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NHIA dismiss Searchlight report

The National Health Insurance Authority has rubbished a Searchlight Newspaper report claiming management of NHIA has resolved to reduce the salaries of its workers nationwide.

The June 21, 2011 edition of the paper reported that the NHIA is in dire financial crisis and as a measure to sustain the scheme, management has resolved to deduct salaries of workers nationwide.

A statement signed by the Deputy Director Strategy and Corporate Affairs Mr Eric Ametor-Quarmyne has described the publication as false.

Be patient with government – Kufuor tells Ghanaians

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has appealed to Ghanaians to be patient with governments to enable them deliver on policies or initiatives meant to benefit the people and develop the country.

Mr. Kufuor says most of the policies that government comes up with are long-term plans which need time to mature so Ghanaians should be more tolerant and understanding in order not to derail government and retard their own and the country’s progress.

Rawlings strikes a birthday note at 64

Ghana’s former President Jerry John Rawlings is 64 today.

And in a marked departure from the recent past when family and friends have been around to celebrate with the traditional cake cutting, bowls of scrumptious delicacies, bouquets of flowers and a stream of well-wishers from across the country and beyond, he is celebrating the day quietly in Caracas, Venezuela where he is a special guest at the Afro-descent Forum.

Government Will Increase Police Manpower –Veep

The Vice President, Mr. John Dramani Mahama, yesterday announced that Government will increase the manpower of the Ghana Police Service by an additional 16,000 personnel.

Liberian Delegation Studies Ghana’s Transport Sector

A delegation from the Liberian Transport Ministry is in Ghana on a four day study tour of the country’s transport sector.
The four-man delegation led by Mr. Ebenezer Kolliegbo, Liberian Deputy Minister for Transport (Administration), will understudy some key agencies in Ghana’s transport sector to appreciate their operations and to adopt the strategies that would benefit Liberia.     

KUMASI : All set for annual review of MMDCEs in northern sector

All is set for the annual review conference of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) for the Northern sector in Kumasi from Wednesday, 22 to Thursday, 23 June, 2011.

The conference on the theme: “Implementing the Better Ghana Agenda through Sustainable Local Economic Development” will be addressed by President John Atta Mills and the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo.

NPP's Dilemma Over Independent MPs

One contentious and dicey issue which could threaten the aspirations of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to increase its members in Parliament under the sixth term of the Fourth Republic is the bogey subject of winning  over Independent Members of Parliament (MP) currently plying their political vocation in the House.

Hearing Adjourned On EOCO's Motion To Confiscate Exopa CEO's Assets

The hearing of the motion filed by the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) at the Accra Fast Track High Court praying the court to give the office the permission to confiscate and dispose of assets of the Chief Executive Officer of the Exopa Modelling Agency, Sima Ibrahim, has been adjourned to July 15, 2011.

The adjournment was necessitated by the non-availability of the record of proceedings and the absence of the substantive prosecutor in the case.

Amina Brother To Be Recalled

MICHAEL OFOSU Frimpong, a prosecution witness in the Amina Yutong mass rape saga, is likely to be recalled by an Accra Circuit court to substantiate an allegation he made in the media that he was coached by the Attorney General’s Department to frame up some New Patriotic Party (NPP) chieftains as having attempted to bribe him over the Amina case.
 

Intimidation complaints by Mrs Rawlings’ team vague - Asiedu Nketia

NDC’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has rebutted claims by the campaign team of former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings that the party’s executive have turned a deaf ear to their complaints of intimidation by the president’s team.

NDC demand apology from Nana Addo; want Akomea sacked

Youth Working Committee, a group aligned to the ruling National Democratic Congress, has called for the immediate dismissal of the Communications Director of the NPP 2012 campaign team, Nana Akomea.
 
The group accused him of peddling lies and bringing the image of NPP’s flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo into disrepute by denying the authenticity of a publication on President Kufuor’s achievements.
 

Gruzah Raises Objection to GH¢10,000 Ex Gratia

Ghana football's veteran agitator and president of King Faisal, Alhaji Karim Gruzah, has raised objection against a proposed GH¢10,000 ex gratia for outgoing members of the Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association, insisting that 'they have done nothing to deserve such a reward'.
 

Exposing The Hypocrisy Of Akufo-Addo & The NPP.

Exposing The Hypocrisy, Double Standards, Extreme Emptiness, Of Akufo-Addo & The NPP.
 
Good morning friends of the media, comrades, brothers and sisters, on behalf of the NDC Youth Working Committee I welcome you to this press conference. We appreciate your coming.
 

Ghana looks to China for Western railway rehabilitation

Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister for Transport, has estimated works on the Western railway lines at US$400million.
 
He said the government was banking its hopes on a Chinese loan facility to start the rehabilitation of the railway lines, by the end of the year.
 

30% OF US ARE POOR

It is official! One out of every three Ghanaians cannot afford the basic necessities of life. According to a report commissioned by the World Bank, 30 percent of Ghanaians are poor, in spite of several years of rapid economic development in the country.

The disparity in the poverty range of the country could not have been wider. According to the report, while on the average, 20 percent of Ghanaians in the south are poor, a whooping figure of 63 of every 100 Ghanaians in the north have no means of acquiring the basic necessities of life.

