Wednesday 28 June 2017
(Xinhuanet 05/17/17)
Ghana’s Forestry Commission said Tuesday that wood fuel remained a very important energy source for households, with its annual consumption estimated at 16 million cubic meters. “It is on record that about 70 percent of Ghanaians depend on wood fuel for their household energy needs and as a major source of livelihood, and its use is dominant in rural households in Ghana”, the commission said in a release issued ahead of the International Day of Forests scheduled for May 24-25. In spite of the many benefits derived from the forest, the commission pointed out that forest and wildlife resources of Ghana continued to face serious threats of degradation due to some unhealthy practices. It listed factors such as illegal logging,...
(Ghana Web 05/17/17)
Black Stars Head Coach Kwesi Appiah has raised fresh hope of the return of both Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng after suggesting that the two will be considered for selection for the team provided their performances merit a call-up. Both players were banished and subsequently suspended indefinitely from the team after an incident during the 2014 World Cup campaign. Muntari was booted out after he was alleged to have made an unprovoked physical attack on an Executive Committee member of the GFA and a management member of the Black Stars, Mr. Moses Armah, while Kevin-Prince Boateng was ousted after he also allegedly hailed ‘vulgar verbal insults’ at then head coach Kwesi Appiah. In what is a shocking U-turn, Kwesi Appiah...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/17/17)
Gay and lesbian Africans who fled abuse in their home countries face a "culture of disbelief" which makes their experience of seeking asylum in Britain traumatic, a Nigerian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender rights (LGBT) campaigner said. Aderonke Apata, 50, who fled persecution in Nigeria, said the practice of assessing Africans' sexual orientation claims based on Western standards was problematic. "They expect an LGBT person to have used sex toys, to go to gay clubs," Apata, an asylum seeker who founded African LGBT charity, African Rainbow Family, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Apata has been trying to claim asylum in Britain for 13 years, but her case was refused several times after a judge ruled that she was pretending to be...
(AL Jazeera 05/16/17)
When John Mahama stepped down as president of Ghana in January 2017, he became the first in his country's history to fail to secure a second term in office. Critics argued that Mahama, who was nicknamed Mr Power Cut because of a series of debilitating power cuts during his term, was unable to meet the expectations of ordinary Ghanaians. But Mahama has also been praised for the role he played during the Ebola crisis, and most recently for helping convince Yahya Jammeh, The Gambia's president, to step down after he lost the presidential elections in December 2016. Al Jazeera spoke to Mahama about Ghana at 60, the possibility of justice in The Gambia post-Jammeh, and how the calls for Jacob...
(Bloomberg 05/16/17)
When the impoverished West African nation of Niger imposed a ban on donkey exports last year, a small community of traders just over the border in Nigeria was devastated. “Before the ban, you could see thousands of donkeys here,” said Mohammed Sani, a 45-year-old trader in the Nigerian town of Jibiya, as he wiped the sweat off his brow. “Now look at them: there’s no more than 50, crippling the business.” Donkeys are being slaughtered at an alarming pace to feed a global trade in donkey hides that’s fueled by soaring demand in China, where the skins are used to manufacture a gelatin believed to have anti-ageing and libido-enhancing properties. The gelatin, known in China as e’jiao, is so popular...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/13/17)
Tackling climate change in Africa could help resolve multiple problems ravaging the continent, from drought to refugees and violence, the head of the African Union said on Friday. The mix of global warming with economic woes and political conflicts keeps peace from taking hold, said Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Union's new chairman, at Chatham House, an international think tank. "There is a link between climate change and prosperity, as well as peace, on the continent," Mahamat said in French with an interpreter. "Africa is among the least polluting continents, and yet it is the continent that suffers most," he said. Mahamat, the former foreign minister of Chad, was chosen to chair the 55-member, Addis Ababa-based organization in January. In Africa's...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/12/17)
Fitch ratings agency upgraded Ghana's outlook to stable on Friday and said the government was making progress in stabilizing the economy after a period of crisis. The agency kept its 'B' rating on the gold, oil and cocoa producer, but said it expected a revival of GDP growth and a decline in inflation and the budget deficit. Ghana was seen as having one of Africa's most dynamic economies until it was hit by fall in oil prices and a fiscal crisis caused by government spending on civil service wages in 2014. It is now following a $918-million International Monetary Fund programme to restore fiscal balance. The government of President Nana Akufo-Addo, which took power in January promising to rebuild finances,...
