Ga fetish priests don’t like to deal with non-Ga MPs – NPP Chairman

Greater Accra New Patriotic Party (NPP) Chairman, Ishmael Ashittey, is justifying a controversial decision announced by the party to allow only Gas to contest in the region, saying it is important in fostering good relationships with fetish priests.

“You see, we have some customs and have to be dealing with the chief, the high priest…they will not like to deal with somebody who does not understand their traditions and customs,” Ishmael Ashittey told Joy News on Friday.

The NPP had planned to reserve seats in the coastal constituencies in the Greater Accra Region to be contested by Ga indigenes except in exceptional circumstances:

They are Ngleshie Amanfrom, Ablekuma South, Odododiodio, Korle Klottey, La Dade Kotopon, Ledzokuku, Krowor Tema East, Tema West, Kpone Katamanso, Amasaman, Obom and Domeabra.


Waterville drags Ghana to Int. court over €25m

Waterville Holding Ltd has dragged Ghana to the International Court of Arbitration seeking to challenge a Supreme Court ruling ordering it to cough up €25million judgment debt deemed illegally paid.

Speaking to Joy News Saturday, deputy Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Dominic Ayine confirmed the escalation of the legal dispute thought to have been resolved.

According to the deputy Attorney-General, government does not "see how an arbitral tribunal outside this country and specifically in London, can now reopen the matter and determine whether or not we are entitled to collect the money from them".

Waterville had being trying to use a Ghanaian court to delay the refund of the money by filing a stay of proceedings but the High Court dismissed the application and ordered Waterville to file its defense in 14 days.


Ghana Bar Association pushes for land reforms

Ghana Bar Association (GBA) is pushing for reforms in the Land Administration Act to make it mandatory for all land transactions to be certified by a lawyer before a sale can take place.

The Association is optimistic that this, when implemented, will address the issue of fraudulent sales of lands and also ensure investors’ confidence in the system.

The land conveyance act of 1973 which currently regulates the sale of land, gives the right to own a land to every Ghanaians.

President of the Ghana Bar Association, Nene Amegatcher, at a meeting with the leadership of Parliament said the Act has brought in its wake fraudsters selling lands indiscriminately.

The current law, he said, has allowed just anyone to handle the sale of land in the country and so we have “estate agents” who put themselves across and represent clients, and receive monies on their behalf.


Goldfields Ghana to lay off 200 workers

About 200 workers of mining firm, Goldfields Ghana are set to be laid off before the end of June.

According to management, the move has been influenced by the rising cost of production which has been compounded by the energy crisis, challenging business environment and the marginal hikes in utility tariffs.

The recent layoffs could bring the total number of retrenched Goldfields workers to about 700.

Some 500 workers had been already laid off between the end of last year and early this year.

Country manager at Goldfields Ghana, Alfred Baku told Joy Business, the marginal hikes in utility tariffs announced yesterday could worsen the situation in the coming months.

Although Alfred Baku acknowledges that the situation might put a lot of burden on the families of the workers, keeping them at post will affect the company’s productivity.


Jordan Opoku denies Ahmed Toure dispute

Asante Kotoko midfielder Jordan Opoku has spoken for the first time on a reported frosty relationship between him and striker Ahmed Toure by claiming such reports were cocked up.

The highly respected midfielder was accused of not passing the Ivorian hit-man due to his astronomical wages.

Kotoko struggled to win games and went seven without a win in that difficult period with coach Mas-Ud Dramani paying the ultimate price for an uninspiring start to the domestic season.

But midfield power house Jordan Opoku says those claims were carefully engineered due to the difficult period the team was enduring.

“They are part of the game and I read them and laugh because it was a difficult time for the club and people wanted to find reasons for that,” Opoku told Citi FM

“I have never had a problem with Ahmed and we all were suffering due to the state of the club.


Gov't secures Parliamentary approval to issue $1bn Eurobond

Government has secured the green light from Parliament to go ahead with the processes to issue a 1 billion dollar Eurobond from second quarter of this year.

Government is hoping to use proceeds of the bond to finance debts that are maturing and finance projects outlined in the budget.

James Avedzi, Chair of Parliament's Finance Committee, told Joy Business the Committee would demand from the Finance Minister how the bond would be disbursed, so that it can also “report to Parliament that this is how the Eurobond was disbursed or used”.

He also said the Finance Ministry would be impressed upon to publish the list of items financed by the Eurobond to clear any doubt.

Meanwhile, government is likely to settle on Barclays, Stanchart and Duetsche bank as transaction advisors for the Eurobond.


Intercity STC to name buses after national heroes

The management of Intercity STC has initiated moves to name all its buses after national heroes including past presidents and traditional leaders.

The State Transport Company has already re-named the first two buses provided by Focus Four Limited, one of two private transport companies it is currently partnering to revamp its operations. The buses have been named after Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and former President Rawlings. The company is planning to replicate this with about 140 more buses it is expecting in the coming months.

In an exclusive interview with JOY NEWS, the Managing Director, Samuel Nuamah Donkor emphasized, it is part of initiatives to revamp the company’s operations. “The next bus is going to go to President Kufuor and the next one, to J.E.A Mills. We will have the rest after the current President, the wives of past and sitting president and also the various regions and traditional authorities.


FIFA to pay clubs compensation for 2018, 2022 World Cups

FIFA have confirmed that they will distribute £142m to clubs for the release of players during 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

It has been announced that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be held during November and December, with the final played on December 18.

The dates would cause havoc with domestic European leagues, and it was initially announced that no compensation would be paid.

However, FIFA have now confirmed that they will compensate clubs for release of their players and are willing to pay out a total of £142m.

"A total of $209 million (£142m) will be distributed among the clubs releasing players to the participating teams in the 2018 FIFA World Cup (in Russia)," FIFA said in a statement.

"The same amount has been agreed for the 22nd edition to be staged in Qatar in 2022."


Recruitment Scam: Police investigations indicts COP Timbillah

The special task force set up by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to investigate the recent police recruitment fraud has indicted senior officer COP Patrick Timbillah for his role in the scam.

Two other police personnel and 11 civilians have been found culpable in the scam.

The police say a docket on them is being prepared for onward release to the Attorney General’s Department for advice.

Director of Police Public Affairs, Supt. Cephas Arthur tells Joy News the taskforce’s report has been handed over to the Police Council for action.

“In all, 14 people including three police officers have been investigated in the [recruitment] fraud. So these are the people whose docket is being prepared for court.”


Mahama not father of Nadia Buari’s twins – Sidiku Buari

Alhaji Sidiku Buari, step-father of Ghanaian actress Nadia Buari is angry with some media persons for speculating false stories that President John Mahama is the father of her twins.

Mr Buari has expressed disappointment about a report that Nadia has granted an interview disclosing that the president is the father of her twins she delivered last month.

The delivery of the twins – both girls – has become the major topic of discussion in the Ghanaian media with many asking who their father is.

There were reports that Jim Iyke, who was famously linked to the actress, is not the father of the twins.

Instead, some media reports linked the president to the new twins.

Speaking in an interview with Hitz Entertainment News, Alhaji Sidiku Buari, who is a former President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), discredited the report saying they are fabrications.


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