Friday 22 September 2017
(Myjoyonline 06/12/13)
A team of forensic investigators from the United States, invited by government to help unravel the mystery surrounding the persistent fire outbreaks at major markets in the capital, Accra, has commenced work. The investigators, who arrived in the country Tuesday, have already had briefing from local investigators. Deputy Information and Media Relations Minister, Murtala Mohammed told journalists at the Flagstaff House on Wednesday that, local investigators will partner the US team to speed up the investigation process. Five market centres: Agbogbloshie, Makola, Kantamanto, Madina, and Dome, all in the Greater Accra Region, have suffered devastating fire outbreaks which destroyed property worth millions of Cedis. The Kumasi Central market in the Ashanti Region is the sixth to suffer a similar fate...
(Voice of America 06/12/13)
Ghana has arrested more than 100 Chinese nationals accused of illegally mining gold in that country. Zambia seized a Chinese coal mine in February over safety concerns. And Gabon is planning to take back assets from three foreign oil companies - including one from China. These moves and others have some analysts pointing to a backlash against Chinese investment on the continent. While experts say the China-Africa honeymoon may be over, divorce is not likely. China became Africa's top trade partner in 2009. Bilateral trade hit nearly $200 billion in 2012. Some Africans believe they are getting the short end of the stick, however, as they export valuable natural resources to China without receiving much in return by way of...
(Myjoyonline 06/12/13)
It has now been confirmed that some mining companies in the country take advantage of vulnerable women to sexually exploit them. Women who have resorted to work in mining pits to eke out a living for themselves and family are compelled to take off their clothes and descend naked into the pits, the Member of Parliament for Amenfi Central in the Western Region, has said. Mr George Arthur blew the minds of his colleague legislators in Parliament on Wednesday that he has witnessed such instances before. Joy News’ Elton John Brobbey said the MP is therefore asking the august House to take a critical look at the humiliating and dehumanizing incident gaining root in the area. According to Mr George...
(Ghana Business News 06/12/13)
The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has beefed-up security by installing closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras at its printing house, to monitor the printing of examination papers. The move is aimed at preventing leakage of question papers ahead of this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), which starts on Monday June 17 across the country. Mr Patrick Sumailar Wayoe, Sekondi Branch Controller of WAEC, made this known in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Sekondi on Tuesday. He said WAEC, in the past had been plagued with leakage of examination papers, which resulted in financial burden to undertake reprinting of cancelled exams papers. He urged examination supervisors and invigilators to maintain high level integrity and vigilance throughout the...
(Myjoyonline 06/12/13)
The Ghana Statistical Service is now looking at releasing the rebased inflation rates to next Wednesday. The service was expected to release the inflation figures for January to May today. It however had to postpone it because of challenges in the process of gathering data from the field. This is the third consecutive time the Ghana Statistical Service has failed to release the figures citing some difficulties. Acting government statistician, Philomena Nyarko tells Joy Business they are optimistic of releasing the figures next week Wednesday. “We have teams still trying hard to make sure that it is done. Some of the filled returns came in late,” she explained. Meanwhile inflation for the month of May has gone up marginally. The...
(Ventures-Africa 06/11/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Managing Director of the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE), Kofi Yamoah, has said he is certain that an Alternative Stock Market (ASM) for SMEs will be launched by the Ghanaian bourse this year. The Ghana Alternative Market (GAX), as it will be called, will accommodate companies at various stages of their development, including start-ups and existing enterprises, both small and medium. SMEs must have a minimum stated capital of GHC250,000 ($125,800) at the time of listing and at least 20 shareholders at the time of the public float. The GAX is intended to promote the listing of SMEs in the country. It is also to improve liquidity on the stock market by providing a structure conducive to...
(Ghana Business News 06/11/13)
Mr. Frederick Clavier, French Ambassador to Ghana, has said that the French Government was initiating a project to support mechanisms aimed at ensuring accountability in the central and local administrative sectors of Ghana. This, the Ambassador said would help to deepen democratic governance and transparency in Ghana. Mr Clavier said France would also support efforts being made by the Government of Ghana to improve the public sector administration, as part of the ongoing public sector reforms. He made the remarks at the inauguration of a computer laboratory and a refurbished girl’s dormitory for the Government Secretarial School in Tamale, on Monday. Mr Clavier said the French Government was supporting public sector reforms, which spans 2007 to 2013, with 1.2 million...
