Category: GHANA NEWS

Publish names of diplomatic passport holders Government urged

  North Tongu MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has said for purposes of transparency and full disclosure, it will be ideal for the government to publish names of past government appointees who are still holding on to diplomatic passports and those who have retuned theirs. According to him, this will bring finality to the matter. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, has hinted that members of the erstwhile Mahama government who refuse to hand over diplomatic passports will be stopped at the country’s airports during trips as a last resort. The minister indicated that the grace period for the former officials and appointees to hand over […]

Stealing Among ECG Staff Crippling Energy Sector-Former Minister

All Judges of the country’s Supreme Court are deemed competent and therefore were qualified to assume the role of a Chief Justice (CJ), private legal practitioner, George Loh pointed out. He however observed that several factors including gender balance could have worked against Justice Jones Dotse’s nomination as he was tipped as favourite to have succeeded the outgoing CJ, Justice Georgina Theodoria Wood. “There are various possible issues that might have gone into the appointment of the new CJ and I will not run from the gender. We have the President, the Vice President and the Speaker of Parliament and it is important to balance it with a female” According […]

Stealing Among ECG Staff Crippling Energy Sector-Former Minister

Dr. Kwabena Donkor has bemoaned what he described as the attitude of thievery and pilfering among staff of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) revealing that it is among other challenges crippling the energy sector “ECG staff and consumers connive to deny ECG of its revenue”, former Power Minister in the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration, alleged “I have an issue where over four years my house on the Spintex road was metered but no bill was issued to me. I have to follow up severally because at a point they could not determine whether my house was in Tema Region, Accra East or Accra West Region” he revealed […]

Government To Clear Arrears Of School Feeding Caterers Before July

Government has promised caterers under the Ghana School Feeding Program it would clear all arrears owed them before their contract elapse by July 2017. A statement issued by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and signed by the sector Minister Otiko Afisah Djaba apologized to caterers for the delay in the settlement of their debts. “We would like to apologise for the delay in payment to The Ghana School Feeding Caterers and the severe challenges this may be posing to them. The current School Feeding contracts will end this July 2017 and we can assure you that all arrears will be paid before then”, she revealed. The Minister […]

We’re not lazy – CLOGSAG replies Nana Addo

The Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG), has disputed President Akufo-Addo’s comments that the Ghanaian worker has a poor attitude to work, The President at the May Day Parade on Monday said some public sector workers after arriving at work, waste time praying and engaging in other unproductive activities and some even leave the office ahead of the official closing time. “We arrive at work late and then spend the first hour in prayer, we become clock watchers and leave in the middle of critical work because it is the official closing time. Everything comes to a stop when it rains and we seem to expect the rest […]

Reviewing ECG power compact will attract consequences – Minority Leader

The Minority Leader in Parliament has raised red flag over decision by the Akufo-Addo-led government to review the ECG concession agreement. Government of Ghana signed the Ghana Power Compact with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an independent United States government agency on August 5, 2014. Under the Power Compact agreement, government was expected to allow about 80 percent private sector control in the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) for the country to benefit from a cash injection of about $1 billion over a period of five years. President Akufo-Addo addressing the May Day parade on Monday explained that government will amend the concession agreement to benefit Ghanaians. “One, Ghanaians own […]

Full text: 2017 ‘Asempa’ budget presented by Finance Minister

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has presented the first budget of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to Parliament, Tuesday at a time when there are high expectations. Christening it the “Asempa budget,” the Minister itemised five programmes of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that will be started in 2017. Below is the full statement presented: SECTION ONE: INTRODUCTION 1. Rt. Hon. Speaker, Honourable Members of Parliament, on the authority of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, I beg to move that this Honourable House approves the Financial Policy of the Government of Ghana for the year ending 31st December 2017. 2. On the authority of the President, and in accordance with […]

Supreme Court dismisses special voting suit

The Supreme Court has dismissed a suit filed by Amoako Tuffuor and other seeking an early declaration of special voting results. President of the five-member panel hearing the case, Justice William Atuguba said a declaration of the results of special voting could prejudice the results of the general elections Other members of the panel are Mr Justice Jones Dotse, Mr Justice Anin Yeboah, Mr Justice Paul Baffoe-Bonnie and Mr Justice A.A. Benin. The vote is cast by some essential service categories including security forces and journalists. It is to allow the selected professionals who play a key role on election day to exercise their enfranchise. The votes are cast on […]