORS

Operators of Malls in Ghana say they are yet to feel the pinch of the numerous terror threats on Ghana, although players in the hospitality industry have expressed worry.

GHANA GOVERNMENT URGED TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES

Mrs Charlotte Norman, Chief Climate Change and Disaster Risk Control Officer, National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has called on government and institutions for urgent and concerted efforts to address the challenges of climate change.

RAWLINGS PRAYS FOR PEACEFUL ELECTION

Ghana’s former President, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings, has in a meeting with compatriot Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia, expressed the hope that this year’s Presidential and Parliamentary elections will be peaceful.

ANGRY UNEMPLOYED NURSES THREATEN TO STALK MAHAMA, VEEP

Unemployed nurses across the country have vowed to stalk the president and his appointees to remind them about their state of joblessness.

61% OF TEACHERS IN TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS UNQUALIFIED – SURVEY

Sixty-one (61) per cent of teachers in the colleges of education do not have the requirement to teach in tertiary institutions, a survey carried out by the University of Education Winneba (UEW) has revealed.

RAWLINGS, OTHERS DONATE TO SAVE 16-YEAR-OLD BOY BATTLING ACID BURNS

Former President, Jerry John Rawlings has donated GHC5,000 to the 16-year-old boy who was bathed in acid by a tenant of his dad’s.

NANA AKUFO ADDO AND NPP BOYCOTTS ASANTE-HENE’S FESTIVAL

The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo dishonored an official invitation from Otumfour Osei Tutu II to honour the grand “Akwasidae” festival slated Sunday , 24th April 2016. Experts say this very ceremony is exceptional in the sense that it marks the 17th anniversary of the current King, Otumfour Osei Tutu II . It is an occasion that brings together over fifty (50) paramount chiefs under the colossus Asanteman.

YOUTH RALLY SUPPORT FOR MAHAMA, VANDERPUYE

Member of Parliament for Ablekuma South Constituency Fritz Baffour has predicted a one-touch victory for President John Dramani Mahama in the upcoming November 7 polls.

NPP THUGS BEAT UP BAAH ACHEAMFUOR IN FOX FM STUDIO

About six macho men suspected to be members of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), on Monday afternoon reportedly attacked the studios of Kumasi-based FM, beating up a youth activist of the NPP, Baah Acheamfuor, and some staff of the radio station.

5 BOYS ALLEGEDLY DEFILE EPILEPTIC GIRL

A mother is appealing to the police to investigate the circumstances that led to the defilement of her 13-year-old epileptic daughter who was allegedly assaulted sexually by five boys, with one as young as eight years.

NDC’S CORRUPT PRACTICES KILLING GHANA – MAHAMA

The flagbearer of the People’s National Convention (PNC) has slammed President John Mahama for allegedly running down the Ghanaian economy.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

MAHAMA CHARGES BOG BOSS TO WORK CLOSELY WITH TERKPER

President John Dramani Mahama has asked the new Governor of the Bank of Ghana to work hand-in-hand with the Minister of Finance, Seth Terkper, for the country’s economic growth.

HOUSING DEVELOPERS WANT ‘EDAIF-TYPE’ FUND

Real estate developers have called on government to set-up a special fund in the likeness of the Export Trade, Agricultural and Industrial Development Fund (EDAIF) to address the country’s housing deficit.

VIAM WARNS OVER ‘POLY VARSITIES’

VIAM Africa Centre for Education and Social Policy, a policy think-tank, says government must suspend the conversion of polytechnics into technical universalities for at least two years to allow for proper establishment of institutional structures.

GH¢¢500M DOMESTIC BOND ILL-TIMED – ECONOMIST

A senior Economist at the University of Ghana, Dr Ebo Turkson, has described government’s decision to issue a 3-year domestic bond as ill-timed – citing a further crowding out of businesses as the likely result.

USAID-FINGAP ASSISTS FARMERS WITH $85M

USAID-FINGAP an Agribusiness Financial facilitation project which is supporting Ghana in the agriculture value chain in rice, maize, and soya for a five year period says it has so far assisted farmers with more than $ 85 million through financial institutions.

SIF TO INVEST $3.1M TO BOOST AGRIBUSINESS IN GHANA

The Social Investment Fund (SIF) is to provide $3.1 million in loans to boost agribusiness across 22 selected districts in the country.

KOMENDA SUGAR FACTORY SEEKS SUGARCANE FROM FARMERS

The Ministry of Trade and Industry has called on sugarcane farmers within a 100kilometre radius or six hours drive of the Komenda Sugar Factory to arrange selling their sugarcane to the factory and thus enable it to become a success.

SMALL-SCALE MINING LICENSE ACQUISITION TRANSPARENT – MINERALS COMMISSION

The small-scale mining license acquisition process, guided by the Minerals and Mining Act and the Minerals and Mining (Licensing) Regulations, is transparent, neutral and based on merit, the Minerals Commission has said.

