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Dismissing Energy Minister right decision – VRA union leader

President Akufo-Addo’s dismissal of Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko late Monday evening over the controversial renegotiated Ameri power deal, has been hailed as an inevitable decision.

Theophilus Tetteh Ahia, Vice Chairman of the Volta River Authority (VRA) Senior Staff Association, says the decision does not surprise them given that the Energy Minister failed to engage key stakeholders including the VRA in renegotiating the deal. He also spurned all good counsel to renegotiate for a value for money deal.

Graphic OnlineMon, Aug 6, 2018 Tue, Aug 7, 2018

President relives energy Minister of position

Accra, Aug. 6, GNA - President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has relieved, with immediate effect, the Minister of Energy, Mr Boakye Agyarko of his position.

A statement issued in Accra on Monday by the Director of Communications at the Jubilee House, Mr Eugene Arhin, said the President has asked the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Mr John Peter Amewu to act temporarily until a substantive appointment was made.

The statement said the President wished Mr Agyarko well in future endeavours.

Ghana News AgencyMon, Aug 6, 2018 Tue, Aug 7, 2018

President relives energy Minister of position

Accra, Aug. 6, GNA - President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has relieved, with immediate effect, the Minister of Energy, Mr Boakye Agyarko of his position.

A statement issued in Accra on Monday by the Director of Communications at the Jubilee House, Mr Eugene Arhin, said the President has asked the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Mr John Peter Amewu to act temporarily until a substantive appointment was made.

The statement said the President wished Mr Agyarko well in future endeavours.

Ghana News AgencyMon, Aug 6, 2018 Tue, Aug 7, 2018

Ameri denies negotiating new deal; says old deal stands

Management of Ameri Energy has stated that it had no discussions with government with regards to any new negotiations about the Novation of Ameri BOOT Agreement between Ameri Energy and the government of Ghana.

Government laid a renegotiation agreement on the floor of Parliament in July, 2018 for a renegotiation of the Ameri deal which was originally signed in February, 2015.

A proposal which some energy experts and well meaning Ghanaians believe is a wrong move, and have called for the resignation of the Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko.

3 NewsSat, Aug 4, 2018 Sat, Aug 4, 2018

Is this Ghana? - Tilly's tears for her late husband

The late Vice President, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur deserves every tear shed by his beloved wife, Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur. From all indications, he was everything that a wife wanted to see in a husband.

And as she cried for her soul mate, so also have some of us shed tears for him as a friend, affable and warm in character. Indeed, one of the most recent deaths that has moved me so close to tears is that of the former Vice President. He was someone I would describe as a distant friend in that when circumstances brought us nearer, we exchanged pleasantries.

myjoyonline.comSat, Aug 4, 2018 Sat, Aug 4, 2018

Zimbabwe election: President Mnangagwa calls for unity

Emmerson Mnangagwa says he will be a leader for all Zimbabweans in a call for unity after rows broke out over his election victory.

The president appealed for peace and promised an independent investigation into the military after six people were killed in post-election violence.

Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has described the president’s victory as a “coup against [the people’s] will”.

This was the first election since long-term leader Robert Mugabe was ousted.

3 NewsSat, Aug 4, 2018 Sat, Aug 4, 2018

Concerned Minority members condemn political fakery

Some Concerned National Democratic Congress Members of Parliament have condemned the alleged endorsement of former President John Dramani Mahama as the Party’s Presidential candidate for the 2020 polls.

They have therefore described that action by some members who allegedly passed the paper round for signatures as fakery adding, “… fakery is not sustainable.”

3 NewsSat, Aug 4, 2018 Sat, Aug 4, 2018

NDC elects flag bearer Dec. 7

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has set 7 December 2018 for its presidential primaries ahead of the 2020 polls. This was announced by General Secretary Johnson Aseidu Nketia at a press conference in Accra on Thursday, 2 August 2018...

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has set 7 December 2018 for its presidential primaries ahead of the 2020 polls.

This was announced by General Secretary Johnson Aseidu Nketia at a press conference in Accra on Thursday, 2 August 2018.

Class FM OnlineThu, Aug 2, 2018 Sat, Aug 4, 2018

Tweet by Mahama that’s driven social media crazy

The ‘collapse’ of five local banks has dominated talk on social media in Ghana over the last few hours but the latest tweet by former President John Dramani Mahama appears to have stolen some of the limelight.

Mr Mahama tweeted: . . .

Citi FMThu, Aug 2, 2018 Sat, Aug 4, 2018

Execute your mandate with utmost professionalism, Akufo-Addo admonishes media

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged the Ghanaian media not to consider juicy headlines and breaking news at the expense of the future and integrity of the country.

He advised the media to take a second look at the power they wielded and the responsibility they owed to society and execute their mandate with utmost professionalism while abiding by the ethics of the profession.

