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WEDNESDAY 27TH APRIL 2016

BY MR LARRY

PRESIDENT MAHAMA INAUGURATES 6TH COMMUNITY SHS IN BRONG AHAFO

Government has allocated about GH¢ 60 million to cover boarding students under the progressively free Senior High School Education for the 2016/2017 academic year. About 150,000 students with poor backgrounds are expected to benefit.

EC LAUNCHES STRATEGIC PLAN SEEKING INCLUSIVENESS

The Electoral Commission has unveiled a five-year strategic plan seeking to become a world-class, trusted and independent electoral body and a yardstick for the conduct of elections in Africa.

EC AWAITS SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE ON FATE OF VOTERS’ REGISTER

The EC says it will only go ahead with plans to clean the bloated voters’ register than all cases pending before the Supreme Court concerning the matter are duly determined by the court.

HUNDREDS DISPLAED BY TIDAL WAVES IN NZEMA

Hundreds of people living along the coast of the Ellembele, Jomoro and Nzema East districts in the Nzema area of the Western Region have been displaced by tidal waves sweeping through the area.

HIGH ELECTRICITY BILLS THREATENS WATER SUPPLY

High electricity bills and the introduction of prepaid meters threaten the closure of Small Towns Water Supply Systems, which will deny thousands of Ghanaians in rural areas access to profitable water.

NPP IS A TRIBAL PARTY BENT ON PROSECUTING EWES – DZIFA ATTIVOR

Former Transport minister Dzifa Attivor says the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is a tribal party bent on prosecuting only Ewes if it wins the general elections in November. Referring to the record of the NPP government between 2001 to 2008, Dzifa Attivor argued the NPP targeted only members of her ethnic group for prosecution.

EASTERN REGION: 25,285 TEENAGE PREGNANCIES IN 2 YEARS

Available data at the Ghana Health Service shows that a total of 25, 285 teenage girls got pregnant in the Eastern Region over the past two years.

NPP WILL JAIL ME! DZIFA ATTIVOR CRIES TO VOLTA NDC

The former Minister of Transport, Dzifa Attivor, has expressed fear of being jailed by an NPP government. She therefore begged the people of the Volta Region to vote massively for the governing NDC to retain power to safeguard the lives of appointees.

DIABETICS THREATEN DEMO

A group of concerned diabetics has threatened to hit the streets in protest over what according to it is lack of necessary facilities for managing victims of the health condition in the country.

WE LIKE NEW LOGO – EC DEFENDS ‘STOLEN’ LOGO

The EC yesterday put up a spirited defence ever for the newly adopted logo.

EC DEFENDS NEW LOGO; SAYS IT REPRESENTS INDEPENDENCE AND UNITY

Despite intense criticism, the EC has unveiled its new and controversial logo which it says makes the Commission happy.

GROUPE NDUOM TAKES STOCK OF 1ST QUARTER

Top management personnel of Groupe Nduom have taken stock of first quarter results, challenges and opportunities.

EC TO CUT REJECTED BALLOTS BY 50% UNDER 5-YEAR PLAN

The Electoral Commission is hoping to reduce spoilt and rejected ballots, at least, by 50 percent under its five-year strategic plan.

AID FOR EDUCATION IN GHANA DROPS FROM $127M IN 2003 TO $88M IN 2014 – UNESCO

Donor funding for education in Ghana has continued to fall, despite the need for increased funding for the sector in the light of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 4). The SDG4 says countries should provide every child with 12 years of quality education by 2030.

ATTIVOR MUST APOLOGISE FOR TRIBAL COMMENTS – PEACE COUNCIL

The National Peace Council has asked former Transport Minister, Dzifa Attivor, to retract and apologise for tribal comments she made to grassroots supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Volta Region.

GNAT DEMANDS SALARIES OF VALIDATED TEACHERS

The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has asked the Government to pay the 14,000 teachers who have been validated and cleared by the Audit Service otherwise it would advise itself.

EC MUST FOCUS ON FREE AND FAIR POLLS

A Political Science Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr. Evans Aggrey Darko, said though the Electoral Commission is up to the task, it should also be interested in its core mandate of ensuring free and fair polls come November 7.

IPAC, EC AGREE ON MODALITIES FOR CLEANING VOTERS REGISTER

The Inter-Party Advisory Committee, IPAC, together with the Electoral Commission (EC) has agreed on the modalities to be used to clean the voters register ahead of the November election.

SUPREME COURT ADJOURNS ZANETOR’S CASE TO MAY 3

An application filed by Dr Zanetor Rawlings, National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary Nominee for Klottey Korle Constituency challenging the capacity of an Accra High Court to hear a case concerning her candidature has been adjourned to May 3.

WE WANT TO BE THE BENCHMARK FOR ELECTIONS IN AFRICA – EC

The Electoral Commission (EC) says it is committed to ensuring that it is the most credible elections regulatory body in Africa.

PLAGIARISM: TURKISH INSTITUTION CAN GO TO COURT – EC REACTS

Ghana’s Electoral Commission has indicated its readiness to battle it out legally with a Turkish educational institution over its new logo, which many claimed was plagiarist.

Our new logo demonstrates our INDEPENDENCE’ – EC explains

The Electoral Commission says its new logo, which has generated hue and cry, represents a unified purpose and vision, and ultimately demonstrates the Commission’s independence.

I’M READY TO FORM AN ALLIANCE WITH NPP – ODIKE

The Founder and flagbearer of the United Progressive Party (UPP) Akwesi Addae-Odike has revealed that he is willing to partner any of the opposition parties especially the New Patriotic Party (NPP), to form an alliance aimed at ending the reelection bid of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).

