Friday 20 April 2018
(BBC News Africa 05/21/13)
Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng is set to join English Premier League club Fulham from Ukrainian side Dnipro. It is thought that the former Getafe, Cologne and Beitar Jerusalem man will sign a two-year deal. The 30-year-old is a long-standing target of Fulham boss Martin Jol, who has attempted to capture the player on several previous occasions. But contract disputes between the player and his club had prevented the transfer from going through. Fulham have already completed a deal for right-back Sascha Riether, who will join the west Londoners permanently after a successful loan spell.
(Shabelle News 05/21/13)
President John Dramani Mahama has affirmed Ghana's commitment to support efforts at restoring peace and security in Somalia. He said he would make the issue of peace in Somalia an important agenda at the next African Union (AU) Summit in Ethiopia later this month. President Mahama gave the assurance yesterday when the Vice-President of Kenya, Mr William Samoei Ruto, delivered a special message to him at the Golden Jubilee Lounge of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA). Somalia, officially the Federal Republic of Somalia, is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It shares borders with Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the northwest, the Gulf of Aden to the north and Kenya to the east. The country has been...
(BBC News Africa 05/20/13)
Police say they were overwhelmed by the large crowd when a stampede killed four people at a church in Ghana's capital, Accra, on Sunday. Thousands of people flocked to the evangelical church for "holy water", which they believed had healing powers, leading to the crush. "All of us were caught by surprise. No-one knew the crowd will be so huge," said police spokesman Freeman Tetteh. The church is run by prominent Nigerian preacher TB Joshua. He is one of the wealthiest and most popular evangelical clerics in Africa and his Synagogue Church of All Nations claims it can perform miracles, such as curing blindness. Mr Tetteh told the BBC's Newsday programme there was a larger than expected crowd at the...
( 05/18/13)
The Swiss Ambassador on Friday said more Ghanaian exports are rejected at the European Union and United States borders because of non-compliance with international standards. Mr Andrea Semadeni has, therefore, suggested to the government to take pragmatic steps to rectify the situation in order to be well placed in the competitive international market. He was speaking at the signing of an agreement on “improving sustainable value chains for exports from Ghana” under the trade capacity building programme in Accra. The programme aims at enhancing the export potential of targeted sustainable value chains; fruits, cocoa, fish, and wood products with important poverty reduction impact over a period of four years. He said deficiencies in product quality and safety continue to stifle...
( 05/18/13)
Mr David Lloyd Johnston, Canadian Governor-General yesterday left Ghana for Botswana after a four-day state visit to the country as part of a three-nation tour of Africa. Ghana was the first leg of the tour, which will see him and his entourage visiting the Republics of Botswana and South Africa. Mr Johnston and his entourage were seen off at the airport by President John Dramani Mahama, Ms Trudy Kernighan, Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr Samuel Valis-Akyianu-Ghana’s High commissioner to Canada, amidst drumming and dancing, as well as a guard of honour mounted by a contingent from the Ghana Air Force. Mr Johnston and his entourage, including some investors arrived in Ghana last Monday and held meetings with President Mahama...
(Vibe Ghana 05/17/13)
The Government has dismissed fears that the 3 billion dollar Chinese Development loan may not be delivered due to some administrative lapses. Civil Society groups like Imani Ghana have raised red flags over the facility saying the Chinese partners are not convinced about the proposals of disbursement and expenditure submitted by the Ghanaian government. But the government has refuted the claims. Speaking to the media at the second edition of the daily press briefing at the Flagstaff House, Information and Media relations Minister Mahama Ayariga said the government is on course in accessing the facility. “I want to assure you that the government of Ghana has met all its obligations and the arrangements for the CDB loan. “The Finance Minister...
(Ghana Business News 05/17/13)
The Canadian government has in the fiscal year 2011-2012 giving Ghana a total of $131 million in development assistance. According to Canadian authorities, Ghana is a country of focus for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and bilateral development assistance focuses on two sectors: Food Security and Children and Youth (with an emphasis on water, sanitation and hygiene). Governance, equality between women and men, and the environment are cross-cutting themes, they add. Ghana being the first country in Africa to receive development assistance from Canada in 1957, the country is currently Canada’s fifth-largest development partner in the world. According to Canadian development official information gathered by ghanabusinessnews.com more than 65% of assistance is provided through programme-based approaches, including general, sector...
