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News Headlines-September 16 2016

📰 *NEWS HEADLINES* 📰
FRIDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER 2016

BY *MR LARRY*®

*PRESIDENT MAHAMA ANNOUNCES PLANS TO REFURBISH TRADITIONAL MARKETS IN ACCRA*

President John Mahama has announced plans to refurbish all traditional markets in the Accra Metropolis.

*JAPANESE COMPANIES DONATE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT TO LORDINA FOUNDATION*

In a bid to enable the Lordina Foundation to continue to support more deprived health facilities across the country, two Japanese companies have donated assorted medical supplies and equipment to the foundation.

*BLOOD FLOWS AS NDC GOONS ATTACK NPP IN BA*

Blood thirsty suspected thugs of the NDC at Kukuom, the district capital of the Asunofo South in the Brong Ahafo Region, yesterday went on rampage, beating up NPP supporters at the District Electoral office.

*MUNDOR COMPOSITE SITE AT KORLE GORNO TO BE INAUGURATED IN OCTOBER*

President John Mahama has taken his campaign tour of the Greater Accra Region, to the Abossey Okai spare parts dealers’ enclave in the Ablekuma Central constituency.

*POLICE STOP DKM DEMO*

The Brong Ahafo Regional Police Command have filed for an order seeking an injunction to restrain the victims of DKM and other microfinance companies from going on demonstration on Saturday.

*NPP AT LIBERTY TO STEAL MY IDEAS – MAHAMA*

President John Dramani Mahama has mocked the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), saying they are free to steal his ideas as outlined in the manifesto of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

*MINISTER OF FISHERIES PRESENTS MOTORBIKE TO FISH FARMER*

The minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Sherry Ayittey, has presented a motorbike valued at GH¢7,000 to Abrahim Salam, a fish farmer at Enchi Aowin in the Western Region.

*GCB BOARD CHAIRMAN ACCUSED*

The rising tension at the GCB Bank, stemming from unsecured loans running into several millions of Ghana cedis, has been blamed on the Board Chairman of the bank, Daniel Owiredu.

*HIV BABIES LOOMING AS PREGNANT WOMEN CAN’T HAVE ACCESS TO ANTI-RETROVIRAL DRUGS*

Thousands of persons living with HIV/AIDS have been left stranded without access to Anti-Retroviral drugs due to the strike action by public pharmacists.

*RESOLVE GHOSPA STRIKE NOW – CHAMBER OF PHARMACY*

The Chamber of Pharmacy Ghana says a quick resolution of the full blown strike embarked upon by Government and Hospital Pharmacists (GHOPSA) is critical to save the lives of Ghanaians.

*BAWUMIA’S LIES ARE BECOMING UNCOUNTABLE – ALHAJI DORI*

It was first described as a shocking twist, when news broke out that Vice-President, H.E. Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, had cancelled his planned Public Lecture expected to be a response to the Lecture delivered last week by Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.

*MENTALLY CHALLENGED MAN BUTCHERS MOTHER*

The Police at Tepa in the Ahafo-Ano-North District in the Ashanti Region have arrested a suspected murderer for butchering his mother to death.

*WAEC WITHHOLDS BECE RESULTS OF 321 SCHOOLS*

All the results of candidates from 321 schools who took part in the 2016 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) have been withheld by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) because of alleged examination malpractices.

*AMISSAH-ARTHUR ‘FRAME-UP WORRYING’ – IRBARD*

The framing up of Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur in relation to a purported counter-lecture to Dr Mahamudu Bawumia’s diagnosis of the economy is proof enough that social media needs to be regulated, security analyst Irbard Ibrahim has said.

*LANDLORD DIES AFTER SEX WITH TENANT*

A landlord was yesterday found dead in a female tenant’s room at Shalom estate near Adenta in the Greater Accra Region after the two had allegedly had sex, a police report has said.

*GA EAST MCE HINTS OF ABOKOBI LANDFILL SHUTDOWN*

Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Ga East Assembly, Kwao Sackey, has hinted that the landfill site that has been a source of discomfort for Abokobi residents would soon be shutdown.

*REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS ISSUES TO GET ATTENTION AT THE UN SUMMIT*

Ghana would on Monday September 19, join other global Heads of States and Government, at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly’s High Level Summit, to discuss and address the issues large movements of refugees and migrants.

*LACK OF COMMITMENT AND SUPERVISION LINKED TO NON-PERFORMANCE OF BECE STUDENTS*

The National chairman of PTAs, Alex Danso, says the cause of non-performance of B.E.C.E students is as a result of the lack of commitment by teachers in the public schools.

*GHANAIAN HAJJ PILGRIM GIVES BIRTH IN SAUDI ARABIA*

A Ghanaian who took part in this year’s Hajj pilgrimage successfully gave birth to a baby boy Thursday afternoon in Makkah.

GOV’T NOT COMMITTED ENOUGH TO SADA – CSOS

The Coalition of Civil Society Groups in the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) zone, says government is not showing ample committment to the development agenda for the area; and has practically shunned its responsibilities to the people in the savannah areas.

