General News of Wednesday, 19 February 2020Source: Graphic.com.ghPresident delivers State of the Nation Address tomorrowPresident Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will deliver his fourth State of the Nation Address tomorrowPresident Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will tomorrow fulfill the constitutional duty of addressing Ghanaians on the state of the nation before the elected representatives of the people in Parliament House in Accra. It will be the President’s fourth presentation since he assumed the reins of power on January 7, 2017. The State of the Nation Address (SONA) is expected to cover, in broad terms, areas such as the economy, education, health, security and infrastructure. EconomyIt will not be out of place for President Akufo-Addo to tout the macroeconomic stability achieved by his administration, ranging from the reduction in inflation, diminishing interest rates, the rise in international reserves and the positive upgrade of Ghana’s credit rating. Being his last address in the august House to end his first term in office, in anticipation of his second term, President Akufo-Addo is expected to project into the future beyond Election 2020.
February 19, 2020 09:00 UTC
It was founded by a former Finance Minister and former governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Dr Kwabena Duffuor. Aside uniBank, Dr. Duffuor had a number of companies. CEO Kwabena Duffuor II and Chief Operating Officer, Ekow Nyarko Dadzie-Dennis• The two withdrew GH¢613 million from uniBank. • They also allegedly used some GH¢35m of uniBank money to buy GOIL shares on behalf of Starmount, a company related to the bank. Dr. Kwabena Duffuor and HODA Holdings• Dr. Duffuor, who sits atop HODA Holdings, a group of family-owned businesses, allegedly received the GH¢663.2m brought in by his son and the COO, Ekow Nyarko Dadzie-Dennis.
February 19, 2020 05:37 UTC
General News of Wednesday, 19 February 2020Source: www.ghanaweb.comTrade Fair demolition: Raymond Archer hits back at McDanDaniel McKorleyOne of the tenants affected by the Trade Fair midnight demolition has voiced his utmost disappointment in the Board Chairman of the Ghana Trade Fair Company Limited (GTFC), Daniel McKorley, owner of McDan Group of Companies for his recent interview over the ‘illegal’ demolition of businesses sited at the Trade Fair site. When asked what role Mr Archer played in the redevelopment of Trade Fair, the board chairman answered that Mr Raymond Archer and his Colour Planet Ltd can continue their printing works within the Ghana pavilion. Now that the factory has been destroyed, I can now be accommodated within the plan..... sad’, Raymond Archer added. AnalysisIt is really surprising the whole Trade Fair debacle and how it has been managed so far. What would have happened if the government had saved the businesses of Raymond Archer and others at the Trade Fair?
February 19, 2020 05:03 UTC
Sports News of Wednesday, 19 February 2020Source: GHANAsoccernet.comPartey stars as Atletico Madrid pip LiverpoolThomas ParteyMidfielder Thomas Partey produced a man-of-the-match performance as Atletico Madrid took a first leg advantage against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League last 16. The tireless midfielder was exceptional in the heart of midfield, winning and distributing balls effortless in a battle that saw him get the better of Liverpool's midfielders. Saul Niguez netted the only goal of the game after just four minutes when Atletico took advantage of a slow Liverpool in the early minutes. The Spanish midfielder was quick to fire home after a corner came off the boot of Fabinho. The win gives the Rojiblancos an important leead following a masterclass defensive performance and will ttravel to England for the second leg on March 11.
February 19, 2020 03:45 UTC
General News of Wednesday, 19 February 2020Source: www.ghanaweb.com86% Ghanaians declare war against corruption – Afrobarometer reportplay videoLinda Ofori-Kwafo, Executive Director, Ghana Integrity InitiativeGhanaians have declared their intentions to fight corruption to its core, according to the latest Afrobarometer report. The report indicates that Ghanaians enthusiastically support the idea that government officials who indulge in all sorts of corrupt practices must be duly dealt with. She said Ghanaians have now become very much aware of the negative impacts of corruption. “86 per cent of almost 18,000 people surveyed said they are ready to contribute towards corruption fight. If you are a victim of corruption, don’t be scared to voice it out,” she added.
