Business News of Tuesday, 7 July 2020Source: www.ghanaweb.comClosure of retail shops: 'Life has been hell' – Nigerian traders lamentFollowing the reopening of their shops, the Nigerian traders are optimistic about a booming businessNigerian retailers have lamented how life became tough for them after the closure of their shops for about 7 months. A trader, who spoke in an interview with CitiBusiness, said, “Life has been hell, only God protected us. Nigerian traders at the Tip Toe Lane at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra had their shops locked by the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) after they were said to have breached retail trading laws. Per Section 27 of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Act 865, foreigners are barred from engaging in retail business in Ghana, as the space is solely reserved for citizens. Following several calls and documents of proof by the traders allowing their stay and business activities in the country, they have now had their shops opened.
July 07, 2020 14:48 UTC
General News of Tuesday, 7 July 2020Source: www.ghanaweb.comYour children are safe – GES Boss assures parentsDirector-General of the Ghana Education Service, Professor Opoku-AmankwaThe Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Professor Opoku-Amankwa has assured parents of Senior High School students of the safety of their children. Apprehension is growing among parents after it emerged that some students of the Accra Girls SHS and Wesley SHS have tested positive for the coronavirus. But in an exclusive interview with www.ghanaweb.com, Professor Opoku-Amankwa emphasized that the schools remain the safest place for the students. Professor Opoku-Amankwa reiterated the need for parents to trust the government and asked the heads of schools to ensure that the safety protocols are strictly adhered to. This does not provide any parent the comfort to assume the safety of their children," the statement said.
July 07, 2020 14:48 UTC
Politics of Tuesday, 7 July 2020Source: www.ghanaweb.comMy mum’s track record speaks for her – Naana Opoku-Agyemang’s sonFormer Education Minister, Jane Naana Opoku-AgyemangSon of the newly appointed running mate for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang has patted the back of the NDC flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama for choosing his mother, Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as his right-hand person for the upcoming December polls. According to him, the track records of Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang are enough to prove how competent and well prepared she is for the job. He’s therefore self-assured that the country will flourish should the two – John Dramani Mahama and Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang win the December 7 polls. Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang indicated that this year’s campaign will be based on track records rather than the 'normal' spewing out of insults on other political candidates. “As far as it is possible, this campaign will be based on track records, ideas, and policy.
July 07, 2020 14:03 UTC
Their saviour because the swines led them (the Akwamus) out into a ‘promised land’ when they were being chased by their rivals; the Akuapems after their defeat in a war. While driving them out, they got to the River Volta and this is what happened;“Luckily for them, when they got there, the Volta was dry so they saw these pigs in the Volta River and the pigs led them to cross to the boundary. When they got there, they saw the pigs in the river, it attracted them and they asked how the pigs were able to cross through like that, so they followed them and were able to cross. When we reached there, it overflowed so we couldn’t cross.”For this reason, according to Nana Addo Kwataa, “the Akwamus, respect pigs, it is their taboo”. Anyone caught eating the bush pig will be made to offer seven sheep, seven schnapps and an amount of money.
July 07, 2020 13:41 UTC
General News of Tuesday, 7 July 2020Source: www.ghanaweb.comAkufo-Addo’s proceed-on-leave directive to Domelevo threatens democracy – Coalition of CSOsplay videoDr Kojo Asante is Director of Advocacy and Policy Engagement at CDDThe Ghana Coalition of Civil Society Organisations, an alliance of over 400 organisations, has urged the President to rescind an order to the Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo, to proceed on leave. The CSOs say President Nana Akufo-Addo’s action is a threat to the independence of the office Auditor-General and other independent governance institutions. He added: “We find the entire episode and the justification for the President’s action regrettable and inconsistent with both the letter and spirit of the 1992 Constitution. In a context like that, a fair-minded person is likely to believe that the President is not acting in good faith,” he said. Mr Domelevo had stated after an audit that there was no evidence of work done in that deal.
