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South African protests call on President Zuma to stand down over corruption scandals

Thousands of people have joined rallies in South Africa demanding the resignation of President Zuma after his sacking of a popular minister stoked simmering anger over government corruption and a struggling economy.

Some protesters carried signs reading 'Fire Zuma' while others said they felt the ruling class were more concerned about enriching themselves than dealing with high unemployment, a slowing economy and stubborn racial inequality.

ITV NewsFri, Apr 7, 2017 Fri, Apr 7, 2017

Joshua vs Klitschko: Anthony Joshua ready to 'step up' against Wladimir Klitschko

Anthony Joshua admits it is time for him to "step up" in his career as he prepares to face Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium.

Joshua (18-0 KO18) is preparing to defend his IBF world heavyweight title against Klitschko (64-4 KO53) in front of 90,000 fans on April 29, live on Sky Sports Box Office, with the vacant WBA strap also on the line.

The unbeaten Brit has blown away every opponent put before him and has never been taken beyond the seventh round so far in his career, but faces arguably his toughest test against the two-time world champion. . . .

Sky NewsFri, Apr 7, 2017 Fri, Apr 7, 2017

Akufo-Addo Gov’t Chases 14 Billion Dollars Loan

It is emerging that Ghanaians, will witness more borrowing under the Akufo-Addo government, contrary to its campaign accusation against the John Mahama government and avowed promise not to borrow to fund its projects.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolgatanga Central, Isaac Adongo, has criticized the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) for chasing a loan total of 14 billion dollars with a 15-year repayment timeframe a 19 percent interest rate, saying the Akufo-Addo government is not keeping to its campaign promise of not borrowing to undertake developmental projects.

The HeraldFri, Apr 7, 2017 Fri, Apr 7, 2017

Minority MPs boycott Appointments Committee sittings

Accra, April 5, GNA - Members of the Minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) side on the Appointments Committee of Parliament Wednesday boycotted sittings to vet deputy ministers designate.

They said the Majority had sidestepped an agreement for the House to go on recess on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

Parliament is expected to go on recess by Friday, April 7, but the Appointments Committee will continue vetting the remaining 50 deputy ministers designate.

Ghana News AgencyWed, Apr 5, 2017 Wed, Apr 5, 2017

Policy decisions are anchored on accurate data - Veep

Accra, April 5, GNA - Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Wednesday said policy decisions of the Government were based on accurate data and, therefore, called for adequate investment in data gathering processes that would engender development.

He said without information it would be difficult for the Government to take accurate decisions concerning national priorities.

He said the data produced by various actors must be consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals, match user needs and easily comprehensible.

Ghana News AgencyWed, Apr 5, 2017 Wed, Apr 5, 2017

World Bank to help Ghana solve economic challenges

Accra, April 4, GNA - The World Bank’s Vice President for Africa, Mr Makhtar Diop, has extended the Bank’s support towards addressing Ghana’s numerous economic challenges.

He said the Bank was concerned about “one of the engines in the sub-region” and was determined to help Ghana emerge out of her current situation.

Mr Diop made the commitment when he called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Flagstaff House on Tuesday, in Accra.

Ghana News AgencyTue, Apr 4, 2017 Wed, Apr 5, 2017

Galamsey in Ghana affecting Ivory Coast – Frimpong-Boateng

Ivory Coast’s semi-public water distribution company, SODECI, recently shut down its water treatment plant in the area because of the level of pollution in the Bia River.

Galamsey menace in Ghana

There has been intense pressure on government to end the illegal practice, and save water bodies and the environment from further destruction.

Currently, some water treatment plants in Ghana have been shut down due to the activities of illegal miners, which have rendered water bodies from which the plants harvest water for processing useless.

Citi FMTue, Apr 4, 2017 Tue, Apr 4, 2017

Ghana re-appoint Kwesi Appiah as coach

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has re-appointed Kwesi Appiah as the coach of the Black Stars.

Appiah, who will also take charge of the national team for locally-based players, has been offered a two-year contract to start work 1 May.

He replaces Avram Grant who stepped down as coach after the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

It is a second stint in charge for Appiah, who led the Black Stars from 2012 until 2014.

Since leaving the Black Stars following a poor World Cup campaign, he has been coaching Sudanese side Al Khartoum.

BBC SportsTue, Apr 4, 2017 Tue, Apr 4, 2017

Interior Minister Ambrose Dery, is this police behaviour acceptable to you?

Ghana is a very funny place. Hypocrisy and selfishness have eaten so much into our social fabric that some of us are even ready to assist in our self-destruction!

Currently, a video in the Twi language has gone 'viral' on the Internet, in which a young Ghanaian man is seen warning the Akufo- Addo Government not to carry out its plans to end galamsey.

myjoyonline.comTue, Apr 4, 2017 Tue, Apr 4, 2017

Ghana and Japan sign two grant agreements

Accra, April 1, GNA - Ghana and Japan on Friday, signed two grant agreements totally $ 58.4 million, geared towards the improvement of international corridor roads and sector budget support to promote health service delivery.