Graphic OnlineSat, Aug 4, 2018 Sat, Aug 4, 2018

Election 2020: Mahama not marketable to voters - Dzirasah

A former Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Ken Dzirasah says it will be difficult for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to market former President John Mahama to voters in his bid to be re-elected President in 2020.

According to him, the difficulty in marketing Mahama stems from the NDC losing the 2016 elections which has informed his (Dzirasah's) decision to back Professor Joshua Alabi for the contest.

Graphic OnlineFri, Aug 3, 2018 Sat, Aug 4, 2018

Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire to secure $1.2bn loan for agenda to attract youth to cocoa industry

The governments of Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire are close to securing a $1.2 billion loan from the African Development Bank to undertake programmes and interventions that will make the cocoa industry attractive to the youth.

Six million dollars of the amount will go into the rehabilitation of the industry while the rest will be used to promote value addition to domestic processing of cocoa beans.

Graphic OnlineSat, Aug 4, 2018 Sat, Aug 4, 2018

This year's ban on fishing postponed to 2019

The Cabinet has decided to postpone the onemonth ban on fishing activities in the country, scheduled to start on August 7, 2018 to next year.

The Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Ms Elizabeth Naa Afoley Quaye, made this known at a meeting with stakeholders in the fisheries industry in Accra yesterday.. . .

Graphic OnlineFri, Aug 3, 2018 Sat, Aug 4, 2018

Pope Francis declares death penalty inadmissible in all cases

Pope Francis has changed the teachings of the Catholic faith to officially oppose the death penalty in all circumstances, the Vatican has said.

The Catechism of the Church, a codified doctrine which sums up teachings, had previously stated that the death penalty could be used in some cases.

It now says it is "inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person".

Pope Francis has spoken out against executions in the past.

BBCThu, Aug 2, 2018 Thu, Aug 2, 2018

President swear-in new EC Chairperson, deputies

Accra, Aug. 2, GNA - President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday swore-into office the new Commissioner for the Electoral Commission, Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensah.
He also inducted into office, her two deputies, Mr Samuel Tetteh, and Dr Eric Bossman Asare, as well as Ms Adwoa Asuma Abrefi, as a member of the Commission.

Ghana News AgencyThu, Aug 2, 2018 Thu, Aug 2, 2018

Broaden consultation on critical matters - Prof Kwesi Botchwey

The Founder and Executive Chairman of the African Development Policy Initiative (ADPOI), Professor Kwesi Botchwey, has called on the government to broaden the process of consultation over critical matters that affect the public good.

He said there was a need for the government to make the right decisions rather than hasty and expedient ones by creating an atmosphere of inclusiveness, respect and courtesy in national discourse and debates and be tolerant of other people’s views rather than angrily dismissing them.

Graphic OnlineWed, Aug 1, 2018 Thu, Aug 2, 2018

Nine women file to contest NDC elections in Central Region

Efforts at encouraging strong women representation in active politics received a major boost as nine women filed their forms to contest various positions in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Central Region.

Seven out of the number were candidates contesting the election for the first time, with two incumbent women seeking re-election.

In all, 62 candidates had put themselves up for the party's internal polls as of the close of filing on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

Graphic OnlineThu, Aug 2, 2018 Thu, Aug 2, 2018

Suspend renegotiated AMERI, Karpower deals — Minority

The Minority in Parliament has called on the government to, as a matter of national interest, suspend the renegotiated Ameri Power and Karpower deals, saying they are riddled with scandalous content and are a rip-off.

Presenting the position of the Minority on the deals at a press conference in Accra yesterday, Mr John Jinapor, the Member of Parliament for Yapei/Kusawgu and former Deputy Power Minister, said the government should rather make the details available for broader public scrutiny before going ahead with the deals.

Graphic OnlineThu, Aug 2, 2018 Thu, Aug 2, 2018

Consolidated Bank Ltd takes over assets of 5 collapsed banks

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has revoked the licences of five banks and subsequently merged them into a new bank — the Consolidated Bank Ghana Limited — to be headed by Mr Nii Amanor Dodoo of KPMG.

The entities — the uniBank, the Royal Bank, the Sovereign Bank, the Construction Bank and the BEIGE Bank — were found to have committed various regulatory and financial breaches that made them insolvent and unfit to continue operations.

Graphic OnlineThu, Aug 2, 2018 Thu, Aug 2, 2018

Why Spio-Garbrah will be good NDC flagbearer' essay competition launched

A flag bearer aspirant of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, has observed that the success of the NDC in the 2020 election will depend largely on how the party's elected communicators will market the party's messages and Presidential candidate.

He has stressed the need for NDC communicators to develop more interest in research to sharpen their communication skills.

Graphic OnlineThu, Aug 2, 2018 Thu, Aug 2, 2018