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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

Automatic deletion of NHIS voters' dangerous – Atuguba

The Supreme Court of Ghana cannot order an automatic deletion of persons who registered onto the electoral roll using the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards as a proof of identification because such an order will be dangerous for the constitutional democracy in Ghana, Dr Raymond Atuguba, a senior law lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana has said.

Class FM OnlineThu, Jul 7, 2016 Thu, Jul 7, 2016

ECG disconnects Accra Sports Stadium

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), has cut power supply to the Accra Sports Stadium as part of a mass disconnection exercise of defaulters in Accra.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the National Sports Authority, Frederica Mensah-Davies confirmed that power supply to the national stadium was cut on Tuesday.

The Accra Sports Stadium in 2015 owed the ECG bills worth GH¢240,000 and were placed on a payment plan of GH¢24,000 per month to enable them clear the debt.

Graphic OnlineThu, Jul 7, 2016 Thu, Jul 7, 2016

Supreme Court orders EC to delete NHIS registrants from electoral roll

The Supreme Court yesterday ordered the Electoral Commission (EC) to delete the 56,739 names it submitted to the court as the list of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) registrants on the electoral roll.

In a unanimous decision read by Mr Justice Sule Gbadegbe, the court further ordered the EC to take all the necessary steps to delete other names of persons who registered with NHIS cards but which were not included in the list it presented to the court.

Graphic OnlineThu, Jul 7, 2016 Thu, Jul 7, 2016

News blackout from GNA after ECG cuts power over GH¢450,000 debt

It’s been over 24 hours and there is news blackout at Ghana’s only news wire, the Ghana News Agency (GNA), because the Electricity Company of Ghana has cut electricity to the Agency.

Ghana News AgencyWed, Jul 6, 2016 Wed, Jul 6, 2016

UK report slams Iraq war; Blair says he acted in good faith

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Tony Blair led Britain into an unsuccessful war in Iraq through a mix of flawed intelligence, "wholly inadequate" planning and an exaggerated sense of the U.K.'s ability to influence the United States, according to a damning official report on the conflict that was published Wednesday.

Associated Press (AP)Wed, Jul 6, 2016 Wed, Jul 6, 2016

US threatens to cut over $500 million aid to Ghana

The US government has threatened to cut about $500 million in private investments intended to help shore-up the dipping fortunes of the Electricity Company of Ghana, if the government remains unconcerned about curbing the threat of modern forms of slavery.

Starr FM OnlineWed, Jul 6, 2016 Wed, Jul 6, 2016

Ghana – US trade volumes to double to $2.5 billion in 3 years

Ghana’s trade volume with the US is expected to double within the next three years following the increased trade engagements between the two countries.

Citi FMWed, Jul 6, 2016 Wed, Jul 6, 2016

President Mahama grants 896 prisoners amnesty

Accra, July 4, GNA - President John Dramani Mahama has, in commemoration of Ghana’s 56th Republican Anniversary, granted amnesty to 896 prisoners.

A statement from Flagstaff House Communications said the freed prisoners include 813 first offenders, 16 seriously ill and 63 aged (70 years and above).

Others are special cases made up of one double amputee and three prisoners on death row who had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment.

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Ghana News AgencyMon, Jul 4, 2016 Wed, Jul 6, 2016

Public officials dissipating funds with impunity – AG

The Auditor General has revealed that staff of the department are getting discouraged and angry at the high level of impunity with which public officials are dissipating public funds and are left unpunished.

Starr FM OnlineTue, Jun 21, 2016 Tue, Jun 21, 2016

Tolerance key to peaceful Elections-Rt Rev Ofori

Accra, June 21, GNA - The Right Reverend Dr Setorwu Ofori, the Moderator of the Global Evangelical Church, has urged Ghanaians to tolerate divergent views and remain united to ensure that the impending general election are peaceful.

Ghana News AgencyTue, Jun 21, 2016 Tue, Jun 21, 2016

Public private partnerships will enhance vegetable production

Accra, June 15 GNA - Mr Kenneth Wujangi, Deputy Chief of Staff in charge of operations, has said public private partnerships in the vegetable production, is essential to enhance growth and deliver reliable stream of information and technology in emerging trends.

He said collaborative partnerships could be used to effectively bridge the gap between the public and private sectors to meet the farmer and consumer needs.

Mr Wujangi said this at a conference on public private partnership in the vegetables value chain in Accra.

Ghana News AgencyWed, Jun 15, 2016 Wed, Jun 15, 2016