July 07, 2020 13:40 UTC
General News of Tuesday, 7 July 2020Source: www.ghanaweb.comBuaben Asamoa’s comment on Prof Naana Opoku Agyemang an insult to womanhood – OtokunorNDC Deputy General Secretary, Peter OtokunorDeputy General Secretary of the NDC, Peter Otokunor has expressed utter disappointment at comments made by the NPP Communications Director following John Mahama’s choice of running mate ahead of the December elections. For a political party to suggest that the selection shows that we are not taking Ghanaians serious and that it is dangerous for Ghana is most ridiculous, bizarre and misogynistic,” Peter Otokunor added. In a related development, former Education Minister under the Mills administration, Betty Mould Iddrisu also criticized Buaben Asamoa for his comment. “I was surprised,” she stated, claiming she did not expect that to come out from the lawyer and lawmaker. Send your news stories to and via WhatsApp on +233 55 2699 625.
July 07, 2020 13:07 UTC
Nana unequivocally cautioned embattled President Mahama that the ship was sinking because of poor leadership. Touching on his flagbearership bid, Nana Akufo-Addo posited, “I am the party’s best bet to win power in 2016,” dismissing claim that he was unfit to contest another election. The ‘Better Ghana’ they promised in 2008 and repeated in 2012 remains an empty and cynical slogan as is their “e dey bii keke”. There can be no better Ghana when access to healthcare is worse today than it was even a year ago. There can be no better Ghana so long as the NDC remains in power.
July 07, 2020 12:22 UTC
Regional News of Tuesday, 7 July 2020Source: www.ghanaweb.comCoronavirus kills 2 people in Ahafo RegionFile PhotoCorrespondence from Bono Region:Two persons have succumbed to the novel Coronavirus pandemic in the Ahafo region. Statistics from the Ahafo Regional Health Directorate indicates that the two died as a result of complications they suffered from the virus. The fatalities were confirmed by Dr. Boakye Boateng, the Ahafo Regional Director of Ghana Health Service, in an interview with Ghanaweb. The Ahafo region has six districts and three of the districts have cases. The largest numbers of cases are from the Asutifi South with 30 cases and three cases from the Asutifi North and Tano South districts”.
July 07, 2020 12:00 UTC
“We [New Patriotic Party] are the ones having a contest with the NDC and not her. Her actions show that she has become the captain of the NDC team,” he noted. The plaintiffs went back to the court for further clarification, following which the EC was instructed to submit the list of all voters, who registered using NHIS documents. For Mr Nitiwul, the actions of the EC, coupled with others’, have made him believe that the EC is being unfair and acting in favour of the governing NDC. He said the NPP was targeting to win over 150 seats with no less than 20 MPs from the Greater Accra Region”.
July 07, 2020 11:26 UTC
Two questions keep popping in the conversation; Is Ghana ready for a female vice president? Prof. Opoku-Agyemang was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast in 2008, the first female Vice-Chancellor of a public university in Ghana. Eva Lokko, PPP, 2012The late Eva Lokko in 2012 ahead of the general elections was confirmed by leaders of the People Progressive Party as the running mate of Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom. She was the only female Director-General for the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, since its inception in 1935. Nana Akosua Frimpomaa-Sarpong II , CPP, 2012The Convention People’s Party (CPP) in 2012 joined the list by selecting Nana Akosua Frimpomaa-Sarpong as the running mate for Dr. Abu Sakara.
July 07, 2020 11:26 UTC
Mr Domelevo has been compelled in a letter from the Presidency to take his accumulated 167 days leave, spanning some three years of continuous service. The CSOs said they are confident that the President will heed their call to return Auditor-General to office. Meanwhile, the man who has been asked to act in the capacity of Mr Domelevo, Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu, recently cleared the details of a transaction that Mr Domelevo had raised issues with. Mr Domelevo had stated after an audit that there was no evidence of work done in that deal. The expression of satisfaction came just one day after the Auditor-General, began his 167 days forced leave.
