Sunday 20 August 2017
(Graphic Online 08/11/17)
Former President John Mahama has used his electoral defeat to urge Kenyans to keep the peace amidst fears of post-election violence. Mr. Mahama was briefing the Kenyan media as Head of the Commonwealth Observer Mission that monitored Tuesday’s general elections in the East African country. “It is not easy to lose an election [because] it can be very disappointing,” he told the journalists while presenting interim statement on behalf of the Commonwealth Observer Group to Kenya. Early results put the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee Party ahead of his arch rival Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance. Kenya's western city of Kisumu, saw some protests on Wednesday after the opposition said the electronic...
(Business Ghana 08/08/17)
Britain has described Ghana as a model of democracy and rule of law the rest of the African continent can emulate to position the continent as an emerging world power in the years ahead. As such, the UK has declared to remain a strong trading partner of Ghana when it finally exits the European Union (Brexit) in March 2019. Ghana commended In recognition of the country’s political stability and peaceful transfer of power from one political party to the other after seven successful elections, the British government has been motivated to further strengthen ties with Ghana and also partner it to build a stronger Commonwealth. Sharing his perspectives in an exclusive interview with the Daily Graphic in London, the UK...
(Daily Trust 08/01/17)
Accra — Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo is expected in Nigeria today on a one-day state visit on the invitation of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo. Akufo-Addo will be a special guest of honour at the graduation ceremony of the National Defence Council. This will be the second visit of the Ghanaian leader to Nigeria since his inauguration in January this year. The Communications Director at the Presidency, Mr Eugene Arhin, said during a live programme on Accra based FM Radio that...
(Graphic Online 07/27/17)
Ghana and Malta have agreed to step up relations between their two countries, with a view to driving investment opportunities in them and enhancing co-operation and partnership in their development efforts. Towards that end, a Business Forum between the chambers of commerce of the two countries, as well as with the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), has been scheduled to take place at the Accra International Conference Centre today to identify trade and business opportunities that exist and which could be mutually beneficial to the two countries. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced this when he jointly addressed a press conference with the President of Malta, Madam Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca
(Business Day Ghana 07/26/17)
The Electoral Commission’s (EC) contract with Dream Oval was funded by the USAID and awarded in line with USAID procurement policies, Mrs Charlotte Osei, the EC’s Chairperson has stated. “The USAID has not complained of any breaches of policies and has agreed to pay the additional costs necessitated by the additional security infrastructure that Dream Oval had to put in place for the Commission’s website,” Mrs Osei has stated. She made this known in a 17 paged document response to...
(APA 07/26/17)
The President of Malta, Mrs. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, has arrived in Ghana on a three-day visit aimed at strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries. She arrived with her spouse and was welcomed by Ghana's Vice President (VP), Alhaji Dr. Bawumia. Mrs. Preca is expected to meet President Nana Akufo-Addo on Wednesday, at the Flagstaff House, seat of government in Accra. She is at the head of a business delegation from Malta to explore business and investment opportunities in...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(Starrfmonline 07/20/17)
The Electoral Commission Chairperson Charlotte Osei has challenged the lawyer representing the so-called concerned staff of the electoral commission who are demanding her removal from office by the President. In a statement Wednesday, lawyers for Mrs. Osei dared the law firm of Maxwell Opoku Agyeman, to provide the full details of the petitioners or face her in court. A statement signed on the letterhead of Lawyer Opoku Agyeman’s law firm noted that a petition has been presented to the president...
(Graphic Online 07/20/17)
The Minority Leader in Parliament, Mr Haruna Iddrusu has said that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will resist any attempt by the Akufo-Addo led government to remove the Electoral Commission Chairperson, Mrs Charlotte Osei from office. According to him, the ploy by the Akufo-Addo government to get out the chairperson of the EC from office ought to be stopped by all concerned Ghanaians. Addressing a press conference at the NDC headquarters in Accra on Thursday, Mr Iddrisu said the NPP...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/19/17)
A small unit on a tower building at Ghana's Parliament caught fire on Tuesday but the blaze did not cause any major damage or disrupt the use of the facility, the national fire service said. The fire started in a printing room on the 10th floor of the "Job 600" complex and spread to an adjoining kitchenette, fire service spokesman Billy Anaglate said. "We have put it out and everything is under control. It's not a threatening situation and we...
