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Court adjourns secessionists’ case

Ho, March 14, GNA - A Ho High Court presided over by Justice Nicholas Charles Agbevor on Tuesday adjourned the treason case involving leaders of the Homeland Study Group Foundation, a secessionist group in the Volta Region to April 11.

Mr Moses Asampoa, the State Attorney said considering the seriousness of the case, one week was too short to conclude investigations and prayed the court for a date for the police to complete investigations for an informed decision.

Ghana News AgencyTue, Mar 14, 2017 Wed, Mar 15, 2017

Ghana Economic Outlook conference slated for March 22

The Ghana Economic Outlook and Business Strategy (EOBS) conference is scheduled to take place on March 22 this year. The annual event will be held on the theme: “Unlocking Ghana's Economic Potential with Mobile Money and Payment System,” by the Africa Business Media (ABM) and supported by dozens of corporate institutions.

It is aimed at exploring ideas and suggestions from both the government and private sector to address Ghana’s mobile money, financial inclusion and electronic payment system as part of efforts to promote and sustain the growth of the Ghanaian financial system.

Graphic OnlineSat, Mar 11, 2017 Sat, Mar 11, 2017

President nominates MCEs, appoints presidential staffer

Accra, March 10, GNA - President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Friday nominated four personalities for appointment as metropolitan chief executives.

They are Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah, Accra Metroplitian Assembly, Mr Idrrisu Musah, Tamale Metropolitan Assembly, Mr Anthony K.K. Sam, Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, and Mr Osei Assibey Antwi, Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly.

Their appointment is subject to the approval of their respective assemblies, a statement issued from the Office of the President, said.

Ghana News AgencyFri, Mar 10, 2017 Sat, Mar 11, 2017

Hedging Ghana’s crude oil could be dangerous – Dr. Manteaw

An outspoken member of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC), Dr. Steve Manteaw has cautioned Ghana’s crude oil managers against hedging the product at the international markets.

He explained that the risks associated with such practice could shortchange the nation’s petroleum revenue.

He thus called for a price stabilization mechanism in tandem with transparency provisions enshrined in the nation’s petroleum laws.

Citi FMSat, Mar 11, 2017 Sat, Mar 11, 2017

Banking crisis to hit Ghana

There is a looming banking crisis in Ghana, unless the government and central bank take the right steps and decisions, following economic decline by the end of 2016.

The ratings agency, Moody’s issued a report in February 2017, indicating that Ghana banks in addition to the problems of non-performing loans, are facing high asset risks.

Moody’s pointed out that the banks are facing these risks, despite solid capital buffers, stable funding and an economic recovery expected in the country.

Ghana Business NewsFri, Mar 10, 2017 Sat, Mar 11, 2017

EXIM Bank gets new CEO

President Nana Akufo Addo has appointed Mr. Lawrence Agyinsam as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Export Import (EXIM) Bank.

His appointment is however pending receipt of the constitutionally required advice of the governing board of the Bank and in consultation with the Public Services Commission.

A letter signed by President Akufo Addo on the appointment said, “Pursuant to Section 18 (1) of the Ghana Export-Import Bank Act, 2006 (ACT 911), I hereby appoint you to act as the CEO of the Ghana Export Import Bank.”

Citi FMSat, Mar 11, 2017 Sat, Mar 11, 2017

‘A politician who doesn’t generate controversy is dull’ – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has described as “expected” the controversy generated by his 60th-anniversary speech delivered Monday.

He argued a political figure who does not incite debates with his actions or speeches is an uninteresting one.

“Everything I say...ended up in controversy but that’s how it should be,” he told a gathering at the Ghana Unity Ball on Thursday.

myjoyonline.comFri, Mar 10, 2017 Sat, Mar 11, 2017

Article 50 'could be triggered on Tuesday' if Brexit bill passes

Theresa May could trigger article 50, the formal process for leaving the European Union, as early as Tuesday if the Brexit bill passes late on Monday, government sources say.

The legislation, which passed through the House of Commons unamended, is due to be debated by MPs on Monday. They will have to decide whether to accept a pair of amendments added by peers – on the rights of European Union citizens and granting parliament a meaningful vote at the end of the process.

The GuardianFri, Mar 10, 2017 Sat, Mar 11, 2017

NPP will “choke under lies, propaganda” – NDC MP

National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Bolga Central, Isaac Adongo, has said the NDC will emerge much stronger in 2020, despite its painful defeat in the 2016 general elections.

According to him, not even the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) “lies and propaganda” can sustain the electorates’ interest and confidence in the party in the 2020 elections.

Citi FMSat, Mar 11, 2017 Sat, Mar 11, 2017

World faces greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945, UN warns

The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the UN was founded in 1945, with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation and famine, the UN humanitarian chief has said.

Stephen O'Brien told the UN Security Council that "without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death" and "many more will suffer and die from disease."

He urged an immediate injection of funds for Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northeast Nigeria plus safe and unimpeded access for humanitarian aid "to avert a catastrophe."

