Politics

Soldiers protecting Galamsey operators – Amewu

Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu

Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu

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The Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu has accused some personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces High command of providing cover for galamsey operators in hard-hit areas.

He alleged the said military command has without authorization, deployed personnel to protect galamsey operators in parts of the Ashanti region where his team is touring.

In an interview with Citi News, John Peter Amewu called for an immediate probe into the matter.


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Any soldier found protecting illegal miners will be dealt with - Defence Minister

Defense Minister, Dominic Nitiwul

Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul has ordered the Chief of Defence Staff to immediately launch investigations into reports that some military officers are providing security for illegal miners.

He said the military has not officially ordered any such acts and the culprits should be made to face the full rigours of the law if found culpable.


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President returns from 3-nation tour

President Akufo-Addo and Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia at the airport after the former’s arrival in Accra. Picture: Samuel Tei Adano

The Director of Communications at the Presidency, Mr Eugene Arhin, has described President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s visit to Senegal, Guinea and Cape Verde as productive.

He said the visit would not only inure to the economic and bilateral benefit of Ghana but also strengthen the resolve for the attainment of the goals of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).


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Eni launches OCTP production, Ghana

Offshore Cape Three Point

Eni has started first production from its Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) project, offshore Ghana.

The project, which comprises the Sankofa Main, Sankofa East and Gye-Nyame fields, about 60km off Ghana, was completed in just two and a half years, and three months ahead of schedule, according to Eni.


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Mahama jets off to India for AfDB meeting

Former President John Mahama

Former President John Mahama

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Former President John Dramani Mahama is in Ahmedabad, India to attend the 52nd Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, according to a statement issued by Joyce Bawah Mogtari, Special Aide to Mr Mahama.

The AfDB, which works to reduce poverty and improve the living conditions of African people, is meeting on the theme ‘Transforming Agriculture for Wealth Creation in Africa.’


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Ghana's debt stock hits GHS127 billion - BoG

Finance Minister, Ofori Atta

Latest economic and financial data released by the Central Bank puts the country's debt stock at GHS127 billion at the end of March this year.

After it met on Friday to review the health of the economy, the data showed that debt has increased from around GHS122 in December 2016 to GHS127 billion.

This represents an increase of GHS5 billion in the debt stock in three months but sources close to government indicate the increase was not as a result of fresh borrowings.


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Ridge Hospital Medical Director at war with Health Minister over dismissal

Ridge Hospital

The Medical Director of the Ridge Hospital says he will not vacate his position hours after he was dismissed by the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu on Wednesday.

Dr Thomas Awuni Naba told Joy News’ Hannah Odame Thursday, the Minister has no right to dismiss him.

“The only person who can terminate my appointment is Ghana Health Council...I still have three years,” he said.

The Health Minister is reported to have dismissed the Medical Director of the Ridge Hospital days to the official opening of the hospital renamed the Greater Accra Regional Hospital.


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Finance Minister sets condition for IMF programme extension

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta says Ghana’s program with the International Monetary Funds (IMF) would only be extended if the country fails to meet all the targets by end of next year.

This is in response to reports that government is currently negotiating with the Fund to extend the program, a development that has been confirmed by World Bank country representative Henry Kerali.

Sources say the push for extension has been influenced by fears that Ghana cannot implement all the needed reforms by April 2018.

World Bank country representative Henry Kerali


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