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GII calls for inclusion of anti-corruption laws in manifestos

Accra, Aug. 14, GNA - Mrs Linda Ofori-Kwafo, the Executive Director of Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), has asked political parties to incorporate the gaps in anti-corruption legislation in their manifestos.

She said this is necessary because manifestos launched during pre-elections become the main development planning tool that is implemented after elections by the party that forms the government.

Mrs Ofori-Kwafo was speaking at a news conference in Accra to make presidential and political parties to demonstrate commitment to the fight against corruption.

Ghana News AgencyMon, Aug 15, 2016 Mon, Aug 15, 2016

Government's achievement is there for all to see - President Mahama

Cape Coast, Aug. 15, GNA - President John Dramani Mahama has stated that government’s investment in socio-economic infrastructure is an investment for the future well-being of the country.

He said the achievements of the Government in terms of the infrastructure, littered everywhere in the country, were there for all to see.

President Mahama said this when he addressed the teeming supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the launch of its 2016 Campaign at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday.

Ghana News AgencyMon, Aug 15, 2016 Mon, Aug 15, 2016

NDC targets two-thirds majority in the next Parliament

Cape Coast, Aug. 15, GNA - The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is targeting a two-thirds majority in the next Parliament after the December 2016 general election.

Mr Alban Sumani Bagbin, the Member of Parliament for Nadowli West Constituency and Majority Leader in Parliament, who made this known at the National Campaign Launch of the NDC in Cape Coast, said the target was to prevent the pain and waste occasioned by decisions of Parliament.

Ghana News AgencyMon, Aug 15, 2016 Mon, Aug 15, 2016

Import quality renewable energy products to avoid e-waste in Ghana – Deputy Minister

Importers of renewable energy products into Ghana have been advised to bring in high quality products to avoid littering Ghana with e-waste.

The Deputy Minister of Environment, Bernice Heloo, speaking at the opening of the second Renewable Energy Conference in Ghana Tuesday August 9, 2016, said the conference is an opportunity to challenge Ghanaians to a healthy debate to attain the government’s target of achieving 10 per cent of renewable energy in the national energy mix.

Wed, Aug 10, 2016 Wed, Aug 10, 2016

Inflation down to 16.7%

The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has released the inflation rate for July 2016 with Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) declining to 16.7 per cent from 18.4 per cent in June 2016.

The monthly change rate was 0.9 per cent for July 2016 compared to 1.3 per cent recorded in June this year.

According to the figures released on Wednesday August 10, food inflation was 8.6 per cent in July, same as in May 2016.

Meanwhile, the inflation rate for imported items decreased to 15.2 per cent in July 2016, from 17.3 per cent recorded in June 2016.

Class FM OnlineWed, Aug 10, 2016 Wed, Aug 10, 2016

Ghana inflation rate drops in July as cedi holds steady, harvest begins

ACCRA Aug 10 (Reuters) - Ghana's annual consumer price inflation dropped to 16.7 percent in July from 18.4 percent in June as the cedi currency stabilised and food prices fell at the start of the harvest season, the statistics office said on Wednesday.

The West African country has enjoyed general price stability this year compared to last, when water tariffs increased 15 percent and petroleum prices also increased significantly.

ReutersWed, Aug 10, 2016 Wed, Aug 10, 2016

Mahama gets thumbs up despite ‘Ghana heading in wrong direction’

Although 7 out of 10 Ghanaians say the country is heading in the wrong direction, President Mahama got a higher approval rating, a Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) survey has revealed.

In the study, 48% of respondents approve of the president’s management of the country while a percent less (47%) believes he has got it wrong as his first-term comes to an end in December.

myjoyonline.comWed, Aug 10, 2016 Wed, Aug 10, 2016

Adei must speak like a responsible adult – Omane Boamah

Communications minister Dr. Edward Omane Boamah has descended heavily on Professor Stephen Adei over his claim that President John Mahama is stashing the public service with Northerners.

The former GIMPA Rector at a lecture in Accra accused the President of appointing too many of his regional folks in the public service.

“One of the things going on which is totally unacceptable is why one out of every four public sector appointment comes from the President’s area of origin.

Starr FM OnlineTue, Aug 9, 2016 Tue, Aug 9, 2016

Chief of Staff presents Montie 3 petition to Council of State

Chief of Staff Julius Debrah has, on behalf of President John Mahama, presented to the Council of State petitions received in respect of the incarceration of three persons for contempt of court.

The petitions were received from lawyers of the jailed Montie Presenter, Salifu Maase, and his two guests, Ako Gunn and Alistair Nelson who have been jailed for four months by the Supreme Court, and a Civil Society Group, Research & Advocacy Platform.

Starr FM OnlineMon, Aug 8, 2016 Tue, Aug 9, 2016

Coal-fired power plant, not solution to Ghana’s energy crisis -- Nana Afenyi VI

Nana Amuah Afenyi VI, Chief of Ekumfi Otuam and Mankrado of Ekumfi Traditional Area in the Central Region of Ghana, has expressed her disappointment and shock at plans by the Volta River Authority (VRA) to construct a coal-fired power plant at the Ekumfi Traditional area to ease the erratic power supply in Ghana.

