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Ghana calls for impartial action on all human rights violations

Ghana today (July13, 2016) urged the international community to act impartially in all cases of human rights violations.


"In order to maintain the credibility of the international human rights architecture, we must demonstrate through our actions that every citizen of the world deserves the same level of respect and protection", Ambassador Martha Pobee, Ghana's Permanent Representative to the United Nations stated in her address at the High Level thematic debate of the General Assembly in New York on "UN@70: Human Right at the center of the global agenda".

Fri, Jul 15, 2016 Fri, Jul 15, 2016

Ghana is first to complete mechanisms for African passport – Zuma

Ghanaians would wince, roll their eyes and suck their teeth when they hear Ghana is first of the 54 countries of the African Union (AU) to report back to the AU that it has completed mechanisms for the use of the continental passport proposed by the organisation.

Acquiring a passport in Ghana has become a case of a camel passing through the eye of a needle.

Fri, Jul 15, 2016 Fri, Jul 15, 2016

Nice attack: 50 people 'between life and death', says Hollande

Fifty people injured in the Bastille Day attack in Nice are in a critical condition "between life and death", President Francois Hollande has said.

At least 84 people died, including more than 10 children, after a lorry crushed them along 2km (1.2 miles) of the Promenade des Anglais on Thursday.

The driver, named by sources as French-Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, 31, was shot dead by police.
Guns and a grenade found inside the lorry were reported to be fakes.

President Hollande, who is in Nice, said the attack was of "an undeniable terrorist nature".

BBC News MagazineFri, Jul 15, 2016 Fri, Jul 15, 2016

We eat roads – Mahama tells critics

President John Dramani Mahama has retorted his critics who downplay his social intervention projects, which they say do not bring food to the table.

The commonly criticised project has been road construction, which has incidentally been a trump card of the government.

Reacting to this criticism that ‘we don’t eat roads’, the President in an interview with Radio Savannah on Thursday in the Northern Region, pointed out to the contrary that roads are literally food that can be eaten.

Thu, Jul 14, 2016 Thu, Jul 14, 2016

Government urged to intensify tax education

Accra, July 13, GNA - Nii Ayi Aryeetey, the President of Chartered Institute of Taxation Ghana, has called on government to intensify its tax education drive for all companies and the public for easy understanding and compliance.

He commended the efforts of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in educating the masses on tax issues, but said there was more education to be done since some of the populace were still not abreast with the tax laws.

Ghana News AgencyThu, Jul 14, 2016 Thu, Jul 14, 2016

Theresa May officially appointed British prime minister

* Theresa May is appointed Britain's prime minister by Queen Elizabeth following David Cameron's official resignation on July 13th
* Boris Johnson made foreign secretary, Philip Hammond chancellor

Theresa May has been appointed the UK’s second female Prime Minister in a private audience with the Queen at which she was invited to form a Government.

Thu, Jul 14, 2016 Thu, Jul 14, 2016

Price of commodities June inflation drops marginally to 17.1%

Government statistician, Dr. Philomena Nyarko attributed the drop to non-food inflation such as transport, education, housing, water, electricity and gas which dropped from 25% to 24.1%.

Inflation rate for the month of June this year declined marginally from 18.4 % to17.1%.

Government statistician, Dr. Philomena Nyarko attributed the drop to non-food inflation such as transport, education, housing, water, electricity and gas which dropped from 25% to 24.1%.

Wed, Jul 13, 2016 Wed, Jul 13, 2016

Sex-for-job comment: Parliament will summon Agyapong – MP

The leadership of parliament will summon the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong over his sex-for-job allegations against the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), in due course, Deputy Majority Leader Alfred Agbesi has revealed.

“Honourable Kennedy Agyapong is a Member of Parliament, and for that matter, we are in a certain environment governed by rules and regulations. Definitely leadership is going to call him and hear his side and how he feels about what he is doing,” he disclosed.

Class FM OnlineTue, Jul 12, 2016 Wed, Jul 13, 2016

Stakeholders support November 7 voting date

Accra, July 12, GNA - Political actors and stakeholders on Monday conveyed varied opinions on the proposed date for this year’s general election, questioning the Electoral Commission’s (EC) readiness to conduct the polls.

Though majority of them agreed to the new set day of November 7, they were worried that the EC does not have enough time and might to get the necessary funding to undertake the processes, leading to the elections, considering its nearness.

Ghana News AgencyTue, Jul 12, 2016 Wed, Jul 13, 2016

EC sets July 18 for re-registration of deleted NHIS registrants

The Electoral Commission has set Monday, July 18 for the re-registration of National Health Insurance (NHIS) registrants whose names have been deleted from the register.

The Director of Electoral Services at the Commission says the exercise will last for ten days.

The EC on Tuesday announced it has deleted 56,772 names of persons who registered with the NHIS cards from the voters’ register in compliance with a Supreme Court order.

Wed, Jul 13, 2016 Wed, Jul 13, 2016

KMA Chief executive resigns

Kumasi, July 12, GNA – The Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Kojo Bonsu, has announced his resignation.