(AfricaNews 05/12/17)
Ghana is set to have its second successive female Chief Justice with the appointment of Justice Sophia Akuffo, all but confirmed. Her nomination is to be officially announced by the President at a press briefing later today. Local media portals including the state-owned Daily Graphic have reported that she has been nominated by the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Her appointment is subject to approval by the country’s parliament. If confirmed by the legislature, she will become the 13th Chief Justice in the West African country’s history and the fifth under the current constitution. She will take over from Georgina Theodora Wood who retires in June. Wood was Ghana’s first woman Chief Justice. She will thus become the fourth most...
(Ghana Business News 05/12/17)
Madam Cecilia Dapaah, Minister for Aviation said the Ministry would make the Ho Airport an aviation training and maintenance hub, when completed. She said the nation’s aviation industry was losing pilots and crew to other airlines and that the Ho Airport would be positioned to train people for the industry. Madam Dapaah who inspected construction work at the $25 million dollar airport on Friday said the facility would provide flights to and from other parts of the country, and would boost tourism in the Volta Region. She commended Amandi, the firm constructing the airport and said the facility had a perimeter fence which should be replicated at all airports in the country to ward off encroachers. Mr Daniel Benayum, General...
(Spy Ghana 05/12/17)
Former first lady and 2016 Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Party (NDP) said the country’s economy was destroyed by the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) government through bad policies. Nana KonaduSpeaking on Joy fm’s personality profile Thursday night, the former first lady said the evidence of poverty and filth was visible across the country. She said, “I went round the country and I saw poverty staring at me…the likes of poverty that I hadn’t seen since 1982(3) and it gripped my heart and touched every part of my body that this has to change. “You leave Accra and the situation is miserable…no capital city in Africa have I seen this kind of filth like it is in Accra,” she...
(AL Jazeera 05/12/17)
Former Ghanaian president says political problems in South Africa, Nigeria and Egypt will affect the entire continent. When John Mahama stepped down as president of Ghana in January 2017, he became the first in his country's history to fail to secure a second term in office. Critics argued that Mahama, who was nicknamed Mr Power Cut because of a series of debilitating power cuts during his term, was unable to meet the expectations of ordinary Ghanaians. But Mahama has also been praised for the role he played during the Ebola crisis, and most recently for helping convince Yahya Jammeh, The Gambia's president, to step down after he lost the presidential elections in December 2016. Al Jazeera spoke to Mahama about...
(Ghana Business News 05/12/17)
The government will soon establish a commission of enquiry to facilitate the creation of four additional regions in the country, Mr Dan Kwaku Botwe, the Minister of Regional Reorganization and Development, has announced. The commission would be tasked to organise a national discourse, in accordance with Article five of the 1992 constitution, the sector minister explained, when he addressed the Brong-Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs at a workshop on Tuesday. Organised by the House with support from the Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung, (KAS) a German political foundation which promotes good governance and democracy, the workshop was aimed at discussing the need to carve-out and create the new Ahafo Region. Mr Botwe urged the chiefs to exercise restraint as the government worked out...
(Ghana Web 05/11/17)
President Akufo-Addo has noted that the belief of his government is that “given an enabling environment, the creativity and sense of enterprise of the Ghanaian will enable us to build a strong, powerful economy which can deliver a good, dignified standard of living to our people”. The President explained that since Governor Guggisberg left the country some 90 years ago, the basic structure of Ghana’s economy has remained largely unchanged. The President made the remarks at the official commissioning of the newly constructed $95million Kumasi City Mall on Wednesday 10 May. He added that Ghana’s economy cannot grow if it remains, primarily, a raw material producing and exporting
(Xinhuanet 05/11/17)
Ghana and Egypt on Wednesday resolved to cooperate to fight terrorism on the continent. The two countries also agreed to open their doors for investors to invest in respective countries. The agreements were made after the Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry paid a courtesy call on his Ghanaian counterpart Shirley Ayorkor Botchway in Accra. Shoukry is on a two-day official visit to the West African country. “We both agreed that there is the need to cooperate in the area of terrorism because what affects one African country affects all African countries the same,” Botchway said. Shoukry hopes that the Ghana-Egypt relationship will find new avenues of cooperation. “We hope that there is a greater number of Egyptian investors that will...
