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Mike Oquaye meets Indian business community in Delhi

High Commissioner of Ghana to India, Michael Aaron Nii Nortey Oquaye, had his first interaction with the business leaders in India after presenting his credentials to the to the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind.

A welcome dinner was organised by Mr Amardeep S. Hari, Chief Executive Officer of IPMC, Accra and Pankaj Mohindroo, Chairman, Indo-Ghana Agro Industries Limited at Hotel Imperial, New Delhi on Wednesday, September 20 in honour of Mr Oquaye, who had the opportunity to also interact with business leaders in that country.

Mr Amardeep and Mr Pankaj talked about their personal experience of business in Ghana and assured their Indian colleagues of huge business potential and opportunities within a democratic country noted for peace.

Mr Oquaye, in his thank you speech, reiterated the commitment of further strengthening and taking the relations of India and Ghana to the next generation.


Ignore Daily Guide’s concoction of Prof. Botchwey report – NDC

The National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams, has urged members of the Ghanaian public to reject reports by the Daily Guide newspaper that the Professor Kwesi Botchwey Committee report has been leaked.

The paper, during the week, has published portions of the report it claimed it had in its possession. The paper claimed among other things, that the report blamed former President John Mahama for the party’s defeat in last year’s polls.

However, reacting to this development in a statement, Mr Adams said: “The attention of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has been drawn to yet another series of false publications by the Daily Guide newspaper and which are being circulated as excerpts from the Professor Kwesi Botchwey Committee report.


Cocoa farmers get pension scheme

Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has revealed that government is planning to “launch a major pension scheme for cocoa farmers”.

He disclosed this in the keynote address at an International Conference on the Political Economy of Economic Transformation at the Alisa Hotel in Accra on Tuesday, September 19 as he disclosed three new programmes targeted by government.

He said government with introduce the Marshall Plan for Agric. This “will complement our programme of Planting for Food and Jobs, it is just going to enhance it. Marshall Plan for Agric will ramp up the investments under the Planting for Food and Jobs programme”.


Over 100 bonded nurses demand postings

Some 108 bonded Registered Diploma Community Nurses have called on the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, and the Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council to provide them with jobs or “we would be forced to speak the language that the Ministry and government understand to demand what is rightfully ours”.

The nurses said their names were omitted from this year’s national postings by the Ministry of Health on 7 July, 2017 and have since remained unemployed three months after their colleagues were posted.

The group, in a statement said, “We are getting tired of the word of assurance, and life at home as professionally trained registered community health nurses is becoming very difficult and unbearable for us day in and out.”

The nurses questioned why they have to remain jobless while their colleagues, with whom they all completed training the same year, wrote the same exams, have begun work while they remain jobless.


Actors, producers demo against telenovelas

The Film Producers Association of Ghana (FIPAG) on Thursday, 14 September 2017 demonstrated in Kumasi against telenovelas aired on Ghanaian screens.

The actors and producers argued that the telenovelas are destroying their business as their movies are not patronised or aired on television anymore.

According to them, the telenovelas have taken over the airwaves, destroying the Ghanaian culture and influencing, especially women and children, negatively.

Kumawood actor, Michael Afranie, who spoke to Accra100.5FM called on government to ban telenovelas and help promote local movies to also boost their business.


Ghana drops in latest FIFA ranking

Ghana has dropped in the latest FIFA ranking as the Black Stars now sit at the 52nd position on the latest ranking released by the world football governing body on Thursday, 14 September 2017.

The Black Stars’ 1-1 draw with Congo at home in their World Cup qualifying match may have had an effect on the ranking despite beating the same team away by five goals to one.

This is the lowest ranking in recent times for the national team.

In Africa, Ghana moved from the top five and is now ranked eighth in Africa.

Egypt remains the best team in Africa and 30th in the world, followed by Tunisia ranked second on the continent.

Senegal and DR Congo occupy the third and fourth positions respectively, as Nigeria has leapfrogged to become the fifth best team in Africa following their awesome display against Cameroon in the on-going 2018 World Cup qualifiers.


NIB denies GCB takeover reports

The National Investment Bank (NIB) has denied media reports that it is being taken over by GCB Bank Limited.

NIB, in a statement, assured its customers that it is neither merging with GBC Bank nor is GCB Bank taking over the bank, hence such reports should be disregarded.

According to the statement signed by Board Secretary, Sheila Ofori-Diabene, the Board of NIB was inaugurated on Friday, 18 August 2017 and has not been in any alleged meeting with GCB Bank over a possible takeover as it has been reported.

“We wish to assure all NIB customers that there’s no on-going discussion regarding a merger between GCB Bank and NIB or a takeover of NIB by GCB Bank. We appreciate your unwavering loyalty and the confidence you have reposed in NIB. We encourage current customers to keep doing business with NIB and prospective customers to join NIB, as we are determined to ensure excellent service delivery to you,” the statement said.


Gov’t buying drones worth $3m to fight galamsey

The Government of Ghana is procuring drones worth $3million to help in the fight against illegal small-scale mining (galamsey).

According to Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu, the procurement of the drones is part of the broad strategy being used by the government to defeat galamsey.

“We are in the process of the acquisition of the drones which is costing almost about $3 million,” Mr Amewu told Accra-based Citi FM, adding: “And we have done some exploration activities in some areas that we’ve earmarked such facilities for them.”

Already, a 400-man security taskforce has been deployed into various galamsey hotspots across the country to fight illegal small-scale mining which the Akufo-Addo government has declared war against, since the New Patriotic Party came into power in January 2017.

Hundreds of earth-moving equipment were impounded in the heat of the crackdown while many galamseyers were also arrested.


Akufo-Addo swears in 4 new envoys

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, presented credentials to 3 Ambassadors and a High Commissioner to safeguard and promote the image and interests of Ghana at their respective postings.

According to President Akufo-Addo, the four persons have been carefully chosen to become our High Commissioner and Ambassadors, adding that “they are eminently fit to represent Ghana in their respective places of accreditation, which have expressed satisfaction at their appointments.”

“I refer to Mr. Edwin Nii Adjei, who is going to Canberra as our High Commissioner to the Commonwealth of Australia; Nana Kwesi Arhin, who is going to Algiers as our Ambassador to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria; and Mr. Ramses Joseph Cleland, who heads to Bern as our Ambassador to the Swiss Confederation,” he said.


Quaittoo to go on northern ‘apology tour’

Resigned Deputy Minister of Agriculture William Quaittoo has said he is considering going on an apology tour of northern Ghana following his ethnocentric gaffe a few weeks ago.

The Akim Oda Member of Parliament said he voluntarily resigned following intense pressure on him from northern members of his own party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

“I resigned because of my own party people. They were hurt, they were offended…” Mr Quaittoo who had described northerners as “difficult” people, who are fond of “lying” to get what they want, said.

“I don’t want to be the Judas of any situation", he told Bola Ray on Accra-based Starr FM on Wednesday, 13 September.

Even though he has offered several apologies to the people of the north, Mr Quaittoo said he is seriously considering touring the Northern, Upper West and Upper East regions to render his apologies in close contact.


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