Tuesday 27 June 2017
(APA 06/15/17)
Ghana’s annual inflation dropped marginally to 12.6 percent in May 2017, against 13 percent recorded the previous month. Inflation is measured by the change over time in the general price level of goods and services that households acquire for the purposes of consumption. The Acting Government Statistician, Mr. Baah Wadieh, told a press briefing on Wednesday that this represents 0.4 percent decrease over the 13 percent recorded in April 2017. Wadieh explained that the marginal decline in the prices of fuel helped to reduce the rate of inflation between April and May. “There was a general decline in the prices for almost all the major subgroups. A significant driver is the price of fuel which recorded a slight decline in...
(Bloomberg 06/15/17)
Ghana will probably start drawing from its stabilization fund to cover cocoa farmers’ pay during the season that starts in October as the second-biggest grower props up local prices in the face of a global slump. While Ivory Coast, the largest producer, has already slashed the price it pays farmers for the smaller of two annual crops by 36 percent, Ghana’s Cocoa Board so far kept it unchanged and is ruling out any cuts for the upcoming main crop, despite its own mounting debt. The country is hoping that demand in Asia and the Middle East will increase to boost international prices, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Yaw Adu-Ampomah said in an interview. Cocoa futures in New York have declined about...
(APA 06/15/17)
The order given by the Supreme Court to the Auditor General to retrieve all state monies looted by public and private officials dominates the headlines of Ghanaian newspapers on Thursday. The Daily Graphic says a judgment delivered in Accra on Wednesday by a seven-member panel said the order is to be enforced on both public officials and individuals, who have been found to have looted the state. The Heritage newspaper reports that the Supreme Court reached the decision after a pressure group, Occupy Ghana, instituted legal action against the Auditor General, seeking an order to compel his office to report on financial malpractice and take legal steps to retrieve them. The Searchlight states that looters of the state are in...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Extortion, corruption and fear; violence, hunger and sometimes even death: for west African migrants dreaming of reaching Europe, the road to get there can be an absolute minefield. - Departure - Whether it's The Gambia, Ivory Coast, Senegal or Nigeria, everything starts with the "hustlers" -- slang for the middlemen or fixers who organise the trip. Their honesty and prices vary, with the would-be migrant usually deceived about the welcome expected in Europe. Many possess no official documents from their home country, and do not understand illegal status in Europe. Most are ignorant about the extreme difficulties they will encounter en route. "We didn't know we were risking our lives," said Kante Sekou...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Maria gave smugglers all her family savings and crossed three countries and the searing Libyan desert, but when she finally boarded a boat for Europe her dream was swiftly shattered. She was 24 and pregnant with her second child when she left Liberia with her husband and their three-year-old son. The family passed through Guinea and Mali before crossing southern Algeria to reach the Libyan desert. "The smugglers took all our money" -- more than $2,150 (2,000 euros), she said. "We spent four days in the desert. People died of thirst and the sun in the back of the truck." They finally arrived on the beach at Sabrata, 70 kilometres (45 miles) west of Libya's capital Tripoli, a key departure...
(APA 06/14/17)
Ghana’s Minister of Energy and Petroleum Boakye Agyarko has said that the government of Ghana loses $700 million annually through power purchase agreements. It has therefore decided to review the various power purchase agreements that were signed by the previous government to help the nation save the monies that go down the drain. Speaking at the maiden Ghana Energy Summit in Accra on Tuesday, Mr. Agyarko said the country would continue to lose $700 million annually if such agreements were not reviewed. He hinted that about 30 power purchase agreements had been reviewed to ensure value for money. The government upon assumption of office, has been campaigning against some emergency power purchase agreements signed by the immediate past government to...
(APA 06/14/17)
The Ghana Black Stars have been paid $5,000 each for beating the Wiala Antelopes of Ethiopia 5-0 in their AFCON 2019 qualifier in Kumasi last Sunday. Local media reports on Wednesday said that Deputy Sports Minister Puis Enam Hadzie disclosed that the figure was the new winning bonus agreed after a roundtable discussion between the Ministry, Ghana Football Association (GFA) and the Black Stars Management Committee. The bonuses were slashed from $10,000, following complaints from a section of the public and the ministry. He praised the soccer fans, who turned up in their numbers to rally behind the national team. The issue of player bonuses became very thorny after the 2014 World Cup, where appearance fees of $100,000 were air-lifted...
