Thursday 17 August 2017
(Ghana Business News 06/06/13)
China has asked the Ghana government to properly treat its nationals who have been detained for suspected illegal mining activities. According to China’s Foreign Ministry, about 116 Chinese citizens suspected of engaging in illegal mining have been arrested in Ghana and are set to be repatriated to China. “Being highly concerned, the Chinese Foreign Ministry and Embassy in Ghana have maintained close communication with the Ghanaian side and asked them to properly handle relevant issues and safeguard the safety and lawful rights of Chinese citizens in Ghana,” Hong Lei’s, spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry said at a daily press briefing June 5, 2013, according to a transcript of the briefings. Mr Lei added that officials from the Chinese Embassy in...
(Myjoyonline 06/06/13)
President John Mahama is touring the Makola Number Two market which is the latest of the country's major markets to have suffered fire outbreak. The decision to tour the burnt market was taken moments after President Mahama held a crucial meeting with his Vice, Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur on Thursday, hours after his return from official assignments in Ethiopia. The President, who was given a thorough briefing on the fire outbreaks, especially last Tuesday’s inferno at the Makola Number Two market, was worried at the developments. “President Mahama is very much concerned about these developments”, according to Deputy Information Minister, Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed, while briefing journalists at the Flagstaff House on Thursday. Murtala Mohammed said government is likely to reach...
(Voice of America 06/06/13)
ACCRA, GHANA — Ghana's removal of fuel subsidies last week was designed to reassure investors ahead of a $1 billion Eurobond in July, but it carries risks. Analysts say more action will be needed to tackle a large budget deficit. Ghana - one of Africa's fastest-growing economies - began producing oil in 2010, ranks as the world's number two cocoa producer, and is Africa's second biggest gold miner. Though popular with investors, the government has seen its fiscal management criticized amid big wage demands from restive civil servants. Ghana's credit-worthiness was hit by a 2012 budget deficit of 12.1 percent, more than double the official target, analysts say. The announcement last month of a plan to issue a Eurobond in...
(Vibe Ghana 06/06/13)
Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Dr. Kwadwo Afrai-Gyan has admitted to several instances of double registration in the register of voters used for the 2012 general elections. His admission follows a submission of a list of 51 such instances by Mr. Philip Addison, counsel for the election petitioners challenging the outcome of the presidential election which returned President John Mahama as the winner. Mr. Addison is continuing his cross-examination of the EC Chairman at the Supreme Court. Dr. Afari-Gyan, the sole returning officer for the presidential poll, had previously told the court that the use of the biometric registration and verification system had helped to improve the conduct of elections, specifically in helping to prevent double registration and impersonation. He...
(Business Daily 06/06/13)
Japan hosted the fifth meeting of TICAD, the Tokyo International Cooperation on African Development this week. The meeting is a reminder that, while the rest of the world obsesses over Europe’s economic travails, America’s political paralysis and growth slowdown in China and other emerging markets, there remains a region — sub-Saharan Africa — where poverty is almost the rule, not the exception. From 1990 to 2010, the number of people living in poverty ($1.25 per day) across sub-Sahara Africa rose from less than 300 million to nearly 425 million, while the number living on less than $2 a day grew from about 390 million to almost 600 million. Still, the proportion of those living in poverty declined from 57 per...
(BBC News Africa 06/06/13)
The ex-security chief at Ghana's international airport has been charged in the US with conspiring to smuggle Afghan heroin to New York. Solomon Adelaquaye was arrested with two Nigerians and a Colombian in May following a joint US-Ghanaian investigation, officials said. West Africa is a major hub for drugs smuggled from Latin America and Asia to Europe and the US. The men have not yet commented on the allegations. "Drug trafficking in West Africa has become a plague," said US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) official Derek Maltz. "These [alleged] criminal groups and their facilitators pose a direct threat to the safety and security of innocent Americans," he added. US agents disguised themselves as drug dealers, holding meetings with the accused...
(Ghana Business News 06/05/13)
The World Food Programme (WFP) said more than 680,000 people, representing 16 per cent of all households in the three northern regions, were considered either severely or moderately food insecure. Presenting a Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis (CFSVA) Survey conducted in May 2012 which focused on northern Ghana, the WFP indicated that around 140,000 people or 3.3% of households were severely food insecure with the Upper East being the worst affected. The WFP presented the CFSVA Report in Tamale on Tuesday which brought together participants from the agricultural sector to validate the findings. It noted that the survey randomly sampled 8,399 households in 38 districts and found out that 28% of the households in the Upper East were food...
