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First Aid Kit charge: Drivers can file for refund – Transport Ministry

The Ministry of Transport has indicated that, vehicle owners who have already been charged for the unapproved First Aid Kits by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), can file for a refund.

This follows a directive by the board of DVLA that halted the implementation, after the Transport Ministry said the DVLA acted arbitrarily in implementing the policy.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, a Deputy Transport Minister, Titus Glover, said potential claims should be “looked at case by case,” whilst reiterating his earlier assertion that the situation was totally unacceptable.
“They should make an application. So long as the board has instructed that they should stop it entirely. It should be looked at on a case by case [basis], and if you make the application, why not,” the deputy Minister stated.

The DVLA halted the charges on the instructions of the Ministry of Transport.

Thu
04
Jan
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Over 15,000 queue for 500 Immigration Service jobs

Nearly fifteen thousand youth have converged on the El Walk Stadium in Accra undergoing a recruitment procedure to enroll into the Ghana Immigration Service.

Out of this number, only five hundred are expected to be selected to join the Service nationwide, according to Citi News’ Felicia Osei.

Ghana’s youth unemployment has reached alarming levels as thousands of graduates pass out from the universities each year.

The applicants, made up of mostly unemployed youth are being taken through various stages including screening, body and height check.

The huge number of applicants has caused severe vehicular traffic as job seekers queue from the gates to gain entry into the stadium.

The Ghana Immigration Service on Wednesday cautioned the public to be wary of fraudsters parading themselves as officials of the Service in the ongoing recruitment exercise.

Thu
04
Jan
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Film makers get 2% of TV Licence Fees

Ghanaian film makers are catered for in the TV Licence Law whose implementation has started in earnest.

According to the law, 2% of the revenue accrued from the collection of the fees will go into a ‘Films Fund’ to help develop the film industry.

The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) takes 72%, Ghana Independent Broadcasting Association (GIBA) – 15%, National Media Commission (NMC) – 4%, Media Development Fund, 4% and the Management of TV Licence Fee (GBC) gets 3% of the revenue.

The TV Licence Fees established by the Television Licensing Act – 1966 (NLCD 89) were re-introduced in 2015 to charge fees from individuals and groups that own television sets.

The law states that “except as otherwise prescribed, a person shall not install or use a television receiving set unless there is in existence in relation to that set a valid television receiving set licence granted by the licensing authority under this Act.”

Thu
11
May
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Bugri Naabu was secretly recorded by Journalist – Aide alleges

n aide to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Northern Regional Chairman, Bugri Naabu, has questioned the integrity of the journalist who’s interview with his boss conveyed allegations suggesting the Upper East Regional Minister, Rockson Bukari, was involved in the murder the late Upper East Regional Chairman of the NPP, Adams Mahama.

Simak Shirac, the special assistant to Bugri Naabu, alleged that the journalist in question carried out a secret recording of the Northern Region NPP Chairman leading to the compromising allegations making rounds in public.

Bugri Naabu was threatened with a lawsuit for the claims, but has since apologized to the Upper East Regional Minister.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, he said, “I am telling you on authority that what is circulating in the media was never part of the interview Bugri Naabu granted and Bugri Naabu said so during the interview. I was there when the interview was granted.”

Sat
15
Aug

NPP would have prevented doctors’ strike – NASARA

The National Coordinator of the NASARA Wing of the New Patriotic Party, Kamal Deen Abdulai has stated that the protracted industrial action by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) would not have occurred if the NPP were in government.
The NPP has accused government of being insensitive over the doctors’ strike. Nana Akufo-Addo has said the Mahama-led administration is hiding behind the IMF bailout programme “to frustrate these important negotiations.”
Doctors in the public sector are demanding codified conditions of service and have resolved not to return to work unless their demands are met.
Several negotiations between the GMA and government have broken down. Speaking on Citi FM’s New analysis programme, The Big Issue, Kamal Deen said the NDC had not been proactive in addressing the issue. 

Sat
15
Aug

Chalewote Art Festival to run for 4 days

Organizers of the CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival have for the first time extended the duration of the annual program to four days.

The festival is scheduled to take place from August 20 – 23 at James Town in Accra.

Produced by ACCRA [dot] ALT, the arts festival will bring together industry players including artists, musicians, community activists, writers, designers and students to showcase and discuss ways to develop the arts industry.

This year’s edition which is the 5th in a row is on the theme, “African Electronics”.

According to the organizers, this year promises other exciting side attractions such as; series of conversations on arts; historical tours; The Open Runway; The HighLife Music Café; High energy processions as well as The Nubuke Hub.

On display will be the works of Ghanaian artists including; Bright Ackwerh, Benjamin Okantey, Adjo Kisser, Faustina Nsoh and Nana Oforiatta Ayim.

Sat
15
Aug

Four in critical condition after armed robbery attack at Amanfrom

Four persons are currently battling for their lives after armed robbers attacked their homes at Amanfrom, American Farm in the Ga South Municipality.

The robbers who were operating in groups robbed many households and shot the four victims after physically torturing them.

The armed robbers spent almost three hours robbing the victims between the hours of 1 and 3:30 am this morning.

Speaking to Citi News, one of the victims who gave her name as Sarah said they were asleep when they heard series of gunshots in the area.

According to her, the robbers took away their monies, mobile phones, laptops, television set and clothing.

“We couldn’t do much and although we did not resist their attempts to steal from us, they beat some of my brothers and sisters. They robbed almost all our neighbours. They were so many that there wasn’t much we could do,” she said.

Fri
31
Jul

Court strikes out West Blue case against government

An Accra Fast Track Court has struck out the West Blue case brought against the government.

A private freight forwarder, Michael Kweku Djan was seeking an injunction to stop government from contracting West Blue Ghana limited to manage its single window policy.

The suit was premised on a May 12, 2015 letter from the Chief of Staff directing the Minister of Finance, Seth Terkper to solely engage the West Blue consulting for the purposes of the single window implementation project.

The plaintiff wanted the court to declare that “the single-sourcing of the National Single Window and Risk Management System Project in favour of West Blue Ghana Limited is a breach of Section 40 of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663).”

Fri
31
Jul

Wulomei perform rituals to ward off June 3 ghosts

Some Ga traditional leaders [Wulomei] in the Greater Accra Region are currently at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle to perform some rituals to ward off what they describe as spirits of persons [ghosts] who died from the June 3 flood and fire disaster.

Some residents in the area claim they have been hearing screams and other strange noise at night which they believe are made by those who died in the tragedy.

They called on the leaders to perform some rituals to reduce what they described as the ‘heaviness’ in the area.

Over 150 people died in the disaster which occurred on June 3, 2015 at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle.

A memorial service was subsequently held for the fire and flood victims at the State House in Accra.

Many have since the incident blamed city authorities for failing to devise measures to prevent the incident but Accra Mayor, Oko Vanderpujie recently stated that various authorities should not be held liable for the incident.

Fri
31
Jul

We can’t call off strike now – GMA

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has parried off pressure from government and other stakeholders to call off their nationwide strike.

The doctors say their July 30 strike is to compel government to provide them with a document on their conditions of service.

The strike is already having biting effects across the country. GMA’s action forced the management of the Korle Bu teaching hospital and other Government health facilities across the country to suspend services at their Outpatient Departments.

General Secretary of the GMA, Dr. Frank Serebour explained to Citi News that they are not prepared to back down unless their concerns are addressed.

“The executive committee or the council cannot rescind this decision because it was taken by the general assembly. So what we can do is to call for another extraordinary general assembly meeting and ask members to look at our decision and see whether there is any room to maneuver.”

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