This comes amid strained relations between him and the Kumasi Traditional Council (KTC).

Mr Bonsu, in a signed statement, said he had communicated his decision to the President.

He thanked President John Dramani Mahama for giving him the opportunity to serve his country.

He also expressed appreciation to the Asantehene, the KTC, staff of the Assembly and the people for their support and cooperation.

Wed, Jul 13, 2016 Wed, Jul 13, 2016

Minority urges President to appoint substantive Power Minister

Accra, July 12, GNA - The Minority in Parliament on Tuesday urged President John Dramani Mahama, as a matter of urgency, to appoint a substantive Power Minister to effectively manage the energy challenges of the country.

They said the Ministry is important to the functioning of all critical sectors of the economy and therefore demanded that should be a competent hand to direct its affairs to mitigate the effects of debilitating power issue.

Ghana News AgencyWed, Jul 13, 2016 Wed, Jul 13, 2016

Inflation declines to 18.4 percent in June

The Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) for June, declined marginally to 18.4% from 18.9% in May 2016

The monthly change rate was 1.3% in June 2016 compared to 1.1% recorded in May this year. According to the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), food inflation went up to 8.6% in June compared to 8.5% in May 2016.

The non food inflation rate however declined from 25 to 24.1 percent between the one month period.

Meanwhile, the inflation rate for imported items increased to 27.1% in June, from the 18.5 percent recorded in May 2016.

Citi FMWed, Jul 13, 2016 Wed, Jul 13, 2016

EC to publish plan to delete 56,000 NHIS voters

The Electoral Commission has said it will outline how it plans to delete the names of the 56,000 voters whose names were captured on the voters’ register, using the National Health Insurance Scheme card as proof of Ghanaian citizenship.

“The Commission is taking the appropriate steps to comply with the Court’s directives and would make same public in the coming week,” a statement signed by Georgina Opoku Amankwaa, Deputy Chairperson at the EC said.

Citi FMFri, Jul 8, 2016 Sun, Jul 10, 2016

ICT must drive nation towards prosperity – Asantehene

Kumasi, July 9, GNA - Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, has advised the citizenry, particularly the youth, to explore opportunities provided through the advancement in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for self-development.

“ICT must become the carrier of an expanded educational system that makes it possible for learners to acquire the skills needed to function in the global economy,” he said.

Ghana News AgencySat, Jul 9, 2016 Sun, Jul 10, 2016

GCNET pays GH¢25m in dividends to government

The Ghana Community Network Services Limited (GCNET) has presented a total of 25 million cedis in dividends for 2015, to the government of Ghana for its share in the company.

The payment was concluded when the company presented a 10 million cedis interim dividend cheque to the Ministry of Finance on Friday.

Citi FMSat, Jul 9, 2016 Sun, Jul 10, 2016

President Mahama calls on BRRI to support construction industry

Kumasi, July 9, GNA - President John Dramani Mahama on Saturday advised the Building and Road Research Institute (BRRI) of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research to partner stakeholders in construction to ensure quality roads and other development projects.

He said the BRRI, which was established years ago at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to facilitate the construction of quality roads and other projects, had the expertise to transform the construction industry and allay the fears of Ghanaians on poor road works.

Ghana News AgencySat, Jul 9, 2016 Sun, Jul 10, 2016

Election 2016: MPs divided over new CI which seeks to abolish no-verification no-vote clause

This implies that whilst the CI 75 made explicit instructions for all voters to be verified before voting, which triggered the catch phrase “no verification no vote”, the new document requires all party agents to agree before a voter, who could not be verified, would be allowed to vote.

Some minority Members of Parliament are demanding the withdrawal of a new Electoral Commission Constitutional Instrument (CI) which seeks to indemnify its presiding officers from any form of punishment or prosecution.

Sat, Jul 9, 2016 Sat, Jul 9, 2016

EPA Must Check Operations Of PFC

Tema, July 8, GNA - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been called upon to urgently check and monitor the production of fish meal by the Pioneer Food Cannery Limited (PFC).

Nii Odametey II, Chief Fisherman of Tema Awudum, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the company's fish meal production was emitting an unbearable stench in the town especially the European Market located near the PFC.

Nii Odametey stated that the stench was so powerful that traders at the market sometimes throw up while buyers have refused to patronize their wares.

Ghana News AgencySat, Jul 9, 2016 Sat, Jul 9, 2016

Ghana Begins Visa On Arrival For African Union Nationals

Ghana has started a visa-on-arrival scheme at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) for all African Union Nationals whose countries do not have a visa-free agreement with the country, the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has said in Accra.

“All AU nationals affected by the policy who arrive in the country must have a passport, valid for at least three months from the date of entry; they must have a return ticket or evidence of onward travel; they must show evidence of sufficient funds and proof of accommodation before they are granted visas.

Ghana News AgencySat, Jul 9, 2016 Sat, Jul 9, 2016