July 07, 2020 10:52 UTC
General News of Tuesday, 7 July 2020Source: Class FMOpoku-Agyemang championed reforms in education sector – Omane BoamahFormer Minister of Communication, Dr Edward Omane BoamahA former Minister of Communication, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, has extolled the credentials of Professor Jana Naana Opoku-Agyemang, the just-nominated running mate to Mr John Mahama in this year’s elections. Dr Omane Boamah said in a statement that tthe former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, successfully championed many reforms such as the conversion of polytechnics into technical universities, upgrading of colleges of education into tertiary institutions, reducing teacher absenteeism from 27% to 7% and introducing the “unprecedented” private BECE system. Disclaimer GhanaWeb is not responsible for the reportage or opinions of contributors published on the website. Read our disclaimer. Send your news stories to and via WhatsApp on +233 55 2699 625.
July 07, 2020 10:30 UTC
Regional News of Tuesday, 7 July 2020Source: www.ghanaweb.com4,059 register for voters ID card in Bia East after phase one of exerciseFile photo of Ghanaians in a queue to register for the voters ID cardCorrespondence from Western Region:A total of 4,059 Ghanaians in Bia East Constituency, Western North Region registered for the new voters ID Card at the end of Phase One of the exercise organised by the Electoral Commission. Some registrants expressed satisfaction with the process after successful registration exercise in phase one. The 38-day exercise commenced on Tuesday, June 30 in some 6,788 clusters made up of five registration centres each across the country. The Western North Region has nine (9) Constituencies and the exercise is going on without any hitches. Bia East Constituency has 74 registration exercise and EC has finished with eight (8) registration centers.
July 07, 2020 09:56 UTC
Politics of Tuesday, 7 July 2020Source: kingdomfmonline.comBawumia is not a credible Vice President – Hannah BissiwNational Women’s Organizer of the NDC, Dr Hannah BissiwThe National Women’s Organiser for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr. Hannah Louisa Bissiw, has pooh-poohed Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia’s credibility as a Vice President. She asked Ghanaians not to make the mistake of re-electing the New Patriotic Party (NPP) into power and having a serial liar in the person of Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia as Vice President. Hannah Bissiw stated that "Dr Bawumia is a dishonest politician who has made lying his stock in trade and should not be rewarded with the second-highest office of the land in the upcoming 2020 elections.”“Bawumia has lied and lied and lied such that when he’s walking, one can smell lies all over him. So people of Ghana, why should we allow an incompetent liar like Bawumia to become the Vice President of Ghana again. NPP people should stop comparing Bawumia to Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang,’’ Dr. Hannah Louisa Bissiw told Kwame Tutu on ‘Anopa Nkomo’ on Accra-based Kingdom FM 107.7Hannah Bissiw stressed that she is very optimistic Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang partnership with John Mahama will secure a massive victory for the NDC in the December polls.
July 07, 2020 09:45 UTC
General News of Tuesday, 7 July 2020Source: ghanaiantimes.com.ghGovt is committed to revamping railway system – Joe GharteyMinister for Railways Development, Joe GharteyThe Minister for Railways Development, Joe Ghartey, has reiterated that government is on course to ensure that railway in Ghana, especially the western rail line, is completed and restored to its former state. He indicated that government envisaged that the railway system covered the entire country, by 2035. “Railway is the heartbeat of the Western Region, and we are on course to ensure that the projects are successful. This included 8km from Kojokrom to Takoradi Port and the 10 km stretch from Kojokrom to Takoradi and Kojokrom to Manso (22km) standard gauge line, Mr Ghartey said. The President of the WRHC, Ogyeawoho Yaw Gyebi II, commended Mr Ghartey for his efforts at improving the railway system.
July 07, 2020 09:45 UTC