(APA 06/13/17)
The Appointment Committee of the Ghanaian Parliament has announced that it would vet the Chief Justice (CJ) nominee, Justice Sohpia Akuffo on Monday. The vetting is in accordance with Article 144 of the 1992 Constitution, which makes provision for the vetting and approval process. Her nomination was made by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo last month, following the retirement of Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, the immediate past CJ. Justice Akuffo is currently the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court and was part of the panel that sat on the 2012 Election Petition filed by then opposition leader, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Mrs. Justice Wood retired last week after 40 years of service to the Ghanaian Judiciary. She was the...
(APA 06/13/17)
The government of Ghana is to receive 100 million euros from the German government to improve conditions in the country for sustainable development. The Finance Minister, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, who disclosed this at a meeting with Ghanaians resident in Germany, said the money would be used for infrastructural development, economic participation and employment creation. The Finder newspaper reports on Tuesday that the funds was secured under the Germany Compact With Africa Programme, which is being enjoyed by some three African countries. He noted that Ghana was chosen to benefit owing to the initiative President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has put in place to improve the...
(AFP (eng) 06/13/17)
Uche's real journey had yet to begin but he had already spent four days in the northern Nigerian city of Kano after travelling on public buses and potholed roads from Imo state in the southeast. He planned to go to Agadez, a transit town on the southern edge of the Sahara desert in central Niger, take a truck to Sebha, in southwestern Libya, and from there to the capital Tripoli, and then to Italy or Spain. But his contact, who was supposed to drive him and three women across Nigeria's northern border, was arrested on suspicion of people smuggling. "His house had been under surveillance," explains the 38-year-old electrician in Kano's bustling Sabon Gari district. "The movement of the three...
(AFP (eng) 06/12/17)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will on Monday meet African leaders in Berlin on initiatives aiming to reduce the poverty and conflict driving a mass migrant influx to Europe. The idea is to team up African nations willing to reform with private investors who would bring business and jobs to a continent where instability or graft often scare off foreign companies. Merkel is hosting the initiative as part of Germany's presidency of the Group of 20 powerful economies, whose leaders meet in the northern port of Hamburg a month later. Invited to Berlin are Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the leaders of Ghana, Ivory Coast...
(Apa 06/12/17)
Ghanaian soccer fans on Monday heaped praises on returnee Black Stars coach, James Kwesi Appiah, for returning the team to winning ways, after the team thumped Ethiopia 5-0 at the Kumasi Sports Stadium. The fans, are of the view that Appiah has brought in some sort of competition in camp, thereby pushing the players to give of their best. Their assertion was based on the fact that some regular players, such as Jordan Ayew and Majid Waris, were put on the bench, giving way for new entrants, Ebenezer Ofori and Rafael Dwamena to score on their debuts for the national side. Mr. Kwame Bentil, a sports analyst, who watched the match at the Kumasi Sports Stadium, said, "My brother, I...
(AFP (eng) 06/12/17)
Knowledge Musona celebrated his first match as Zimbabwe captain with a sensational hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Liberia in Harare on Sunday. And it was all smiles for Ghana who crushed Ethiopia 5-0 as qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon got underway this weekend. Musona's heroics sent Zimbabwe to the top of Group G on goal difference from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who overcame neighbours Congo Brazzaville 3-1 in Kinshasa a day earlier. Belgium-based Musona became the first Zimbabwean since Peter Ndlovu in 2004 to score a hat-trick for the national team as limited and understrength Liberia were brushed aside. A perfectly timed run to spring an offside trap put Musona one-on-one with goalkeeper...
