University Lecturers Join NPP 2016 Campaign

Some senior staff of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have stepped forth to mobilize intellectuals for active and open participation in frontline politics on the bill of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Under the banner, “KNUST NPP Frontliners”, the group has the goal of helping the opposition party to offer policy alternatives and ideas to help improve the country’s socio-economic development.

“Our main aim is to organize KNUST NPP faithful who will serve as a think-tank ready to serve the party to win power in 2016 and beyond,” stated Dr. Kwabena Boadu, Chairman of group at the inaugural ceremony.

“Our vision is to be recognized as an elite group of supporters to influence policy direction. Our mission is to serve as an interface between the party and the electorate in explaining party policies and canvassing for votes”.


Insurers advised to target informal sector

The Insurance Commission has re-emphasized the need for insurers across the West African sub-region to target the informal sector.

According to the commission, the growth of the sector and the country at large is greatly dependent on the informal sector since they form the greatest part of the population.

Speaking at the 37th Annual General Meeting and Education Conference of the West Africa Insurance Companies Association, the Commissioner, Lydia Lariba Bawa said innovation is key in this regard.

Insurance products and services in the WIACA region tend to predominantly focus on the formal sector businesses and white collar workers.


IMF Expecting Release of Frozen Funds To Ghana

Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, says she expects Ghana's donor partners to release withheld funds now that the country has signed up to a 3-year programme.

Responding to a question posed Joy Business at the IMF/World Bank Spring meetings in Washington DC, Ms Lagarde said a Fund programme usually has a catalytic effect on countries whose funds have been frozen by donor partners.

"When a country has signed a program, has negotiated the terms and conditions and agreed to what is going to be good for its development, it generally always triggers on the part of other bilateral institutions, of other bilateral lenders, financing that sometimes had been frozen or locked, pending negotiations. So, this is a typical result that we see from program conclusions", she said.

The country's donor partners have held up some 500 million dollars because of concerns with the management of Ghana's economy.


Budget For Mass Cocoa Spraying Exercise Slashed

Government has cut back on the budget for chemicals meant for the mass cocoa spraying exercise, a Member of Parliament for Akim Oda has revealed.

William Agyepong Quaitoo insists the reduction in the budget has dire implications on the country's cocoa production targets.

His revelation follows reports of massive diversion of chemicals meant for the mass cocoa spraying exercise.

On Monday, Luv FM's Erastus Asare Donkor reported of a cocoa chemical diversion scandal that has hit the Ashanti Region.

The scandal fingered some high profile police personnel, with the Abuakwa Police alleged to be colluding with middlemen to divert and sell cocoa chemicals meant for cocoa farmers.

The chemicals bought with meager government funds were to be distributed to the cocoa farmers for free as part of the mass cocoa spraying exercise to increase production of the commercial crop.


CDD Boss Supports Partisan Lecturers

Executive Director of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Prof. Gyimah Boadi has made a strong case in support of lecturers who want to do partisan politics.

In his view, making public declarations about one’s political affiliation as a lecturer is more preferable to the clandestine political activities senior lecturers engaged in on the various campuses; sometimes hiding behind students political groupings such as TESCON for NPP and NDC’s TEIN.

He was commenting on a group of lecturers from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology called “KNUST NPP Frontliners” with the goal of helping the opposition party to offer policy alternatives and ideas to help improve the country’s socio-economic development.

Some have criticised the senior staff at KNUST for their decision but Prof. Gyimah Boadi told Joy News “I am glad that the group is coming out… but it comes with a big challenge to all”.


'YFM kidnap victim suffering from bipolar disorder,' doctors suggest

Takoradi-based YFM presenter, Ms Ada, who was reportedly kidnapped five times and sexually assaulted, is too traumatised to leave hospital, doctors say. Presently, a team of doctors, psychologists and the police have begun interviewing the presenter but her condition is such that it is difficult to solicit any meaningful information from her, Dr Boateng Duah who has been taking care of her told Joy News Wednesday.
The team is seeking to get information on exactly what happened to the lady whose employers believed she was kidnapped after pictures suggesting her assault went viral. The presenter was found Tuesday after she went missing for about a week. She was reportedly raped by a gang of five and her nude pictures distributed on the internet.


YFM presenter was not raped; she was acting a movie

The YFM presenter who gripped the entire nation with an allegation of abduction and rape may have been acting a movie with the Ghanaian populace being gullible spectators.

The Inspector General of Police whose men went on a wild goose chase following a media frenzy on the matter, has ordered that the Takoradi-based radio presenter, Adaeze Onyinyechie Ayoka, be brought to Accra for further investigations.

It is turning out to be a spectacularly well planned and executed fraud perpetrated on the Ghanaian people.

Joy News is learning that Ada, as she is popularly called, is on her way to Accra.

An informant led investigations show that Ada is frequently seen in Accra in the company of some male friends.

In the latest sighting, she along with five men patronised an unnamed hotel in Abbosey Okai, a suburb of Accra


Akuse Police arrest 5 rioters in Yilo Krobo demo

Police in Akuse have arrested five persons who were alleged to be part of a group who embarked on a violent demonstration in the Yilo Krobo Municipality.

The demonstrators were arrested for breaking the public order law which required that they inform the police before going on the demonstration.

The group was demanding the whereabouts of the mortal remains of their late paramount chief which went missing for several days.

According to Joy FM's Eastern Region correspondent Kofi Siaw the demonstrators torched lorry tires and mounted road blocks.

The Akuse District Police Commander, ASP Francis Ackah told Siaw the police will pick up more of the demonstrators who have gone into hiding.

Tension has been mounting in the area following the disappearance of the mortal remains of the late paramount chief of the area, Nene Ologo Dawutey .


Dumsor: Over 12,000 workers lose jobs in first quarter

More than 12,000 people have lost their jobs between January and April 2015 alone due to the crippling power crisis in Ghana.

This was revealed by the Ghana Employers Association at the launch of the National Employment Policy, Wednesday.

The Employment policy amongst other things is to help create decent jobs to meet the growing demand for employment and to improve the quality of jobs for those already in employment.

The policy is set to be implemented across sectors, ministries, departments and agencies as well as local government institutions.

Even before the policy will be fully operational, the Executive Director of the Association, Mr Alex Frimpong said government must as a matter of necessity address issues relating to the power crisis, skills mismatch and the ever increasing cost of doing business in Ghana.


Tolon DCE decries high dropout rate of girls

The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Tolon, Seidu Abubakari, has decried the high rate of girls’ school dropout in the country.
Although interventions such as the school feeding programme and the capitation grant have helped increase enrolment, the DCE expressed his alarm at the dropout rate of girls in the country’s schools.
The DCE decried this situation at the distribution of school uniforms, sanitary pads, sandals and writing materials among other things to girls in the District.
Mr Abubakari said the disturbing trend compelled Government to introduce the Girls Participatory Approach to Student Success (GIRLS PASS) to increase girls’ enrolment in the country.
The policy which provides these girls with books, uniforms and sanitary pads, he explained, is not just to retain the girls in school but also to encourage them to study hard and obtain good results.


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