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AG drops charges against Delta-13

The Attorney General (AG) has advised the police to withdraw the earlier charges leveled against the 13 members of pro-government vigilante group, Delta Force, who chased out the Ashanti regional security coordinator from his office and prefer different charges against them.

The earlier charges of conspiracy to commit crime, assault on public officer, causing unlawful damage have been withdrawn and have now been charged with rioting.

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the prosecutor, ACP Okyere Darko, applied for withdrawal of the earlier charges in court based on the advice by the AG.

The KMA circuit court presided over by Mrs Mary Nsenkyire, accordingly discharged the accused after the prosecutor had applied for the withdrawal of the earlier charges.

The police rearrested the suspects and slapped them with the new charge.


Menzgold introduces ‘gold-oriented sales’

Menzgold Ghana Limited, the winners of the 2016 “Best Business Quality in Gold Assaying & Monumental Coins Industry Award” have introduced a new gold product onto the Ghanaian market.

The product, called Gold-Oriented Sales and Purchase Product, introduced by the trusted and leading Ghanaian Gold dealer, is “super flexible and profitable”, a statement said.

The new product is aimed at giving the various old and new customers ample room and extra flexibility in trading their gold, with the company serving as a reliable intermediary.

Menzgold said the new product provides a perfect opportunity for its customers to make substantial profits from the gold market by swiftly and smoothly trading their purchased gold at a guaranteed 10 percent above purchased price.

The new product replaces the Gold Vault Market but unique and comes with added benefits, Menzgold said.

How the Gold-oriented sales and purchase product works:


Christine Churcher appointed Ghana Gas Board Chair

A leading figure in the governing New Patriot Party (NPP), Christine Churcher, has been appointed the Board Chair of the Ghana Gas Company Limited.
The Board was inaugurated by Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko, in Accra on Monday, October 9.
The members are Dr Ben K.D. Asante, Hon Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer, Mr Stephen Sumani Nayina, Mr Awulae Amihere Kpanyinli, Hon Abraham Ossei Aidooh, Mad Delphine Dogbegah, Nana Owusu Ansah Ababio and Mr Joseph Kwaku Acolatse.
Mr Agyarko asked them to work hard to lift the company high. He further asked them to ensure the execution of Gas Sales Agreements (GSAs) and processing, as well as transportation agreements, are appropriately executed


Mental Health Authority warns government against legalisation of weed

The Mental Health Authority has warned government against legalising cannabis, arguing that the move will worsen alarming cases of mental disorders.

Investigations by World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that in Ghana, over 2.8 million persons live with mental disorders in their daily lives, out of which 650, 000 suffer severe forms of mental illness.

According to the Authority, the use of cannabis has health implications, and making it lawful will compound the already rising cases of mental disorders.

A section of Ghanaians, including former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, are for the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal use in the country.


Petition against GJA election dismissed

The Electoral Dispute Adjudication Committee (EDAC) of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has dismissed a petition against the conduct of the GJA election that was held last week.

A statement released by the EDAC on Thursday, October 5 said: “In pursuant of Article 44 (a) of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) constitution of 2004, two employees of New Times Corporation, in a letter dated October 2, 2017 petitioned the Electoral Dispute Adjudication Committee (EDAC) regarding the GJA election that was held on Friday, 29th September 2017.

“The basis of their petition is that, they were both denied the opportunity to vote in the elections although they are paid members of GJA.

“The Elections Dispute Adjudication Committee, having considered the petition, concluded as follows: One of the petitions was not signed for which reasons we rejected it accordingly.


Gov't promises to restore nursing allowance from Oct 10

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has set aside Tuesday October 10, 2017 for the launch of the restoration of the nurses and midwives trainee allowance.
The restoration of the allowance is in fulfillment of a campaign promise made by then presidential candidate and now president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to health and teacher trainee institutions across the country.
The restoration of the allowance will see some 68,000 trainees receiving an amount of GHS400 monthly.
The cost of the restoration according to government is adequately captured in the 2027 budget presented in March 2017.
The erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) government scrapped nursing and teacher trainee allowance arguing that the decision would allow it to expand various health and educational infrastructure in the country as well as remove the restrictions on admission to the various training institutions.


Ghana will regain cocoa glory - Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has celebrated the hundreds of thousands of cocoa farmers across the country responsible for the production of a crop that has, for over a century, been the mainstay for the economy of the country.

At an event at the Jubilee Park in Kumasi, on Monday, 2nd October 2017, to mark World Cocoa Day, Nana Akufo-Addo also congratulated Board of Directors, Management and Staff of COCOBOD for 70 years of its existence.

Acknowledging with gratitude the work of the past generations of cocoa farmers who were responsible for the growth of the cocoa industry, the President noted that “in their hundreds and hundreds of thousands, they worked to provide us the income with which we have built our nation’s infrastructure and its most important educational institutions.”


Overnight wealth of politicians suspicious - Agyinasare

Bishop Charles Agyinasare has bemoaned the plundering of state funds by Ghanaian politicians whose standard of living shoot through the roof overnight.

“Politicians stop stealing the people’s money for yourselves,” he told his congregation on Sunday, 24 September, explaining that: “And this one I didn’t say it. Unfortunately for us in Ghana, the politicians are telling us that they are thieves. Every change of government the politicians tell us the other politicians [their predecessors] they were stealing so in our minds the politicians are telling us they are thieves.

“Now if it is so Mr Politician, don’t steal our money, keep our money. So, if we desire righteousness, we must have clean hands,” Bishop Agyinasare admonished.


ITLOS ruling: Mahama congratulates Akufo-Addo, Ouattara

Former president John Mahama has congratulated President Nana Akufo-Addo, Attorney General Gloria Akuffo as well as former Attorney General Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong on Ghana’s victory at the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

The Chamber ruled unanimously that Ghana did not violate the rights of Cote d’Ivoire in exploring oil at the maritime boundary.

In a Facebook post after the ruling, Mr Mahama, under whose tenure the process started three years, said: “I am proud of the results and salute my brother President Alassane Ouatarra that we did not allow this litigation to mar the cordial relations that exist between Ghana and La Cote d’Ivoire.”

Below is Mr Mahama’s full statement

Earlier today, 23 September 2017, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) delivered a unanimous judgement in favour of Ghana. I received the news with great joy.


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.


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