Government Apologises Over Friday's 'Monstrous' Traffic in Accra

Government has rendered an apology to residents in Accra and adjoining towns for the inconveniences caused by vehicular traffic jam as a result of Friday’s ECOWAS meeting.
The capital came to a standstill following the extraordinary session of the Heads of States and Governments conveged in Accra to deliberate on the security in the region. 
High on the agenda was the threat of Islamist sect Boko Haram to the peace in Nigeria and the sub-region. Boko Haram is currently holding over 200 school girls it kidnapped some six weeks ago.
The meeting created chaotic scenes on the streets of the capital as many roads were blocked by the security without notice from the police to road users.
But speaking on Radio Gold’s current affairs programme, Alhaji and Alhaji Saturday, Presidential Staffer, Dr. Clement Apaak, stated the government regrets the inconvenience resulting from the communication gap.


ECG, Two Others Ordered To Explain Erratic Power Supply

The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) has directed the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Volta River Authority (VRA) and Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) to explain the cause of the current erratic power supply across the country.

Electricity supply has become erratic over the last few weeks, plunging the country into darkness for most parts of each day.

Even though the PURC, the regulator, requires that the power providers give information to the public on supply problems, they have failed to do so, prompting PURC to demand the explanation.

Director of Public Affairs at PURC, Nana Yaa Gyantua, said reports from the three power suppliers are conflicting.

"There are times we hear on the radio that it's generation [problem], other times it is a plant that has been shut down for maintenance. But we have to know actually what the situation is", she stressed.


TECNO Supports Ministry of Youth & Sports ‘Ghana to Brazil’ Campaign

Leading Dual Sim Mobile phone manufacturer in Africa and beyond, TECNO has partnered the Ministry of Youth & Sports for the ‘Ghana to Brazil’ campaign.
A formal announcement took place at TECNO’s corporate office at Darkuman, in Accra, where the ambassadors of the ‘Ghana to Brazil’ initiative were hosted on Friday.
On the sidelines of the announcement, the ambassadors of the ‘Ghana to Brazil’ campaign were presented with TECNO products.
The partnership TECNO says is a reaffirmation of their support for the development of sports in the country.
A sports-friendly entity, TECNO’s support for the ‘Ghana to Brazil’ campaign is significant in many ways.
The company has donated, and continues to support several sporting initiatives. It is a major part of the Michael Essien Foundation. TECNO has also supported the Ghana’s Fastest Human competition, as well as the Weightlifters Association of Ghana.


Mother Assaults 11-year-old Son With Hot Iron For Stealing

An 11 year-old boy is receiving treatment for multiple burns he sustained after his mother assaulted him with a hot electric iron.
The mother, a 28-year-old petty trader is in the grips of the police for her actions.
According to Emmanuel Edwin Adogo, Assemblyman for Lower New Takoradi, the area where the incident happened, 11-year-old Bernard Asafua confessed to stealing GHc5 belonging to his classmate after denying initially.
The Assemblyman explained that the boy's initial denial angered his mother who inflicted the boy with a hot iron after subjecting him to severe beatings.
The grandmother of boy rushed to his rescue after she heard him screaming as a resulted of the beatings and burns.
The boy was quickly rushed to the New Takoradi Health Centre for first aid.
But he was later transferred to the Afua Nkwanta Regional Hospital due to the severity of his burns.
The boy's mother has expressed regret for her actions.


Parliament's Committee To Grill Minister On Construction of 200 SHS

Art impression of schools

Finance Minister Seth Tekper is set to appear before Parliament’s Committee on Government Assurances to answer questions on promises to build 200 senior high schools across the country.
The Committee intends to start the public hearing to track promises made by ministers of state.
President Mahama in the 2014 budget promised to construct the schools in fulfillment of his 2012 campaign promise to Ghanaians.
Chairman of the Committee Emmanuel Bedzrah told Joy FM’s parliamentary correspondent Elton Brobbey, the Finance Minister will also disclose how much he has collected from the 10 percent pay cut undertaken by the president and ministers of state towards the construction of more CHPS compounds.
The Minister was initially scheduled to meet the parliamentarians on May 28 but he informed the Committee that he was out of town compelling them to postpone the meeting.