(Ventures Africa 06/11/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Major Indian Telecom solutions provider, Tech Mahindra is said to have agreed a $20 million greenfield implementation deal with Surfline Limited, one of the newest entrants into Ghana’s wireless broadband space. Tech Mahindra will develop and manage the IT services capabilities required for the roll-out of Surfline’s product offerings, sources in the Indian press have revealed. The multi-year contract has a managed services component built into it, they said. A spokesperson for Tech Mahindra did not comment when local Indian press made enquiries, the company official citing ‘company policy’. In February this year, Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) issued licenses to Surfline Limited and three other companies at a cost of $6million each, to provide Broadband Wireless...
(The New York Times 06/11/13)
The lucky ones have hidden out on cocoa farms and in Chinese-owned companies, surviving on yams and water, moving about constantly and trembling at the prospect of being discovered by Ghana’s security forces. The unlucky ones have been beaten, robbed and swept up by soldiers. A dream of wealth in a far-off land has been turned on its head for hundreds of Chinese gold miners in Ghana. At least 169 of them were rounded up by the government this month, accused of sneaking into the country and overstaying visas to illegally mine one of Africa’s richest gold fields. “We have no food, no water, no sleep,” a Chinese migrant said as she hid from the government on a cocoa farm...
(Ghana Business News 06/11/13)
Participants at the just ended Water Integrity Forum (WIF) held in Delft, The Netherlands, together with partners of the forum, have called on governments, the United Nations (UN) and international organisations, the corporate sector and civil society to promote water integrity in their operations. Maintaining that the costs of inaction are just too high to remain passive, the three-day forum which ended June 7, 2013 stated that although fighting corruption is an essential first step, it is not sufficient to deal with the issues of integrity. “We need to facilitate the recommended transformational shifts, and start changing attitudes and behaviour, personal and institutional,” participants declared in a statement issued at the end of the forum. Outlining concrete steps that need...
(Myjoyonline 06/11/13)
The Bank of Ghana (BoG) is assuring the public that it has enough dollars to meet operations of commercial banks. The assurance follows reports by most banks that they do not have enough dollar cash for their dealings. According to the commercial banks, the situation is also making it difficult to meet the demands of some foreign currency holders. But the BoG argues that the situation could be linked to banks that are not complying with measures introduced last year to check dollarisation. Adams Henaku, Head of Treasury at the Bank of Ghana said the regulator has not given any directive to commercial banks to limit their forex transactions to be cashless. Explaining why some foreign currency holders are having...
(Ghana Business News 06/11/13)
The first ever forum on integrity in the water sector jointly organised by the Water Integrity Network (WIN), UNESCO – IHE Institute for Water Education and the Water Governance Centre (WGC), has found that water shortages in most countries are not due to resource scarcity but due to governance failures. In a statement issued after a three-day forum on water integrity in Delft, The Netherlands from June 5, 2013 to June 7, 2013, the over 100 participants from 60 organisations cutting across all continents, agreed “Fragmented institutions obstruct accountability in a sector with high investment and aid flows, making it particularly vulnerable to corruption.” According to the participants who included policy makers, regulators, investors, researchers, the private sector, non-governmental organisations...
(BBC News Africa 06/11/13)
Ghana's police have arrested at least 55 West Africans suspected of illegal gold mining, an immigration spokesman has told the BBC. The arrests suggest that the police's focus has shifted away from Chinese miners to African miners, reports the BBC's Akwasi Sarpong in Accra. More than 200 Chinese workers would be repatriated after their arrest last week, the spokesman said. Ghanaian law prevents foreigners from working in small-scale gold mines. Ghana is Africa's biggest gold producer after South Africa. The raids are popular with many poor Ghanaians who feel that foreigners are taking jobs from them, our reporter says. Immigration spokesman Francis Palmdeti told the BBC that of the 55 arrested, 51 were from Niger, three from Togo and one...
