Month: February 2016

Ghana was better 50 years ago – Dr. K. B. Asante on Anniversary of Nkrumah’s overthrow

  Ghanaians’ standard of living is deteriorating, and a far cry from comfortable and happy lives they lived 50 years ago. That’s according to former Secretary to Ghana’s first President Kwame Nkrumah, Dr. K. B Asante. “Young people deserve better. Even though back then we didn’t have much, life was much more interesting and happier than it is today,“ Dr. Asante said. He added that the better can only be created by Ghanaians and that should renew that self-confidence, which Nkrumah tried to promote. The former diplomat also bemoans the unending rise in the cost of living, which have rendered many impoverished. Joy FM’s Kwabena Ampratwum documentary focused celebrating the […]

DKM Blows GH¢100m – MPs Demand Bail-Out

  The issue of the DKM Diamond Microfinance Company Ltd and other savings and loans companies operating mainly in the Brong-Ahafo Region and the three northern regions stirred emotions and angered most Members of Parliament (MPs) when the Minister of Finance, Seth Terkper, came to brief them on the matter yesterday. Mr Terkper said over GH¢100 million of depositor funds could not be accounted for by the operators of DKM as the money had been diverted into other businesses. DKM and other companies are said to have duped several of their customers, making some of them commit suicide. The Finance Minister indicated that DKM was given licence to operate in […]

Gov’t replies Bawumia; calls his comments on projects false

  Government has responded to comments made by the NPP Vice-Presidential candidate suggesting a chunk money borrowed by the John Mahama government was not judiciously utilised. A statement signed by Communications Minister Dr. Edward Omane-Boamah says Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s claims are false and misleading. Dr. Bawumia, addressing students of the UDS Wa campus said government’s claims massive infrastructural projects are simply a smokescreen. He said government had borrowed massive amounts but had very little to show for this. But Dr. Omane Boamah accused the NPP Vice-Presidential candidate of peddling falsehoods and untruths. Read his full statement below: GOVERNMENT SETS THE RECORDS STRAIGHT ON DR BAWUMIA’S FALSE AND ORMISLEADING CLAIMS Government […]

European Union signs GESP financial agreement with Ghana

Accra, Feb. 22, GNA – The Government of Ghana and the European Union (EU), on Monday signed a financial agreement of Euro 31.6 million for the new Ghana Employment and Social Protection (GESP) Programme in Accra. The Programme would contribute to inclusive growth in Ghana by strengthening social protection and employment systems in the country. It also aims at enhancing social protection services notably for vulnerable population groups and at generating decent employment opportunities, with particular attention to the youth. Mr Seth Terkper, Minister of Finance, said the EU has an impressive record as far as support to Ghana’s development agenda is concerned, and its interventions in the various sectors […]

Attack On Election Steering Committee Unfortunate – Amidu

Former Attorney General Martin Amidu has expressed disappointment in pressure group Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA), for attacking the membership of the electoral commission’s Election Steering Committee. According to him, it is unfair for the reputation of an individual to be attacked simply “because they had been nominated to represent their respective public institutions on the now well-known Electoral Commission’s Steering Committee for Election 2016”. The comment comes on the back of the impasse between political parties and the electoral commission over the setting up of the 18-member committee. The (LMVC) was the first organisation to protest the establishment of the committee raising issues about the neutrality of some […]

Metro Mass Transit Company opens probe into Kintampo fatal crash

  The Metro Mass Transit Limited has initiated an internal process to review operations following the Kintampo accident which claimed over 60 lives. Board Chairman of the company, Leslie Tamakloe, told Joy News the probe will review the company’s corporate structure, safety procedures and maintenance schedules to establish areas for change. He revealed these after he led a delegation to visit surviving victims of last Wednesday’s accident at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.. “We understand that other agencies in road safety will be conducting their own independent investigations, at the end of the day we will like to compare notes,” he told Luv FM’s Erastus Asare Donkor. Last Wednesday, a […]

Ghana Electoral Commission suspends Steering Committee

  The Electoral Commission (EC) has suspended the work of the controversial 18-member Steering Committee following stiff opposition by representatives of political parties. This it said would enable the Commission to review concerns raised by the major opposition political parties. The EC made this known at the just ended Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting to consider key issues for the 2016 general election. Tension rises at IPAC meeting: There was tension during the IPAC meeting held Friday at the headquarters of the EC with key members of political parties in attendance. In a charged atmosphere the opposition parties called for the annulment of the Steering Committee but the EC was […]

EC must be allowed to do its work: NDC defends Commission’s Steering Committee

  The governing NDC has defended the Electoral Commission’s (EC) decision to set up a Steering Committee insisting the law grants the Commission an independent status. The party’s National Organiser, Kofi Adam, says it is satisfied with the explanation given by the EC. The Commission has said the 18-member committee comprises of representatives of institutions whose services will be needed before and on election day Nov, 7. The Committee includes representatives from the Ghana Education Service (GES), National Service Scheme (NSS), the Police Service as well as the National Peace Council. The New Patriotic Party (NPP) and other opposition parties have called for what they said is a bias Committee, […]

Confusion Over €13M TB Loan

  A new loan of €13,112,601 from ABN AMRO N.V Bank of The Netherlands which was intended to replace an earlier one approved by parliament in July last year became a bone of contention recently among the Speaker, minority members and majority members as to whether the loan should be seen as a completely new loan. The figure was revised from over €14 million to the new €13.1 million and is meant to help finance the ‘Accelerating Tuberculosis (TB) Case Detection’ project, but, the revised figure together with a new report by the Finance Committee generated confusion in parliament, with Speaker and some minority members thinking that after approving the […]

EC cited for breaching C.I. 72 The Centre for African Democratic Affairs (CADA)

  The Centre for African Democratic Affairs (CADA) has said the Electoral Commission’s (EC) effort to sanitise the voters register by deleting multiple names from the Voters Register was unlawful and illegal. ‘Multiple registrations are an offense under C.I.72 and people who engage in such a practice must be prosecuted in the court of law. ‘The EC may have all the necessary facts and good intentions but it has no legal authority to pronounce anyone guilty of an offence of multiple registrations and consequently remove his or her name from the voters register,’ Mr Frank Adarkwah-Yiadom, CADA Executive Director, stated in a statement. The CADA statement noted that whether or […]