(Myjoyonline 05/17/13)
President John Mahama has given Asantehene Otumfuor Osei Tutu II the strongest assurance criminal activities in Kumasi will soon be over. The President says the security agencies are on top of the situation and are currently dealing with them. He was speaking during a courtesy call on him by the Asantehene at the Flagstaff House. Kumasi, the capital of Ashanti Region has in recent days seen a number of violent attacks some of which have resulted in deaths. The attacks have led to some sense of insecurity in the area. President Mahama took advantage of the visit by Otumfuor Osei Tutu II to reassure him of the efforts by the security personnel to ensure law and order is in the...
(The Globalnewsreel.com 05/17/13)
The Founder and Leader of Public Youth and Students Movement of Ghana (PUSMOG), Fredrick Duncan Modzabi said Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will fail in his ambition to have the Supreme Court declare him as the legitimate winner of the 2012 presidential elections. According to Mr Modzabi, the office of President eluded Nana Akufo-Addo after he and the NPP failed to seek a court injunction against the swearing-in of John Dramani Mahama as President of Ghana. Mr Modzabi is therefore appealing to the Supreme Court to either strike off the name of the president from the case or declare the petition null and void. He asserted that the original entry of the case against the President was statutorily void of any...
(The Chronicle 05/17/13)
The most miserable person on earth is not the person without sight, but a person with sight but no vision, said Helen Keller, a renowned writer who was born blind. It took a second for Rev. Dr. Samuel Donkor, President and Founder of the All Nations University College (ANUC), a Koforidua-based private tertiary institution, to dream about establishing the aforementioned college, but many years to bring the dream into reality. Despite the numerous challenges he encountered at the initial stages, Dr. Donkor gave birth to the university because he was bubbled, infatuated and impregnated with a vision that no storm could blow off. The All Nation University College was first established by the All Nations Full Gospel Church (ANFGC), Toronto,...
( 05/17/13)
President John Mahama has said the decision by his arch political opponent, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to resort to the courts to challenge the 2012 presidential results will strengthen, rather than put Ghana’s democracy in danger. President Mahama told the visiting Asanteman Council, led by Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II at the Flagstaff House on Friday May 17, 2013 that: “People think the nation is being buffeted by some uncertain as a result of this court case; I do think that it strengthens our democracy”. He said: “…Even though we had a dispute or somebody contests the results of the election, he has decided to go to Court and we are giving the Court the opportunity to listen to his...
( 05/17/13)
President John Mahama has said African leaders should help deal with the menace of “silent corruption” in the public sector. He said this type of corruption is not the in form of direct bribes but can be seen in the poor execution of public-sector projects with inadequate inputs, and the supply of substandard goods - especially drugs and equipment - to public-sector organisations. He called for strict adherence to law and democracy as Africa seeks to check public-sector corruption. Mr. Mahama was addressing the opening of the 2nd Africa Congress of Accountants (ACOA) under the theme “Africa’s Economic Growth, Accountability and Democracy”, in Accra. Corruption is reckoned to be the major cause of Africa’s under-development, depriving the continent’s people of...