Tue, Aug 9, 2016 Tue, Aug 9, 2016

Ghana and Saudi Arabia holds bilateral meeting

Accra, Aug. 4, GNA – Ms Hannah Tetteh, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, has held a bilateral meeting in Accra with her counterpart from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mr Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir.

Ms Tetteh said the aim of the bilateral meeting was part of efforts to strengthen economic ties between the two nations.

Mr Bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir also reechoed that their meeting was to deepened economic cooperation and to strengthen other areas of cooperation.

The brief meeting was attended by government officials from both sides.

Ghana News AgencyMon, Aug 8, 2016 Mon, Aug 8, 2016

Banks giving December to complete Instant Pay certification

Accra, Aug. 8, GNA - The Bank of Ghana (BoG), has given commercial banks up to the end of 2016 to complete certification and be hooked unto the Ghana Instant Pay (GIP) platform.

Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting to deliberate on the use of instant pay, Mr Archie Hesse, the Chief Executive Officer GhIPSS said the BoG had to defer the initial deadline of August to allow the banks to be in the position to complete the process.

Ghana News AgencyMon, Aug 8, 2016 Mon, Aug 8, 2016

November 7 cannot be changed - Attorney General

Accra, July 18, GNA - Mrs Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, has indicated that the proposed November 7, 2016 date for the general election cannot be changed.

She explained to the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Select Committee of Parliament that since the proposal for the change of date is about constitution amendment, its implementation could not be postponed to any other date.

Ghana News AgencyThu, Jul 21, 2016 Thu, Jul 21, 2016

Parliament rejects Nov 7 date change

Parliament has rejected amendments to change the election date to November after it failed to amass 184 votes needed to effect the historic change.

After a secret ballot, the Speaker, Edward Doe Adjaho, said Parliament was unable to obtain the 184 votes needed to pass the bill. The Bill got 125 Majority rejection votes.

The vote quashing the change became predictable after the Minority signaled it would not support the Bill which needed super majority votes to succeed.

myjoyonline.comThu, Jul 21, 2016 Thu, Jul 21, 2016

Meet the Ghanaian who stared down China on behalf of the world

He's the 84-year-old judge from the far side of the world who just stared down China.

Thomas Mensah hails from the West African nation of Ghana, a long, long way from the warships and artificial islands now crowding the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

But Dr Mensah has devoted his career to dissecting the byzantine labyrinth of laws that countries have agreed to govern the vast oceans covering two-thirds of the world - what behaviour is allowed, and what's not.

Wed, Jul 20, 2016 Wed, Jul 20, 2016

Atta Mills was hesitant about politics because he feared insults – Anyidoho

Deputy General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress ( NDC), Koku Anyidoho has said although Late President, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills was passionate to leave a legacy in the political realm, he was as well reluctant being a politician.

” He agreed to become the running mate for President Rawlings reluctantly in 1996,” Anyidoho revealed on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5 FM.

Kasapa fmonlineWed, Jul 20, 2016 Wed, Jul 20, 2016

Finatrade’s GHc1bn debt crippling 26 local banks

The inability one of Ghana’s biggest commodity trading companies to meet its financial obligations is crippling the operations of about 26 local banks in the country.

The situation has sparked concerns it might hurt the banking sector in ways similar to what caused the collapse of two major national banks about two decades ago.

Finatrade Group is indebted to the various banks to the tune of about GHc 1 billion which is almost half of the GHc 2.6 billion stated capital of the entire banking industry, which boasts nearly GHc 47 billion in total assets.

Graphic OnlineTue, Jul 19, 2016 Tue, Jul 19, 2016

Ghana’s total public debt rises to GH¢105.1bn but drops marginally in dollar terms

The country’s total public debt increased to GH¢105.1 billion as at the end of May this year, up from GH¢104.5 billion the previous month.

This represents 66.4 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) — the total value of goods and services produced in a country within a given year.

However, it is significant to note that in dollar terms, the debt profile of the country dropped marginally from US$27.5 billion in April to US$27.4 billion in May.

Graphic OnlineTue, Jul 19, 2016 Tue, Jul 19, 2016

S.C. convicts Montie FM for contempt

Accra, July 18, GNA - The Supreme Court on Monday convicted two radio panelists and the host of a talk programme ‘Pampaso’ together with the directors of an Accra-based radio station, Montie FM.

The five-member panel presided over by Justices Sophia Akufo convicted the defendants of contempt for threatening or scandalising the court, defying and lowering the authority of the court, and bringing the authority of the court into disrepute.

However, the court has deferred sentencing to July 27.

The defendants pleaded liable for the charges and asked the court for mercy.

Ghana News AgencyMon, Jul 18, 2016 Tue, Jul 19, 2016

Why the tax net must catch the churches as well

Of course, freedom of worship is an inalienable human right which encapsulated in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Consequently, freedom of worship has been given meaning in our 1992 Constitution. So, there is no permitted abridgment as to which religious sect one could join,---you have your inherent dignity and inalienable right to choose.

Tue, Jul 19, 2016 Tue, Jul 19, 2016