WEDNESDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2016
BY *MR LARRY*®
*MAHAMA IS GHANA’S ‘AGENT OF CHANGE AND TRANSFORMATION’ – VEEP*
The Vice President has described President John Mahama as Ghana’s foremost agent of “change and transformation.”
*RACE FOR DEC 7 BEGINS AS 4 PICK PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION FORMS*
Four presidential aspirants yesterday picked nomination forms at the headquarters of the EC to contest this year’s election.
*GOVERNMENT TO PILOT ELECTRONIC TEXTBOOKS FOR STUDENTS – PREZ MAHAMA*
President John Mahama has revealed that, government will soon launch a pilot program to distribute free tablet computers to students in junior and senior high schools, to streamline access to learning materials, the tablets will facilitate access to electronic textbooks and other relevant materials that will aid learning by students.
*NDC MANIFESTO WILL BE HINGED ON FOUR THEMATIC AREAS*
The NDC 2016 general election manifesto, which the party considers as the real vehicle for change, will be driven by four thematic areas.
*NO CASH FOR SALARIES; GOV’T DIVERTS GH¢500M*
The government of Ghana does not have money to pay salaries of its workers across the country for September 2016 and has therefore decided to use part of the budget already allocated to run some 23 MDAs.
*FRACAS AT GCB OVER LOANS*
Report reaching Daily Guide indicates that there is uneasy calm at the Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB) following revelations that the bank’s Board had authorized several huge loans without adequate collateral, leading to over-exposure of the financial institution.
*MAN INFECTS 400 WOMEN WITH HIV*
Eric Yeboah, a 28-year-old resident of the New Juabeng Municipality of the Eastern Region, has asserted that he has infected about 400 women with HIV through sexual intercourse.
*SHS: 516,867 VACANCIES ON OFFER AS WAEC IS SET TO RELEASE BECE RESULTS TODAY*
Reliable information available to The Finder indicates that barring any last-minute hitch, the West Africa Examination Council will release the results of the 2016 Basic Education Certificate Examination today.
*GHOPSA TO WITHDRAW EMERGENCY SERVICE TODAY*
Striking pharmacists at public hospitals say they will completely withdraw their services, including emergency services, if government does not meet their demands by close of work today.
*NDC WILL SUPPORT NHIS WITH OIL MONEY – MAHAMA*
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer for the December elections, President John Mahama, has said the next NDC administration after 2016, will push for the allocation of petroleum revenue for the funding of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
*GHC50,000 FILING FEE TOO SMALL – AKUA DONKOR*
The founder and leader of Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), Akua Donkor is calling for increase of the GHC50, 000 filing fee for presidential candidates announced by the Electoral Commission (EC).
*JUSTICES DERY, LOGOH DRAG GJA, ANAS TO COURT OVER BEST JOURNALIST AWARD*
Two Justices of the High Court who were cited in a judicial corruption scandal last year have carried out their threat to file a contempt suit against the awards committee of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and masked investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
*EXPENSIVE BILLBOARDS DON’T WIN ELECTIONS – HANNATETTEH TELLS ANDAH*
Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya-West, Hanna Serwaa Tetteh, has reminded her main challenger in the upcoming election, George Andah, that his expensive billboards will not influence the decisions of the electorate.
*WE’LL END OPEN DEFECATION BY 2021 – MAHAMA*
President John Dramani Mahama has said that the next NDC administration under his watch will work towards ending the age-old menace of open defecation by 2021.
*SIGNING OF PETITION TO REMOVE GHANDHI’S STATUE FROM LEGON UNDERWAY*
Hundreds of people including students are signing a petition to have the statue of Mohandas Karamchand Ghandhi removed from the University of Ghana, Legon campus.
*NPP IS KNOWN FOR DISPUTING OUR SUCCESSES – VICE PRESIDENT*
The opposition New Patriotic Party will neither acknowledge nor praise the NDC for its achievements since 1992. This is according to Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur.