GOV’T BYPASSED US ON GOLD FIELDS DEAL – PROF SAWYERR

The Chairman of the Mining Review Committee (MRC), Professor Akilakpa Sawyerr, has revealed that neither he nor the MRC were involved in the negotiations of the Gold Fields mining deal with government.

MORE OPT FOR E-ZWICH

More organisations are signing on to use the e-zwich system to pay emoluments following tangible benefits that the National Service Scheme (NSS) has derived from the payment system.

BOG PUTS ON HOLD ISSUING OF NEW LICENSES TO MICROFINANCE COMPANIES

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has put on hold the issuing of new licences to microfinance companies. The move is part of efforts by the central bank to sanitize the industry which was recently hit with a number of fraud cases.

HALF ASSINI RESIDENTS PROTEST HIGH ELECTRICITY TARIFFS

Customers of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) at Half-Assini, and neighbouring communities, in the Western Region, have staged a demonstration against what they describe as “outrageous, inconsistent and unrealistic bills”.

C’NITY TO FIGHT GOLDEN STAR WASSA

The chief and people of Wassa Nsadeiso in the Western region are readying themselves for a peaceful protest against a mining company in the town, Golden Star Wassa Mining Limited, on Wednesday April 27.

RESEARCH SAYS JOBLESS GRADUATES PLAN TO GO ABROAD

The Centre for Democratic Development has warned that 14 per cent of Ghana’s energetic unemployed school leavers have decided to travel abroad for greener pastures should their situations remain the same in six in months.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

AFRICA STILL REMAINS BIGGEST VICTIM OF MALARIA SURGE

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday said that although new malaria cases have fallen by 18 percent since 2000, the world is still far from eliminating malaria, and Africa remains the biggest victim.

DONOR FUNDING FOR EDUCATION IN AFRICA CONTINUES TO FALL – UNESCO

Attaining the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 4) to provide every child with 12 years of quality education by 2030, would be an uphill task as funding for education in sub-Saharan Africa continues to fall.

WAR CRIMES COURT OPENS PRELIMINARY PROBE INTO BURUNDI CRISIS

The chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court said Monday she was opening a preliminary probe into violence in Burundi, which has been engulfed in a deep political crisis for a year.

SUDAN REBEL CHIEF OF STAFF GATWECH DUAL IN JUBA

South Sudan’s top rebel chief of staff Simon Gatwech Dual returned to Juba on Monday ahead of the much-anticipated arrival of First Vice President Designate Riek Machar. Dual, the South Sudan People’s Liberation Movement In-Opposition (SPLM-IO), arrived in Juba with additional 195 troops, paving way for Machar’s grand arrival and formation of the transitional government.

IN EUROPEAN TOUR OBAMA SHOWS SUPPORT FOR HIS CLOSEST ALLIES

President Barack Obama spent the past four days in Europe visiting his two oldest and closest foreign political allies, spending considerable political capital on issues close to their hearts.

IRAN UNVEILS NEW MAIN BATTLE TANK MADE FROM US AND CHINESE DESIGNS FROM THE 1960S

Earlier this month, Iran unveiled a new main battle tank, the Tiam, that appears to be a mashup of Chinese and US tanks from the 1960s, The Diplomat reports.

SYRIAN FOOD CRISIS DEEPENS AS WAR CHOKES FARMING

Syria’s war has destroyed agricultural infrastructure and fractured the state system that provides farmers with seeds and buys their crops, deepening a humanitarian crisis in a country struggling to produce enough grain to feed its people.

COMMANDER OF BIN LADEN RAID BLASTS SENATE FOR DISRESPECTING MILITARY LEADERS

A long-percolating feud between Navy brass and the Senate has erupted into open conflict, with the retired admiral who oversaw the daring 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden publicly accusing lawmakers of harboring deep disrespect for military leaders.

OBAMA SENDS MORE SPECIAL FORCES TO SYRIA IN FIGHT AGAINST IS

President Barack Obama announced on Monday the biggest expansion of U.S. ground troops in Syria since its civil war began, but the move was unlikely to mollify Arab allies angry over Washington’s cautious approach to the conflict.

On 30th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster, Ukraine remembers its victims
06:28 AM BST KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine held memorial services on Tuesday to mark the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which permanently poisoned swathes of eastern Europe and highlighted the shortcomings of the secretive Soviet system.

CANADA PM CONDEMNS ‘COLD-BLOODED MURDER’ OF PHILIPPINES HOSTAGE

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned on Monday the execution of a Canadian hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines, calling it “an act of cold-blooded murder.”

ON ELECTION EVE FOR FIVE STATES, TRUMP RIPS CRUZ AND KASICH

Republican Donald Trump, on the eve of primary elections in five states that he is expected to sweep, launched blistering attacks on Monday on rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich for their 11th-hour joint effort aimed at denying him the party’s presidential nomination.

CHINESE AUTHORITIES HOLD DISABLED RIGHTS LAWYER UNDER HOUSE ARREST

Chinese authorities have placed a disabled rights lawyer under house arrest and prevented a group of foreign diplomats from visiting her, she said on Monday, ratcheting up pressure weeks after the U.S. State Department gave her a bravery award.

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