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Oct 17, 2018
The new Patriotic Party has issued a statement discrediting news making rounds that its General Secretary, Kwabena Agyei Agyapong has been suspended. The party described the information as a hoax and charged the rank and file of the party to disregard it.   The National Communications Director of the NPP, Nana Akomeah said the party has taken no such decision concerning the General Secretary and therefore he is actively working in his capacity as the duly elected administrator.   Nana Akomeah told host of Rainbow Radio 87.5fm breakfast show Kwame Tutu that the National Executive Committee which has the power to take such decision has not met as been speculated by some internet news websites.   He stated that the disciplinary committee of the party has receive petitions against Mr. Agyei Agyapong and is investigating allegations made against him. Speaking on Rainbow Radio on Tuesday, the Former Minister of Information said the party`s Lawyers are prepared to meet the suspended Chairman Paul Afoko who has taken Legal action against his party for illegally suspending him indefinitely.       
Oct 17, 2018
The National Democratic Congress Party has sent a message of well – wishes to the Former Ghanaian President John Kuffour on his 77th birthday. The ruling party prayed for long life, good health and prosperity for the former leader of the party`s (NDC) main political rival (NPP). The Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Koku Anyidoho in a good will message to Mr. Kuffour urged him to use his experience and statesmanship to support the growth and development of Ghana.   He sent the message through global Radio Station, Rainbow Radio 87.5fm breakfast show in an interview with Kwame Tutu. Mr. Anyindoho recounted some of the development Ghana witnessed under the leadership of the former leader and seized the opportunity to thank him on behalf of Ghanaians for dedicating his life to the people of this country.     The Deputy Chief Scribe wished Ghanaians a happy Christmas in advance and rallied all and sundry to commit themselves to the course of Ghana. He assured of massive improvement in the living standards of the citizenry comes 2016 as according to him the President Mahama led administration is rolling in that out programmes and policies in that direction.           
Oct 17, 2018
Counsel for Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan, lawyer Kissi Agyabeng has said that the Attorney General’s Department had dropped the rape and sodomy charges against the skipper. Addressing the media on Tuesday, the lawyer said ‘’ordinarily, we would not have bothered to address the media. However, lives are involved and reputations have been affected. Right must be put right and wrong must be put in its place.” One Sarah Kwablah in June 2015, accused Asamoah Gyan of sodomizing and raping her. Sarah Kwablah lodged a complaint at the Domestic and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service in June 2015. She alleged that Asamoah Gyan raped and had unnatural canal knowledge with her. The case was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service) and later forwarded to the AG’s office However addressing the media, lawyer Kissi Agyabeng described the allegations against his client as untrue, unfounded and frivolous. According to the lawyer the skipper, Asamoah Gyan fully co-operated with the police during their investigations before the case was forwarded to the AG’s office and  “on Wednesday, 2 December 2015, we were called to the headquarters of the Criminal Investigation Department, Accra and informed that after a careful study of the docket, the Attorney General had concluded that the rape and unnatural canal allegations made by Sarah Kwablah against Asamoah Gyan were totally baseless and that the docket should be closed. In plain language, Asamoah Gyan has been cleared of all of Sarah Kwablah’s allegations of rape and sodomy.’’ Lawyer Kissi Agyabeng chided lawyer Maurice Ampaw, counsel for Sarah Kwablah for going around peddling falsehood against Asamoah Gyan. ‘’Goaded on by a man who styles himself as a doctorate degree holder, this young woman has carried, and she [Kwablah] and the man are still carrying on, the most ludicrous media tirade against a person in Ghana, And the person at the end of their unhappy and totally unfounded tantrums has been, and his, Asamoah Gyan. His manager Samuel Anim Addo has gotten his unfair share of verbal abuse,’’ the lawyer noted.   He added ‘’I [Lawyer Agyabeng] have and still do get my share of the vituperations. However we regard that simply occupational hazard,’’ he explained.
