The Ministry of Finance today [Monday] organized a post 2018 budget sensitization workshop for IFEJ, the parliamentary press corps members and other journalists.
The sensitization workshop accorded participants the opportunity to engage with technical team and officials who put the budget together.
It also served as a platform for further clarification to aid public education about initiatives highlighted in the budget, through the mediums the participants represented.
Head of Public Relations at the Ministry, Cecilia Akwetey said the Finance Ministry will reproduce the statement in about 7 local languages, hold community forums in the bid to simplify the 2018 budget for citizens.
She said the Ministry had been collaborating with the Information Services Department, Ghana Education Service and other institutions at the district level to distribute the translated budget copies as well as explaining the content of the budget to the people.
The local languages are Ga, Ga-Dangbe, Nzema, Dagbani, Asante Twi, Ewe and Gonja.
Madam Eva Mends, the First Female Director of Budget of the Ministry of Finance, said the budget was the most important document of the Ministry because it contained key policies and programmes of government that would influence the lives of the people.
On his part, Mr Rayborn Bulley, the President of IFEJ, said for journalists to communicate effectively to the public, it was important for them to understand the rationale underpinning the budget, therefore the meeting was important and timely, which would afford them the opportunity to listen to technical and expert views on the budget to enhance their knowledge and understanding.
Dean of the Parliamentary Press Corps, Nana Agyemang Birikorang in a statement read on his behalf, appealed to the Ministry to organize pre-budget workshop for journalists to prevent politicians from peddling falsehood ahead of the presentation.
He made specific mention of the claims by the Minority before the presentation that government was planning to tax mobile money transactions.
However, it turned out to be false after the budget was presented before parliament last week.
Dr Mawuli Gaddah, the Head of Macro Research at the Ministry of Finance, took participants through some policy initiatives proposed by government, while Dr Alhassan Iddrisu, the Director of Economic Research and Forecasting Division of the Ministry, also explained the macroeconomic indicators of the 2017 budget and projections in the 2018 budget statement and how it would influence the business environment.
Staff of Rainbow Radio has today [Monday] signed the book of condolence in memory of colleague journalist, Kwadwo Baffour Acheampong aka KABA, host of afternoon political show, ‘Ekosii Sen’ on Asempa 94.7Fm.
The team was led by the morning show host, Kwame Tutu. He was accompanied by news editor, Kwabena Agyapong, Executive Producer, Vivian Arthur, parliamentary correspondent Naa Darkuah Dodoo, two of our News anchors, Nana Adjoa Owusu and Casablanca as well as our Sales Manager, Darko Stephen Odame.
The 2017 RTP Radio Show Host of the year died Saturday morning after a short illness.
His sudden demise has shocked the entire nation with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia expressing shock.
Former President John Dramani Mahama has also expressed shock at his death.
Senior political heads including Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary of the opposition NDC and the Acting General Secretary of the ruling NPP. have all expressed their shock at his demise.
The deceased left behind a wife and a nine month old baby.
Former lands and natural resources minister under the erstwhile the Mahama led administration, Inusah Fuseini has kicked against the extension of the ban on small scale mining.
The ranking member on the Constitutional and Legal Affairs committee in Parliament said, the first ban by the minister was laudable because it was meant to sanitize and clean the small scale mining sector.
However, I am kicking against the extension since the extension will adversely affect licensed small scale miners who have gone for loans and hired heavy equipment for their work.
The minister should understand those who are legal and illegal. He should also seek help from the registered or licensed miners in ensuring sanity in the sector.
Government some few weeks ago extended the ban on scale mining by three months.
Mr. Inusah Fuseini further described the extension as ‘’totally unfair’’ and has asked the minister to reconsider the extension because it is unfair for those who have gone through the process of acquiring a license, he stressed.
The Lands and Natural resources, John Peter Amewu, who made the announcement said the ban is expected to be lifted by January 2018.
“There is an extension for three months, and the Association has been informed. The people we are dealing with are aware. The ban has been extended. This was supposed to end somewhere in October,” he added.
The government earlier in 2017 imposed a six-month ban on small-scale mining as part of efforts to end illegal mining and its related activities, which adversely affected the environment, particularly water bodies and forest reserves.
Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the legislator said some individuals have also abused the laws and they are being treated the same as those who have registered and that is an illegality.
Frafraha Community Senior High School (FACOSH) in Adentan has organized their maiden Speech and Prize Giving Day to honour some individuals on Saturday.
The school which is one of the community day schools commissioned by former president John Dramani Mahatma, last year has a population of about 980 students and 52 teaching staff.
FACOSH's first anniversary was themed "Building The Nation Through Quality & Holistic Education (The Role of Community Senior High School).
The event attracted high profiled dignitaries like Member of Parliament for Adentan constituency, Mr. Yaw Buaben Asamoah, Municipal Chief Executive of Adentan Municipal Assembly , Nii Moi Adumoah, Mr Michael Nsowah (Chairman, GES Council), Prof Opoku Kwasi Amankwah (Director General, GES) and Board Chairman of the school Mr Kwesi Nkansah (COP/Rtd)
The event which was held at the school's premises saw some students receiving honours for their brilliant academic and sporting performance for the year.
Emmanuel Agyapong received the overall best student award with a cash prize of GHC1,000.
The colorful event featured displays from the School's Cadet Corps, Cultural display by the Drama Troupe and the school choir.
Speaking at the occasion, the deputy Minister of Education, Hon Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum who was the guest speaker charged all stakeholders of the school to do their best for the school to he named among the elite senior high schools in Ghana.
