AFAG Endorses NPP Boycott of National Economic Dialogue


The Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) says it was a "good decision" for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to boycott the National Economic Forum.
"AFAG finds the decision as [a] well thought over and respectful to the role of NPP's minority representation in parliament", AFAG said in a press release on Wednesday.
According to the pressure group, the opposition NPP has constantly drawn the attention of the ruling National Democratic Congress to economic decisions that would hurt the macroeconomic fortunes of the country.
"In all instances, it fell on deaf ears. The NDC have always used a larger majority representation to push its party's set economic agenda without recourse to the constructive inputs of the minority [NPP]", says AFAG.
The NPP leadership opted out of a National Economic Forum which was aimed at, among other things, building a consensus on how to improve Ghana's troubled economy.


Weija Water Plant To Be Shut Down Today

The management of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) says the Weija Treatment Plant will be shut for two days beginning this Friday, May 16, 2014.
Management of the water company in a release issued Thursday said, the shutdown is to enable engineers carryout routine maintenance works on the Weija Treatment plant.
“The planned shutdown which will last from 6 am on Friday to 6pm on Saturday is to allow GWCL to install a valve on the Weija transmission line at Heavy wood, Odorkor in Accra. Subsequently, the installation of the valve would enable GWCL to isolate and repair a faulty pipeline at Kokroko near Awoshie Junction”.
This will interrupt the already deficient supply of water to consumers in western and central parts of Accra and management wants residents to store enough water for the period. The areas to be affected include: Kasoa, CP, Nyanyaano, Amanfro, Obom Road and Weija, Tetegu.


Parents Petition Ministry of Education Over Legon Road Saga

Minister of Education, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang

Parents of pupils of the University of Ghana Basic Schools (UGBS), which is managed by the University of Ghana, Legon, have petitioned the Minister of Education, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, to "restrain" the university authorities from charging them the controversial road tolls.
At a press conference on Tuesday May 13, 2014, the "Concerned Parents of Non-Staff Pupils of University of Ghana Basic Schools" called for an end to what they described as "discriminatory fees" just for alighting and picking their children from the UGBS premises.
The aggrieved parents insist the best interest of their children was not considered by the university authorities before implementing the policy to charge them Ghc400.00 every year.
The University of Ghana authorities earlier this year begun charging tolls for unlimited access to university campuses.

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17.5% VAT charges on banking services

Government says the planned implementation of a 17.5 per cent VAT levy on banking services will not start next month as had been widely reported.
The date for implementation of the new VAT law, -January 2014- after it was passed  by parliament in December 2013 and assented to by president John Mahama same month, has been deferred until the public understands the levy.
The decision to charge 17.5% on financial services rendered by the banks has generated a huge public controversies, with some customers reported to be queueing at banks to withdraw their savings.
Some of the banks-Barclays and Ecobank- have begun circulating text messages informing clients that the policy will take effect from May.

NPP needs to target Zongo Communities in 2016 – Kwabena Agyepong

An aspiring General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwabena Agyepong, says the party needs complete overhauling to attract floating voters.
He also proposed the designing of a proper work plan to woo residents of Zongo communities whose allegiance to the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) is unquestionable.
This in Mr. Agyepong’s estimation will convince residents of Zongo communities and floating voters to change position and massively vote for the NPP in 2016.
Mr. Kwabena Agyepong was addressing the media on Monday March 25, 2014 at his Nima campaign office in Accra.
He told the enthusiastic crowd that the NPP needed visionary leadership to win the 2016 general elections.
He observed that there was a worrying disconnects between the party’s national leadership and the grassroot organizers.


Nigeria: Zenith Bank chief appointed governor of Central Bank

Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan has appointed the Managing Director of Zenith Bank PLC, Godwin Emefiele as the new governor of the country’s Central Bank.
Mr. Jonathan is reported to have submitted Mr. Emefiele’s name to the Senate for confirmation yesterday - hours after he announced the suspension of the governor, Sanusi Lamido for "financial recklessness and misconduct".
The Central Bank of Nigeria’s deputy governor, Sarah Alade, was subsequently named as acting governor of the bank.
Mr. Emefiele is however to take over fully as the substantive governor in place of Mr. Sanusi whose tenure elapses in June 2014.


Dr. Nduom: The Economy, The Cedi – What To Do, What Not To Do

It is time for us to focus our minds on solutions to the economic and currency problems we face.  We must move from being experts at discussing problems to become excellent at identifying, agreeing and implementing sound solutions.  There are no easy short term solutions and what we must do require sacrifice, efficient administration, a keen eye on corruption, courage and leadership that is unwavering in the face of domestic and international backlash.
I have taken into account the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Henry Kofi Wampah’s, call to action.  He said:


Incorporate English into your songs to penetrate world market - China-based musician advises

China-based Ghanaian gospel musician, Ishmael Philemon Ackon, known on stage as Bro. Philemon, has made a passionate appeal to musicians in the country to try and incorporate the English language into their songs to get the needed mileage.
According to the musician, failure to do so will deprive musicians in the country, the needed push to fully making it into the global market.
With the debate ranging on as to whether Ghanaians should stick to composing songs in the local dialects or do so in the English language, the gospel musician believes that while it is important to incorporate English words into the songs, Ghanaian musicians should make sure they maintain the African rhythm.
Speaking in an interview with, he noted that the greatest barrier facing Ghanaian music is "the genre. We try to follow trends and when you follow trends, the ear sometimes gets tired of the trend."


Blood donation on Valentine's day with Okyeame Kwame

Ace hiplife artiste Okyeame Kwame and New Crystal Health Services are collaborating to organise a massive blood donation exercise at Ashaiman  to mark the Valentine’s Day celebrations.
The blood donation exercise is in reaction to reports that the National Blood Bank has been hit with acute shortage of blood, according to organisers.
The collaboration between New Crystal Health Services which has a strong presence in the Ashaiman area where it operates three hospitals, and Okyeame Kwame popularly known as the Rap Doctor with a huge fan base, is expected to draw a massive turnout to ensure enough blood is donated on the day to shore up the  Korle-Bu Blood Bank.
Last month it was reported that the National Stock level at the Korle-Bu Blood Bank, was very low, an indication of a possible shortage.
According to the Korle-Bu Blood Bank, the facility may not be able to meet requests from patients needing blood if shortage persists.


Ghana drops to 37 in FIFA world ranking

hana have dropped from the 24th place to the 37th spot in the latest edition of the Fifa World Ranking, despite reaching the CHAN final.
The 2010 World Cup quarter-finalists also lost their second position in Africa to Algeria and now sit behind third-placed Cape Verde. Ivory Coast continue to reign supreme on the continent with Egypt finishing the top five teams in Africa.
Africa Cup of Nations holders Nigeria are eighth with Mali and Burkina Faso following in that order.
Spain, Germany and Argentina retained first, second and third places respectively on the global scene.
Forty friendlies including 28 games at the African Nations Championship 2014 (CHAN) in South Africa were taken into consideration.
Africa Top 10 Fifa rankings:
1 Ivory Coast
2 Algeria
3 Cape Verde
4 Ghana
5 Egypt
6 Tunisia
7 Cameroon
8 Nigeria
9 Mali
10 Burkina Faso


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