Borrowing not bad if you can pay back - Finance minister

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta

The Finance Minister has stated emphatically that the Akufo-Addo administration will continue to borrow, despite concerns about the country’s debt.

This is after the public debt went up by ¢22 billion in the last four months to bring the total to ¢198 billion which is 57% of GDP.

But as government prepares to start the process of rolling out an ambitious 38-year developmental programme, Ken Ofori Atta believes it is not out of place for the Akufo-Addo administration to continue borrowing.

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Ghana Beyond Aid Committee apologises to Akufo-Addo

Nana Akufo-Addo

The Ghana Beyond Aid Committee has rendered an unqualified apology to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the entire nation for using a photograph from Kenya on the cover page of its strategy document which was launched on 1 May 2019 during the May Day celebration by Mr Akufo-Addo.

This error has attracted widespread criticism and also made mockery of the Ghanaian president.

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Emulate “incorruptible” Kwabena Adjei – Speaker

Dr Kwabena Adjei, former National Chairman of the NDC

Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye has chided corrupt politicians in the country and urged them to follow the footsteps of the late Majority Leader of Parliament Dr Kwabena Adjei who was the National Chairman of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) before his death.

Dr Adjei will be buried on Saturday, 1 June 2019.

His remains were laid in state in parliament on Friday, 31 May 2019, ahead of his burial.

In a eulogy, Prof Oquaye said Dr Adjei “was honest”, adding that: “He was not corrupt”.

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Charlotte Osei appointed UN Int’l Elections C’ssioner

Mrs. Charlotte Osei, International Elections Commissioner to Afghanistan.

The United Nations has appointed former chairperson of the Electoral commission (EC) Mrs. Charlotte Osei as an International Elections Commissioner to Afghanistan.

Mrs Osei’s appointment was confirmed by a Presidential Decree issued by the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani.

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The Odumase bill that has led to a kill

Odumase resident demonstrate against high electricity bills

The life of Thomas Partey snuffed out of him in stray-bullet style. Too quickly to afford him the luxury of screaming or writhing in pain, eyewitnesses say.

It would seem as quick as power is snuffed out of homes by the Power Distribution Service (PDS) officials on a mass disconnection exercise in the Eastern region.

The 14-year-old has died over a 3-year old problem – “extremely outrageous” electricity bills in the Lower Manya Krobo area.

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Church leaders must ensure security on church premises - Opuni-Frimpong

Rev. Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, lecturer, Department of Religious Studies of KNUST

The current threats and attacks on some churches, especially in neighbouring Burkina Faso, is a wakeup call to church leaders in Ghana to ensure tight security at their places of worship.

Rev. Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, a lecturer at the Department of Religious Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), said the safety of church members on church premises had been taken for granted over the years and there was the need to re-consider those safety issues.

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‘Galamsey’-induced water crisis spreads through Cape Coast

* Residents struggling for water

Residents in Cape Coast and surrounding towns in the Central region are in a water supply crisis as they continue to bear the brunt of illegal mining in River Pra.

JoyNews Central regional correspondent reports, residents hunt for water as the taps have run dry – because the Sekyere-Hermang water treatment plant is choked with turgid water.

The plant in the Western region, built in 2008 for €40m, sips a portion of the 240km Pra River and treats it for onward pumping into Brimsu waterworks in Cape coast.

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Probe Uni-Pass deal – IMANI petitions parliament

Franklin Cudjoe, IMANI President

Policy think-tank IMANI has petitioned the Speaker of Parliament to institute a probe into the 10-year Uni-Pass contract signed between the Ministry of Trade and Ghana Link Network Services Limited—in collaboration with their foreign partners Customs Uni-Pass International Agency (CUPIA) of Korea Customs Services—to introduce Uni-Pass to the ports system.

The request for a Parliamentary enquiry into the Uni-Pass deal, according to IMANI, is to “prevent disruption to Ghana’s progress on trade facilitation”.

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Petrol, diesel, LPG to fall by 5.8%, 4.8%, 2.4% – Hadzide

Fuel Prices in Ghana

A fall in inflation coupled with the strengthening of the cedi and the falling of prices of fuel on the international market should spur a further reduction in the price of fuel at the pumps for consumers, Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Information Pius Enam Hadzide has said.

The prices of petrol, diesel, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) are expected to fall by 5.8%, 4.8, and 2.4%, respectively.

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