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CHINESE AMBASSADOR CALLS ON INFORMATION MINISTER

The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Sun Baohong, has assured the Government of Ghana of that country’s commitment to the strengthening of bilateral relations between Ghana and China.

Her Excellency Ms Baohong noted that Ghana was the second sub-Saharan Africa to establish diplomatic relations with China, the first to receive China and that 5,000 Ghanaian students were, currently, studying in China.

She was speaking during a courtesy call on the Minister for Information, Mr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid in Accra.

Government of GhanaThu, May 11, 2017 Thu, May 11, 2017

Gov’t releases feeding grant for SHSs

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.

Citi FMWed, May 10, 2017 Wed, May 10, 2017

Govt fights punitive cost of remitting money

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.

Graphic OnlineTue, May 9, 2017 Tue, May 9, 2017

Over 70 SHS in northern Ghana postpone reopening

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.

myjoyonline.comTue, May 9, 2017 Tue, May 9, 2017

World Bank confirms discussions to extend Ghana’s IMF programme

World Bank Country Director Henry Kerali has confirmed the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is in discussions with Ghana over extension of the Fund program.

This confirms earlier reports by JOYBUSINESS that government is likely to extend the fund program which should have ended in April 2018.

The move JOYBUSINESS understands has been influenced by IMF’s concerns that Ghana may not be able to implement the critical reforms before the original completion date of April 2018.

myjoyonline.comTue, May 9, 2017 Tue, May 9, 2017

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

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.

Citi FMTue, May 9, 2017 Tue, May 9, 2017

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

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.

Graphic OnlineTue, May 9, 2017 Tue, May 9, 2017

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

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.”

myjoyonline.comSat, May 6, 2017 Sun, May 7, 2017

Ghana is a good test for US — 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.

Graphic OnlineFri, May 5, 2017 Fri, May 5, 2017

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.

Graphic OnlineFri, May 5, 2017 Fri, May 5, 2017

Mahama opens Obasanjo Centre for Governance in Abuja

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.

Graphic OnlineWed, May 3, 2017 Thu, May 4, 2017

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

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.

Graphic OnlineWed, May 3, 2017 Thu, May 4, 2017

Nationwide blackout: Power expected by 10am

The Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) has given assurance that power will be restored across the country by 10am.

A statement signed by the Head of Public Relations, Albert Kwesi Quainoo said Wednesday night’s nationwide blackout was a result of a surge that resulted in a shutdown of generators in the power system.

The statement noted that details of the cause of the outage would be communicated on the completion of preliminary investigations.

Graphic OnlineThu, May 4, 2017 Thu, May 4, 2017

Akufo-Addo wants Ghana-Togo borders open 24hrs

President Nana Akufo-Addo is advocating a 24-hour opening of the Ghana and Togo borders in a bid which he said will boost trade and tourism between the countries.

He said the opening of the borders will give true meaning to the ECOWAS Protocols on Free Movement of Goods and Persons and will spur on progress and prosperity for both nationals.

The President said it will ensure that the peoples of the two nations reap the economic benefits thereof.

myjoyonline.comThu, May 4, 2017 Thu, May 4, 2017

So-called ‘ghost names’ contain 13,800 of our members – NAGRAT

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) is raising red flags about the authenticity of the over 26,589 ghost names government said have been removed on the payroll.

NAGRAT President, Christian Adai Poku told Evans Mensah on Joy FM’s Newsnite Wednesday, a total of 13,800 members of the Association have been captured in the supposed list of ghost names.

He said NAGRAT had anticipated the challenge but thought the Finance Ministry would have taken steps to rectify any outstanding anomalies.

NAGRAT President, Christian Adai Poku

myjoyonline.comWed, May 3, 2017 Thu, May 4, 2017

Labour unions question gov't's 'ghost names'

Labour unions including the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) have questioned Government’s claim that it has saved millions of cedis by cleaning the public payroll and removing ghost names.

Their scepticism follows complaints by some of their members whose names have been mistakenly removed from the payroll.

The GMA, for instance, say the exercise has been riddled with errors.

myjoyonline.comWed, May 3, 2017 Wed, May 3, 2017

Ghana on the verge of petroleum crisis; gov't warned

The Association of Oil Marketing Companies (AOMCs) has called on the government to regulate the growing activities of black market petroleum dealers which it says are pushing Ghana towards a petroleum crisis.

“Given the gravity of Petroleum Black Market dealers, we members of the AOMCs give the government 48 hours to bring this menace to an end.

myjoyonline.comTue, May 2, 2017 Wed, May 3, 2017

Akufo-Addo visits Togo, Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire this week

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday left Ghana for Togo as part of a series of visits to Ghana’s three neighouring countries this week.

A statement issued by Mr Eugene Arhin, Director of Communications at the presidency, said the visit was to afford the President the opportunity to formally introduce himself as the new Ghanaian leader to the governments and people of the neighbouring countries.

The visit is also to enable the President explore and deepen bilateral relations with them, and reiterate Ghana’s full commitment to the ECOWAS project.

Graphic OnlineTue, May 2, 2017 Wed, May 3, 2017

Ghana to face USA in July 1 friendly

The Black Stars will play against the United States in an international friendly on July 1 at the Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Connecticut.

The match forms part of the United States’ preparations for their hosting of the Gold Cup tournament which starts on July 7.

The match was announced by the United States Soccer Federation in April but the choice of venue was confirmed on May 1.
US coach Bruce Arena says that the Black Stars will give them needed test ahead of the tournament.

Citi FMTue, May 2, 2017 Tue, May 2, 2017

Adopt productive attitudes during work hours - Akufo-Addo

The President, Nana Akufo-Addo has asked all workers to adopt productive work attitudes in order to fast-track Ghana's development.

Akufo-Adoo during his May Day address today (May 1) at the Independence Square lamented how a section of the Ghanaian workforce after arriving at work every day spend the first hour at work praying and tardying about instead of working.

The President noted that such workers often displayed gross disrespect towards their employers and work hours.

Graphic OnlineMon, May 1, 2017 Mon, May 1, 2017