Thursday 25 May 2017
(APA 05/24/17)
Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has joined world leaders to condemn the attack on the United Kingdom that led to the death of 22 people. The Ghanaian Times reports on Wednesday that the President described the act as despicable and cowardly. "I condemn these despicable and cowardly acts and extend my deepest condolences to the affected families," the President said in a tweet. The attack took place on Monday night at the end of a concert by US singer, Arania Grande and the Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for the bombing that also left 60 people injured.
(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...
(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...
(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,...
(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
(Graphic Online 05/05/17)
Ghana and Togo have resolved to deepen co-operation, as well as strengthen the ties of friendship that exist between them in the sectors of security, immigration, agriculture and water, health, trade, digital economy, environment, energy, transport and the issue of maritime borders. A communiqué issued at the end of the official visit of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to Togo noted that, together with President Faure Gnassingbe, both leaders have indicated their willingness to activate “the High level permanent joint Commission of cooperation between the two countries.” On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, the two leaders visited the Joint Border Post at Noepe and Akanu.
(AFP (eng) 04/26/17)
Three members of Ghana's parliament and a former lawmaker are facing travel bans to Britain over apparent visa irregularities, according to a leaked document seen by AFP on Wednesday. Britain's High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin, wrote to parliament Speaker Mike Oquaye that the four had apparently been involved "in visa fraud directly affecting the United Kingdom". Former MP George Boakye obtained a visa for his daughter, who then overstayed her visa for more than three years and only returned...
(Sudan News Agency 04/26/17)
President of the Republic and Chairman of the National Congress, received Tuesday at the Guest House the visiting leader of the ruling party in Ghana, Hon Faridi, and discussed ways of strengthening the relations between the two countries. Present at the meeting was Deputy Chairman of the National Congress for the Party's Affairs, Engineer Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid. In a press statement after the meeting, Engineer Hamid said that the meeting comes in the context of the distinguished relations between Sudan...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, will convene Wedesday the first UN-AU Annual Conference. The two leaders will look into how to strengthen the partnership between the two organizations to face common challenges and opportunities in the continent, on issues of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, said Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesman, at a daily briefing. "They will also sign the Joint United Nations-African Union Framework for an Enhanced...
(AfricaNews 04/11/17)
Two top United Nations (UN) officials have condemned political vigilantism in Ghana after thugs from the ruling party attacked a court last week. The Delta Force group affiliated to the ruling New patriotic Party (NPP) on April 6 stormed a Circuit Court and freed its members who were on trial for attacking a government appointee on March 24, 2017. They also destroyed some court property in the process. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations...
(Graphic Online 04/05/17)
The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday welcomed Princess Anne, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, to the Flagstaff House in Accra. Princess Anne is on a two-day visit to Ghana to celebrate the unique friendship between the UK and Ghana at a time that Ghana is observing its 60th independence anniversary. President Akufo-Addo and the Princess discussed how to strengthen bilateral ties between Ghana and the UK. The Princess said the UK was interested in helping to improve...
(Graphic Online 04/03/17)
The Japanese government has committed $56.6 million for the improvement of the Tema Motorway Roundabout and the 31.2 kilometre national trunk road, N8, from Assin Fosu to Assin Praso. The funding is one of two grant agreements signed between the two countries last Friday as part of events marking 60 years of diplomatic relationship between the two countries. The other agreement is a $1.8 million sector budget support to promote health service delivery in Ghana as part of Japan International...
(AFP (eng) 03/31/17)
A Ghanaian lawmaker was on Thursday found in contempt of parliament and ordered to apologise after claiming that a government minister bribed a committee to approve his appointment. National Democratic Congress (NDC) party MP Mahama Ayariga accused Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko of paying members of the panel 3,000 cedi (about $700, 650 euros) each to rubber stamp his nomination. Agyarko denied the allegation but an investigation was ordered. Lawmakers were told there was no evidence to support the claim. Ayariga was found in contempt of parliament and ordered to "render an unqualified apology to the House, purging himself of contempt". he MP then apologised. New Patriotic Party (NPP) leader Nana Akufo-Addo
(Bloomberg 03/31/17)
South African President Jacob Zuma fired Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and made sweeping changes to his administration in a high-stakes power play that may threaten his own presidency and place the nation’s investment grade credit rating at risk. Zuma replaced Gordhan, with whom he feuded over state finances, with Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, who has no financial or business experience. He also named lawmaker Sfiso Buthelezi to take over from Mcebisi Jonas as deputy finance minister. The cabinet overhaul...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke...
(Citifmonline 03/20/17)
Ghana’s wish to have a new Parliamentary Chamber to accommodate more people could soon materialise, following the decision of the Indian government to extend its assistance in that regard. The 400-seater capacity new chamber will replace the present 275-seater capacity chamber which was configured in 2013 to accommodate more Members of Parliament (MPs). The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye, told the Daily Graphic in an interview in India on the sidelines of the just-ended 12th Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Exim Bank Conclave on India-Africa Partnership in India that an Indian construction firm, Shapoorji Pallonji, which built the Flagstaff House from 2006 to 2008
(AFP (eng) 03/18/17)
Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo on Friday defended his controversial decision to appoint a 110-minister government, calling it a "necessary investment" in the small west African country. The new government nominated Wednesday -- which includes dozens of lower-level and regional ministers -- is a record for Ghana and has sparked a storm of commentary on social media and radio talk shows. "I'm aware that people are concerned about what they see as maybe the cost of this large government," Akufo-Addo admitted in an interview on national television Friday. "It is a necessary investment to make." Akufo-Addo, who was elected in December on a promise to fix a host of economic problems and fight
(AfricaNews 03/16/17)
Just days after Ghana celebrated its 60th independence anniversary, newly elected president Nana Akufo -Addo has come under fire for running what is termed as an “elephant size” government. The government has defended itself against the accusation this after new appointments announced on Wednesday, brought the number of ministers and deputy ministers to 110. Minority leader in parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, came out guns blazing saying that the cabinet will feed on the public purse. But in response, information minister Mustapha Hamid told reporters,” we never promised a lean government.” Adding that the size of the government was necessary
(Xinhuanet 03/16/17)
Ghana's Information Minister Mustapha Hamid on Wednesday responded to criticism against the long list of ministerial nominees, saying they never made a promise of a lean government. Ghanaian president Nana Akufo-Addo on Wednesday nominated 54 deputy ministers for the government of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), swelling the size of the minister and deputy minister nominees to 110 and perhaps more. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary of the minority National Democratic Congress (NDC), criticized the move, saying Akufo-Addo had gone contrary to a pre-election promise of instituting a lean administration. According to Nketia, the NPP has gone against the number of government appointees in the previous government led by John Dramani Mahama
(Graphic Online 03/15/17)
The leadership of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has accused President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of running a “family and friends” government in the wake of his appointment. Speaking at a press conference last Monday, the National Chairman of the PPP, Nii Allotey Brew-Hammond, took a swipe at the NPP government for its inability to form an all-inclusive government as promised during the 2016 campaign prior to the presidential and parliamentary elections. He also indicated that the outlined policies of...