Politics

Gov’t releases feeding grant for SHSs

SHS Students

The government has released an amount of over one hundred million Ghana Cedis for the payment of feeding grants for second cycle institutions.

The amount covers feeding arrears for about two out of the four outstanding terms.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Finance, the government is processing the claims for the other outstanding arrears for the two terms in question.

The non-payment of the arrears has affected the re-opening of most senior high schools especially in the three regions of the North.


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Govt fights punitive cost of remitting money

Finance Minister, Mr Ken Ofori-Attah

The Ministry of Finance is hopeful that a US$2.6 million Remittance Grant Facility (RGF) secured from the Switzerland government will help bring down the cost of remitting money to the country from the current 12 per cent of every US$200 remitted to five per cent.

The reduction is needed to motivate more Ghanaian residents abroad to use the formal means in sending money back to their families and loved ones.


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Over 70 SHS in northern Ghana postpone reopening

Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh.

Senior High Schools in the three northern regions have delayed reopening indefinitely, JoyNews has learnt.

The three regions together have a total of 72 Senior High Schools that are managed by the Ghana Education Service.

The Heads say government’s failure to reimburse the outstanding feeding grants for four academic calendars, necessitated the action because they were hugely indebted to their suppliers.


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Ghana to borrow $1.3bn for 2017/2018 cocoa purchases

Cocoa Farmers breaking cocoa bods

Government has defended its decision to reduce the syndicated loan for cocoa beans purchases for the 2017/2018 crop season, by about 28 percent.

The country will be seeking 1.3 billion dollars from its lenders for cocoa purchases for the next crop season which starts in October 2017.

This amount is lower compared to the 1.8 billion dollars the country secured last year.

Deputy Agric Minister, William Kwaitoo explains to Citi Business News the move is to avert high losses associated with the declining global prices of cocoa.


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Explosion at Takoradi leaves more than 100 injured (video & photos)

A fire tender arriving at the scene of the explosion

A total of about 100 people were said to have been injured after a gas explosion at a company in Sekondi-Takoradi Tuesday morning.

Ghumco, a utensils manufacturing company was said to be receiving liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from a tanker when the explosion occurred.

The tanker split into two, flipped over and landed in a wetland close by.


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Ghana, Cote D'Ivoire to sign 'agreement for strategic partnership'

President Nana Akufo-Addo meets with Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara.

President Nana Akufo-Addo meets with Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara.

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President Nana Akufo-Addo has revealed that close co-operation between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire will be facilitated by a new initiative dubbed “An Agreement For a Strategic Partnership”, that will be signed by the two countries.

This agreement, according to President Akufo-Addo, will bind Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire “in even closer intimacy and go beyond the bounds of the concept of the Permanent Joint Commission, which is the conventional tool for co-operation.”


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Ghana is a good test for US — Bruce Arena

Bruce Arena

The United States have now confirmed an international friendly with Ghana in July in preparation for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup which takes place across the United States from July 6-21.

The United States, who beat Ghana 2-1 in the opening group game of the Brazil 2014 World Cup, will play Ghana for the first time on Ghana's Republic Day on July 1 at the Pratt and Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Connecticut, a week before they open their 2017 Gold Cup campaign against Panama on July 8.


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Ghana, Burkina Faso pledge to strengthen bilateral ties

Ghana, Burkina Faso pledge to strengthen bilateral ties

The governments of Ghana and Burkina Faso have pledged to work towards strengthening the ties of co-operation that exist between them, after the Presidents of the two countries expressed satisfaction with the current state of the relations between them.

In a joint communiqué issued at the end of the 2-day official visit to Burkina Faso by President Akufo-Addo, it was resolved that the two countries reinforce their co-operation in the areas of railway transport, road transport, agriculture, water, security, trade, works and housing and energy.


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Mahama opens Obasanjo Centre for Governance in Abuja

Former President John Dramani Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday chaired a ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria, to inaugurate the Olusegun Obasanjo Centre for Good Governance and Development at the National Open University of Nigeria.

A statement from the office of Mr Mahama said the ceremony, which was also attended by a former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mukhtar, was an opportunity to honour the former Nigerian President for his commitment and contribution to the promotion of education in Nigeria.


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Gov't committed to passing Right to Information Bill - Hamid

Adwoa Sarfo, Deputy Majority Speaker of Parliament and Minister of State at the Presidency in charge of Public Procurement

Government is committed to the passage of the Right to Information (RTI) Bill and that before the end of this year, it will be passed into Law, the Information Minister, Mr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid has said.

Speaking at this year’s World Press Freedom Day at the Ghana International Press Centre in Accra on Wednesday, Mr Hamid said the bill will be placed before Parliament when it resumes sitting.


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