Oct 17, 2018
Domestic airline will lose an estimated GH¢6million per week if the Harmattan, which is associated with poor visibility, continues to cause flight suspensions and delays.     The onset of the Harmattan — north/eastern dry winds originating from the Saharan-Arabian desert last week — has forced the two main domestic airlines in the country, Starbow and Africa World Airlines (AWA), to suspend flights to Kumasi, Tamale and Sunyani…leaving passengers stranded at the various airports. Africa World Airlines (AWA), which operates 50-seat ERJ 145LR jets to Tamale, Kumasi and Takoradi, is estimated to lose about GH¢2.5million in gross revenue per week if visibility continues to be poor.   Starbow, which operates two 94-seat BAe 146-300 jets and a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft that can seat up to 78 passengers, is estimated to lose about GH¢4million per week if the dusty season continues.   The industry regulator, the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), says the weather may improve for flight operations after December 15, 2015.   There are currently two airlines — Starbow and Africa World Airlines — offering domestic flights from Accra to Kumasi, Tamale, and Takoradi. The operators have had to increase their flight frequencies since July to these three destination following the suspension of Antrak’s operations for three months.   Antrak Air, a wholly-owned indigenous domestic operator, suspended its operations following challenges with its wet-lease arrangement with Swift Air, a Spanish airliner, for use of the latter’s two ATR 72-500 turbo-prop aircraft.   Foreign exchange losses are believed to have increased the cost of operations for the airline, forcing it to ditch the wet-lease agreement. Since January 2014 the cedi has lost about 40 percent of its value to the US dollar, despite a range of measures introduced by the central bank.    Last year the cedi lost about 31 percent of its value after a string of poor performances, largely in the first half of the year. The slide prompted the central bank to introduce forex restrictions, which market players accused of being counterproductive.   Domestic airlines, notwithstanding the local currency’s slide, had to absorb the exchange losses that were estimated to be about US$2million per operator.   About 80 percent of the operations of airlines are dollar-based. Imported spare-parts, cost of aviation fuel and insurance are all priced in dollars. The imposition of 17.5 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) in July also led to a drastic decline in passenger numbers.   There have been calls for the Finance |Ministry to review implementation of this tax, but the 2016 budget and economic policy of government presented to Parliament was conspicuously silent on it.   Dr. Camynta Baezie, Executive Chairman of the State Enterprises Commission, has called for immediate suspension of the 17.5 percent VAT on domestic air travel that has reduced passenger throughput by more than 20 percent.   “The State Enterprises Commission would like to bring to the attention of the President, sector ministry and, more importantly, the Ministry of Finance that the high cost of domestic flights is something that has been said over and over again.   “We need to reduce the airfares, and to do that we think government needs to take out the 17.5 percent VAT and remove the taxes on aviation fuel. Taxes are meant to benefit the people, and removal will lead to increased domestic passenger travel, creating jobs and hence employment for the benefit of the very people that we are imposing the taxes on,” Dr. Baezie said at a recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Ghana Airports Company Limited in Accra.   Source: The B&FT    
Oct 17, 2018
The Electoral Commission of Ghana has denied media reports that the five-member committee empaneled to hear the public on whether to compile or not compile a voters’ register. News over the weekend coming to this week had it that, the Justice V.C.R.A.C Crabbe led committee had submitted their report to the commission calling for the compilation of a new voters’ register. But the EC in a statement signed by the Acting Director, Public Relations. Mr. Christian Owusu Parry denied the reports described it as ‘’false’’. The statement issued by the commission read ‘’the Commission has learnt of various false reports circulating in the media, that the panel of eminent persons engaged to study various submissions on the voters register has submitted its report to the Commission. ‘’The Electoral Commission wishes to inform the general public and the media that the panel is yet to complete its work and no report has been submitted to the Commission. The public is therefore entreated to disregard the reports circulating in the media. The Commission wishes to assure the public that they will be informed of the recommendations of the panel and the final decision taken by the Commission on the register as soon as the requisite processes are concluded.’’   Below is the full statement REPORTS ON SUBMISSION OF THE REPORT OF THE PANEL ON THE VOTERS REGISTER TO THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION The Commission has learnt of various false reports circulating in the media, that the panel of eminent persons engaged to study various submissions on the voters register has submitted its report to the Commission. The Electoral Commission wishes to inform the general public and the media that the panel is yet to complete its work and no report has been submitted to the Commission. The public is therefore entreated to disregard the reports circulating in the media. The Commission wishes to assure the public that they will be informed of the recommendations of the panel and the final decision taken by the Commission on the register as soon as the requisite processes are concluded. –SIGNED– CHRISTAIN OWUSU-PARRY ACTING DIRECTOR, PUBLIC AFFAIRS   for: CHAIRPERSON
Oct 17, 2018
The price of oil fell to its lowest level since 2009 as global production continues to remain high. The price of West Texas crude sank to $37.65 (£24.99) a barrel, a drop of 5.8%, while Brent Crude fell 5.3% to $40.73 a barrel.    The slumping price comes as OPEC – a group of the largest oil producing nations- refused to cut oil production. OPEC- whose production covers about 30% of the world’s oil demand – met in Vienna last week to discuss production.     The group has faced growing competition from new supplies, including in the US where techniques like fracking are used to tap previously hard-to-reach oil reserves.   “The decision by OPEC members to keep oil production output at record high levels has seen oil prices plummet again,” said Sanjiv Shah, chief investment officer of Sun Global Investments.     The group had traditionally kept a tight rein on oil production to regulate price, but announced last Friday it will continue to pump out approximately 31.5 million barrels of oil a day, going past the group’s former 30 million barrel target.      In 2014 Saudi Arabia led OPEC in a decision to keep output high to defend its market shares.   Source: BBC