I NEVER TOOK MONEY TO HELP PEOPLE DEFECT TO NDC – FIPAG PRO

The Public Relations Officer for the Film Producers Association of Ghana, FIPAG, Michael Kwaku Ola has denied claims that he extorted money from individuals to help them join the NDC party.

EC’S REASONS FOR REMOVING COAT OF ARMS ‘TRIVIAL’ – DR. GYAMPO

A Senior Lecturer at the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana, Dr. Ransford Gyampo has argued that the explanation given by the Electoral Commission for the removal of the Coat of Arms from the logo doesn’t hold.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

GOVERNOR PLEDGES TO PURSUE SMEs GROWTH

Dr Abdul Nashiru Issahaku, Governor Bank of Ghana, has pledged to collaborate with banks in pursuing policies that will continue to growing the country’s small and medium size companies, and provide incentives to encourage lending to productive sectors of the economy.

PIANIM URGES FDI COURTING

The Chief Executive Officer of New World Investments Ltd and one of Ghana’s renowned economists, Mr Kwame Pianim, has urged policymakers to do more to court Foreign Direct Investment into the country.

OIL, GAS PRODUCTION TO RESUME AT JUBILEE FIELD DESPITE FPSO CHALLENGES

Production of oil and gas in the Jubilee Field is expected to resume in the coming days, despite the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah’s challenges, the Petroleum Commission has said.

NEGOTIATIONS ON OIL CONTRACTS RAISES CONCERNS

The Coordinator of the Third World Network-Africa, a pan-African research and advocacy organisation based in Accra, Dr Yao Graham, has said the country can only reap the benefits from oil production if oil contracts are negotiated appropriately.

NEW BILL TO STREAMLINE OPERATIONS IN GAS SECTOR

The Government is to introduce a Gas Policy and its accompanying bill by December, this year, to provide the regulatory framework to address issues in the sector.

MAURITIUS FUNDS INDUSTRIAL PARK IN GHANA

The government of Mauritius is funding an industrial park in?Ghana to take care of unemployed graduates. The project, which is expected to cost about $110 million for the first phase, is projected to provide direct jobs for about 1,500 young people.

KNUST GETS TWO NEW PETROCHEMICAL LABORATORIES

The Ministry of Petroleum has commissioned two new laboratories for the Chemical and Petro-Chemical Departments of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) at a ceremony in Kumasi over the weekend.

CENPOWER INTRODUCES NEW DRILLING TECHNOLOGY

Contractors working on Cenpower’s 350 megawatt Kpone Independent Power Plant (KIPP), Group Five, have introduced a new technology of drilling and tunnelling in engineering practice in Ghana.

KNUST INSTALLS GH¢6M PRINT FACILITY

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has inaugurated a multi-purpose printing house and refurbished a 50-year-old printing facility.

MORE WOMEN RECEIVE MASLOC SUPPORT

Women in small-scale businesses have been advised to form recognised groups to enable them to benefit from financial assistance from the Micro-finance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC).

HIGH ELECTRICITY BILLS COLLAPSING AVEYIME IRRIGATION PROJECT

The revived Aveyime Irrigation Project in the North Tongu District of the Volta Region is on the verge of collapse again as a result of high electricity bills. That is according to managers of the facility and farmers there.

GOV’T JUSTIFIES STABILITY AGREEMENT WITH GOLDFIELDS-GHANA –

The Finance Ministry has justified its decision to sign a Stability Agreement with mining firm, Goldfields-Ghana.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

NIGERIA EX-MP SENTENCED TO 154 YEARS FOR CORRUPTION

A court in Nigeria has sentenced a former local MP to 154 years in jail for corruption and money laundering.

EASTERN LIBYA SHIPS FIRST OIL CARGO IN DEFIANCE OF TRIPOLI

A government based in eastern Libya has shipped its first cargo of crude in defiance of authorities in the capital Tripoli, a bold move that could deepen the divisions that have brought chaos since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

TRUMP AND CLINTON TRADE BARBS AFTER BIG WINS IN NORTHEAST

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton rolled up wins in Northeastern states on Tuesday in a major show of strength and immediately turned their fire on each other in a possible preview of a general election matchup.

GERMAN NUCLEAR PLANT INFECTED WITH COMPUTER VIRUSES, OPERATOR SAYS

A nuclear power plant in Germany has been found to be infected with computer viruses, but they appear not to have posed a threat to the facility’s operations because it is isolated from the Internet, the station’s operator said on Tuesday.

MORE MIGRANTS FERRIED FROM GREECE TO TURKEY UNDER EU DEAL

Migrants in a Greek detention camp threw stones in clashes with police on Tuesday hours after two ferries shipped refugees back to Turkey under a disputed deal intended to stem the human influx into Europe.

AUSTRALIA RULES OUT SETTLING 800 ASYLUM SEEKERS FROM PAPUA NEW GUINEA WHOSE FATE UNCERTAIN

Australia said on Wednesday it was seeking guidance from Papua New Guinea following a court ruling that Canberra’s practice of detaining asylum seekers on PNG’s northern Manus Island was illegal, but stressed they won’t be allowed into Australia.

NORTH KOREA TO OPEN RULING WORKERS’ PARTY CONGRESS ON MAY 6

North Korea said on Wednesday its ruling Workers’ Party would hold a congress from May 6, ending its silence on the date of the first such conference in 36 years, as South Korea said another North Korean nuclear test appeared imminent.

THAI FACEBOOK GROUP CHARGED FOR ‘FOUL LANGUAGE’ ABOUT DRAFT CONSTITUTION

Thailand’s election commission on Wednesday filed charges against a group for posting “foul and strong” comments online criticising a military-backed draft constitution, the first case filed under a law that prohibits campaigning on the charter.

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