USAID commits $60 million to SADA

The Office of the Vice President has, in statement, clarified that the commitment of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) amounts to $60 million, and would focus on the development of commercial agriculture in the SADA regions.

Former NDC constituency chairman caution supporters

Techiman (B/A), June 21, GNA – Supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have been cautioned to conduct themselves well at the up-coming party's congress, scheduled for early July in Sunyani, to maintain party unity.

Nana Kyeremeh Ampaabeng, former Sunyani East NDC Chairman, who made the call, asked the party to avoid any situation that could result in the creation of factions to ruin the fortunes of the party in Election 2012, after the event.

'President Will Not Renege On Promises'

The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, has given the assurance that work will earnestly commence on all the projects for which President J.E.A. Mills performed sod-cutting ceremonies during his recent visit to the region.

Mr Nyamekye-Marfo gave the assurance when he inspected work on the 33.4-kilometre Berekum-Seikwa road whose sod was cut when President Mills visited the region a couple of months ago.

NDC supporters to run-down bias media houses

National Democratic Congress supporters in the Ashanti Region are accusing some journalists and media houses of bias in public discussions of national issues.

They allege that while some journalists openly speak in favour of opposition parties, some radio stations also deny NDC sympathizers access to the airwaves to express their views on political and social issues.

Under the umbrella of the NDC Serial Callers Association, the agitated party supporters say they will petition the National Media Commission over the matter.

Bature jabs Nana Addo: He is a ‘copycat

The Managing Editor of the Al-Hajj newspaper, Alhaji Iddrisu Bature has taken a swipe at the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, describing him as a ‘copycat’ for embarking on a ‘Listening Campaign’.

According to Bature, the concept has been borrowed from President Mills' 'door-to-door' campaign strategy ahead of the 2008 general elections.

Ghana Bags $60m In Inter-State Exports

Ghana bagged $60 million from inter-state trade in export commodities with Morocco over the last five years, the Trade and Industry Minister, Ms Hannah Tetteh, has said.

Speaking at the fourth Moroccan Business Caravan to West Africa in Accra Monday, she said aggregate figures for all exports to Morocco over the past five years averaged almost $3 million.

Private Students To Benefit From MASTESS Next Year

Private University Students are to benefit from the Mathematics, Science and Technology Scholarship Scheme (MASTESS) next academic year.

The scheme was initiated in 2009 to revamp interest and enrolment in mathematics, science and technology programmes at the tertiary and pre-tertiary levels and is targeted at needy students.

Konadu threatens suit over moves to vote on regional basis

The Nana Konadu for 2012 Campaign Team has kicked against plans by the NDCs Electoral Committee to make delegates vote region by region.

They have threatened to resort to the law Courts to halt the process, if the party goes ahead with it.

The team described the move as one of the intimidation tactics the Mills camp intends using against its candidate.

Pratt: Why can’t gays respect the human rights of others?

Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr is asking why homosexuals are intolerant towards others in society who condemn them based on their sexual orientation.

He said if gays believe they have rights which should be respected, then they should also not lose sight of the fact that others who detest the practice have rights as well and those rights must be respected too.

Ghana To Borrow At Higher Rates - As The Country Attains Middle Income Statu

Ghana risks borrowing externally on high commercial terms now that it has been classified as a Lower Middle Income Country (LMIC), economists have warned.

This meant that after Ghana had attained middle income status, its access to concessional donor flows and donor assistance will diminish.

New Juaben demonstrates against Oti Boateng

The Chiefs and youth of New Juaben traditional area in the Eastern Region have staged an unprecedented demonstration across the regional capital, Koforidua.
 
The group is protesting the leadership style of the paramount chief of New Juaben, Daasebre Oti Boateng.
 
They claim Daasebre Oti Boateng is unconcerned about developmental issues in the area.
 

President Mills apologises to aggrieved fishermen

The President, John Evans Atta Mills, has rendered an unqualified apology to demonstrating fishermen who were allegedly battered by police officers a week ago.
 
The President met the leaders of the fishermen at the Castle on Tuesday June 21, and expressed regret for their ill treatment.
 
Hundreds of fishermen demonstrated in Accra last week to protest the non-enforcement of the ban on light fishing and pair-trawling.
 

John Jinapor Rubbishes Calls For His Dismissal

John Jinapor, spokesperson for Vice President John Mahama has played down suggestions he should be sacked for putting out inaccurate information about how much funds the World Bank was committing towards four major road projects in the country.
 

Strong revenue lower first quarter deficit

A leap in revenue performance lowered the first-quarter fiscal deficit to GH¢369 million (0.7% of GDP) from GH¢956 million (2.2% of GDP) in the same period of 2010, according to figures provided by the office in charge of budgetary statistics at the Finance Ministry.
 
Tax and non-tax revenue collections went up by 66% year-on-year to GH¢2.375 billion, not counting revenues from oil, which are yet to be credited to the fiscal accounts.
 

Wa Polytechnic trains students on entrepreneurship

he Wa polytechnic has organised a three-day entrepreneurial training workshop for 60 of its students including recently graduated students who will soon be searching for jobs.

Coordinator of the Wa Polytechnic Entrepreneurship Centre, Madam Aliata Issahaku Mumuni said the training module will sharpen the entrepreneurial skills of the students and raise their morale in order to unearth the hidden entrepreneurial skills in them, enabling them to create their own businesses.