Forest reserves in Northern Region not meant for charcoal production

Tamale, June 17, GNA – The Forestry Commission has warned that forest reserves in the Northern Region are for conservation purposes and not for charcoal production.

Mr Ebenezer Djagbletey, Regional Manager of the Commission, who gave the warning, said portions of land along forest reserves in the region had been degraded for charcoal and other purposes thus exposing the environment to dire climatic consequences.

Energy Commission declares 2012 ban on use of second hand refrigerators

Ghana could be fined by the international community if it fails to ban the importation and use of second hand refrigerators.

This was disclosed by Executive Secretary of the Energy Commission, Dr Alfred Ofosu-Ahenkora in an interview with Joy News.

The Commission early on Thursday announced the ban on the importation of second hand refrigerators which takes effect in December 2012.

Tullow Oil share offer on GSE goes for GH¢3

British oil producer and major stakeholder in Ghana’s Jubilee oil field has announced the price for its share offer on the Ghana Stock Exhange (GSE).
In a press release issued Monday June 13, 2011 and copied to ghanabusinessnews.com, Tullow puts the price per share at GH¢31 per share, adding that the offer prospectus and application forms have been published.

Ohene Djan Stadium renamed Accra Sports Stadium

The national stadium, Ohene Djan Stadium appears to have formally reverted to its old name, the Accra Sports Stadium.
The 40,000-capcity stadium built over four decades ago and was named after Ohene Djan, Ghana’s first Director of Sports in 2004, with recent agitations for it to be named the Accra Sports stadium, especially by the Ga Traditional authorities among others.

Energy Minister Foils Hijack

National Gas Infrastructure Dev’t Project
By J. Ato Kobbie, Managing Editor
An attempt by some faceless operatives to hijack the role of the Minister of Energy, Dr. Joe Oteng-Adjei in the national gas Infrastructure Project implementation, by going behind him to strike a deal that would have effectively handed over the project to a consortium of European international oil companies, has been thwarted by the soft-spoken minister.

Rawlings holds talks with Sudan’s Al Bashir on Somalia

Corruption criticisms unfair and damaging - John Mahama

The Vice President John Mahama has rebuffed criticisms that his government is not committed to fighting corruption.

Speaking with VOA’s Shaka Ssali the Vice President said the accusations are “unfair” and “damaging,” especially when those criticisms are coming from within his party.

The ex-first family has incessantly accused President John Mills and his government of aiding and abetting corruption.

Kofi Adams Has Gone AWOL – Yaw Boateng Gyan

National Organiser of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Yaw Boateng Gyan has berated the party’s Deputy General Secretary, Kofi Adams, for relegating his core duties to the background and criss-crossing the country campaigning for NDC presidential hopeful and former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings.
He accuses Mr Adams of having abandoned his office for some two months all in a bid to canvass for delegates’ support for the former First Lady.

NPP is fighting Heroes Fund out of envy – Kobby Fiagbe

The Editor of the Ghanaian Lens newspaper, Kobby Fiagbe has said the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is envious of the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) Heroes Fund which is why they are opposing that initiative.

Kobby Fiagbe says the NPP is being mischievous in its criticism of the Fund because the party also has a similar initiative through which it rewards party faithful so he does not see why they should kick against what the NDC is doing.

Government will transform Ghana - Mills

President John Evans Atta Mills has said social amenities and development projects will continue to be pivots around which the “Better Ghana” agenda will revolve.

In that connection, he said the government was undertaking structural and institutional reforms to ensure an appropriate and balanced mix of investments in the agricultural, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas sectors to provide a modern, dynamic and diversified economy.

An open petition to President Mills by Mbongwura Sadiq Bremah

Members of the Wasipe Development Council who are also citizens of the Wasipe Traditional Area in the Gonja Kingdom have petitioned President Mills to: 
*Create a new district out of the current West Gonja district to be called Wasipe District.
This will enable Daboya and the Wasipe Area get their fair share of developmental projects

Where Is Alan Cash?

Mr. Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten (popularly called Alan Cash), undoubtedly is one ebullient personality who has excited the country’s political environment in the past five years.

His testing of the political waters in the camp of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on two major occasions when he attempted to get elected as flag bearer for the party and the backlash he received all belong to history.

Works On Western Railway Lines To Cost $400 million

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

 Alhaji Dauda made this known during workers’ durbar at a popular site in Ketan in the Western Region, known as ‘Bottom Tree’, where pertinent issues affecting railway workers and the railway sector were discussed.

Attorney-General: I’ve Not Cleared M & J

The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Martin Amidu has stated categorically that his office has not cleared six ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) bigwigs and a New Patriotic Party (NPP) member, who have been accused of taking bribes from Mabey & Johnson, a United Kingdom-based construction firm.

We Were Rich Before We Came To Power!... Baba Jamal

Deputy Minister of Information Hon. Baba Jamal has made it clear that members of his government were rich before they came to power.

He has stated that about 80 percent of politicians are self-made, and that only a few come into politics as paupers, and therefore there is a need to do due diligence on some of the allegations of corruption against them.

Government expresses disappointment in the delay of the STX Housing projects

Government is disappointed in the Korean government‘s inability to assist its local company STX construction and engineering group to secure the needed funds to kick start the STX housing projects, a Deputy Information Minister, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa lamented.
The construction of some 30 thousand housing units by the Korean construction and engineering group, STX expected to begin early this year seems to be in a limbo as government has not been able to secure the US$1.5 billion needed to kick start the project.