(Vibe Ghana 06/11/13)
Kofi JumahFormer New Patriotic Party [NPP] Member of Parliament for Asokwa, Maxwell Kofi Jumah on Tuesday claimed the owner of airport security management company Sohin Security, Solomon Adelaquaye. Mr Adelaquaye is facing prosecution in the United States for allegedly trafficking illicit drugs, sponsored not less than 80 Members of Parliament on the ticket of governing National Democratic Congress [NDC], during the 2012 elections. Mr. Kofi Jumah described as untrue, denials of Mr. Adelaquaye’s links with the NDC claiming that he [Jumah] had seen photographs of President John Dramani Mahama and that of National Security Coordinator, Colonel Larry Gbevlo-Lartey (Retired) in the offices of Mr. Adelaquaye. The former Kumasi mayor, therefore, said the denial by the National Security Coordinator on Joy...
(Ventures Africa 06/11/13)
VENTURES AFRICA — The West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ), a sub-regional monetary union, has said it will need $200 million for the construction of the ECOWAS (Economic Commission Of West African States) Regional Bank to be located in Accra, Ghana. The Director of the region’s Financial Integration, Dr. Eunice Ngozi Egbuns disclosed this to journalists who are currently undergoing a two weeks regional integration training funded by Deutsche Welle Academic in Accra. She noted that the construction of the Ecowas Bank by 2015 will serve as a precursor to the introduction of the region’s single currency “Eco” slatted for 2020. The single currency was approved and adopted by member states in Accra, after the conclusion of its 24th meeting of...
(Vibe Ghana 06/11/13)
The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has called on the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2012 general elections, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to denounce his widely touted “all die be die” mantra. Speaking at the 21st anniversary celebration of the formation of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia stated: “we want to pray for his speedy recovery and also pray that when he recovers, he [will] have the courage to revise that theory of “all die be die.” Nana Akufo-Addo traveled to the United Kingdom last week for medical checkup, according to party officials. According to Johnson Asiedu Nketia, however, “if it (all die be die mantra) is a pleasant...
(The Chronicle 06/10/13)
Time was when soldiers were considered riff-raffs. Time was when Ghanaian soldiers were known to be never-do-wells. Time was when it was said that it was only school-drop outs or young people who were lazy, unproductive and trouble-causers who joined the military.There have been many other unpalatable descriptions of Ghanaian soldiers. We may no longer call them abongo, which thankfully is gradually dying, but we still believe in our heart of hearts that our soldiers are still abongo. Or we can still recall the late popular and controversial Nigerian musician, Fela, who euphemistically described soldiers in his country and Ghana as zombie. Yes, they just follow order without thought. Today, all that has changed. Today, the Ghana Armed Forces can...
(Ghana Business News 06/10/13)
The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) on Monday says it still stands by its position that members of the Ghana Medical Association are not entitled to any Conversion Difference. It said in a statement to the Ghana News Agency that “a Conversion Difference, is part of the Single Spine Pay Policy and is paid to a job holder when upon migration it is found that his/her previous basic salary is more than what he/she is to take on the Single Spine basic salary. “The jobholder is given Conversion Difference in order that he/she is not made worse off upon migration.” Recalling a meeting of the Public Services Joint Standing Negotiating Committee (PSJSNC) that called for a media truce on...
( 06/10/13)
Former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party and now Member of Parliament for Okere Constituency, Dan Botwe, has rubbished reports purported to have been made by him about his willingness to out-rightly oust Dr. Wereko-Brobby from the party if he had been given the authority to act on the matter. Speaking on Okay FM, Dan Botwe distanced himself from the report but made it clear that he is in support of the decision taken by the National Executive Committee of the NPP to curb squabbling in the party. He pointed out that although politics is about numbers, people must bear in mind that the game is about “positive numbers”. “I believe politics is a game of positive numbers. It...
(BBC News Africa 06/10/13)
Ghana's police have arrested at least 55 West Africans suspected of illegal gold mining, an immigration spokesman has told the BBC. The arrests suggest that the police's focus has shifted away from Chinese miners to African miners, reports the BBC's Akwasi Sarpong in Accra. More than 200 Chinese workers would be repatriated after their arrest last week, the spokesman said. Ghanaian law prevents foreigners from working in small-scale gold mines. Ghana is Africa's biggest gold producer after South Africa. The raids are popular with many poor Ghanaians who feel that foreigners are taking jobs from them, our reporter says. Immigration spokesman Francis Palmdeti told the BBC that of the 55 arrested, 51 were from Niger, three from Togo and one...

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