*GHANA READY TO USE MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE COMPACT FUNDS TO ADDRESS POVERTY*

Ghana has met the conditions to, from October, start accessing the first tranche of $279 million under the Ghana Power Compact to transform the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) into an effective, credible power distribution company, while strengthening the entire energy system.

*GHANA DROPS TO 43RD IN LATEST FIFA RANKING*

Ghana has dropped to the 43rd position from 35th on the latest FIFA world ranking chart released on September 15.

*GHANA LAUNCHES FIVE-YEAR HIV/AIDS STRATEGIC PLAN*

The Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) has launched its new five-year National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan (NSP) for 2016 to 2020, and a “Treat All” Policy to provide guidance for the national HIV and AIDS response.

*MAN LOSES EYE AFTER NPP, NDC SUPPORTERS CLASH*

Machete wielding thugs said to be National Democratic Congress members have allegedly inflicted wounds on a New Patriotic Party member in a renewed clashes between the two parties in Kukuom in the Asunafo South District of the Brong Ahafo Region.

*BUSINESS HEADLINES*

*DON’T FRONT FOR FOREIGN COMPANIES – PETROLEUM COMMISSION WARNS LOCAL BUSINESSMEN*

The Petroleum Commission has warned Ghanaian businessmen against fronting for foreign companies for them to engage in businesses meant for local companies.

*WOBBLY INFLATION DAMPENS HOPES OF POLICY RATE CUT AS MPC BEGINS METTING TODAY*

Hopes that the central bank could cut its long held policy rate as its Monetary Policy Committee meets today have been blunted by a marginal rise in inflation for the past month, fueled by fears among traders that the cedi could take a hit in the run up to the December polls.

*BUS RAPID TRANSIT TO COMMENCE OCTOBER*

The long-in-the-works Bus Rapid Transport system, aimed at radically transforming public transportation in Accra, is set to commence operations next month, with a pilot beginning with one of four routes – Amasaman through Achimota, Circle and the Central Business District at Tudu.

*WE ARE NOT BROKE – GOV’T FUMES*

The Finance Ministry has said allegations that it is incapable of raising funds to pay public workers’ salaries are false after media publication accused government of emptying the accounts of Ministries, Department and Agencies to settle its wage obligations.

*SMES TO BENEFIT FROM $50 MILLION FUND*

About 15 Small and Medium scale Enterprises (SMEs) in Ghana and Ivory Coast are expected to benefit from a 50 million dollar fund by private equity firm Oasis Capital.

*BDCS DEBT PAYMENT PLAN WITH GOVT IN LIMBO?*

Fears of a likely collapse of a number of banks in the country have been reinforced following new revelations that government may not abide by the agreed payment plan to clear debts owed banks by Bulk Oil Distribution Companies (BDCs).

*RAILWAY WORKERS TO DEMONSTRATE AFTER STRIKE*

The Ghana Railway Workers Union has told Citi Business News it will soon hit the streets to press on government pay salary arrears owed to its workers. The union declared a strike yesterday after a meeting with the National Labour Commission (NLC),and the Ministry of Transport proved unproductive.

*COMMERCIAL DRIVERS THREATEN STRIKE OVER BRT SYSTEM*

Some commercial drivers within the Accra metropolis have threatened to embark on strike on Monday, September 19, in protest against the introduction of the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system.

*FUEL PRICES TO REMAIN STABLE – IES*

Prices of fuel products are expected to remain steady in the second fuel pricing window which begins on Friday, September 16, the Principal Research Analyst at the Petroleum Unit of the Institute for Energy Security (IES), Richmond Rockson, has predicted.

*CLAIMS OF APPROVAL OF UNAUTHORISED LOANS AT GCB FALSE*

The GCB Bank has dismissed as complete fabrication, publications that its officials have granted some unauthorized loans to some individuals and companies.

*GOV’T COMMITTED TO PAYING SEPTEMBER SALARIES ON TIME*

Government has assured civil servants about its commitment to pay September salaries on time contrary to reports making the rounds.

*$750M EUROBOND EXPOSES GHANA’S WEAK ECONOMY*

Business Finder’s comparison of Ghana’s debut on the international capital market in 2007 when it raised US$750 million at a cost of 8.50 per cent with the recent Eurobond has revealed a struggling economy.

*INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES*

*IMF PRODS MOZAMBIQUE TO ALLOW AUDIT OF SECRET LOAN COMPANIES*

MF chief Christine Lagarde pressed Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi to allow an independent international audit of companies involved in a loan scandal that forced an IMF and World Bank aid cutoff.

*US ENVOY SAYS LIBYA CENTRAL BANK MUST GET OIL INCOME*

The US envoy to Libya has said Washington will support the resumption of oil exports from the politically divided country if revenues go to the UN-backed unity government.

*NIGERIA ANTI-GRAFT AGENCY EDGES TOWARDS FORMER FIRST LADY*

A top aide of former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan pleaded not guilty Thursday to money laundering charges linked to the former first lady, as he appeared in a Lagos court.

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