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Prophet Reindolf Oduro Gyebi (Eagle Prophet) has revealed on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the prophecy of a gas explosion on the Tema Motorway which was supposed to occur today [Thursday], has been reversed after fervent prayers were said to God. The prophet on narrating how the incident will happen said that a fuel tanker will burst into flames on the Tema Motorway today between the hours of 11: 30 am to 12 :00 noon and that will extend to the Accra mall area. His prophecy scared Ghanaians especially on social media following a recent one, which occurred at the Atomic Junction few months ago. Speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the prophet told host Kwame Tutu the prophecy would not materialise as announced. According to him, he was directed by God to come to Accra, perform some prayers and directions in order to reverse the explosion. He also disclosed he invited ten other pastors and prophets based in Accra to help pray to avert the prophecy since it was going to claim lives. He said, we have prayed and still praying. We have anointed the Accra Mall, used oil to reverse the evil machinations of the enemy and red wine representing blood to reverse the incident. Ghanaians should not be afraid because God has intervened.’’
Chief Executive Officer of KOANS Estate, Prof. Kofi Anokye has argued that, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), has not done anything new in dealing with the energy crisis. The only thing the NPP government has done is to shot the prices of fuel upwards in order to get the balance to solve our electricity issues, he said. Ghana is relying heavily on power plant and because of that, we need crude to power them. He is suggesting a dependence on another source of power without reliance on fuel including crude to reduce the cost for managing them. The call for the reduction in fuel he noted cannot be possible because any attempt to reduce fuel prices would plunge us back to ‘dumsor’. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the estate developer said, although he does not have any evidence, he is compelled to believe that government is robbing Peter to pay Paul by increasing fuel prices to sustain the electricity issues. He posited on the show that, the method being used by government to address our energy issues including electricity does not make business sense. ‘’Any attempt to reduce fuel prices will spell doom for Ghana. We will go back to dumsor. I am challenging them to reduce fuel prices and see the consequences. They have not done or introduce a new technology. There is nothing new they have introduced. What they have done is to just review and regularise the old things done under the previous administration, ’’ he said. The cost of electricity in Ghana he insisted was still expensive as compared to other countries. In his view, we will still have energy crisis if ''you stabilise the price of electricity but increase the price of fuel.'' ‘’The cost of electricity has never gone down as touted. The cost of electricity is still expensive. The cost of doing business in Ghana is still expensive,’’ he added. The prices of fuel has increased. A litre of diesel and petrol are being sold at GH¢5.18 and GH¢5.14 respectively. The increase was in line with predictions by the Institute of Energy Securities (IES) over the weekend that fuel prices would go beyond GH¢5 to a litre based on its research on the second pricing window. The IES is predicting further hikes in the prices of fuel as the cedi continuous to struggle against its major trading currencies.
Six companies and their former heads under the previous administration have been indicted in an audit report. The audit, according to documents intercepted initiated following suspicion that there was widespread financial malfeasance under the erstwhile John Mahama-led administration. The six state institutions whose audited report have been forwarded to EOCO include Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC), Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST), Micro and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC), Ghana Free Zones Board, Ghana Standards Authority and Ghana Telecom University College (GTUC). At BOST, a total of GH¢285,561,245 were misappropriated. The report revealed that Kingsley Awuah-Darko, the former BOST MD, misappropriated GH¢10,498,456 and $33,305,527. Per the report, the implicated companies allegedly breached provisions of the Public Procurement Act by inflating contract sums, non-performance of contracts and non-enforcement and breach of contracts. The findings have been referred to the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO).
The Member of Parliament for Trobu constituency, Mr Moses Anim,has taken broadcast journalist, Ohene Nana Kwame Amu of Peace Fm, to the cleaners. The MP who was infuriated at attacks directed at him by the presenter minced no words in describing the journalist as unprofessional, unethical and bias. The MP lamented bitterly at what he described as a scheme by the journalist to run him down, court negative public attacks on him. ‘’This young man has run me down for the past three years. He has been running me down. He even used the prime news on their platform to campaign against me, and called on my constituents to vote against me.’’ According to the MP, the journalist did the same thing sometime ago during the 2016 elections and repeated same when the party was preparing for its internal primaries and continue to do it.’’ ‘’Why should a journalist who is having an opportunity on radio incite my constituents against me and calling on my constituents to vote against me? He has a hidden agenda. I strongly suspect there is someone pushing him to do what he is doing. He is gradually loosing his credibility due to his unprofessional behavior. He is also disgracing his media house. He has never called me to even ask me about the complaints by my constituents. He is only running me down for his own selfish interest. He is loosing his credibility big time and making Peace Fm highly unpopular.’’