(Ghana Business News 06/05/13)
The Western Regional Immunization taskforce has stated its intention to vaccinate 555,438 children below five years against Poliomyelitis in this year’s Immunization campaign. The vaccination exercise would start from June 6 and end on June 8. Mr Peter Ofori Tweneboah, the Western Regional Coordinator for the Immunization Programme, told the Ghana News Agency in Takoradi on Tuesday that 447,425 children aged between six months and five years would also be given vitamin “A” vaccines. He said the Region had not recorded polio cases for the last decade adding that the last time the Region recorded polio was in August, 2003, in the Jomoro District. He said the country is still at risk of contracting polio from neighbouring countries such as...
(Vibe Ghana 06/05/13)
Dr Omane Boamah, Minister of Communications, has said government shall soon present a draft bill to Parliament to ban the exportation of copper from the country. He said the legislation, when it becomes a law, would reduce the theft of communication cables and help improve the services of communication companies in the country. Dr Boamah said this during a working visit to the Office of Vodafone Ghana Limited and Vodafone Network Operations Centre on the Spintex Road. He said the visit was in response to the emerging challenges faced by the companies and the mounting concerns raised by the citizenry when making mobile phone calls. Dr Boamah said the issue of cable theft was of great concern to Government and...
(Myjoyonline 06/05/13)
The World Food Programme (WFP) said more than 680,000 people, representing 16 per cent of all households in the three northern regions, were considered either severely or moderately food insecure. Presenting a Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis (CFSVA) Survey conducted in May 2012 which focused on northern Ghana, the WFP indicated that around 140,000 people or 3.3% of households were severely food insecure with the Upper East being the worst affected. The WFP presented the CFSVA Report in Tamale on Tuesday at a forum that brought together participants from the agricultural sector to validate the findings. It noted that the survey randomly sampled 8,399 households in 38 districts and found out that 28% of the households in the Upper...
(Myjoyonline 06/05/13)
Managing Editor of the Al-Hajj newspaper, Alhaji Iddrisu Bature says former president Jerry Rawlings has no moral authority to blame his successors for Ghana’s woes. Alhaji Bature said all the socio-economic problems Ghana is encountering today can be traced to the bad foundation Mr. Rawlings’ laid during his 19-year rule. "If the foundation laid was that of Mahatia Mohammed of Malaysia or that of American presidents, no matter who we elect as a leader they could not have led this country to what it is now" Bature stressed. He was speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Tuesday. Mr. Rawlings accused former presidents John Kufuor and the late John Mills of moving Ghana backwards during their tenure in office. He...
(Ghana Business News 06/05/13)
The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) would soon conduct random laboratory test on fish suspected to have been preserved with Formalin, the chemical used for embalming corpses in Axim in the Western Region. The Western and Central Regional Zonal Manager of the FDA, Mr. Solomon Agampim, told the Ghana News Agency in Takoradi that the Authority dispatched personnel to Axim last Monday to meet various stakeholders in the fisheries sector. He said although the Authority did not come across fish preserved with formalin, his outfit would continue investigations into the matter and bring perpetrators to book. He said though there were widespread rumours in the town that some fishmongers had been preserving fish with formalin, they are yet to arrest...
(The Guardian Nigeria 06/05/13)
THERE are indications that the decision by the Ghanaian government to scrap its fuel subsidies to curb fiscal deficit saga in its budget may have elicited fresh fears for Nigerian government pursuing similar policy direction. Besides, President Goodluck Jonathan’s special committee set up to review the Ribadu report on fuel subsidy scam, may have abandoned their assignment due to pressure from some quarters to kill the report. The Guardian gathered that the Federal Government was yet to put to rest its proposed plans to end subsidies on petroleum products due to pressures from different quarters such as fuel marketers and International Monetary Fund (IMF). According to a source, with this latest development from Ghana, the government might want to consider...