*ASSEMBLY MEMBERS TO GET PAID IN MAHAMA’S SECOND TERM*
Chief Executive officers of Ghana’s metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies are to be elected in the next government of the National Democratic Congress, President Mahama has promised.
*GHANA’S ECONOMY NO LONGER BLEEDING – MAHAMA*
President John Mahama has said the Ghanaian economy is now more predictable and no longer bleeding as it used to be in the past.
*12.5% BASE PAY RISE FOR PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS*
Public sector workers are to enjoy a 12.5% increase in their base pay with effect from January 2017, the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, has said.
*GOV’T TO BREAK UP GCAA FUNCTIONS*
The Ministry of Transport has begun looking at the possibility of decoupling the regulatory and air navigational service functions of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority in line with international best practice and to ensure operational efficiency.
*ECG COMPACT CAN BE REVIEWED – US AMBASSADOR*
The US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson, has said the 25-year private sector participation in the ECG “can be reviewed” as he allayed fears by workers of the company that they would lose their jobs.
*BANK OF GHANA FAST TRACKS IMPLEMENTATION OF AGRIC FUND*
The Bank of Ghana (BoG)’s plan to establish a fund dedicated to financing the agriculture sector appears to the taking shape as it starts inviting bids from consultants to help with setting up of the Fund.
*CASHLESS TRANSACTIONS WITH GOVERNMENT AGENCIES BY 2021 – MAHAMA*
President John Mahama has projected that the height of cashless transactions with government institutions will be achieved by 2021 .
*NEW GOLD REFINERY TO PROVIDE OVER 300 JOBS*
Gold Coast Refinery Limited (GCRL) says its US$110million gold refinery facility is about 95 per cent complete as it is expected to provide direct jobs for over 300 people and 1,000 indirectly.
*BANKS SKEPTICAL ABOUT EZWICH AGENTS’ REQUEST TO ISSUE CARDS*
Some banks have expressed misgivings about the request by Ezwich agents to be allowed to issue cards.
*US$750 EUROBOND OVERSUBSCRIBED BY OVER 400%*
The Minister of Finance, Mr Seth Terkper, has expressed satisfaction at the pricing of Ghana’s fifth Eurobond at 9.25 per cent in London on Thursday to raise US$750 million from international investors with appetite for emerging economies’ sovereign debt instruments.
*EXPLAIN GHS1.7BN SHORTFALL IN BUDGET – BAWUMIA TELLS GOV’T*
Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, the vice presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has called on government to explain to a discrepancy of GH¢1.7 billion in the 2016 Supplementary Budget to Ghanaians.
*PETROLEUM MINISTRY STEPS UP ON GAS CYLINDER CIRCULATION*
The Minister for Petroleum Mr Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah said government under the Rural Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) programme will scale up the distribution of free cylinders, cook stoves and related accessories to beneficiaries in low access areas.
*SOUTH AFRICA’S ZUMA DENIES POWER STRUGGLE WITH FINANCE MINISTER*
South African leader Jacob Zuma attempted on Tuesday to brush aside market fears of a power struggle with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, declaring: “There is no war between the Presidency and the Treasury.”
*BIAFRA IS DEAD, FORGET ABOUT IT – BUHARI TELLS IGBOS*
President Muhammadu Buhari has told those clamouring for Biafra Republic to forget about it.
*CONGOLESE WARLORD ‘READY TO DIE’ OVER ICC DETENTION CONDITIONS*
A former Congolese rebel commander who is on trial for war crimes at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague has said he is “ready to die” rather than endure the conditions he is being held in, the Reuters news agency reports.
*SOMALIA HOSTS FIRST SUMMIT OF AFRICAN LEADERS SINCE WAR BEGAN IN 1991*
Somalia hosted regional African heads of state on Tuesday for a summit that was the first of its kind in the Somali capital since the Horn of Africa nation plunged into conflict in 1991.
*JUDGE TO VICTIM: ‘KEEP YOUR KNEES TOGETHER*
A judge in Canada is facing removal from the bench for his conduct when he asked a woman in a rape case why she couldn’t “just keep [her] knees together.”