The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has appointed some individuals to head the various directorates of the elephant family as deputy national officers. Lawyer Boaben Asamoah has been appointed as Director of Communications. Kamal-Deen Abdulai, Joyce Zampare, Haruna Mohammd, Yaw Preko, Akbar Yussif Rohullah Khomeini, Jennifer Oforiwaa Queen, Richard Asante Yeboah, Maame Yaa Aboagye, Kofi Agyapong and Richard Nyamah would deputize him. Daniel Patrick Nii Laryea Squire and Nana Obiri Boahen have been appointed as Deputy General Secretaries. Maxwell Lugudor and Elvis Botah were also appointed as Deputy National Organizers. Justina Awo Babahene and Hajia Sawudatu will deputize the National Women’s Organizer. The rest are: Ayishetu Yusif , Abdallah Toric, Perpetual Lomokie Akwada and Joseph Nyaniba Kwayaja were appointed Deputy Nasara Coordinators and Deputy National Youth Organizers respectively. Mr Antwi Adjei was appointed Senior Political Advisor with Kwadwo Afari being appointed as Director of Protocols. Mr Eric Ntori was also appointed Director of I.T and Mr Emmanuel Attefah -Danso as Director of International Relations. Evans Nimako was appointed Director of Research and Collins Nuamah appointed Director of Finance and Administration.
Ghana’s economy is in in good hands and being steered in the right direction, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has said. Speaking at the Ghana Industrial Summit and Exhibition yesterday [Tuesday]. The Vice President admonished Ghanaians to ignore those painting the negative picture of Ghana’s economy. “Be reassured that this economy is in good hands. We are not where we want to be, but we believe that we are on course. But as all good sailors know, rough and turbulent seas are no indication that you are not steering well,” he said. Commenting on Ghana’s recent ratings by Standards and Poor’s, he said, “Our recent ratings by Standard and Poor’s agency from B- to a solid B with a stable outlook is a confirmation that we are building fundamentals of the economy in the right direction. If you listen to the critics you will miss the following facts about the economy. That the economic growth has more than doubled from its 2016 level from 3.7% to 8.5%, that the agricultural growth is trending upward and industry growth rose from a negative half a percent to 17.7% at the end of 2017.’’ On Inflation he said, “Inflation continues to decline just slightly below 10% at 9.9%. The interest rate of the 91-day treasury bills are also on the decline. Our trade position has strengthened significantly and our gross international reserves now cover 3.9 months of imports. The debt to GDP ratio has declined from 73% in 2016 to 64.4% in June 2018. We are striving for a low and stable inflation rate.’’
The World Bank has approved 50 million dollars to support the government’s efforts at addressing illegal small-scale mining under activities outlined in the Multi-Sectoral Mining Integrated Project (MMIP). The draft manual of activities would be sponsored by the Bank and presented to its top management. The document is expected to be approved for implementation within the next two weeks. Mr. Mamadou Barry, a Senior Mining Specialist, Energy and Extractives at the Bank, made the disclosure when he led a delegation to pay a courtesy call on Mr. Kwaku Asoma Cheremeh, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, at the Ministry in Accra. “Our mission is to assist the Government of Ghana in implementing the Multi-Sectoral Mining Integrated Project, which is to address the illegal mining issue. “We’re to design the project and gather inputs, therefore, we have reached an agreement on the priority areas we would support, and also agreed on the funding and implementation arrangements so that we can start activities on the ground as quickly as possible,” Mr Barry stated. Mr. Cheremeh, on his part, expressed appreciation to the Bank for acting quickly in approving the amount and, thus, called on all other stakeholders that had pledged support in the past to redeem their pledges. “This is necessary because the environment is being degraded, water bodies are being polluted with dangerous chemicals like mercury, while our forests and other natural resources are being degraded,” he said. The Minister noted that while efforts were underway to roll out the MMIP, the government would continue implementing alternative livelihood programme to prevent the nation from revisiting the dark days of galamsey. Mr. Cheremeh refuted the assertion that the activities outlined in the MMIP had been scraped from the Inter-Ministerial Committee against Illegal Mining’s roadmap, noting that the MMIP had been captured in the roadmap towards the lifting of the ban on small-scale mining. “There is no iota of truth that we have disintegrated, just that we’re working from this Ministry, while the Committee is operating from the Presidency, therefore, we’re all working towards eliminating illegal mining in the system,” he said. The Minister said the Government would welcome new ideas and proposals from all stakeholders towards ensuring the successful implementation of the roadmap. “We’ll welcome everybody if the time is ripe for the ban to be lifted, all ideas and suggestions would be considered,” he said. Source: GNA