(APA 07/19/17)
One of the offices being used by Ghanaian parliamentarians in the 'Job 600' on Tuesday evening was engulfed by fire, APA learns here. The fire started around 6.30 pm local Ghanaian time on the 10th floor of the building, that serves 275 members of parliament across the length and breadth of the country. Reports on Wednesday morning say some few MPs and staff on the floor at the time of the fire escaped unhurt owing to the timely intervention of...
(Graphic Online 07/19/17)
The Presidency has confirmed receiving a petition from some staff of the Electoral Commission asking that the chairperson, Mrs Charlotte Osei should be removed. The Director of Communications at the Presidency, Mr Eugene Arhin confirmed this to Graphic Online’s presidential correspondent, Victor Kwawukume on Wednesday afternoon. In the petition, EC staff, calling themselves concerned workers of the Electoral Commission (EC) are asking the President and and the Chief Justice to begin impeachment processes against the Chairperson of the Commission, Mrs...
(Ghana Business News 07/11/17)
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday said he was prepared to put his presidency on the line in his quest to end the scourge of illegal mining to safeguard Ghana’s future. He said he was not worried whose ox was gored in the fight against illegal mining or galamsey, because he had the duty as the leader of the country to ensure the survival of the country as an entity. “But it has been said that I should be...
(Graphic Online 07/10/17)
The issue in which the Members of Finance Committee of the Parliament of Ghana are being accused of collecting money in 2016 from the National Lottery Authority to deliberate on a lottery law, is under very serious consideration by the Leadership of the House. Prof Aaron Michael Oquaye, the Speaker of Parliament on Friday said “no one is sleeping,” and the matter is under very serious consideration by the Leadership of the House. He told the House that the leadership...
(Graphic Online 07/10/17)
Ghana is currently Turkey’s third largest trade partner within sub-Saharan Africa, with a trade volume amounting to $480 million in 2016. Turkey’s target is to increase the trade volume to $1billion by 2020 and the country has, therefore, been encouraging their companies to invest in Ghana. The Turkish Ambassador to Ghana, Madam Nesrin Bayazit, announced this at the launch of the “Turkish Culture and Cuisine Week” last weekend. She said Turkey was willing and doing her part in contributing to...
(APA 07/06/17)
Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is expected to turn the valves to the Floating Production Storage Oil (FPSO) vessel, John Agyekum Kufuor, to produce about 85,000 barrels of oil daily on Thursday. The vessel, named after former President John Agykum Kufuor, whose tenure as President, Ghana discovered oil in commercial quantities, is also expected to shore up Ghana's natural gas resources to help mitigate the challenges facing power generation in the West African country. Ghana is gradually warming itself...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States could hold back or not engage in the fight against terrorism," Faki said in an...
(APA 06/27/17)
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana on Monday afternoon left Accra for a three-day official visit to Zambia. APA learned in Accra that he received a tumultuous welcome by the Ghanaian community in the Zambia. A statement from the presidency said President Akufo-Addo will be in Lusaka at the invitation of his counterpart, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu. They will hold bilateral talks aimed at deepening bilateral ties, as well as explore areas of co-operation. Whilst in Zambia, Akufo-Addo will visit Ndola, a city in Zambia’s Copperbelt Province, where he will be the special guest of honour at the 53rd Zambia...
(AFP (eng) 06/23/17)
Former presidents, lawmakers and senior government officials in Ghana will no longer have special privileges for private travel to the United States, Washington's envoy has said. Until now, such individuals were able to take advantage of "protocol services" where they did not have to physically appear at the US embassy to obtain a visa. But on Thursday, US Ambassador Robert Jackson told members of parliament that the process had changed, sources in the legislature said. "If you are travelling for tourism or business that is not related to government business, you will be required to make a personal appearance, even with former presidents," he said.
(APA 06/19/17)
The Ghanaian Parliament on Monday approved the nomination of Justice Sophia Akuffo as the Chief Justice of the country. She becomes the 13th Chief Justice and the second female after Georgina Wood, the immediate past Chief Justice. The approval followed recommendations of the Appointments Committee of Parliament, which she appeared before last Friday. Presenting the report of the committee, Ghana's 1st Deputy Speaker, Mr. Joe Osei Wusu, said the committee approved Justice Akuffo’s nomination unanimously because she exhibited the competence...

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