Chairman of the Load shedding Management Committee and CEO of the Ghana Grid Network (GRIDCO) William Amuna says consumers cannot solely depend on hydroelectricity this year hence thermal power will dominate our supply situation.
According to him presently the nation is not running not more than 3 plants at Akosombo due to the inflow of the Volta Lake at its worst scenario.
‘’…With the inflow of the Volta Lake, at its worst scenario, presently we don’t run more than three units at Akosombo. That shows you how serious the situation is. We cannot in 2016 depend highly on hydroelectricity. Thermal power will definitely dominate our supply situation.
‘’…In order that we have adequate power supply, we will need to fuel such plants with light crude oil, heavy fuel oil for the barge and diesel for some of the plants.’’
Mr. William Amuna noted due to the in adequate supply of gas from the N-Gas from the West African Gas Pipeline, we therefore have no choice but complaint our indigenous gas source with light crude oil in the immediate term.
He however explained the medium term outlook for the power sector is very bright considering the number of initiatives undertaken by government.
Meanwhile the Power Ministry has said VRA require about 98 million dollars per month to procure fuel for the thermal plants.
‘’This translates into 1.8 billion dollars per-annum and if you do the conversion in cedis, it takes you to GHC4.5billion. It means that we have to work very had towards raising revenue to the tune of about GHC4.5billion this year...that is the stack reality that confronts us as a nation,” the deputy Power Minister, John Jinapor said.
The Ashanti Regional Police Command will never aid any politician to destabilise this country, DCOP Kofi Boakye has said.
Speaking with the media he said the Ashanti Regional Security Council is set to outdoor an election taskforce ahead of the November 7 polls.
DCOP Kofi Boakye explained the police command is working closely with all stakeholders in the region including political parties, regional and district police command to map out strategies to ensure a violent free election.
However he warned that the police will not sacrifice their professional ethics on the altar of any politics.
DCOP Kofi Boakye also took the opportunity to warn political communicators who appear on radio and tv programmes to desist from comments that may create tension and threat the stability of our peace.
This follows an encounter between Broagya of the NDC and Justice Kodua youth organizer of the NPP on a radio programme in the region.
He admonished the public not to be swayed by comments of political commentators on the airwaves since they politicians are very good friends.
DCOP Kofi Boakye further warned broadcast journalist most especially morning show host and producers to desist from actions that may create violence since the police will not hesitate to prosecute them.
He noted, journalist are not above the law just like any other Ghanaian.
The task force will comprise all heads of security agencies in the region. He revealed political party representatives will be co-opted when necessary.
Former UN Secretary General Dr. Kofi Annan has called for greater focus on the provision of opportunities and resources for young Ghanaians and Africans through sports.
The 77 year old who is a lifetime UN Humanitarian and Peace Ambassador, made the remarks when he toured the Eastern region based Right to Dream Academy in Senchi.
He was accompanied by his wife Nan Annan and son Kojo Annan who is also the founder of the soon to be launched Africa 10 Project.
Kofi Annan said the Right to Dream model should be the template for education and sports excellence.
Flagbearer for the People’s National Convention (PNC) for the 2016 election, Dr. Edward Nasigiri Mahama has pledged his party’s vision to uphold on high the peace of Ghana this election year.
Dr. Mahama who is contesting for the presidential seat for the fourth time is embarking on visits to some leaders of the country informing them of his vision to lead the nation towards a peaceful election.
The gynaecologist as part of his visits, paid a courtesy call on the Omanhene of Mampong Akuapim, Omanhene Out Dartey III and Former President J.J Rawlings in the company of some party executives.
He said Ghana needs institutional restructuring to give us the transformation we desire.
Dr. Edward Nasigri Mahama noted young people needs to be empowered towards a reformed Ghana which his government will provide.
On his part, Osaberima Otu Dartey III entreated Ghanaians to protect the peace of Ghana. He asked Dr. Mahama and the PNC to have the Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital at Mampong in their plans to help renovate it to a state of the art facility.
Former Presidential J.J Rawlings advised Ghanaians to preach and promote peace since election 2016 shall be a tough one.
He called on opinion leaders and citizens to contribute their bits towards a successful elections.
By: Daniel Asuku
A car bomb blast has hit a police headquarters in south-eastern Turkey, killing five people and injuring at least 39, officials say.
A woman and a baby are among the dead. Rescuers are continuing to search through rubble at the scene in Cinar district, Diyarbakir province.
Officials blamed the blast on Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) militants, who are active in the mainly Kurdish province.
No group has so far said it carried out the attack.
The bomb was detonated at the entrance of the Cinar district police complex, officials say. The blast also damaged nearby residential buildings, where the mother and baby were killed.
The attackers then reportedly fired rockets at the headquarters.
Another police station, in Midyat town, in neighbouring Mardin province, was also attacked by militants, according to Turkish media, but there are no reports of casualties.
Diyarbakir province has seen violent clashes between PKK separatists and the Turkish army in recent months.
Last year, the city of Diyarbakir and a number of other areas in the south-east were put under curfew as part of a security crackdown.
This followed a bomb blast that left 16 soldiers dead and a rebel ambush that killed 14 police officers - both incidents in the east.
