Korle-Bu in desperate need of blood donors

There is shortage of blood to meet the requirements of hospitals in the country.

The Korle-Bu Blood Bank, for instance, needs at least 200 units of processed blood daily to serve the increasing number of emergencies reported to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

The situation has compelled the hospital to request pre-deposits from relatives of patients before the patients receive transfusion.

Minister lauds initiative to develop skills in cocoa industry

Ashanti Regional Minister, Dr. Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah has emphasized the need for Ghana to continue developing skills in the cocoa industry for sustainable growth.

According to him, the sector continues to play a predominant role in the country's economy, inspite of the oil discovery.

Government secures 7.5million Euros for e-zwich

The government has sourced 7.5 million Euros to finance the e-zwich rural branchless banking project.

The project involves a countrywide biometric system which allows the delivery of quality financial services to the remote parts of the country, especially the unbanked and the under-banked.

The Finance Minister, Dr Kwabena Duffuor, said this at the launch of the Ghana Automated Clearing House (GACH) Systems in Accra.

NDC UK/Ireland Chairman: I will teach Owusu Bempah a lesson

The UK and Ireland branch of the ruling National Democratic Congress, (NDC) has rubbished claims by Ernest Owusu Bempa Bonsu, the Operations Director of Friends of Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings (FONKAR) that he (Mr Bempa Bonsu) is a member of the branch.

The Chairman of the UK/Ireland branch of the NDC, Horace Nii Ankrah who refuted the claim said he would teach Owusu Bempah a lesson if he continues his constant denigration of President J.E.A. Mills.

Baba Jamal Caution Ghanaians On The Use Of Coat Of Arms

The government has cautioned the public against the use of the Coat of Arms and other national symbols designed for the exclusive use of the President and his representatives.
The caution comes against the backdrop of the use of the Coat of Arms by some individuals, including some Members of Parliament (MPs).

AG Reaction To M&J Article In Daily Graphic

Re: “Mabey & Johnson Saga Seven cleared”
The “Daily Graphic” newspaper publication of Monday 13th June 2011 at page 3 carried a news story with the above headline. This news story was repeated on the internet on myjoyonline.com, ghanaweb.com and other electronic media. On 8th June 2011 I had occasion to deny a similar news story carried by the “Daily Post” newspaper publication of Tuesday, 7th June 2011. This denial was carried by some print and electronic media on 9th June 2011.

Poverty Hits Drug Barons & Narcotics Peddlers

Akufo-Addo Tells The Truth!
In far away Germany, where NPP flagbearer, Akufo-Addo is reported to be having secret meetings with international drug barons promising them that he will allow them to once again make Ghana their home if they fund his campaign, the NPP flagbearer has also put it out that Ghana has become poorer under the watch of President Atta Mills.
According to Akufo-Addo, President Atta Mills is presiding over “Poverty Owning Democracy”.

KNUST To Host Oil And Gas Workshop

Ghana begun to pump commercial oil at the latter part of last year and forming part of efforts to educate Ghanaians to capitalise on the employment opportunities, a one day workshop will be organised by Kenson Training Institute at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
 Kenson Training Institute is an institution registered under the Registration Council of Trinidad and Tobago and authorised to offer wide range of programmes in the oil and gas sector.

Parliament adopts report on poverty reduction strategy

Accra, June 14, GNA - Parliament on Tuesday adopted a report of the Committee on Poverty Reduction Strategy on the Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies for 2010-2016.

 Dubbed "An Agenda For Shared Growth and Accelerated Development for a Better Ghana", it outlines the various policy measures the government will pursue in the stated period to transform the economy from its over-dependence on primary raw materials to a diversified prosperous 21st century industrialized middle-income country.

Govt says Gallup polls show NPP's bad policies

Accra, June 14, GNA - Government on Tuesday condemned its critics who claim that statistics from a recent poll suggested that Ghanaians fared better under the former administration than the present one, describing their assessment as "intellectual dishonesty of the highest order".
 It said the critics had selectively picked figures from the survey undertaken by renowned pollster, Gallup, over a four-year period from 2007 to 2010 to assess government and to draw conclusions that were not factual.

Mills To Win By Acclamation

Paapa Bissiw, a member of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), who is also the spokesperson of the Youth Forum, an interest group of the party, has stated that the next flagbearer of the NDC will be chosen by popular acclamation.

He made the call during the official launch of 'March for peace, unity and cohesion in NDC' by a group called 'Add My Vote Campaign Volunteers and its Partners' at a press conference in Accra on June 7, 2011.

Significant new gold find in Ghana

Castle Minerals stocks have soared after it announced a significant new gold discovery at its Baayari prospect in north-west Ghana.
Castle announced today that first pass drilling had intersected a strong zone of gold mineralisation, including 55 metres at 1.82 grams per tonne of gold from 15m, and 5m at 6.64g/tonne gold from surface.

Rawlings will not break-away from the NDC-Vice Chair

Contrary to the controversy that the founder and former President Jerry John Rawlings will quit the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and form a new party should his wife Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings loose the party’s primaries in Sunyani has been watered down by a vice chairman of the party Alhaji Said Sinare.

Baba Jamal calls for rapport between MMDCEs and staff of ISD

Mr Mohammed Baba Jamal, Deputy Minister of Information, on Monday asked Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) to support the staff of the Information Service Department (ISD) to educate the populace on government policies and programmes.

He noted that the relationship between these sectors had not been cordial.

Mr Baba Jamal made the call at the end of his two-week tour of the Greater Accra Region in Accra.

