BDCs discharge fuel to quell acute shortage

Bulk Oil Distribution Companies (BDCs) have begun discharging fuel to suppress the acute fuel shortage that has hit Accra and other parts of the country.
The release of the petroleum products follows the payment of more than 400 million cedis owed the BDCs by government.
The Bulk Distribution Companies had suspended their services, saying government owes them to the  tune of GH₵1.5 billion, although the figure has been disputed by the Finance Ministry.
Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Bulk Oil Distribution Companies, Senyo Hosi, told Joy News with the release of monies by government, the severe fuel shortage will normalise by Wednesday July 2, 2014.
He said already some BDCs in Tema and its environs have begun distributing the product, adding "on Monday we are expecting more BDCs to have some financial releases from the banks and they too will commence distribution".


Displaced Adjei Kojo Residents Offered Compensation

Some landlords of Adjei Kojo whose houses were demolished by the Tema Development Corporation are being offered a compensation of 2000 cedis per household by National Security to relocate from the land.
Following a Joy News report earlier this month that some affected persons continue to live appalling conditions within the debris, the residents say the National Security operatives who supervised the demolishing have returned to offer them money to go rent houses.
More than five months after the demolition, about a dozen families continue to live in the rubble of their demolished homes in tents and makeshift wooden structures. Vice President of the Sraha East Landlords Association, Emmanuel Gakpetor tells Joy news’ Joseph Opoku Gakpo the security operatives led by one Major Awuni have been visiting the place to encourage the displaced persons to leave the land.


Ten Suspects Arrested in Bimbilla Raid as Death Toll Rises

Ten suspects have been arrested in the murder of the Overlord of Nanumba, Naa Andani at Bimbilla in the Northern Region, Thursday.
The police will not give the identities of the suspects except to say they are expecting to arrest few more suspects.
The death toll in the Bimbilla raid has increased to five, after one more person was confirmed dead at the Tamale Teaching Hospital, later Friday.
Some assailants said to be in police uniforms raided the palace of the Overlord and opened fire at the occupants killing three on the spot [including the overlord] and injuring several others.
The latest violence is believed to have been triggered by disagreement over where to bury a rival chief.
The police have described the incident as murder and have sworn to hunt down the perpetrators.
The Director General of the Police Administration DCOP Nenye Ampah-Bennin said they have made inroads in the investigations into the murder incident.


EC Boss Wants C.I 75 Amended by Parliament

The chairman of the Electoral Commission has called on Parliament to amend the law regulating elections in the country to address what he says are challenges with the process.

The EC chairman Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, according to information available to Joy News, wants CI 75 to be amended after members of Parliament raised concerns with the biometric voting system at a closed door meeting with the EC boss in Parliament.

The introduction of the C.I. 75 was as a result of emerging challenges in the country’s electoral system, some of which include: registration and voting by unqualified persons; multiple registrations, and multiple voting.

However, one of the reforms introduced to address the issues was the introduction of the biometric registration system which came into force in March 2012 through the passage of the Public Elections (Regulations of Voters) Regulations, 2012 (C.I.72).


Two BECE Candidates Perish In Motor Accident

Two final-year students left home last night to check their index numbers for their Monday morning BECE but met a tragic death.
Dauda Satayla and Abdul Wahab Zulaiha, students of Chogu Demonstration in Sagnarigu were riding on their motorbikes to SMASCO when the accident occurred.
The BECE is the first huddle in Ghana's Educational System for students in the Junior High School level. The 5-day exam began Monday with an English paper and will end Friday with an ICT paper
But not with the participation of the two girls.
One died instantly and the other died on arrival at the Tamale Teaching Hospital.
Joy News Northern regional correspondent Martina Abugri reported, students of the school have been plunged into mourning. The teachers had a hard time psyching up the distraught students.
BECE statistics


Bank of Ghana Reviews Measures Aimed at Stabilising Cedi

The Bank of Ghana has reviewed some of its measures it introduced in February this year to check the fall in the local currency.
At a press conference in Accra, Friday, the Bank said, for instance, those who are holding foreign accounts are now allowed to withdraw at least not more than $1000 at the counter.
Some of the measures included that "no cheques or cheque books shall be issued on the Foreign Exchange Account (FEA) and Foreign Currency Account (FCA).
"Cash withdrawals over the counter from FEA and FCA shall only be permitted for travel purposes outside Ghana and shall not exceed US$10,000.00 or its equivalent in convertible foreign currency, per person, per travel.
"Authorised dealers shall not sell foreign exchange for the credit of FEA or FCA of their customers.
"Transfers from one foreign currency denominated account to another are not permitted.


Suweiba Demands Whereabouts of Baby After Investigative Report

Suweiba Mumuni, 42 year old mother of one of 5 babies which went missing at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital is incensed about the failure of the investigative report sanctioned by the Health Ministry to mention the whereabouts of her baby.
The final report by the Nursing & Midwifery Council, Medical & Dental Council and the hospital said the babies were still born but gave no details of the corpses.
There was no mention of compensation either.
The report also exonerated the midwife on duty who attended to Madam Suweiba.
But two other midwives were found culpable of professional negligence and were suspended for 2 and 4 weeks without pay.
The orderly on duty is also to continue his leave until police investigations are over.
Acting head of the Nursing & Midwifery Council Felix Nyanteh told Joy News the sanction was in recourse to regulatory framework of the Council.


#Brazil2014: Ruthless Robben, Persie Humiliate Spain

Arjen Robben

World Cup holders Spain have been humbled, hammered, humiliated by a ruthless Dutch side in the Group B opener of Brazil 2014.
The Netherlands came from a goal down in the first half to rattle five goal past a tattered Spanish defence in the second half of a game that undoubtedly would cause Spain the greatest pain in their football history.
And it could have been more had Robben, Sneider converted several other chances that came their way.
The two teams possessed the ball with panache but it was the defending champions who were more aggressive in the opening embers. There was a lot to play for and with the 2010 final defeat in South Africa, the Netherlands had revenge on their minds.
Against the run-of-play, Wesley Snieder had only Casillas to beat in the quarter of an hour but somehow wasted the glorious opportunity. He was to rue that missed opportunity and he did few minutes later.


Ghana has lost its way – Abu Sakara

Abu Sakara Forster

2012 Flagbearer of the Convention People’s Party Dr. Michael Abu Sakara says the current economic challenges the country is facing cannot be resolved until there is a change in the nation’s governance structure. 
He is of the opinion that the most significant revelation from recent 22-point Senchi Consensus is that the nation has lost its way and needs to rediscover its vision for a shared national development path within a more inclusive system of governance.
It would be recalled the recent Senchi Economic Forum brought together representatives from across the various political divide, Civil Society Groups, academia among others to dialogue on how to deal with the challenges the nation is facing economically.
Dr. Sakara believes no amount of tweaking of the economy and its financial system can put the economy back on the right path without a political accommodation that works better than the "winner takes all" system of governance currently being practiced.


NDC to Elect National Executives on 24th October

The governing National Democratic Congress would go to congress on 24th October to elect new National Executives.
The congress would run from 24th to 26th October at a yet to be decided venue.
The decision was taken at the party’s National Executive Committee meeting in Accra on Thursday, which was attended by President John Mahama.
General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia told Joy News’ Joseph Opoku Gakpo after the meeting that the party is hopeful it would have completed the biometric registration of all its members across the country by October.
He says the meeting also approved a guideline for the conduct of the campaigning leading up the national congress.
The guideline bars government appointees from contesting for the various positions, unless they resign.


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