A ceasefire between the army and the PKK collapsed in July, and Turkish jets have since bombed PKK bases in northern Iraq and the army launched a ground operation there.
Turkey is also part of a US-led coalition that has been carrying out air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria.
However, Ankara has been accused of hitting mostly PKK targets, angering Kurds who are themselves fighting IS in the two countries.
A series of bomb blasts have rocked the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, with continuing gunfire and reports of further explosions.
At least six people have been killed by the blasts, say police, which hit locations including a shopping centre close to UN offices.
Police say at least four suspected attackers are dead. It remains unclear who was behind the assault.
President Joko Widodo has called for calm but condemned the "act of terror".
"We all are grieving for the fallen victims of this incident, but we also condemn the act that has disturbed the security and peace and spread terror among our people," he said.
National police spokesman Anton Charliyan told local media police officers and civilians were among the dead and that no arrests had been made.
Images from Jakarta showed several bodies lying on the road outside a cafe and police police, as well as seriously injured people being carried away.
Indonesia has been attacked by Islamist militant groups in the past and was on high alert over the new year period after threats from the so-called Islamic State (IS).
Mr Charliyan said while it was not yet clear who carried out the attack, IS had warned of a "concert in Indonesia" which would be international news.
'Gunfire right now'
The attack began with initial blasts outside the Sarinah shopping centre in Jakarta, followed by more than an hour of gunfire and continuing reports of further explosions.
Armed police, snipers and armoured vehicles are on the streets of the capital.
BBC Indonesian reporter, Jerome Wirawan said police had cordoned off the area around the shopping centre.
A UN official, Jeremy Douglas, told the BBC he was about 150m away from one of the first blasts near the UN's building.
"Then we ran into the building. We heard a third explosion. We got up to our office on the tenth floor and we heard a fourth, a fifth and a sixth."
In one incident eyewitnesses say at least three attackers entered a Starbucks cafe in the area, which is close to several embassies, and detonated explosives before opening fire.
A Reuters photographer said police appeared to be aiming guns at a man on the roof of the building.
'Maximum damage': Karishma Vaswani, BBC News
Jakarta police have been saying for some time that an attack on Indonesian soil may be just a matter of time.
Although it isn't yet clear who is behind these attacks, they appear designed to inflict maximum damage.
Although no-one has claimed responsibility for these attacks, in the last few years there have been anywhere between 150-200 Indonesians who it is thought have gone to Syria to fight with IS.
Many have since returned and the police have thought that they might be preparing an attack in Indonesia.
Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim nation but by and large is secular, although in recent years the threat of radicalism has remained high as small networks of militants are still thought to be operating in the country.
Pep Guardiola has claimed it could be two years before he manages a club in the Premier League.
Guardiola revealed earlier this year he would leave Bayern Munich when his contract expires at the end of the season because he wanted to manage in England's top flight.
His refusal to disclose his preferred destination fuelled speculation over whether he would replace Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City, United's Louis van Gaal, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger or interim Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink.
Guardiola apologised earlier this week for putting pressure on current Premier League managers after he was accused of lacking "etiquette" by former England striker Alan Shearer.
However, in a further twist to the guessing game over the Catalonian's next job, Guardiola has now admitted his move to England may not happen for two years - or that it might not happen at all.
"When I sign a contract I will announce it immediately," said the former Barcelona boss.
"Maybe it will be two years until I will coach a team in England. I am very happy about my experience in Munich. I am working until my last second here.
"After that I will go home and wait to see if it is possible to move to England or not. If it's not, then I won't."
Guardiola previously took a year's break from football before moving to the Bavarian capital from the Nou Camp.
Bundesliga leaders Bayern, who have already confirmed Carlo Ancelotti will succeed Guardiola, return from the winter break against Hamburg on Friday 22 January.
The defending champions have an eight-point lead over Borussia Dortmund and face Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League next month.
Baba Spirit winner of the best comedian GNBank People’s Choice Awards, 2015 has jumped to the defence of Wisa of ‘Ekikimi’ hit song for allegedly removing his manhood at the 2015 Decemba2Remeba show.
The controversial comedian through his latest single ‘Cortility’ has said the artist should not be faulted for what happened since his ‘’abnormal’’ behaviour was ‘’maniac’’ which was a result of the failure of his brain which consist of cortisol, cortisone and other functional hormones to function properly.
One should not be deceived to assume that the song ‘Cortility’ is a profane song rather the comedian Baba Spirit upon a careful research and study abbreviated all the corti… which helps the brain to function to release this hit single.
In an interview with rainbowradioonline.com, Baba Spirit said ‘’so I’m guess may be my younger brother Wisa faced maniac on stage that faithful night because it [Maniac] can occur when one is over excited.
‘’So I Baba Spirit said in my song that, he removed all his ‘Cortility’ as in…cortisone, cortisol etc from his brain and that made him showed his thing in public.
‘’I [Baba Spirit] have summarised the cortisol, cortisone and all the other cort cort and made it ‘Cortility’…so no should think or be deceived that it is ‘korti’ (manhood) as we say in Twi Language although it sounds like that,’’ the award winning comedian said.
The song is currently enjoying massive air play and is set to possibly win an award very soon.