StarTimes, one of Ghana’s leading pay-TV operator has launched its live telecast of the 2018/2019 UEFA Europa League which commences on Thursday, September 20, 2018. StarTimes has acquired exclusive broadcasting rights for the Europa League in Su-Saharan Africa until 2021. Per rights acquired, SatrTimes will be serving its cherished customers with all matches in the competition. At the launch of the broadcast rights, StarTimes Head of Marketing, Akofa Dzankui said that the company was excited for the rights adding, “We are very excited to bring UEFA Europa League to our cherished subscribers. The FIFA World Cup was a success and football fans really appreciated that. We brought them the ICC right after the World Cup. We appreciate the subscribers and we know they would be delighted to watch another European Competition on StarTimes.’’ The company she touted is committed to providing world-class viewing experience to its cherished customers. StarTimes will broadcast the Europa League in all Sub-Saharan countries except South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. StarTimes also has exclusive rights for English, Portuguese and Twi commentary of the Europa League. On his part, Director of Production, George Lomotey told Rainbow Sports that, “The Europa League is the second biggest club competition in Europe and this season we are going to have Chelsea, Arsenal, Milan, Sevilla all starting from the group stages. So we all can say that we are going to see very good games this season and it can only be watched on StarTimes”.
Increasing inequality-undermining fight against poverty in Ghana, a report by OXFAM with its partners SEND-Ghana and Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition with support from UNICEF has said. The report dubbed, ‘Building A More Equal Ghana’ was launched today [Wednesday]. The five-point action plan to close the gap between the rich and the rest said, despite the continued economic-growth and significant poverty reduction, income inequality has been growing steadily for a number of years in Ghana. ‘’This is a serious threat to poverty reduction efforts and must be tackled.’’ According to the report, inequality creates destructions in overcoming poverty and exclusion, and to building prosperous, cohesive societies. The report further detailed that nearly 300, 000 men, women and children could have been lifted out poverty in Ghana between2006 and 2013 had inequality increased during this period. Ghana must fight inequality to lift more people out of poverty, sustain economic growth, and maintain cohesion.’’ The report also disclosed that Ghana’s growth was matched by a significant reduction in poverty level-which more than halved between 1992 and 2013. ‘’Extreme poverty declined by about 25 percentage points over the same period. At the same time, the country has made sustained political and social progress. Ghana today is a functioning democracy that has made remarkable strides across a number of human development indicator, such as education.’’ The report added that, on the average, the Ghanaian economy grew annually by 5.8% in 13 of the 22 years between 1991 and 2013, reaching a rate of nearly 8% after 2006.’’ ‘’A particularly notable sustained period of growth from the start of the millennium came to a halt in 200, with the lowest growth in nine years (4%) at the height of the global economic crisis. However, growth bounced back to the hit peak of 15% in 2011, as decelerate and dropped to 3.5% in 2016, the lowest level since 1990. It has since picked up again and it is expected to reach 6.1% in 2017,’’ it added. Another area the report tackled was on ‘Poor Public Financial Management is Undermining Efforts to Tackle Inequality. On this, the report said, ‘’despite having had significant amounts of debt cancelled over a decade ago, Ghana is now back in a debt crisis. In 2015, Ghana contracted a loan with the IMF, Initially due to end in 2018. It was recently extended to 2019, despite the public debt stock having reached 735 of GDP in 2017. This is n Ghana’s economy and society, and with the economy stagnating, the country is falling back into debt trap.’’ It went on to say that, the ‘’combination of a slowing economy and ongoing debt servicing meant that, in 2017, 42% of government revenue was being allocated to debt repayments. This leaves less money available to spend on vital inequality reducing public services.’’ ‘’International evidence shows that investment in public services plays a key role in reducing economy economic inequality. Recent evidence from developing from developing countries which have reduced inequality finds that 69% of the reduction in inequality was because of government spending on health and education,’’ it added.
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