Oct 17, 2018
Private legal practitioner and CEO of Legal Advocacy Foundation, lawyer Maurice has congratulated the Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Justice Theodora Wood for taking the bold step in investigating and subsequently dismissing 20 of the implicated judges in the latest investigative piece by Anas Aremeyaw Anas. According to the outspoken lawyer, the dismal of the judges is a victory for the country and a clear indication of the readiness of the CJ to fight corruption in the judicial service. The step she [Chief Justice] has taken is so important because she did not protect any of the implicated judges, he noted. In his view any citizen who believes in the rule of law and democracy, should be happy for this landmark decision. ‘’This is a good news for Ghana and for our democracy and in my own opinion, the Chief Justice needs to commended for the bold step she took in fighting corruption in the judiciary,’’ lawyer Ampaw said. Twenty lower courts judges were dismissed yesterday after there were found guilty of an alleged corruption scandal brought against them by celebrated journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas. The CJ in September upon receipt of audio-visual evidence and transcript by Anas, instituted a committee to investigate the alleged corruption scandal which the affected judges were allegedly captured on camera taking bribes to subvert justice. The Chief Justice after the investigations and recommendations presented to her by the five-member committee chaired by Supreme Court Judge, Her Ladyship Justice Sophia Adiyira  dismissed 20 of the judges after they were found guilty. Four of them went home with end of service benefits after they apologized while the remaining sixteen went home with nothing. While he congratulated the CJ, he charged her not to relent on her efforts but continue to ensure that more of such cleansing is done to ensure accountability, transparency and equity in the judicial service. He also advised government to take a re-look at the condition of service of judges since most them are living under very poor condition. Lawyer Maurice Ampaw called on Ghanaians to forgive the judges who were dismissed yesterday because in his view, the punishment given them was enough for the misconduct they’ve exhibited. Speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on frontline Tuesday morning, he called for national honours for Anas and Tiger Eye PI Team for the unprecedented investigation they conducted. He took the opportunity to warn judges who were not captured on camera but are corrupt to take a cue from what has happened and change.    
Oct 17, 2018
A statement issued by the office of Parliament in response to a media report carried out yesterday that the ultra-modern office complex for MP's was faulty with the elevators defected will be repaired by the contractors per the agreement of the contract.   The daily Graphic and the Chronicle Newspaper in their headlines yesterday reported that there were massive leakages in some parts of the roof which have affected the elevators when it rains. Aside this water seeps into the electric motors which drive the traction cables and the counterweight systems of the elevators thus rendering them incapable of operating.   Responding to the said publication the statement issued by the Office of Parliament said ‘’the office of Parliament wishes to state that, as part of the contractual agreement with the contractors and the facility managers, there is a one year Defect Liability Period in which any defects or problems that may crop up would be immediately repaired or rectified by the contractors and facility managers and both parties are committed to ensuring ta this agreement is adhered to.   ‘’It is pertinent to note that the managers of the facility are on the site to ensure that all mal-functioning parts the facilities are repaired while problems that may occur are immediately rectified. The contractors have accordingly informed the office that two of the elevators are under routine maintenance with certain parts being replaced. The scanners on the other had to be turned off for routine maintenance work.’’   Meanwhile in a similar statement yesterday, the Majority Chief Whip of Parliament, Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka denied the story.   Below is the full statement. Our attention has been drawn to a publication on the back page of the of the December 7 edition of the Daily Graphic captioned “elevator, scanners of Job 600 breakdown; A month after inauguration”. A similar story titled “Job 600 leaks, Roofing Falling Apart “has also been carried on the same day’s edition of The Chronicle. In the said publications, the Parliamentary correspondents reported that certain functions and parts of the Job 600 Building which has been refurbished for the use by parliamentarians as offices have developed problems shortly after the inauguration of the building by the president. The office of Parliament  wishes to state that, as part of the contractual agreement with the contractors and the facility managers, there is a one year Defect Liability Period in which any defects or problems that may crop up would be immediately repaired or rectified by the contractors and facility managers and both parties are committed to ensuring ta this agreement is adhered to. It is pertinent to note that the managers of the facility are on the site to ensure that all mal-functioning parts the facilities are repaired while problems that may occur are immediately rectified. The contractors have accordingly informed the office that two of the elevators are under routine maintenance with certain parts being replaced. The scanners on the other had to be turned off for routine maintenance work. Parliament also wishes to inform the general public that, following the inauguration of the building, members of parliament have moved into their various offices and are making the best use of the facility.   Meanwhile, the office for Parliament will like to inform the media that our offices are open to clarification on issues such as the above ad will encourage them to cross check facts with the office in order to reflect both sides of the stories.
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