(Apa 06/12/17)
The West Africa Football Academy (WAFA) was on Saturday held to a 0-0 drawn game at the Dansoman Carl Reindorf Park by Liberty Professionals in the 18 week premier league game. The draw ensured that WAFA still lead the pack with 36 points followed by Aduana Stars on 33 points, who have a game in hand against Kumasi Asante Kotoko on Monday (today). Hearts of Oak, who have maintained the 3rd position for some time now, beat Bolga All Stars 4-0 to retain their position on 30 points. Ebusua Dwarfs beat Bechem United 1-0 at Cape Coast to occupy the 4th position on 26 points. Other results are at Tarkwa, Medeama 0-1 AshGold; at Wa, All Stars 3-0 Chelsea; at...
(APA 06/12/17)
The Ethiopian national football team was beaten 5-0 by its Ghanaian counterpart in Kumasi on Sunday, in the first game of the group stages of the AfCON 2019 in Cameroon. Sierra Leone beat Kenya 2-1 in the same group. The Black Stars dominated the match and missed countless goal-scoring chances. It was a perfect homecoming for coach Kwesi Appiah as he successfully guided Ghana to a profoundly deserved victory over Ethiopia. Ethiopian coach Ashenafi Bekele’s first competitive game ended in an embarrassing loss to Ghana, which now sits at the summit of Group F, with Sierra Leone in second place with the same points tally but inferior goal difference. East African neighbours Kenya and Ethiopia are bottom of the group.
(APA 06/12/17)
The Black Stars of Ghana on Sunday walloped their Ethiopian counterpart Wailias 5-0 in the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier played at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi. Skipper Asamoah Gyan scored the first goal in the 10th minute of the game while John Boye added another in 14th minute. Emmanuel Ofori a new entrant fetched the third goal in the 41st minute. Striker Raphael Dwamena, who earned a call from the Stars Coach James Kwesi Appiah scored a brace in the 48th minute and the 60th minute. On the other hand, Asamoah Gyan became the first player to score 50 goals for Ghana on Sunday. Kwesi Appiah was hailed by the supporters of the national team and many...
(AFP (eng) 06/09/17)
An off-duty soldier in Ghana who was lynched while out running was laid to rest with full state honours on Friday, in a case that has sparked fears about the "growing menace" of mob justice. Maxwell Mahama was beaten and burnt to death near the central city of Kumasi on May 29, after locals mistook him for a robber because he was wearing sports clothing and carrying a pistol. The brutal attack on the 31-year-old -- described as a "heinous crime" by President Nana Akufo-Addo -- was captured on film and the horrific images and video shared on social media. The tragedy has shaken Ghana, which prides itself on respecting democratic values and prioritising peace in a wider West African...
(AfricaNews 06/08/17)
Ghanaians on social media are expressing surprise at a donation by the Chinese Embassy to the Attorney General’s office. Their skepticism is hinged on the fact that the government is engaged in a war against illegal mining – with the predominant number of foreigners involved being Chinese. Some are accusing the Chinese of attempting to induce the government to soften their stance on illegal mining which continues to ravage farm and water bodies in parts of the countries. Others also cautioned the government against accepting such paltry overtures by the Chinese. We support the new government of Ghana to carry out anti-corruption campaigns, and expect to strengthen our cooperation and exchanges on both domestic and international combat against corruption. The...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/08/17)
More girls are completing secondary school across sub-Saharan Africa as attitudes change and state spending rises, but some of the most marginalized girls — like those married young or forced to work — are still missing out, education experts say. The percentage of girls completing secondary school has risen in all regions of Africa since 2005, said a recent report by the African Development Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the U.N. Development Program. Almost twice as many girls in East Africa and three times as many in Central Africa completed secondary education in 2014 as in 2005, according to the annual African Economic Outlook report, which was published at the end of last month. Yet more...
(Ghana Web 06/07/17)
Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta will later today [Wednesday], appear before Parliament to disclose the full details of the controversial $2.25 billion bond issued by the government in April 2017. This follows the passage of a half-hour motion last week by the House, to summon the minister to provide the full complement of documentation related to the issuance, the participants, the utilization of proceeds and the currency in which the bond was settled. The motion was filed by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu. Mr. Iddrisu argued that, because the House approved the Appropriation Bill, any government expenditure in relation to it must come to Parliament. Concerns have been raised about the transparency of the $2.25 billion domestic bond government issued, with...

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