Don’t Politicise Crime - Minister

Greater Accra Regional Minister Nil Amarh Ashitey has condemned the politicisation of crime in the society, saying no country could succeed in fighting crime and gross disrespect if the menace is politicised.

He expressed regret that “When you apply the rules, people say come 2012, we would not vote for you but as a government, we will insist that the right things are done by enforcing the law”.

Mills inaugurates 54 fire tenders for Ghana National Fire Service

President John Evans Atta Mills on Monday inaugurated 54 fire tenders and equipment for the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) in Accra.

He expressed concern about the rampant fire outbreaks that had gutted properties in recent times, and urged the Service to study especially those that had affected markets and provide solutions.

Faustina Nelson calls for descipline in the NDC

A former National Vice Chairperson of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Faustina Nelson has warned of adverse consequences in 2012 if the negative campaign strategy adopted by the a faction contesting the flagbearership position of the party is not brought to a halt.

According to Madam Nelson, such comments would be very difficult for the party to defend in their campaign which may result in a defeat in the 2012 General Elections.

GPRTU boss to Ga Kingmaker: We will not pay a pesewa in tolls

The Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the GPRTU has called the bluff of the Asere Dzasetse, a Kingmaker in the Ga state over the payment of tolls.

Alhaji Issa Tetteh says the Ghana Private Road Transport Union will not pay a dime to the Ga Traditional Council as ordered by the Asere Dzaasetse, Nii Amarkai III.

Chief Imam condemns homosexualism in Ghana

Sheikh Dr Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, the National Chief Imam, on Monday called on all and sundry to desist from accepting homosexual practices which might attract and bring destruction to the nation.

“Our country is on track for creating a better society, better living standards and better quality of lives devoid of poverty and illiteracy for its citizenry if we reject this undignified and immoral act that it’s not even practiced by animals in the jungle,” he said.

Chireh charges KATH to properly utilise funds

…to promote quality healthcare
From Issah Alhassan, Kumasi
THE MINISTER of Health, Mr. Joseph Yieleh Chireh, has charged public health institutions to ensure the judicious and pragmatic use of resources at their disposal, in order to complement the efforts of the government at promoting quality healthcare in the country.

NEC, Council of Elders charged to solve NDC fracas

MR. BAFFOUR Osei Wusu, a diehard National Democratic Congress (NDC) activist in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, has expressed worry about the growing impasse in the party.

According to him, the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the Council of Elders should have intervened much earlier, in order to prevent all those problems, to enhance the party's chances of retaining power in 2012.

Tackie Tawiah Is Only A Funeral Committee Chairman – Gbese Mantse

The Gbese Mantse, Nii Ayi Bonte II, has further stoked the embers of controversy surrounding the contentious issue of who is the rightful claimant to the Ga stool by emphatically stating that the widely- acclaimed Ga Mantse and recognised chairman of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, King Tackie Tawiah III was only Chairman of a funeral committee and therefore a usurper.

Leave Ya-Na murder out of NDC flagbearer race - AG

The Attorney General and Minister of Justice has expressed displeasure about attempts to draw his office into the politics of the handing over of a video tape said to identify the killers of the late Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II by former President Rawlings.

Kudos, Cuban Doctors

For quite some time now health workers, especially doctors from Cuba, have been working tirelessly to extend healthcare services to the doorstep of Ghanaians.

Cuban doctors have accepted posting to all parts of the country, particularly the three northern regions and the most deprived districts, so that our people in need of critical care can have access to health care.

BMC to transfer automobile technology to Ghana

Having enjoyed a fruitful and long term of cooperation with its sole distributor in Ghana, PHC Motors Limited since 1995, BMC, a Turkey automobile giant announces that it will be transferring its long period of experience in bus and coach business from the European markets to Ghana.

According to BMC, our company has been showing a significant progress in the Ghanaian market during the last 16 years thanks to PHC Motors.

Don’t use false Ya-Na tape to incite Ghanaians against gov't-Victor Smith

Ghana’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic and Hungary, Victor Smith has warned former First Lady Mrs Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings not to use a recording of the grandson of the late Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II, to incite the people in the north against the government or any individual.

NYEP beneficiaries increase in the Volta Region

The number of beneficiaries of the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) modules in the Volta Region has increased from 5,253 to 15,154 over the past two years.

The Volta Regional Coordinator of the NYEP, Ms Jessie Ekumebu, who made this known, said the significant leap followed the increase in the number of modules under the programme from six to 18 over the same period.

Ms Ekumebu was speaking at the launch of the youth-in-road-maintenance module of the NYEP in Ho during the weekend.

Tullow Oil share offer opens at GHS31

Beginning Monday, June 13, Ghanaians can acquire a stake in Jubilee operator Tullow Oil, following its opening of a long awaited share offer.

According to a statement from the company, the share is being offered at GHS31, a three percent discount on the closing price of the stock on the London and Irish Stock Exchange last Friday.

Four million of the shares are on offer and investors would have to buy at least three shares.

Stanchart Africa forecasts 9.5 percent inflation for Ghana

Ghana could end the year with an average inflation rate of 9.5 percent, that’s according to a Stanchart Africa’s research focus report dubbed Ghana – Today’s fiscal imbalance tomorrow’s inflation.

The forecast is higher than government’s own 8.5 percent outlined in the budget.

Stanchart Africa Research boss Razia Khan explained to Joy Business what informed their research.

Seven ex-government functionaries alleged in M&J saga cleared

Seven former government functionaries against whom allegations of corruption were made in the Mabey and Johnson (M&J) affair have been cleared by a team of investigators from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service set up under the directive of the Attorney-General (A-G).