February 19, 2020 03:22 UTC
General News of Wednesday, 19 February 2020Source: angelfmonlinegh.comNPP National Chairman not cut for the job – Dr. AmakyeNPP National Chairman, Freddie Blay“Seriously speaking the party chairman is not really well cut out for the job. I mean he’s not the right type of person for the development of the party. The national chair, Freddie Blay, he stands accused. He, however, advised the party to use dialogue as a democratic principle to resolve internal issues relating to the primaries to restore calm. “I believe it’s possible for the party to manage this better through the same democratic principle – dialogue, dialogue, dialogue… that should have started from the national level” he added.
February 19, 2020 03:00 UTC
General News of Wednesday, 19 February 2020Source: senaradioonline.comGHone TV workers shut down station over unpaid salariesThe workers have declared an indefinite strikeGhone TV, a subsidiary of the EIB Network for the first time since the inception of the company has been hit with a sit down strike by aggrieved staff of the camera and the production departments. How can you be working for seven months without being paid but you are expected to report to work every day. According to our source, management of Ghone TV has done nothing to ameliorate the hardship they are going through except to call their bluff that “if you can’t you can go”. How can you be selling company prado vehicles to yourselves in this times of crisis and call yourselves managers. Senaradioonline.com has since been trying to reach managements of EIB and Ghone TV but to no avail.
February 19, 2020 00:22 UTC
Sports News of Wednesday, 19 February 2020Source: ghanaguardian.comI would like to retire at Atlético - Thomas ParteyPartey wants to end his career at AtleticoGhana midfielder Thomas Partey has expressed his desire to spend all his footballing career at Atlético Madrid, saying the Spanish side "is like my home" to him. Many Clubs have expressed interest in the 26-years-old but the deputy captain for the Black Stars is not certain on moving away from the Wanda Metropolitano. Thomas and Atlético have already started talks for the renewal of the contract as they Cub is aware of strong interest from other clubs from England and from Italy. "I hope to stay in the club, I would like to retire here, but you never know what can happen. I want to stay here until the club doesn't love me, " Thomas said in The One Party.
February 18, 2020 22:07 UTC
General News of Wednesday, 19 February 2020Source: GNAMinority rejects Platinum’s $23.9 million tax waiver requestplay videoSpeaker of Parliament, Aaron Michael OquayeThe Minority in Parliament Tuesday rejected the adoption of the Finance Committee’s report to approve US$23,983,033, being tax waiver on materials, plant, machinery and equipment by Platinum Properties Limited. Furthermore claims that Pullman City Hotel was positioned to become Ghana’s largest and most distinguished hotel facility was not supported by the facts of the Committee’s report, Mr Jinapor said. Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Minister of Information, commenting on the Committee’s report, debunked assertions in the public domain that the President, on his own, granted a tax waiver to Platinum Properties Limited. “Because, Mr Speaker, in accordance with the Constitution, no President on his own has the power to grant a tax waiver to a company…” he added. Mr Nkrumah said if the Legislature was of the view that the company did not qualify for the tax waiver, The House was at liberty to reject it.
February 18, 2020 20:15 UTC
General News of Wednesday, 19 February 2020Source: GNAChristian Council in GH¢145 million bribery stormGeneral Secretary of the Council, Dr Cyril FayoseThe Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) on Tuesday denied receiving GH¢145 million from the Government or any other state institution to carry out election related activities towards the December polls. Fayose told the GNA that he, as the Spokesperson of the Council, had never spoken to any media representative about any missing money from the accounts of the CCG. We have not received any disbursement to that tune of GH¢145 million,” he said. He, however, explained that it was true the CCG undertakes election related programmes every election year to promote peace in the country but not with funding from the Government. Fayose said the CCG was expecting some funding from the Star Ghana Foundation and the Bread for the World, a German Organisation, to support its election related activities, but it was nothing close to the GH¢145 million.
