E. T. Mensah defends Council of State contest, says ‘I have a lot to offer’

Veteran politician Enoch Teye Mensah says he would aid President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to fulfill his campaign promises if elected the Greater Accra Regional representative on the Council of State. Former Sports Minister who is popularly known as E. T. Mensah said he has gathered enough experience during his 20 years in Parliament and would put it at the disposal of government to ensure its efficiency and effectiveness. In an exclusive interview with Evans Mensah, host of Joy FM’s Newsnite programme Tuesday, the former Ningo Prampram legislator said he would be non-partisan in the discharge of his duties as a Council member. Mr Mensah said he had worked effectively […]

High electricity tariff identified as major threat to business growth

Businesses in the country are optimistic about the first quarter of the year because of the proposed initiatives by government to improve the business environment. This is contained in the Business Barometer (BB) report released by the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI). The report also cites the high cost of electricity as major challenge to the growth of businesses in the fourth quarter of 2016 followed by a high number of taxes and delayed in payments of projects. Addressing the media, AGI President, James Asare Adjei therefore called on the government to as a matter of urgency reduce or scrap some taxes. Business confidence is beginning to rise, from 99.0 […]

John Agyekum Kufuor FPSO Vessel Ready To Set Sail To Offshore Cape Three Points

San Donato Milanese (MI), February 2017 – Eni announces that the naming ceremony of the “John Agyekum Kufuor” floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel was held last Friday in Singapore. The FPSO shall operate in Sankofa-Gye Nyame field in the Tano Basin, in Ghana’s offshore, for the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) project. The vessel, named after Ghana’s Former President Kufuor, who was present at the naming ceremony along with Ghana’s First Lady Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, is expected to arrive in Ghana by April 2017. The FPSO has an oil treatment capacity of 58,000 barrels per day (bbls/d) and a gas treatment capacity of up to 210 million standard […]

Former Prez Rawlings Explains Why God Should Lead NDC

Former president Jerry John Rawlings has said his call for God to lead the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is for members of the party to recognise and appreciate the divinity in noble principles. He said: “ If we cannot recognise and appreciate the divinity in truthfulness, justice, integrity, loyalty, faithfulness, good work, respect and concern for one another, the environment and the divinity in the golden rule, then the God we are fearing and worshipping is a big waste of time.” In an interview at his office in Accra on Thursday, the former President asserted, “If we did not subordinate the authority of God to the power of human beings, […]

KPONE DESERVES ATTENTION, AS HEAVY INDUSTRIES SWALLOW RESIDENTS

Residents of Kpone in the Greater Accra Region lives are in danger, following hazardous fumes from heavy industries swallowing the community. This has drawn the attention of  Sunshinefm.de and Afiaradio.com , members of the SUNSHINE Media group to the community to assess the situation. KPONE is a community which lies at the south eastern part of the greater Accra region of the geographical map of Ghana, with a population of 106,398 with a total number of 24,800 which represents 4.0 persons per household according to the 2010 population census. With the same arimetrics, children constitute the largest proportion of household accounting for 38.4%. About 42% out of the total account […]

Kenya’s economy to grow at a slow rate this year – says IMF official

NAIROBI – Kenya’s economic growth rate will slow in 2017, from about 6 per cent last year, due to sluggish credit growth and as investors take a wait-and-see attitude before a presidential election in August, a senior IMF official said yesterday. Armando Morales, the International Monetary Fund’s representative in Kenya, said growth is likely to remain within the 5-6 per cent range of the past five years, despite the slowdown. “We expect a deceleration of growth for several reasons, but I think the most important reason we are considering is the potential impact of the interest rate cap on credit growth,” he told Reuters in an interview. The government capped […]

Jammeh gets legislative rubberstamp to continue in power

The National Assembly also condemned “the unlawful and malicious interference in the internal affairs of The Gambia by the AU Peace and Security Council, Government of the Republic of Senegal, and Senegal’s Representative at the UNSC.” On Tuesday evening, Jammeh declared a three-month state of emergency only two days to the inauguration of president-elect Adama Barrow. Barrow is currently in Senegal and was widely expected to return and be sworn in on January 19 – when Jammeh’s tenure officially expires. Gambia’s legislature has passed a resolution to allow outgoing President Yahya Jammeh to remain in power for three months starting from Wednesday, January 18, 2017, state television reported. The National […]

Bawumia Teases Amissah-Arthur Over 170 Posers

The contest between Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur and Vice President-elect Dr Mahamudu Bawumia regarding mastery in Ghana’s economic management might continue for a while. Dr Bawumia says the 170 questions on Ghana’s economy he threw at Amissah-Arthur, which became the toast of the campaign season, remain unanswered. Despite winning the presidential election and waiting to be sworn in as vice president, Dr Bawumia told Joy News that he would still love to have answers to those questions. “I hope he has left the answers in the handing over notes,” he said sarcastically. Dr Bawumia and his wife became the toast of the electioneering campaign with a series of economic lectures, […]

Akufo-Addo names first batch of staff; Frema, Bediatuo confirmed

President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo has announced his first batch of A-list staff to steer the affairs of government at least for the first four years. At a press conference shortly after his tour of the Flagstaff House, Nana Akufo-Addo named Akosua Frema Opare Osei as Chief of Staff. She will be the first woman to appointed Chief of Staff in Ghana’s history. Blending the young and old, the founder of Tescon, Francis Asenso Okyere, 39, and Abu Jinapor were also named as two Deputy Chiefs of Staff. A consummate lawyer, Nana Asante Bediatuo becomes the Executive Secretary to the president when Akufo-Addo takes office after Saturday’s inauguration. To send a clear signal he is in […]

Blame Finance Ministry for non-payment of contractors – GETFund

  Managers of the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund), have blamed the Ministry of Finance for its inability to pay contractors who the Fund owes close to GHc 300 million. This follows a threat by the contractors to embark on a demonstration at the Flagstaff House on Tuesday, to demand the payment of money owed them by the GETFund. According to the contractors, they are owed over GHc 500 million spanning a period of six months, a situation that is crippling their businesses, as most of them go for loans to pre-finance the projects. Speaking to Citi News, the Deputy Administrator for GETFund, Stephen Baffoe, indicated that until the Ministry […]