(The Christian Science Monitor 05/16/13)
Thousands of Women, mostly from the Christian community, last Saturday thronged the Golden Jubilee Park in Kumasi in search of Mr. and Mrs. Right. The few men present were also desperately looking for women as lifelong partners. The occasion was the second Singles Summit organised by Moment of Glory Prayer Army (MOGPA), a Christian prayer network, which goes by the motto “Ablaze, response for God.” It seems Rev. OB is Ghana’s answer to London-based Nigerian Pastor Chris Ojibani, who first organised the first-ever singles seminar in February 2010 at the Accra Sports Stadium, and followed it up with another two-day Singles Seminar in November 2010, at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium. The Nigerian pastor has been organising such meetings for...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/15/13)
Ghana plans to issue a Eurobond worth up to $1 billion to refinance existing debt, the vice-president of the oil- and cocoa-producing West African nation told Reuters on Wednesday. "We are looking at the best conditions including costs and we will not do it until we're convinced it is the right time," Kwesi Amissah-Arthur said. Ghana's Finance Minister Seth Terkper said the government had yet to appoint advisors for the transaction. The proposal for the bond is subject to approval by Ghana's parliament, which is currently in recess. (Reporting by Kwasi Kpodo; Writing by Bate Felix; Editing by John Stonestreet)
(Voice of America 05/14/13)
UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council pointed Monday to the connection between terrorism in Africa and organized crime, and called for a strengthened global response. The 15-member Security Council unanimously adopted a statement declaring its deep concern for what it calls the increasing violence perpetrated by armed groups, the number of which, it said, are growing in several regions and sub-regions of Africa. The council approved the statement during a discussion of the fight against terrorism in Africa. In expressing its concern about the connection between terrorism and transnational organized crime, and with illicit activities such as drugs, arms and human trafficking, the Security Council urged enhanced coordination to strengthen a global response. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told...
( 05/13/13)
Vice-President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur has assured Ghanaians of the effective management of the nation's oil proceeds and tasked the media and civil society to continue to hold the government accountable to facilitate transparency.He said the proceeds would be fairly distributed, and other related matters effectively handled for the oil exploitation to become a blessing rather than a curse. In a panel discussion on resource wealth management at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2013 underway in Cape Town, South Africa, the Vice-President said the government had put in place the necessary legislative framework for the effective management of oil resources. Ghana discovered oil in commercial quantities in 2007 and actual production began in 2011, but fears are that oil resources,...
(Myjoyonline 05/13/13)
Dr. Kwesi Anning, Director of Academic Affairs and Research at the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Centre (KAIPTC), is of the view Ghana’s laws are partly to blame for the rough nature of gun acquisition in the country. Residents of the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi, say they are living in fear, following the spate of violent gun attacks that has left six people killed in less than a week. In the latest incident, five armed men stormed a pub in Dichemso in Kumasi and shot Prince Opoku Antoh, nephew of NPP regional Chairman F.F. Antoh. Sunday’s killing summed up a busy week for the police who have struggled to keep up with armed gangs who have been on rampage there...
( 05/13/13)
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is optimistic the momentum of growth of the Ghanaian economy will continue to be strong in the wake of a stable business environment. With government targeting a single inflation by the end of the year and the move by the central bank to increase foreign exchange on the market, the fund expects a more robust economic growth this year. Resident representative for the African Department, Samir Jahjah tells citi business news, government’s stringent policies in place will ensure that Ghana achieves growth. “The Surprising element of Ghana’s economy is the growth which has been very strong over the last few years; the momentum has been very positive, and it continues to be positive driven by...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/10/13)
Africa's economic development is being held back by a "hemorrhage" of illicit financial flows, which may be getting worse, the African Development Bank said on Friday, calling for reforms to stem the losses. A draft report to be presented at the AfDB's annual meeting in Morocco later this month shows net resource outflows from Africa totaling up to $1.4 trillion over the 30-year period to 2009, far exceeding inflows to the continent. Illicit financial flows were "the main driving force" behind $1.2-1.3 trillion of the three-decade net drain, it said. This is about four times Africa's current external debt and almost equivalent to its current GDP. "The trend is continuing, it could even be increasing," AfDB Chief Economist Mthuli Ncube...
(Myjoyonline 05/08/13)
Mobile Data statistics published by the National Communication Authority for the first quarter of 2013 indicates the MTN Ghana has 5.82million data subscribers, representing 65% of the total, which stood at 8.9million. MTN Ghana also crossed the 12millionth subscriber mark and finished the quarter with over 12million voice subscribers, which represents 45% of the over 26million total mobile voice subscriptions in the country as of March 2013. The market leader reported at the end of 2012 its data revenue increase by a whopping 96.1% on the back of “improved handsets, lower data tariffs and bundles” which give value for money. MTN Ghana has since last two year been running a data-focused month it calls i-Fest (Internet Festival) every September since...

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