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Ofori-Atta breached processes in issuance of $2.25bn bond – CHRAJ

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has found that the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, breached certain processes in the issuance of the government’s $2.25bn bond earlier this year.

CHRAJ, in its investigation of a conflict of interest allegation leveled against Ken Ofori Atta by a known member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Brogya Genfi, said although it found no concrete evidence on conflict of interest against the Minister, he [Ken Ofori-Atta] breached several procedures.

Citi FMFri, Dec 29, 2017 Fri, Dec 29, 2017

Former President Mahama appeals for peace in Liberia

Accra, Dec 26, GNA - Former President John Dramani Mahama, Head of ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to Liberia has met two candidates with a call on them to exhibit maximum collaboration for peaceful and credible elections.

He reiterated at separate meetings with the presidential flag-bearers, who emerged from the inconclusive first round balloting of 10th October that “As I have always said, the responsibility for a successful election is the primary responsibility of the citizens of a country international observers only facilitate the process.”

Ghana News AgencyTue, Dec 26, 2017 Fri, Dec 29, 2017

Government to vet small-scale miners soon

Accra, Dec. 28, GNA - Government would from next year vet all small-scale miners across the country to regularise and monitor their activities.

The move would ensure that small-scale mining is done in a responsible, environmentally-friendly and sustainable manner.

This was disclosed by the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the commissioning of the Secretariat for the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) at Cantonments in Acccra.

Ghana News AgencyThu, Dec 28, 2017 Fri, Dec 29, 2017

Nana Addo commends George Weah, Boakai for peaceful polls

President Nana Addo has congratulated former footballer, George Weah on his election as Liberia’s President.

Mr. Weah beat his opponent Joseph Boakai with more than 60% of the votes in Tuesday’s run-off election.

While expressing the hope that the just ended polls will lead to an improvement of living standards of Liberians, the President observed that the election had also “strengthened the frontiers of democracy in Liberia”

Citi FMFri, Dec 29, 2017 Fri, Dec 29, 2017

Two NDC MPs ask Supreme Court to define "total revenue of Ghana"

Two NDC MPs have proceeded to the Supreme Court, suspecting the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, is manipulating funds set aside for district assemblies.

The MPs; Benjamin Kpodo of Ho Central and Richard Quashigah of Keta, say the District Assemblies are by law entitled to 5% of total government revenue.

myjoyonline.comFri, Dec 29, 2017 Fri, Dec 29, 2017

Corruption Trial Not For Political Gains – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated that trial of state officials suspected to have been involved in corrupt activities is not politically motivated.

The president’s comment comes after a former board chairman of the National Communication Authority (NCA) under the Mahama administration Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie and four others were arraigned in an Accra Commercial High Court last week for wilfully causing financial loss to the State.

The five have also been slapped with 16 other charges.

Starr FM OnlineThu, Dec 28, 2017 Thu, Dec 28, 2017

Galamsey Fight Entering A New Phase – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo Addo has charged the ten (10) member inter-ministerial committee on Environment and Natural Resources to effectively participate in the fight against illegal mining.

He made this call Thursday December 28 at a ceremony to commission the secretariat for the Inter-ministerial committee on illegal mining.

Starr FM OnlineThu, Dec 28, 2017 Thu, Dec 28, 2017

US govt pleased with ECG ‘privatization’ processes so far – Ambassador

The US Government has told Citi Business News everything is on track for the private sector participation in the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) under the Power Compact II agreement.

Currently, the six shortlisted companies are evaluating the assets of the ECG to guide further decision making on the move. Ghana is in an agreement with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of the USA for a funding support of about 500 million dollars to turnaround the fortunes of the power distribution company.

Citi FMSat, Jul 1, 2017 Sat, Jul 1, 2017

US commits to doubling trade volumes with Ghana

The American government says it is committed to double its trade volumes with Ghana via continuous investments to add value to Ghana’s exports.

The US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson explains that this should increase Ghana’s trade volume with the US from the current 1.2 billion dollars to 2.4 billion dollars.

Mr. Jackson made the remarks at a ceremony to commemorate USA’s 241st Independence Celebration in Accra on Thursday, June 29th, 2017.

Citi FMFri, Jun 30, 2017 Sat, Jul 1, 2017

NPP didn’t win 2016 elections, NDC lost – Capt.(retd) Asase Gyimah

A leading member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has offered a fascinating assessment of the 2016 general elections, blaming the party’s poor performance at the polls on indignant supporters.

Naval Captain (Retired) Asase Gyimah suggests that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) did not win the elections based on the popular appeal of then opposition party’s campaign messages, but due to NDC’s internal challenges.

myjoyonline.comThu, Jun 29, 2017 Thu, Jun 29, 2017

Expansion of electoral college cost NDC 2016 – Alex Segbefia

Former Health Minister in the erstwhile National Democratic Congress government, Alex Segbefia says the decision by the party leadership to expand its electoral college, is partly to blame for the embarrassing defeat the party suffered in the 2016 elections.