Meanwhile, the headmaster of Frafraha Community Senior High School Mr Ofori Antwi took the opportunity to expose some of the challenges the school is facing.
The President and Medical Director for the Living Waters Hospital, Ejisu Krapa in the Ashanti region, Dr. Gabriel Sakyi Kwofie has urged government to reduce electricity tariffs as promised in the 2018 budget statement.
He says although private hospitals are contributing immensely to the delivery of quality healthcare in the country, they are unable to run their facilities due to the hefty electricity bills they pay.
Speaking to Rainbow Radio’s Kwabena Amoateng, Dr Kwofie said the facility spends over GHc30,000 a month on electricity alone.
Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta presenting the 2018 budget statement last week Wednesday said government has proposed the reduction in electricity tariffs.
Residential and non-residential electricity consumers will enjoy 13 percent reduction in their tariffs.
Mr Ofori-Atta explained that the reduction is “to give relief to the poor whose individual consumption actually falls in the subsidised life-line category but who live in a compound house, the existing 4-tier tariff classification of residential consumers will be collapsed into Lifeline and Non-Lifeline consumers in phases.”
The head pastor for Taifa Circuit of the Methodist Church, Ghana, Very Reverend Dr. Ampaw Asiedu has bemoaned what he described as the lackadaisical attitude towards work.
He said some Ghanaian workers are not dedicated to their work, waste time on social media instead of working.
He indicated that, although Ghanaian workers are carelessly lazy, they do not show that kind of attitude when they travel abroad.
He said, when a Ghanaian travels abroad and he is offered a job to clean gutters, ‘’he do that with diligence.’’
The reverend minister was speaking on the theme, ‘’The Dominion Mandate’’ during a service yesterday [Sunday]. He encouraged young people to work hard and with diligence because ''you are young and a time will come that you will not be able to do what you wish to do.
Very Reverend Dr. Ampaw Asiedu who is also the PRO for the Methodist Church, stressed that, God did not create the Ghanaian as a different being from the white hence the need for us to believe in ourselves and do things properly.
Zimbabwe's embattled President Robert Mugabe is facing a deadline set by his own party to resign, after a surprise speech in which he refused to quit.
Zanu-PF, which has stripped Mr Mugabe of the party's leadership, says it will impeach him if he does not step down by 12:00 local time (10:00 GMT) on Monday.
Proceedings could begin as soon as Tuesday when parliament meets.
Mr Mugabe's grip on power has weakened since the army intervened on Wednesday, in a row over who should succeed him.
The crisis began two weeks ago when the 93-year-old leader sacked his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa, angering army commanders who saw it as an attempt to position his wife Grace as next president.
Zimbabwe has since then seen huge street rallies, with demonstrators, including the country's influential war veterans, demanding his immediate resignation.
What did Mugabe say in his speech?
During the 20-minute address, the president, who was flanked by generals, made no mention of the pressure from his party and the public to quit.
Instead, he declared that the military had done nothing wrong by seizing power and placing him under house arrest.
"Whatever the pros and cons of how they [the army] went about their operation, I, as commander-in-chief, do acknowledge their concerns," he said, in reference to the army's move last week to take over the state broadcaster in the capital Harare.
He also said "the [Zanu-PF] party congress is due in a few weeks and I will preside over its processes".
Before Mr Mugabe's speech, Mr Mnangagwa was named as Zanu-PF's new leader and candidate for the 2018 general elections, while Mr Mugabe's wife was expelled.
So what happens next?
After Mr Mugabe's speech, Zanu-PF chief whip Lovemore Matuke was quoted as saying that the resignation ultimatum was unchanged.
He added that impeachment proceedings could be launched on Tuesday in parliament. This would require a two-thirds majority in both chambers.
The opposition MDC-T party has tried unsuccessfully to impeach Mr Mugabe in the past, but this time the ruling party - which has an overwhelming majority in both houses - is likely to go against him.
However, the impeachment process could take weeks.
Talks on forming a coalition government in Germany have collapsed, leaving Angela Merkel facing her biggest challenge in 12 years as chancellor.
The free-market liberal FDP pulled out after four weeks of talks with Mrs Merkel's CDU/CSU bloc and the Greens.
FDP leader Christian Lindner said there was "no basis of trust" between them.
What happens next is unclear, but Mrs Merkel is due to meet President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who has the power to call snap elections.
Her bloc won September's poll, but many voters deserted the mainstream parties.
After winning its first parliamentary seats, the far-right nationalist AfD (Alternative for Germany) vowed to fight "an invasion of foreigners" into the country.
Mrs Merkel said she regretted the collapse of the talks, adding she would meet the German president later on Monday to formally tell him negotiations had failed.
"It is a day of deep reflection on how to go forward in Germany," she said. "As chancellor, I will do everything to ensure that this country is well managed in the difficult weeks to come."
Aside from early elections, Mrs Merkel could also form a minority government with the Greens.
German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung called the development the worst crisis of Mrs Merkel's 12 years in office.
"Today there was no progress but rather there were setbacks because targeted compromises were questioned," Mr Lindner said.
"It is better not to rule than to rule badly. Goodbye!" he added.
The parties involved in the talks are reported to be deeply divided over tax, asylum and environmental policies.
The most bitter arguments have been over whether Syrian refugees should be allowed to bring family members to join them in Germany, the BBC's Jenny Hill reports.
Mrs Merkel's conservatives, mindful of the electoral success of the AfD, are cautious and want to extend a moratorium on so-called family reunions, our correspondent adds.
The second-largest party in parliament, the Social Democrats, have ruled out returning to a coalition government with Mrs Merkel.