NPP Core Voters Will Abandon Party Should Alan Win – NPP Students Warn

Some students group of the opposition NPP has raised a red flag against the possible election of Mr. Alan Kyerematen to lead the party in the 2016 elections.
According to the group, Students Network for Nana Addo (STUNNAD), the party should forget winning the election if Mr Kyerematen is presented as its flagbearer because the party’s core voters would desert them on the election day.
“With this, we like to say to Mr. Cash that with him as our presidential candidate, then we wouldn’t even have 'our core voters'. Our so called core voters will not even go to the polling stations and vote. We wouldn’t like to believe that he himself has been a floating voter in the last two elections,” the group said in a statement. 
The group also claimed it has uncovered plots by opponents of Nana Akufo-Addo in concert with some NDC stalwarts to frustrate the ambition of Nana Akufo-Addo, and has therefore threatened to expose them.
Below is the full statement


A Strong Leader in a Weak Party Can’t Win Elections - Paul Afoko

Paul Afoko

National Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Paul Afoko says unity is very necessary in the party’s quest to winning the 2016 general elections.
He indicated that, inasmuch as the flagbearership election is important, it will be extremely difficult for any political party to win an election without unity.
“No matter how popular or strong a candidate is, he cannot win political power with a divided house” Mr. Afoko added.
The NPP Chairman was reacting to calls for early presidential primaries ahead of the 2016 elections. Those in favour of the early congress argue that the internal bickering that hitherto has bedeviled the party will be over if a flagbearer is elected early.
But on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Friday, Paul Afoko said he will not be stampeded to hold flagbearership elections at the expense of the party’s survival in Ghana’s body politic.


Ghana to Receive Grant from World Bank

Ghana will receive $229 million from the World Bank to fund two projects to aid in the acceleration of health and education programs.
The Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Improvement Project will receive US$73 million while the Ghana Secondary Education Improvement Project gets US$156 million, as approved by the Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank Group on May 20, 2014.
The two projects were prepared by the Government of Ghana with the support of the World Bank and seeks to boost significantly access to high impact education and health services.
In a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency on Thursday, the World Bank Country Director, Yusupha Crookes, expressed the delight of the group to be able to support these timely interventions by the Government of Ghana to save lives and extend opportunities to some of the country’s most vulnerable citizens.


NAGRAT Calls Off Strike


The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has called off its week-long strike but has expressed disappointment with the conduct of government.

Vice President of NAGRAT Angel Karbornu says government failed to attend a meeting called by the Labour Commission to address their grievances.

The association is protesting poor conditions of service, especially with the operation of their second tier pension scheme.

They are also demanding immediate payment of transfer grants which have been in arrears for several months.

After laying down their pens and embarking on demonstration across the country the association is back at the negotiation table following the request by the Labour Commission.

Angel Karbornu expressed disappointment with the failure by the Ghana Education Service as well as the Education Ministry to attend the meeting called by the Labour Commission to resolve their grievances.


Ghana Police Investigates Ruthless Action of Highway Robbers

The Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Nathan Kofi Boakye is leading a team of officers to the robbery scene where a cargo truck driver was shot dead on the Kumasi-Accra Highway.

The attack which occurred in the early hours of Wednesday left two others wounded.

DCOP Boakye, in the company of personnel of the criminal investigation department will get firsthand information on the robbery incident which happened inside a forest area.

About six armed men on Wednesday at about 1:32 a.m., shot sporadically at vehicles plying the Kumasi-Accra road in the middle of the forest killing an unidentified driver instantly.

Police is surprised at the manner in which the robbers carried out their operations.

The driver of that cargo truck despite complying with an order by the robbers to stop was shot on the forehead through the window before going ahead to open fire on passengers on a ‘VIP’ bus.


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