The signing of the agreements were initialled for Ghana by Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, while that of Japan was by Mr Kaoru Yoshimura, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan and Mr Koji Makino, the Chief Representative, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Ghana News AgencySat, Apr 1, 2017 Tue, Apr 4, 2017

Her Royal Highness Princess Anne visits Ghana

I am very pleased to announce that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, daughter of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, will visit Ghana from this evening as part of a two-country visit to West Africa that also encompasses Sierra Leone.

This visit, The Princess Royal’s third to Ghana, will celebrate the unique friendship between the UK and Ghana as it marks its 60th Anniversary of Independence. It will also reinforce the strength and depth of our bilateral relations.

myjoyonline.comTue, Apr 4, 2017 Tue, Apr 4, 2017

Rev Jackson Hosts John Mahama

American civil rights activist, Reverend Jesse Jackson on Sunday hosted former President John Dramani Mahama to dinner in Chicago, USA.

The dinner, attended by the Jackson family, afforded the two leaders an opportunity to discuss global issues, promoting peace and justice across the world, and improving the lives of African people.

Tue, Apr 4, 2017 Tue, Apr 4, 2017

Ghana to begin clean fuel importation from July 1

Effective July 1, 2017, petrol and diesel imported into the country will have a maximum sulpur content level of 50 Parts Per Million (ppm), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Hassan Tampuli, has directed.

According to him, NPA had to revise the initial start date of April 1, 2017, mainly to engage Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) to make sure that the State-owned refinery as a national asset is not put at a disadvantage position.

He announced this at the 4th Annual General Meeting of the Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors (CBOD).

Citi FMMon, Mar 27, 2017 Tue, Mar 28, 2017

EU affirms its continuous support to Ghana

The Charge’ d’ Affaires of the European Union in Ghana, Mr Paolo Salvia, has reiterated the commitment of the European Union (EU) to continue its support to Ghana in the area of private sector competitiveness, trade facilitation and fiscal transition.

This, he said, would be done through the regional envelope of the 11th European Development Fund.

Mr Salvia made this remark at the final Steering Committee Meeting of the Trade Related Assistance and Quality Enabling Programme (TRAQUE) in Accra.

Graphic OnlineTue, Mar 28, 2017 Tue, Mar 28, 2017

Focus on rebuilding NDC - Group

Action Movement, a group affiliated to the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has stressed the need to rebuild the party to achieve its objectives for the country.

In so doing, the group is calling for the healing of wounds among the rank and file following the NDC’s 2016 electoral defeat.

It has also called on those campaigning for the 2020 presidential slot of the NDC to cease forthwith and rather concentrate on rebuilding the party to capture political power in the next general election.

Press conference

Graphic OnlineTue, Mar 28, 2017 Tue, Mar 28, 2017

Ghana records over $500m trade surplus in February 2017

New figures from the Bank of Ghana have revealed that Ghana’s total balance of trade for February 2017 recorded a surplus of 573 million dollars.

This is equivalent to 1.3 percent of Gross Domestic Product for the period.

The surplus is an improvement compared to the over 500 million dollars deficit recorded in February 2016.

But the country’s revenue from cocoa for the period dropped by ten percent.

Citi FMTue, Mar 28, 2017 Tue, Mar 28, 2017

We’ll resist attempts to rewrite Ghana’s history – CPP

The National Chairman of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Professor Edmund Delle has vowed that the party will resist any attempt to rewrite the country’s history in a way that discredits Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s significant role in Ghana’s independence struggle.

He said people agitating over the consistent reference to Dr. Kwame Nkrumah as the founder of independent Ghana are only being selective with history.

Citi FMSun, Mar 26, 2017 Mon, Mar 27, 2017

Ghana central bank suprises with interest rate cut to 23.5%

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Financial TimesMon, Mar 27, 2017 Mon, Mar 27, 2017

Pendulum:Heresy In The House Of Oduduwa

Fellow Nigerians, let me take you on historical excursions today. At this unfortunate time that History is not a compulsory subject in our school curriculum, it is pertinent to educate ourselves properly about our dear beloved nation. For those who may not know, Ile-Ife is the ancestral home of all Yoruba people. Please, ignore attempts by all manner of historians attempting to rewrite history. Ile-Ife occupies an eminent space on the world map today, and as far back as I can remember, as being the cradle of Yoruba civilisation, at the very least.

The Boss NewspapersFri, Mar 24, 2017 Sat, Mar 25, 2017

Ghana’s unemployment rate hit 11.9 % in 2015 – Report

Ghana’s unemployment rate stood at 11.9 percent in 2015.

This is according to the latest Ghana Labour Force Survey Report by the Ghana Statistical Service.

This is about twice the figure recorded in 2012/2013 (5.8%) based on the Statistical services strict definition of unemployment – where “one was not working, actively looking for a job and available for work.”

However, the definition has changed for the 2015 studies, was based on a relaxed definition where “one was available for work and not working within the last seven days before an interview.”

Citi FMThu, Mar 23, 2017 Fri, Mar 24, 2017