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$7b could be lost in new oil discovery – Minority

$7b could be lost in new oil discovery – Minority

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The Minority in Parliament has raised alarm that Ghana could lose a staggering $7 billion in the latest oil discovery by Hess/Aker petroleum. According to the minority, the discovery which is estimated to be around $30 billion in today’s crude oil price, cannot be deemed to be part of the expired exploration agreement signed between Ghana and Aker petroleum. “The Minority Caucus in Parliament has learnt with shock, certain developments relating to the recent oil discovery in the Deepwater Tano Cape Three Point (DWT/CTP) Block which is set to lead to the loss of a whopping $7.2 billion to the State. “On 14th February 2019, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) announced what it described as the biggest oil find in Africa, of 450 – 550 million barrels with potential reserves of nearly
Sam George’s Attacker Asked To ‘Step Aside’, To Face Investigation

Sam George’s Attacker Asked To ‘Step Aside’, To Face Investigation

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The Minister of State at the National Security Ministry yesterday told the Emile Short Commission that the National Security operative who assaulted the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo-Prampram, Mr Sam George, during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election has been asked to “step aside from duty” and make himself available for investigations. He said the decision was in line with operation procedures of the National Security.In a video that went viral, the MP for Ningo-Prampram was assaulted by a man who sprang out of one of the vehicles being used by the SWAT team.Mr Acheampong said per the report he received, when they (SWAT team) were leaving the property, Mr George appeared, using words that caused fear and panic and they tried to restrain him but he ignored the warning and approa
Akufo-Addo to present CI on new regions to chiefs, people

Akufo-Addo to present CI on new regions to chiefs, people

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President Nana Akufo-Addo is scheduled to present the Constitutional Instrument on the creation of the six new regions to the chiefs and people of the affected areas this week. In a statement signed by Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the President will host the delegations on the 12th 13th and 15th of February. “Delegations comprising Chiefs and people of the new regions have been invited to the Jubilee House in Accra for the official ceremonies,” the statement said. “While congratulating the Chiefs and People, Government expects that the creation of the new regions will be a further boost to their development,” it added. The C.I. will, however, be sent to Parliament for approval. This follows the December 27, 2018 referendum in the six affected areas that ma
By-election chaos: NDC, NPP do not understand politics – Rev. Frimpong Manso

By-election chaos: NDC, NPP do not understand politics – Rev. Frimpong Manso

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President of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council has said, the country's two dominant political parties have a long way to go to advance their politics. Rev Paul Frimpong Manso said the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) do not understand politics. “We have been over polarised for so many years and we still don’t know that political parties come to power to improve the lives of the citizenry. It looks like in this country, people come to power for their personal enhancement. “So whatever they will do to come to power is not because they have the national interest at heart,” he told Evans Mensah on the Ghana Connect discussion show, Friday. The General Superintendent of Assemblies of God Church said he pities the
Ivorian parliament speaker resigns ahead of possible presidential run

Ivorian parliament speaker resigns ahead of possible presidential run

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Former Ivory Coast rebel leader Guillaume Soro resigned as parliament speaker on Friday in a split with President Alassane Ouattara that could signal his intention to run for president next year. That election already looks highly unpredictable; Ouattara has not said whether he will run again, his main coalition partner defected last year, and his bitter rival, former president Laurent Gbagbo, could be set to return after being acquitted of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Many Ivorians fear that another contested vote could lead to violence like the brief civil war that broke out in 2010 when the incumbent, Gbagbo, refused to accept defeat to Ouattara. More than 3,000 people died in that conflict, sealing a turbulent decade that saw I...
Akufo-Addo apologises to disabled people over campaign comment

Akufo-Addo apologises to disabled people over campaign comment

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President Akufo-Addo has apologised to the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations  over a ‘political metaphor’ he used while campaigning for his party’s candidate in last Thursday’s by-election in the Ayawaso West-Wuogon constituency. The federation had in a statement demanded an apology from the President for suggesting on the campaign platform that people who cannot see his achievement in his two-year reign as President are either deaf or blind. “The attention of the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD)- Ashanti region, has been drawn to a recent comment passed by the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, which has the potential to portray the ‘blind’ and ‘deaf’ people in a negative light. “The President is reported in sections of t
You won’t deploy Ayawaso forces again – Mahama dares govt

You won’t deploy Ayawaso forces again – Mahama dares govt

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Former President John Mahama has warned government not to consider deploying masked security men in any election in Ghana again. According to him, any attempt by the Akufo-Addo administration to use the men who were deployed in the Ayawaso by-election in future will be met with equal measure by the opposition National Democratic Congress. “And we are serving notice: the Deputy Minister of National Security has said they were responsible for deploying them. We are serving them notice: they shall never deploy such a force in any election in Ghana again. We will resist it. You haven’t seen armed people running away before. When the power of the people come after you, you will run. We are for peace, but to enjoy peace, you must be vigilant and you must be alert. We must defend our d