The IndependentSat, Mar 11, 2017 Sat, Mar 11, 2017

Full text of President Akufo-Addo’s Independence Day Address

Accra, March 6, GNA - Ghana on Monday marked its 60th Independence Anniversary with a parade of security services and students at the Black Star Square in Accra.

The Ghana News Agency hereby submits the full text of the speech delivered by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the occasion.

SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC, NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO, ON THE OCCASION OF THE 60TH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, AT THE INDEPENDENCE SQUARE, ON MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017

Ghana News AgencyMon, Mar 6, 2017 Tue, Mar 7, 2017

Sixty years on - the vision of Ghana News Agency revisited

Accra, March 5, GNA - On the occasion of Ghana News Agency’s 60th Anniversary, we submit here the speech delivered by Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s First President, as we go down memory lane to reflect the vision of the Agency.

SPEECH DELIVERED BY OSAGYEFO THE PRESIDENT AT THE FORMAL OPENING OF NEW OFFICE BUILDING FOR GHANA NEWS AGENCY - 18TH SEPTEMBER, 1965

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Ghana News AgencySun, Mar 5, 2017 Tue, Mar 7, 2017

Unpaid teachers threaten to boycott classes

A group of teachers known as the Coalition of Newly Recruited Graduate Teachers of Ghana have threatened to boycott classes over the non-payment of their salaries.

The group, which comprises Science, Mathematics, English and Geography teachers in various Senior High Schools in the country say government has not paid their salaries over the last seven months.

A statement issued by the group and copied to citifmonline.com said they had gone through the necessary procedures to ensure their payments are made, however, the money has not been forthcoming.

Citi FMTue, Mar 7, 2017 Tue, Mar 7, 2017

Apostolic Nunciature marks 40 years’ diplomatic relations with Ghana.

The Apostolic Nunciature in Ghana last Friday held a reception to commemorate its 40 years of diplomatic relations with Ghana.

In attendance were members of the Diplomatic Corps, former President Jerry John John Rawlings and his wife, Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings, traditional rulers, as well as Papal knights and dames.

The Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Mr Samuel Kofi Dzamesi, represented the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Graphic OnlineMon, Mar 6, 2017 Tue, Mar 7, 2017

Ghana Mulls Doubling Capacity of Planned Second Oil Refinery

The operator of Ghana’s sole oil refinery said the planned capacity of a proposed second plant could be doubled as the West African nation targets exports to neighboring countries.

Tema Oil Refinery will complete studies next year to build a 200,000 barrel-a-day plant in the port city, 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of the capital, Accra, Managing Director Isaac Osei said in an interview. Output at the existing 45,000 barrel-a-day plant has been slashed by an explosion at its crude distillation unit in January.

BloombergTue, Mar 7, 2017 Tue, Mar 7, 2017

France, Ghana moving forward together

The French Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Francois Pujolas, has congratulated the government and people of Ghana on the occasion of the celebration of the country’s 60th independence anniversary which falls today and said the day also marks 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

He said France and Ghana had cooperated along various areas and would further deepen the friendship in such areas as economic/trade which must be sustainable, security/terrorism, climate change, culture/language, tourism, educational and health, among others.

Graphic OnlineMon, Mar 6, 2017 Tue, Mar 7, 2017

Ghana At 60: Then And Now

As Ghana celebrates its 60th year of independence from British colonial rule, Jerome Conway takes a brief look at the country's history.

THE EARLIEST humans in the west Africa region were hunter-gatherers. Groups then began settling in small communities with the development of agriculture and animal- rearing. Around AD1000, larger population centres formed.

By the time the Portuguese arrived in the 15th century, they found large African kingdoms already established.

The VoiceMon, Mar 6, 2017 Tue, Mar 7, 2017

Accra at 60: concrete heads and colonial questions in Ghana's capital

On this day 60 years ago, many of Ghana’s workers were given the day off. They flocked to central Accra, a city originally settled in the 15th century, to hear Kwame Nkrumah declare independence. Today, only parts of Nkrumah’s Accra remain – while rapid expansion and development is reshaping the city in ways that are causing excitement but also concern.

The GuardianMon, Mar 6, 2017 Tue, Mar 7, 2017

Nana Addo’s 1st state of the nation address [Full Text]

President Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, presented his first state of the nation address to Parliament in accordance with Article 67 of the Constitution.

The President touched on issues ranging from the economy, education, health and energy among others.

Despite painting a gloomy picture of the economy as bequeathed to him from the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC), the President said he would ensure that the Ghanaian economy does not collapse under his watch.

Read full text below

Citi FMTue, Feb 21, 2017 Wed, Feb 22, 2017

President Akufo- Addo’s address attracts mixed reactions

Accra, Feb 21, GNA - The maiden State of the Nation Address, delivered by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to Parliament, on Tuesday, in Accra has attracted mixed reactions.

While some on the side of the Majority praised the President for a brilliant, inspiring and hopeful delivery, some on the Minority criticised the address, describing as lacking substance, and rather a repetition of old ideas.

The delivery of the State of the Nation Address is in fulfilment of a constitutional requirement for the President to address Parliament at the beginning of a new session.

Ghana News AgencyTue, Feb 21, 2017 Wed, Feb 22, 2017