(Vibe Ghana 06/05/13)
The Chairman of Ghana’s the Electoral Commission has told the Supreme Court in the ongoing election petition hearing that the 2012 general elections were the “most transparent ever” held in Ghana’s history. Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, who was under cross-examination by the Lead Counsel for the President’s Lawyer said in Court, on Wednesday June 5, 2013, that none of the rigging allegations made in Court by the Petitioners, constitutes a strong basis for reversing the declared results. The Petitioners-main opposition New Patriotic Party’s Flagbearer Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his running mate Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and the Party’s Chairman Mr. Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey claim the Electoral Commission colluded with the President and the governing National Democratic Congress to rig the elections, thus their...
(Voice of America 06/05/13)
Global hunger, poor nutrition and obesity are costing the world trillions of dollars in health costs and lost productivity, according to a new report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO report says fighting hunger is not enough. Tackling the more complex problem of malnutrition calls for action across the entire food system, from farm to fork. About 870 million people worldwide are hungry, according to the FAO. But malnutrition is about more than just hunger. “Two billion people are deficient in essential vitamins and minerals," said FAO's Kostas Stamoulis. "One child in four under the age of five is stunted. And 1.4 billion people are overweight.” The FAO report says the combined effects of all these...
( 06/05/13)
The apparent frustration faced by students of the Senior High School (SHS) in Ghana as a result of the ‘unnecessary’ changes in the duration of the high school education from 3 years to 4 years and back to 3 years on the political whims of NPP and NDC governments, calls for a NATIONAL AGENDA on our Education System. Granted the fact that education is one of the most important tool for national development it becomes the responsibility of any progressive government anywhere to provide and promote sound educational policies as well as infrastructure that will help its people to acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable them to develop their potentials. We need an acceptable NATIONAL EDUCATION POLICY to guide...
(Vibe Ghana 06/05/13)
The 2012 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday June 4, 2013 left Ghana with his wife, Rebecca, for the UK, for what his Press Secretary Herbert Krapah has described as “scheduled engagements including his regular medical check up”. A statement issued on Wednesday said the 69-year-old Politician “will be away for a week”. The information about Nana Akufo-Addo’s travel comes on the heels of a publication by the Herald Newspaper on Wednesday that the 2012 Flagbearer suffered a heart attack over the weekend and had to be rushed first to the Akai House Clinic and later referred to the Cardiothoracic Centre at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital for emergency treatment. Source: radioxyz
(Voice of America 06/05/13)
LILLESTROEM, NORWAY — West African heads of state will meet, maybe as soon as this month, to adopt a code to fight growing piracy in their coastal waters that would include use of arrests, prosecutions and seizures of ships, the U.N. shipping agency said. Piracy is on the increase in the Gulf of Guinea region, which includes Africa's No. 1 oil producer Nigeria and is a significant source of commodities including cocoa for world markets. In that region, commercial ships do not enjoy the protection of naval security that has dramatically reduced Somali piracy on the other side of Africa. “Quite soon, probably before the end of this month, heads of states of West African nations will be meeting in...
(Vibe Ghana 06/04/13)
The Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Kwadjo Afari Gyan, will today Monday June 3rd continue his evidence in-chief before the Supreme Court in the ongoing election petition case. Dr. Afari Gyan mounted the witness box on Thursday to give evidence in the Election Petition at the Supreme Court but the case was adjourned to Monday after his testimony drew interest from all parties interested in the Court case. Lawyers for the First and Third Respondent’s Tony Lithur and Tsatsu Tsikata will use the opportunity to cross examine the Dr. Afari Gyan on some of the issues put before the court by Dr. Bawumia. Counsel for the petitioners, Philip Addison will also cross examine the Dr. Afari Gyan on certain areas...
(Vibe Ghana 06/04/13)
About 100 cocoa depot and warehouse keepers in the Central Region, have benefited from a day’s capacity building workshop on sanitary and Phytosanitary standards (SPS) in Cocoa Production. The trainer of training workshop was organised by the Quality Control Company Limited a subsidiary of Cocoa Board in collaboration with the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Africa Cocoa Project, International Cocoa Organisation , Crop Life, United Nations Development Organisation and EDES-COLEACP, on the theme: “Good Warehouse Practices in the Cocoa Industry”. The workshop, which was held in Assin Foso in the Central Region, among other things educated the participants appropriate depot keeping, to help mitigate the harmful effects of pesticide, residue and other contaminants in cocoa to help maintain market access. It...

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