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2017 Budget failed to set social protection targets - SEND Ghana

Civil Society Organisation, SEND Ghana has faulted the government over its inability to clearly state its targets for social protections issues, especially child protection and welfare in the 2017 budget.

The group explained that although expenditure allocation to the sector Ministry - the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection- increased by about 416 per cent over the 2016 figure, the absence of a programme budget for the ministry would make it difficult to assess the proportion that goes into child rights promotion and protection.

Graphic OnlineThu, Mar 16, 2017 Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Suicide helpline gets busy as Ghana is gripped by surge in deaths

Ghana’s capital Accra was hit by at least four suicide deaths last week alone prompting the creation of a helpline to counsel those who need help.

Ghana’s Mental Health Authority disclosed that in four days after the helpline’s creation, 30 people have called to seek help.

“Some of them call in and they tell you they need help and the line drops, so we make the efforts to get back to know those who genuinely need help and we help them,” Kweku Brobbey, spokesperson of the Mental Health Authority told local media Joy News.

Africanews.Thu, Mar 16, 2017 Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Issa Hayatou loses CAF presidency after 29 years of incumbency

70-year-old Issa Hayatou has lost the Confederation of African Football (CAF) presidency to Madagascar Football Association head Ahmad Ahmad on Thursday at the 39th CAF Ordinary General Assembly in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.

Ahmad won 34 of the 54 votes in the election to end Hayatou’s 29-year rule which started since 1988.

Ahmad will become the CAF’s seventh president since the continental body’s 60 years of existence.

The result means Hayatou will have to renege his FIFA position.

Africanews.Thu, Mar 16, 2017 Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Ghana president accused of running an 'oversized' government

Just days after Ghana celebrated its 60th independence anniversary, newly elected president Nana Akufo -Addo has come under fire for running what is termed as an “elephant size” government.

The government has defended itself against the accusation this after new appointments announced on Wednesday, brought the number of ministers and deputy ministers to 110.

Minority leader in parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, came out guns blazing saying that the cabinet will feed on the public purse.

Africanews.Thu, Mar 16, 2017 Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Minister bemoans neglect of CSIR research findings

The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, has said part of the reason for Ghana's slow pace of development after 60 years of independence is the neglect of research findings and innovations.

He said the findings and technological breakthroughs of the 13 institutions of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) had been neglected and were bought cheaply by foreign companies, particularly those in Europe and other developed nations.

Graphic OnlineWed, Mar 15, 2017 Wed, Mar 15, 2017

Millionaires in Ghana rise close to 3000 - Wealth Report

Ghana can now boast of 2,900 millionaires whose net worth has been estimated to be in dollars after some 200 more Ghanaians joined the list categorised as elite group in 2016.

Out of the number, at least 10 people joined the ranks of those with net wealth more than $10 million, with no addition to the pool of those worth $30 million and above.

myjoyonline.comTue, Mar 14, 2017 Wed, Mar 15, 2017

President Akufo-Addo swears in new MiDA Board

Accra, March 13, GNA - Government would soon state its position with regards to the furtherance of the compact with the United State’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) which affects the operations of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

Ghana News AgencyMon, Mar 13, 2017 Wed, Mar 15, 2017

MD of Ghana Airport Company resigns

The Managing Director of the Ghana Airport Company Limited Mr Charles Asare has resigned, Citi Business News can confirm.

A letter from Mr Charles Asare cited by Citi Business News dated today the 14th of March, 2017 and addressed to the Aviation Minister stated that ”i write to inform you of my resignation as MD of Ghana Airport Company Limited in pursuant to clause 10 (g) of the Employment agreement dated 24th September, 2013”.

Citi FMTue, Mar 14, 2017 Wed, Mar 15, 2017

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