The NDC with sitting President John Mahama lost massively in both the presidential and parliamentary elections held on December 7.

Nana Akufo-Addo the then opposition leader secured a resounding one-touch victory by polling 53.85% of total valid votes cast against incumbent John Dramani Mahama who managed 44.40%.

myjoyonline.comMon, May 29, 2017 Tue, Jun 27, 2017

Mahama appointees cause of 2016 defeat – Nana Ato Dadzie

Former Chief of Staff, Nana Ato Dadzie says the opposition National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) lost the 2016 elections because appointees of former President John Mahama failed him.

The NDC led then by incumbent John Mahama unexpectedly lost the presidential and parliamentary elections held on December 7, 2016 after polling just 44.40 percent.

Then opposition leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recorded a stunning 53.85 percent of the total valid votes cast to win the election.

myjoyonline.comMon, Jun 26, 2017 Tue, Jun 27, 2017

President Akufo-Addo leaves for 3-day official visit to Zambia

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, left Ghana, on Monday, 26th June, 2017, for a 3-day official, State Visit to the Republic of Zambia, at the invitation of its President, His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu.

President Akufo-Addo will hold bilateral talks with President Edgar Lungu, aimed at deepening the bilateral ties between the two countries, as well as exploring other areas of co-operation to the mutual benefit of the two peoples.

myjoyonline.comMon, Jun 26, 2017 Tue, Jun 27, 2017

Accra mayor rallies support for ‘cleanest city’ agenda

Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Chief Executive Mohammed Adjei Sowah has rallied assembly members and other stakeholders to support the agenda of the assembly to make the President’s declaration of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa a reality.

He said achieving that mission required a huge change in policy, action plans, enforcement mechanisms and attitudes.

He made the call in his first sessional address to the assembly in Accra last Thursday.

Graphic OnlineTue, Jun 27, 2017 Tue, Jun 27, 2017


ACCRA/ABIDJAN, June 26 (Reuters) - Up to 80,000 tonnes of cocoa beans have been smuggled into Ghana from neighbouring Ivory Coast since the start of April, as Ivorian growers take advantage of higher prices in the neighbouring country, exporters said on Monday.

Further trafficking is expected to inflate Ghanaian output from its 11-week light cocoa crop, which opened on June 9.

MailonlineTue, Jun 27, 2017 Tue, Jun 27, 2017

Mahama's Gitmo 2 deal didn't need parliamentary approval - NPP uses NDC argument

After castigating the then NDC government for failing to bring a diplomatic deal to parliament, the NPP, now in power, has argued the agreement to bring in two former terror suspects didn't need parliamentary approval.

Supreme Court orders after the deal landed on the bench shows, the NPP government has done a u-turn.

It has employed the same argument constructed by the NDC after some private citizens sued the Mahama government for entertaining the former suspects in Ghana.

myjoyonline.comSun, Jun 25, 2017 Sun, Jun 25, 2017

Gov’t to engage US Embassy over Ex-Prez, MPs privileges withdrawal

Government says it will do all it can to reverse a decision by the United States Embassy, to withdraw some privileges extended to former Presidents in the country.

Deputy Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the Foreign Affairs Ministry is yet to engage the Embassy for further details since the Ambassador did not make the pronouncement during a meeting with the Ministry but rather, at a meeting with Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.

myjoyonline.comFri, Jun 23, 2017 Sat, Jun 24, 2017

South Africa's Sanlam sells stake in Ghana's Enterprise insurance business

South Africa's largest insurer Sanlam Ltd has sold its stake in Ghanaian holding company Enterprise Group's insurance business for $130 million but will retain a presence in the country, Sanlam said on Friday.

Sanlam Emerging Markets (SEM), a subsidiary of the Sanlam Group, acquired the 40 percent stake in Enterprise Insurance in 2014.

ReutersFri, Jun 23, 2017 Sat, Jun 24, 2017

Brexit talks 'will not consume EU', Angela Merkel warns Britain

EU leaders dismiss Theresa May’s offer on citizens’ rights as inadequate while summit seeks to focus on terrorism and defence

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has warned Theresa May that the EU will not allow itself to be consumed by the Brexit negotiations, as the British prime minister’s offer on citizens’ rights was dismissed by Europe’s leaders as vague and inadequate.

The GuardianFri, Jun 23, 2017 Fri, Jun 23, 2017

NEW EVIDENCE: This is The True Reason Gaddafi Was Murdered, Not For Humanitarian Reasons

The recent Hillary Clinton email leaks have opened a can of worms everywhere including in Africa. Wikileaks released an unclassified U.S. Department of State document emailed to Clinton, dated April 2, 2011.

Sidney Blumenthal, the sender of the email confirmed what the world already suspected, Gaddafi was not killed for humanitarian purposes but for the oil and for money. His ideas of an African gold-backed currency were his major undoing.

HOW AFRICAThu, Jun 22, 2017 Thu, Jun 22, 2017