Gov’t to support assemblies with vehicles, logistics

Government would support the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies with vehicles, motorbikes and other logistics to enhance the mobility of Assembly staff and the Assembly Members.   

Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, who announced this, said: “I can confirm that in the next few weeks, my Ministry will distribute these vehicles and motor cycles to all the Assemblies”.

Fulani Man Beheaded In Agogo

A Fulani herdsman in Agogo in the Ashanti Region has been beheaded, police have confirmed. Agogo District Police Commander DSP Nana Yawson said the beheading is the fourth in a series of murders between the fulanis in the area and the indigenes.
The recent incident has raised tension in the area with the indigenes fearing reprisal attacks from the herdsmen. DSP Yawson told Joy News military and police patrol teams have been dispatched to the area to restore law and order.

"We will prove our critics wrong" - Mills

President John Evans Atta Mills says no amount of criticisms from any quarters will prevent his government from focussing on its better Ghana Agenda program.
He said individuals who are refusing to appreciate his government’s contribution to the growth of the economy are looking at the wrong direction.
According to President Mills, the lots of Ghanaians have improved over the past two years, a fact he said cannot be ignored.

“We don’t cook up figures” – GSS tells NPP

The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has dismissed claims by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) that inflation figures released by the service are not a true reflection of what is on the ground.
The NPP on Wednesday June 15 asserted that figures being released by the service indicate there is a reduction in the price of goods and services are untrue as price of goods and services are on the increase.

Demonstration by Fishermen was positive-Ahwoi

Accra, June 16, GNA - Mr Kwesi Ahwoi, Minister of Food and Agriculture said on Wednesday that the demonstration embarked on by members of Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council on Tuesday was positive. He said it sent a strong signal that there was the need to implement the Fisheries Regulations 2010 (Legislative Instrument 1968). He said the demonstration carried quiet a serious note that the law ha= d been passed by Parliament and was suppose to be implemented. The group petitioned President Mills to ensure that the laws governing fishing in the country are applied.

Minister of Agric explains Fisheries Act

Accra, June 16, GNA - Mr Kwesi Ahwoi, Minister of Food and Agriculture on Wednesday said although the provisions of the Fisheries Act 2002, (Act 625) did not specifically ban the use of light for fishing, the act had negative impact on fish stock.
Speaking on the floor of Parliament Mr Ahwoi explained that on August 3 2010 the House promulgated the Fisheries Regulations 2010 (LI 1968) which per regulations 11 (1) (a) specifically mentioned inter-alia, aggregation o= f fish by light attraction as a prohibited fishing method.

VP Pushes For Improved Mental Health Services

Vice President John Dramani Mahama has promised to use his office to support the early passage of the Mental Health Bill into law and also raise awareness among the public about Mental Health. This he says is to ensure the provision of safe and effective mental health care in Ghana.

MEST Donates To EPA And Tamale Polytechnic

The Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MEST), yesterday donated 20 four wheel vehicles and 100 computer laptops to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Tamale Polytechnic at a ceremony in Accra.  The cost of the items was not readily available.
Ms. Sherry Ayittey, the sector Minister said, the presentation followed discussions in Parliament on the need to assist the Agency through capacity building.

Energy Commission Calls For Collaboration On Ban Of Imported Refrigerators

Mr Ofosu Ahenkorah, Executive Secretary of Energy Commission, yesterday called for collaborative efforts by all stakeholders to enforce the ban on importation of used refrigeration equipment into the country.
He said, most  refrigeration equipment imported into the country consumed high energy, contained harmful bacteria, had faulty leaking seals, weak compressors, malfunctioning thermostats and had already lasted the test of time.

Inflation Rate For May Falls To 8.90 Per Cent

The annual rate of inflation fell to 8.90 percent in May from 9.02 per cent in April on the back of lower food prices, the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) said today.

 Announcing the figures at a press conference in Accra, Government Statistician, Dr Grace Bediako, said the marginal decline in inflation was because of the downward trend in the food and non-alcoholic beverages group.

15 Senior Officers Go Home

At the end of meritorious service to the country in the colours, 15 senior military officers have retired and won the commendation of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) during a farewell activity in their honour.
The retiring senior officers are Brigadier Generals GK Adjei, JK Forkuo, T Allotey, JK Nkrumah, JCA Searyoh and AA Apogan-Yella.

NDC Gurus Fight Konadu Boy

IT WAS certainly a tough time for Ernest Owusu Bempah, the media liaison officer for Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings on Tuesday at Adom Fm, a Tema based radio station, when leading members of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) descended heavily on him, contesting his status as a true member of the party.

Trade Minister inaugurates Rural Technology Facilities

Government is committed to enhancing and building
a strong and vibrant rural economy to reduce
unemployment, poverty and rural-urban migration.

Ms Hanna Tetteh, Minister of Trade and Industry,
made this known when she inaugurated the Rural
Technology Facilities (RTFs) at Goaso in Asunafo
North Municipality and Bechem in Tano North
District of the Brong Ahafo Region.

Mamobi gets Community Forum Support Team

Vision for Alternative Development (VALD), a
non-governmental organisation (NGO) to promote
community health advocacy, was inaugurated on
Tuesday as a branch of the Community Forum Support
Team (CHEST) at Mamobi in Accra.

The CHEST is aimed at building and strengthening
local capacity to support and monitor the
implementation of the Tobacco Control Bill when
passed into law by Parliament.