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Tamale Metropolitan Assembly passes vote of no confidence against mayor

Members of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly (TaMA) have passed a vote of no confidence against the Chief Executive of TaMA, Iddrisu Musah.

Among other things, the members stated that the Mayor is mismanaging the “Assembly’s meagre resources by paying his self-appointed personal assistants each at GHS1,400”.

In addition, they accused the Mayor of “constituting and paying 61 member non-functional Task Force which cost the Assembly GHS 9, 150.00.

A resolution on Wednesday, October 25, with signatures of about 31 members stated that: “The undersigned Assembly members of Tamale Metropolitan Assembly, having lost confidence in the Mayor of Tamale Metropolitan Assembly, Honourable Iddrisu Musah, hereby resolved in accordance with Order 17 (3) of the standing orders of District, Municipal and Metropolitan Assemblies of Ghana, on this day, 25th October, 2017.”


AMA suspends traffic violation enforcement on Aayalolo services

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has said that the enforcement activities by Greater Accra Passenger Transport Executive (GAPTE) along its Accra CMB-Amasaman route will be temporarily suspended till a new board is formed to give further direction.

A statement released by the AMA on Friday October 20 said : “The Greater Accra Passenger Transport Executive (GAPTE), through the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), mandated to manage the provision of quality bus services along the Accra CMB-Amasaman corridor has noted with dismay, unauthorised usage of infrastructure and installations meant for the exclusive operations of the Aayalolo Buses. This violates the traffic policy of the Assembly.

“This press statement is to inform the general motoring public that, enforcement activities by GAPTE along its Accra CMB-Amasaman route will be temporarily suspended till a new board is formed to give further direction.


No GHC 6m theft at GN Bank

GN Bank has stated that there is no theft of money to the tune of GHS6 million as reported by some media houses.

According to the bank, the story, first published by the Herald Newspaper, is false and a “blatant lie fabricated to cause fear and panic among our customers and the general public”.

In a statement issued by the Corporate Affairs Manager of Groupe Nduom, the bank further issued “a 24 hour ultimatum-by close of Friday, October 20th, 2017; to the said media organisations to retract their stories and apologise accordingly”.

The release further indicated that “such retraction or otherwise will not negate our right to seek redress at the courts”.

GN Bank has subsequently assured its loyal customers and the general public of the safety of their deposits with the bank.


£350K saga: We won’t apologise – Daily Guide

The Daily Guide newspaper has said it owes no apology to a group called Kumasi Youth Association for publishing a story that suggested their monarch Otumfuo Osei Tutu II was involved in a £350,000 money laundering scandal in the UK.

Some members of the youth group on Wednesday, 18 October 2017 locked up the Kumasi office of the newspaper in protest to the papers publication.

The group threatened not to open the office until the paper retracts the story and renders an unqualified apology to the Asantehene and his subjects.

But speaking to Class News, chief news editor of the Daily Guide Alhaji A.R. Gomda said they do not owe anyone an apology.

“Apologise for what?”, he quizzed.


245 jobless doctors too impatient – MoH PRO

The 245 medical doctors who are clamouring for appointment after completing their internship are being too impatient, Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Health, Robert Cudjoe, has said.

“They only need a little bit of patience and I don’t think they have sat home for six months,” Mr Cudjoe told Moro Awudu on Class91.3FM’s Executive Breakfast Show on Wednesday, 18 October.

“They’ve just completed their rotation, a letter [has been] sent to Finance Ministry, now we are only waiting for Finance to give us the greenlight to post them, they should be a little patient. … They can’t wait for a few months for their appointment to be done?” Mr Cudjoe wondered, adding: “If you have finished your rotation and you’ve been home for three months, do you need to go on air [about it]?”


President launches 1-District 1-Warehouse Project

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has launched the first warehouse under the One-District-One-Warehouse programme.

It is recalled that Mr Akufo-Addo said at Goaso in the Brong Ahafo Region on Wednesday, 19 April at the launch of the Planting for Food and Jobs programme that his government was going to build one warehouse in each of the 216 districts across the country.

“Government intends to construct a 1000 metric tonne capacity warehouse in each of the 216 districts. The purpose of these warehouses will be to handle produce as well as to store the anticipated surpluses under the Planting for Food and Jobs campaign,” he said.

Accordingly, the President on Wednesday, October 18 launched the first warehouse in Ejura in the Ashanti Region.

The President during the launch said among other things that, “…this will not only minimize post-harvest losses” but “will help address poor farming practices”.


Sports Ministry airlifts Ghanaians to India

The Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) has airlifted fans to India to support the junior national team, the Black Starlets, Pius Enam Hadzide, Deputy Sports Minister, has said.

Following the recommendations by the presidential inquiry into Ghana's participation at the 2014 world cup in Brazil, the Isaac Asiamah-led MoYS has had to call on corporate Ghana for financial aid to fly fans to support the team. 44 supporters reportedly left the shores of Ghana on Monday evening to offer support to the Black Starlets who will be playing against Niger in a round 16 clash at the Dr DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.

Mr Hadzide, in an interview with Class Sports, said: "In our thinking, this is a crucial stage as most of the floating supporters [those who watch matches for the love of the game] might have left India as well after their nations exited the group stage of the tourney."


ISIS: Ablakwa to be dragged before Privileges Committee

Ranking Member on the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, will be dragged to the Privileges Committee of Parliament over claims he made that Ghana is the second largest supplier of fighters to the dreaded Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

Mr Ablakwa on Tuesday, rehashed portions of an alleged report of a special inquiry commissioned by the Attorney General of Libya, in which Ghanaian migrants featured prominently as members of the group.

The country, together with Somalia and Mali, were ranked in the same category of having between 50 to 100 members in ISIS.

He said: “Rather worrying for Ghana, we are considered to be among the second highest category of 50 – 100. This has been explained by the Attorney-General’s Office in Libya to mean between 50 to 100 Ghanaian migrants in Libya have been identified as active frontline fighters of ISIS in Libya,” Mr Ablakwa said at a press conference in Accra.


We're building strong tourism industry – Bawumia

Vice President Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, has said the government is collaborating with foreign investors in other sub-Saharan African countries to invest in the tourism sector in Ghana.

In addition to this, he said the government is creating the enabling environment for the investment to thrive.

Speaking at the World Tourism Forum in Accra on Tuesday October 10, 2017 Dr Bawumia said: “The government is providing a conducive environment for tourism development, easing business pressure on tourism with the reintroduction of appropriate incentives for growth.

“The strategy is to build on a solid base and expand tourism across the country into new market segments.”

He added: “Under the auspices of the ministry, the Ghana Tourism Authority is currently spearheading a Destination Single Window project. The project is targeted at promoting excellence in the tourism industry by raising the standards of hospitality agencies and improving their services.


Release autopsy report on Major Mahama - Judge

The District Court has ordered 37 Military Hospital and Dr Lawrence Badu Sei, a pathologist at the Korle- Bu Teaching Hospital to release the full autopsy report on the late Major Adam Mahama to the Director General of Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

The trial judge, Ebenezer Kwaku Ansah, became furious when he was told that the autopsy report of Mahama has not been released.

The prosecutor, DSP George Amegah, told the court they have forwarded the docket to the Attorney General without the autopsy.

He said the report is material in the speedy trial.

Accra News’ Ama Brako Ampofo reported on Tuesday, October 10 that the judge subsequently adjourned the case to 26 October for the report to be given to Director General of CID by the next date.

About 22 people are standing trail for the murder of Major Adam Mahama.


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