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We’ll summon Energy Minister over Karpower deal extension – Minority

We’ll summon Energy Minister over Karpower deal extension – Minority

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The Minority in Parliament has served notice that they will summon the Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko to the lawmaking chamber over government’s decision to extend the controversial Karpower deal. The deal with the independent power producer which was contracted by the erstwhile administration to address the country’s power challenges at the time was originally for 10 years but has been extended by a further 10 years by the government after scathingly criticizing it, arguing that the arrangement was highly priced, and was not value for money. Starr News sources at Karpower confirm negotiations are ongoing with government in that regard. A final agreement is, however, yet to be signed. The African Center for Energy Policy (ACEP), also recently called on government to renegotiat
How the ‘Ghana First’ demonstrators communicated with placards

How the ‘Ghana First’ demonstrators communicated with placards

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At the ‘Ghana First’ demonstration to disagree with Ghana's defence cooperation agreement with the United States of America on Wednesday, the demonstrators conveyed their message through various placards. "Akufo Addo return the US$ 20 million", "Oh grandpa "Nana" please!! don't sell us & go, we beg you ooooo!!", "Our future is at stake, Mr President", were some of the interesting inscriptions on the placard the demonstrators carried.  
Akufo-Addo’s house: Eviction of traders exploitative – Akwetey

Akufo-Addo’s house: Eviction of traders exploitative – Akwetey

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The Executive Director of the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG) Dr. Emmanuel Akwetey has described the eviction of shop owners operating around the Nima residence of President Akufo-Addo by the National Security as “mean” and “exploitative.” The shop owners who have been operating around the President’s private residence for more than two decades have been given a March 15 deadline to relocate after receiving various compensation package. The compensation package ranges between GHC3,000 and GHC10,000. However, the shop owners are grumbling over what they say is the woefully inadequate compensation considering the fact that their means of livelihood is being taken away from them. “They have given us the money but we are not happy about the amount. Some of us have bee
Akufo-Addo off to India for ISA Summit

Akufo-Addo off to India for ISA Summit

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has left Ghana to attend the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Summit, being held in New Dehli, India, at the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron. The Summit, which is being attended by 25 Heads of State and Government, will provide a dedicated platform for co-operation amongst solar resource rich countries, aimed at realising “the common goals of increasing the use of solar energy in meeting the energy needs of ISA member countries in a safe, convenient, affordable, equitable and sustainable manner.” The Summit will also result in the signing of a “New Delhi Declaration”, which will prioritise solar energy and, thereby, ensuring “power for all”. Whilst in Ind
IWD: Govt to increase maternity leave to 14 weeks – Minister

IWD: Govt to increase maternity leave to 14 weeks – Minister

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Government has announced that it intends to extend the current maternity leave to enable nursing mothers stay home a little longer. Currently, the constitution allows women to stay home for only 12 weeks after delivery. Speaking at an event to commemorate the International Women’s Day, the Deputy Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Bright Wireku-Brobbey, said his outfit has started drafting the Maternity Protection Bill to put before parliament to provide an additional two weeks to enable women stay home to cater for their babies. Though civil society groups have advocated for at least six months stay home for nursing mothers, Mr Wireku-Brobbey said this is an initial stage and believes there is more room for improvement. “It is Maternity Protection Bill and per ILO C
Obiri Boahen referred to NPP Disciplinary committee over leaked tape

Obiri Boahen referred to NPP Disciplinary committee over leaked tape

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Embattled New Patriotic Party deputy general secretary Nana Obiri Boahen faced the party’s Steering Committee today, and details emerging from the sitting revealed that the Steering Committee referred Nana Obiri Boahen’s case to the party’s disciplinary committee for further action. This follows some damaging allegations he made against his party in a leaked audio that has gone viral that the presidency sponsored the party’s congress in Cape Coast, mynewsgh.com has learnt. With the case now referred to the Disciplinary committee, it appears Nana Obiri Boahen’s profuse apology since the issue broke has not been accepted. Nana Obiri Boahen, in the leakedphone conversation he had with an activist of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kwaku Skirt, claimed that, the
PHOTOS: Samira Bawumia glitters at Ghana @ 61 Celebrations

PHOTOS: Samira Bawumia glitters at Ghana @ 61 Celebrations

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The Second lady, Samira Bawumia who is known for her unique sense of fashion does not fail to blaze the fashion trail wherever she finds herself. Samira Bawumia is currently a subject of discussion on various social media platforms for the exquisite outfit she wore to the 61st Independence parade Her choice of dress for the occasion puts her at par her peers at the celebration of  Ghana’s 61st Anniversary at the Black Stars Square today. The event is christened Ghana Beyond Aid in which President Nana Addo Dabkwa Akufo-Addo promised to work to ensure that Ghanaians are able to go about their daily duties without fear or panic.   “I want to make this clear: no miscreant will have the space to terrorize citizens and generate a sense of insecurity in our country,” Nana
Reduce lending rates – Akufo-Addo appeals to banks

Reduce lending rates – Akufo-Addo appeals to banks

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President Akufo-Addo has appealed to banks in the country to complement the achievement of his government by reducing lending rates to the private sector. Delivering the special guest of honour address at the official opening of the newly built Ecobank Ghana Head Office in Accra, the President said lending rates have remained high irrespective of the fact that fiscal deficit has reduced with inflation declining to 10.3 as at January 2018; improvement in our micro economy, a fall in the 91 day treasury bill rate from 16.4% in 2016 to 13.4% as at today. “Banking lending rates to the private sector has remained stubbornly high averaging between 31.7% and 29.3% within the same period. The gap between what is happening with the decline in inflation and the rates being charged by banks
NHIA has taken a nosedive under NPP – Bagbin

NHIA has taken a nosedive under NPP – Bagbin

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The Second deputy Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin has described as untrue, claims by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that confidence has been restored to the National Health Insurance Scheme. Delivering the second State of the Nation address last week, the president noted that hospitals no longer collect extra monies from patients as used to be the case in the previous administration. But this claim has been challenged by Hon. Bagbin who insists checks with hospitals in his constituency and the health ministry suggest otherwise. “If you look at the NHIA, I think we are having a nosedive. I wasn’t surprised when the current Chief Executive complained about the challenges he is meeting. “Now a lot of health facilities are charging fees and that is an area he will hav
Special Prosecutor: Amidu’s age not an issue – Osei Owusu

Special Prosecutor: Amidu’s age not an issue – Osei Owusu

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The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joe Osei Owusu has stated that the age of former Attorney General Martin Amidu cannot disqualify him from becoming the Special Prosecutor. Mr. Amidu’s age has become an issue after a former Deputy Attorney-General under the NDC administration, Dr. Dominic Ayine, filed a suit to challenge the nomination of Martin Amidu for the position of Special Prosecutor. Dr. Ayine, who is the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Bolgatanga East, is praying the Supreme Court to halt the nomination because 66-year-old Mr. Amidu is gone past the retirement age for public office holders. Dr. Ayine is seeking seven reliefs which includes; a) A declaration that by a true and proper interpretation of Articles 190(1)(d), 199(1), 199(4), and 295 of t