(Ghana Web 05/11/17)
Traders at the Odawna Pedestrian Shopping Mall whose stalls were demolished to make way for the construction of the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange have expressed disappointment in the government for its failure to compensate them. According to them, all efforts made during the past administration concerning the compensation proved futile. The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) at the inception of the construction demolished part of the shopping mall to allow space for the contractor to work. The NDC government in power then promised to compensate the affected traders but they are yet to receive any compensation. The chairman of the traders union there, Mr. Adu Boahene in an interview with Onua News indicated that about 70 percent of the affected traders decided...
(Graphic Online 05/11/17)
Poultry farmers are threatening a legal showdown with the government to help force a refund of GH¢6 million that was used to finance the pilot phase of the Ghana Broiler Revitalisation Programme (GHABROP) launched in 2014. The money is a loan that was taken by Boris B’s Farms and Veterinary Supplies Limited from Barclays Bank Ghana Limited and was used to support the GHABROP, a partnership between the government, through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), and the Ghana National Poultry Farmers Association (GNAPF). Although the principal of the loan and its interest have risen to GH¢8 million, Boris B’s and the poultry farmers say the proceeds have yielded just GH¢2 million, not enough to retire even the principal...
(Citifmonline 05/11/17)
President Nana Akufo-Addo wants the newly launched Kumasi City Mall to be much more than a hub only for the sale of imported products. According to him, “it would be truly commendable if by the end of the first year of its operation, at least 20% of the goods that are sold here should be of Ghanaian origin, and the percentages increase as Ghanaian industrial production rapidly expands.” Speaking at the official launch of the Kumasi City Mall on Wednesday, President Akufo-Addo bemoaned the fact that Ghana continued to be a retailer of cheap imported goods. “I know very well that, in some of our malls and supermarkets across the country, carrots sold for example, are imported from Holland. Some...
(Ghana Business News 05/10/17)
The year-on-year inflation rate went up slightly in April to 13.0 per cent, up by 0.2 percentage points, compared with the 12.8 per cent recorded in March. The Acting Government Statistician, Mr Baah Wadieh told a press conference on Wednesday that the monthly change rate in April 2017 was 1.6 per cent, while that for March 2017 stood at 1.3 per cent. The year-on-year non-food inflation rate recorded for April was 16.3 per cent compared with the 15.6 per cent recorded in March 2017. The non-food inflation rate was more than two times that of the food inflation rate of 6.7 per cent compared with 7.3 per cent recorded in March 2017. The main “price drivers” for the non-food inflation...
(Ghana Business News 05/10/17)
The United States has since 1990 provided more than $ 1.7 million grant support to Ghana for development. Last year alone, it disbursed $55,000 to seven organisations and local communities to undertake various community-based projects. Ms Margaret Langer, a Senior Official at the US Embassy in Accra, who disclosed this on Tuesday, said the grant was under the “US Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Programme” being implemented in the country. She made this known when she addressed then chiefs and people of Nweneso, a farming community in the Asutifi North District of the Brong-Ahafo Region at a durbar to inaugurate a borehole the Embassy constructed for the people. Estimated at the cost of $6,500, the water project would serve the people of...
(AfricaNews 05/10/17)
A gas explosion in Ghana’s Western Region has left over 100 people hospitalized. The incident occurred on Tuesday morning during the discharge of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) at the premises of a household utilities manufacturing company. The state-owned Daily Graphic reports that the injured persons who were all rushed to three medical facilities were responding to treatment. The injured included four firemen, three motor traffic officials and a newspaper vendor. The resulting explosion from the incident in Sekondi/Takoradi (capital of Ghana’s oil-rich region) was reportedly heard metres away and broke louvre blades in nearby houses and offices. The cause of the explosion was a leaking receptacle at the time the LPG was being discharged to giant receptacles. Authorities have yet...

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