Month: January 2016

Ghana’s leader Mahama defends accepting Guantanamo detainees

  Ghana’s president has strongly defended the government’s decision to allow two Yemenis freed from Guantanamo Bay to live in the West African state. Opposition and church groups had condemned the decision, saying the men were a security threat. However, Mr Mahama said a Ghanaian was more likely to die in a road accident than at the hands of the Yemenis. The men said they looked forward to living in Ghana, and had followed the national football team in prison. Khalid al-Dhuby and Mahmoud Omar Bin Atef were held at the US prison in Cuba for more than a decade without being charged. They are the first Guantanamo detainees that […]

Statement: Ghanaian students in China on tenterhooks

  The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) is calling on government to immediately intervene in challenges facing Ghanaian students studying in China. The Union is disturbed by the recurring delay in the payment of bursaries and grants to Ghanaian students studying in abroad specifically China, which often leave some of them in a state of hopelessness. “We demand an immediate look into the plight of our China-based counterparts and a payment of amounts due them without any further delay and inconvenience to their studentship outside Ghana.” Below is the full statement The leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) on behalf of Ghanaian students Abroad wishes to […]

Third tranche: IMF approves US$114.6 million

  The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today approved US$114.6 million dollars for Ghana after the second review of Ghana’s economic performance under the program. “Completion of the review enables the disbursement of SDR 83.025 million (about US$114.6 million), bringing total disbursements under the arrangement to SDR 249.075 million (about US$343.7 million),” a statement from the Fund said on Wednesday. “In completing the review, the Executive Board also granted a waiver for the nonobservance of the performance criterion regarding non-accumulation of external arrears, based on the corrective measures being taken by the authorities”, it added. The Executive Board also approved new program targets for 2016. Ghana’s three-year […]

Give me the chance to change Ghana – Akufo Addo tells Ghanaians

  The Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is appealing to the people of Ghana to believe in him by giving him the mandate on November 7 to govern Ghana. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo made the appeal when he donated some bags of cement to victims of an explosion at Paebo, in the Eastern Region, Wednesday. “I am pleading with you; help me this time, this is my third time. Not only the people here but Ghanaians in general-believe in me and give me a chance to change this nation,” he appealed. More than 2,000 residents have been rendered homeless following a blast which occurred at a former quarry site in the Eastern […]

Labour to hold crunch meeting tomorrow over killer taxes

  Labour has scheduled a crucial meeting Thursday to discuss a plan of action against what it describes as killer taxes and hikes in utility prices by government. The workers gave government a one week ultimatum to reduce the avalanche of taxes announced at the tail end of last year, failure which they will advise themselves. Government has yet to announce any reduction of the taxes. If anything, the president in a press encounter on Tuesday, said Ghana was still paying far lower taxes as compared to its peers in the lower middle income bracket. In December the Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC) announced a 60% hike in electricity and […]

EC defends decision to keep names of alleged Togo nationals on voters’ register

  The Electoral Commission (EC) says the New Patriotic Party’s push for removal of over 76,000 names of alleged Togolese nationals from the electoral roll would be inappropriate. The EC says it would be “an arbitrary and discriminatory application of the law”, if the NPP’s request is granted. The EC says, “in examining the identity and status of the 76,000 Togolese alleged to be on Ghana’s Register, the EC found that they were all duly registered during the mass registration period in 2012.” The opposition party has been courting the support of other political parties and civil societies for a new register ahead of elections later this year. The party […]

If you don’t want gov’t to tax you; don’t demand projects from gov’t- Avedzi tells Ghanaians

  The Chairman of the Finance Committee of Parliament has criticized Ghanaians for protesting the new wave of taxes, especially the one percent tax on investment. James Avedzi told Joy News’ Francis Abban “If we don’t want government to collect these taxes to do development then let’s not demand development projects from government.” Government late last year introduced a controversial one per cent tax on all profits on investment. The policy received widespread criticisms which forced government to make a u-turn. The government has since written to Parliament for a review of the act which should withdraw the controversial 1 percent tax on investment. Despite the imminent withdrawal, there are […]