February 18, 2020 19:07 UTC
General News of Wednesday, 19 February 2020Source: www.ghanaweb.comHow Jinapor’s visit to the loo disrupted parliamentJohn Jinapor, Member of Parliament for Yapei Kusawgu constituencyMember of Parliament for Yapei Kusawgu constituency, John Jinapor disrupted parliamentary proceedings as he left the chamber to visit the loo after making a submission on the floor of parliament for the house to reject a request of proposed tax waiver for Platinum Properties Limited for the Pullman Accra Airport City Hotel and Serviced Apartments. Speaker, there is something known as investment decision – in taking investment decision there is something called investment appraisal. "Mr. Speaker, all these have not been met here. So, Mr. Speaker, I am going to call him that he should come back”, he noted. John Jinapor later came as he was cheered by his colleagues but then Speaker had ruled that his statement should be expunged from the records.
February 18, 2020 18:56 UTC
General News of Tuesday, 18 February 2020Source: www.ghanaweb.comSalmonella gizzard scare: Cook it, there’s nothing to fear – FDAGizzard is largely consumed by many people in GhanaThe Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has allayed fears about the toxicity of salmonella infested gizzard transported into the country. The Head of Corporate Affairs at the FDA, James Lartey explained in an interview with Citi News that cooking the infested gizzard thoroughly before consumption would kill the bacteria, salmonella. His reaction comes on the back of reports that three containers of salmonella infested gizzard made their way into the country. So, in actual fact, this is not something that we should even be worried about,” the Head of Corporate Affairs at the FDA," James Lartey said. Mr. Lartey further noted that the importers of the containers carrying the salmonella infested gizzard followed due process since they the appropriate certification.
February 18, 2020 18:45 UTC
General News of Wednesday, 19 February 2020Source: GNAAU endorses Ghanaian for top intellectual property postFile photoThe African Union has unanimously endorsed a Ghanaian, Dr Edward Kwakwa, as the sole African candidate for the position of Director-General of the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). It oversees the negotiations that take place at the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore. The department also addresses how global issues such as climate change, public health, and food security affect innovation and intellectual property (IP). Dr Kwakwa was WIPO’s Legal Counsel from 2004 to 2016, and served in the Office of Legal Counsel for almost 20 years. It serves as the global forum that promotes innovation and creativity for the economic, social and cultural development of all countries through a balanced and effective international intellectual property system.
February 18, 2020 18:45 UTC
General News of Wednesday, 19 February 2020Source: GNAGhana must maintain double-track system – NMC Executive-SecretaryGeorge Sarpong, Executive-Secretary, National Media CommissionThe Executive-Secretary of the National Media Commission (NMC), Mr. George Sarpong, has appealed to Ghana’s educational policy-makers not to phase out the double-track system. “I suggest that we keep the double-track, and use the second-track for students from other African countries yearning for quality Ghanaian education at premium rates,” he noted. According to the NMC Executive-Secretary, proceeds from this initiative could be channelled towards sustainable financial support for the ‘Free Senior High School (SHS)’ concept, while also expanding the country’s educational frontiers. “Questions about teachers’ welfare, conditions of service, vacation periods within the double-track system, require sober discussions,” he remarked. The double-track system was introduced by the government to increase the uptake of more students in the various Senior High Schools (SHSs) in Ghana, to ensure all Ghanaian children had access to SHS education.
February 18, 2020 18:11 UTC
Politics of Wednesday, 19 February 2020Source: GNAI will revitalise CPP - Aspirant pledgesKweku Quansah (left) is poised to become CPP's National ChairmanMr Kweku Quansah, contesting the National Chairmanship position of the Convention Peoples’ Party (CPP), has pledged to reinvigorate the Party by putting in place infrastructure to make it capable of winning the 2020 election. He explained that even though the CPP had been out of power for decades, its ideology remained relevant in the nation’s quest to achieve development. “What has driven me to this point is the need for the CPP to be revitalised, that is the revival of the CPP. Currently, eight aspirants have picked nomination forms to contest the six positions, namely; National Chairman (two); General Secretary (one); National Organiser (two); National Youth Organiser (one); National Women’s Organiser (one); and National Vice Chairman (one). Mr Paul Kwame Anaman, the Administrator, handing over the forms to Mr Quansah, urged him to rally the youth to bring vibrancy to the Party.
February 18, 2020 18:11 UTC