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ECG begins paying GHC1.9m to customers as compensation for system failure

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has begun compensating over 41,000 customers in parts of Accra affected by a December 2017 system failure that made it difficult for them to purchase electricity credit.

ECG is expected to spend a total of GHC1.9 million in compensations to both residential and non-residential customers affected by the December 3-12, 2017 system failure.

Residential customers in the 0-50 class would be credited with GHC1.74 while those in the 51-300 are expected to get GHC26.97. Those consuming between 301-600 would get GH¢98.30 credit each while those in the 600+ bracket would receive GHC76.64.

Non-residential customers in the 0-300-consumption class are to get GHC20.80 and those in the 301 to 600 brackets GHC108.47 while the rest in the 601+ bracket will receive GHC 1,109.33.


JUSAG defers strike to October ending

The Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) has warned that government would not be entertained should it fail to meet JUSAG’s demand by October 31.

The group accused government of unilaterally cancelling a rent allowance its members have been enjoying since 2012.

The Association had planned to embark on strike on Friday October 20, but after consultations with the Chief Justice, the group announced at a press conference that the “legitimate industrial action” has been deferred.

The Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo asked the Association to give her up to October 25, 2017 to take up their issue with government, JUSAG national executive council said. “Our road made towards the industrial action has been revised to afford the Her Ladyship the Chief Justice to take up the issue with government and the judicial council on October 25, 2017,” the media was told.


Indebtedness to GWCL hits GHC864 million

The indebtedness of water consumers to the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has reached GHC846 million.

Minister of Water Resources, Joseph Kofi Adda, who revealed this said 58 per cent of the debt is owed by Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies while the rest is by domestic customers of the company.

“The GWCL is owed to the tune of GHc 846,449,169.00; 42% by domestic customers and 58% by MMDAs,” Mr Adda said at the launch of an electronic billing system by the GWC in Accra Tuesday.

Under the e-billing system, customers of GWCL will receive their waters bills via SMS and emails and also have the convenience to pay same using mobile money system. They can also pay their bills through existing GWCL payment points, visa or master card, and through banks, among others.


Veep’s office to reply Prof Adei over convoy threat

The Office of the Vice President, Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, says it is preparing to respond to the former rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Professor Stephen Adei’s threat to wage a one-man crusade against the Vice President Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to force him to reduce the number of cars in his convoy.

Prof Adei, addressing the 20th-anniversary celebrations of Morrison and Associations, an international audit firm, said the “about 16 cars” in Bawumia’s convoy was excessive.

“And so far the government is doing well except that if you go to the right quarters tell them that the next time I see Bawumia or any of them travelling with 16 four-wheel drives and then occupying the two lanes, so that coming and going should stop, I am going to do a one-man crusade.


Akufo-Addo stops construction of new fuel stations

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed that construction of facilities intended for use as gas or petroleum retail stations must be stopped with immediate effect.

He also instructed that high risk LPG stations should be closed down immediately, in accordance with relevant law “without regard to any political or special interests”.

The directive with regards to the LPG stations is to be carried out after a risk assessment of the current infrastructure has been carried out; a taskforce is to be deployed within 30 days to undertake the exercise.

The decision was arrived at after a Cabinet meeting on Thursday following Saturday’s deadly blast at a gas filling station at Atomic Junction, the Information Ministry announced. The president upon the advice of Cabinet, the statement by the ministry said, directed that henceforth the Cylinder Recirculation Model of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) distribution be implemented.


Osafo Marfo leads Ghana’s delegation to IMF/World Bank meetings

Ghana’s delegation for the 2017 IMF / World Bank annual meetings has arrived in Washington D.C, USA.

The delegation is expected to showcase Ghana’s recent economic recovery efforts to international development partners as well as hold talks with stakeholders to secure more international support for Ghana ahead of the 2018 Budget.

The team is led by Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Marfo and includes Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta, Planning Minister Prof Djan Bafour, Deputy Finance Minister Charles Adu Boahen and Deputy Minister for Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah.

It also includes Bank of Ghana Governor Dr Ernest Addison and his first, Deputy Maxwell Afari.

A team of technical advisors from the Ministry of Finance and Central Bank is supporting the delegation.


Operation to ban public smoking in Tamale to be activated after six arrested in swoop

A joint military and police team on Monday arrested six suspected criminals in the Tamale Forest Reserve in the Northern Region as part of efforts to rid the forest reserve and the metropolis of criminals and restore sanity.

The almost two-hour swoop came on the heels of suspected illegal and criminal activities including the peddling of marijuana and theft-associated activities by some individuals and groups in the forest reserve.

The Tamale metropolis has two main forest reserves which are located in Nyohoni and Gumani. However, the supposed protected areas have become homes to all criminal activities.

People walk in to purchase marijuana, and exchange monies for stolen items especially motorbikes. A chunk of residents in the metropolis are privy to these activities but authorities including chiefs have done little to curb this menace.


Nana Konadu’s ‘comment’ almost destroyed my career – DKB

Ghana’s comedy king, DKB, has opened up about remarks passed by former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings that his craft as ‘boring’.

He revealed that the comments almost crashed his comedy career. Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings gave a damning verdict on Ghana’s ‘King of Comedy’ during an event last April.

At the event which was headlined by DKB, Nana Konadu stormed out of the venue, Accra International Conference Centre (AICC), unexcited and unconvinced that DKB would shake the audience into a frenzy.

She made her way to the exit as soon as the famous Ghanaian comedian mounted the stage, saying to the hearing of other patrons seated close by, “don’t mind him; his jokes are boring”.


Over 30,000 ‘failed’ students to get second chance to enjoy Free SHS

The over 30,000 Junior High students who could not qualify to enjoy the government’s free Senior High School education are to be given a second chance to better their grades, President Nana Akufo-Addo has assured.

Addressing a mini-rally at Nandom on Tuesday as part of his tour of the Upper West Region, Nana Akufo-Addo explained the students could not benefit from the policy because they did not get the pass mark in their Basic Education Certificate Examination.

“The 36,000 who could not get a place were not prevented because of fees but because they could not make the qualifying mark,” he explained.

President Nana Akufo-Addo President Akufo-Addo said in in order to ensure fairness, “we have decided that they should be given the opportunity to re-sit the exams so that they can join the stream to further [their] education”.


97 more FM stations to lose license

The National Communications Authority (NCA) has warned it would not hesitate to revoke the license of 97 radio stations by the end of the month.

Already, 34 radio stations had their operational authorization revoked last week for failing to renew their expired authorization for several years and operated illegally.

The regulator published a 30-page list of about 130 radio stations on Thursday, 28th September, 2017 that it has imposed sanctions on for various infractions in their operational authorization permits.

Some radio stations were fined as high as 61 million cedis and 30 days ultimatum has been given to them to settle the arrears.

The NCA Monday issued a stern warning to the defaulters, insisting that it will go ahead to revoke the licenses of 97 stations that were fined after the 30-day grace period.

The Authority also blamed the previous board of not enforcing the laws to the latter.


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