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Government is the hardest hit by COVID 19-President AKufo-Addo
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Government is the hardest hit by COVID 19-President AKufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Danwka AKufo-Addo says his administration is the hardest hit institution by the Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic. “We’ve had huge part of government’s revenue that has gone out of the window as a result of the pandemic”. “The 2020 budget which was made in November was predicated on 65 dollar barrel of oil. Today we all know that today oil is now around 18, 19, 20, 21 dollars oil a barrel” he said. In a meeting with stakeholders in the hospitality industry in the country at the Jubilee House this afternoon, the President said irrespective of the challenge, his administration will work to support the economy. “The commitment of the government to stand beside you and work with you to find a way forward is unconditional,” he assured the industry players. Pres...
President Akufo-Addo announces additional GH¢3 billion package to support businesses affected by COVID 19
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President Akufo-Addo announces additional GH¢3 billion package to support businesses affected by COVID 19

President Nana Addo Dankwa AKufo-Addo says the government, through the Ministry of Finance, has agreed with the Bank of Ghana to raise GH¢3 billion to support specific industries in the country. The amount, he said, will be disbursed to industries that have been the hardest hit by the coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic in a form of loans. The President said this afternoon in a meeting with key players in the hospitality industry in the country at the Jubilee House in Accra. The Bank of Ghana, with the support of the Ministry of Finance, has worked towards reducing interest rates and even putting in place a moratorium on the payment of monies” “There is a subsequent package that is also being currently negotiated between the ministry and the BoG for a large amount to be pumped int...
Four Burkinabe nationals nabbed for migrating to Ghana illegally
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Four Burkinabe nationals nabbed for migrating to Ghana illegally

Four male Burkina Faso nationals have been nabbed by the Immigration officials at the Babile inland check point for attempting to enter into the country illegally. Government has closed the country's borders have been closed as part of measures to contain the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic. So far, a number of persons have been arrested by immigration officials for attempting to enter into the country, despite the closure. The four Burkinabe Nationals, aged between 22 and 29, were captured at 6:15 this morning, a statement from the Immigration Service said. "They were ceased onboard a Hyundai Grace H300 mini bus with registration number AS 3289-11 en route Wa and to Kumasi" the statement said. Preliminary investigations revealed that their migration was for economic pu...
Communications Minister closes down MTN Dansoman Branch
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Communications Minister closes down MTN Dansoman Branch

Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, says the Dansoman Branch of mobile communications giant, MTN, has been forced to shut down for not complying with social distancing protocols. The Minister said the office will remain closed till management of the company makes arrangement to ensure proper social distancing at the Dansoman office in Accra. When the minister got to the office premises of the company, a number of customers were sitting in a queue, waiting to be served.  They were sitting very close to each other, with no regards to the social distancing protocols “They have been shut down and will not be allowed to operate till they have better arrangements in place".  "Reputable corporate organizations like this should not be flouting the law a...
Investigate communal clash between Dabo and Kandiga-Youth group appeals to gov’t.
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Investigate communal clash between Dabo and Kandiga-Youth group appeals to gov’t.

Concerned youth of Doba in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality in the Upper East Region have called on the government to, as a matter of urgency, set up a Commission of Inquiry to look into circumstances that led to the communal clash between the people of Doba and Kandiga. At a press conference at the Doba Chief's palace yesterday, the youth said the long standing land litigation will only be settled if the government intervenes and establish a commission of inquiry to investigate the matter and make recommendations. Conflict broke out between the two towns last month when the Kandiga community decided to construct a police post and community-based health planning and service (CHIPS) compound at Akonkongo-Abempengo Electoral Area.  The decision did not go down well with the chief a...
COVID-19: We are not out of the woods – National house of chiefs
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COVID-19: We are not out of the woods – National house of chiefs

The National House of Chiefs (NHC) on Tuesday admonished traditional leaders to adhere to the social distancing protocols outlined by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and health experts to stop the spread of the COVID-19. It expressed regret that some traditional leaders had misconstrued the lifting of the lockdown to mean Ghana was out of the clasps of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.    A directive issued to all traditional leaders, jointly signed by Togbe Afede XIV, President of the House, and Dasebre Kwebu Ewusi VII, Vice President, urged them to observe the health protocols. “We would like to remind all our traditional leaders that even though the lockdown has been lifted in Greater Accra, Kasoa, Greater Kumasi and their surrounding areas, we are not out of the woods yet,...
WHO cautions against unproven traditional medicine for COVID-19 cure
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WHO cautions against unproven traditional medicine for COVID-19 cure

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has cautioned against the use of traditional medicine that has not been scientifically proven to cure COVID-19. Most of the claims were being made on social media, it said.  However, the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research and branded COVID Organics, recently launched, amid much fanfare, what it said was a remedy for the coronavirus. It contains Artemisia, a plant cultivated locally to combat malaria.  But the WHO warned in a statement on Monday: “As efforts are under way to find treatment for COVID-19, caution must be taken against misinformation, especially on social media, about the effectiveness of certain remedies.  “Many plants and substances are being proposed without the minimum requirements and evidence of quali...
Rapid Diagnostic Test not registered for coronavirus – FDA alerts
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Rapid Diagnostic Test not registered for coronavirus – FDA alerts

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) on Tuesday cautioned the public against the use of Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) kits for screening and diagnosing COVID-19 in the country as it could lead to inaccurate results. Any false results either negative or positive could lead to the devastating impacts on the current efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. A statement signed by Mrs Delesse A. A. Darko, the Chief Executive Officer of the FDA, and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Tuesday said  the Authority had not registered any Rapid Diagnostic Test kits (serology antibody assays) for screening and diagnosing COVID-19 in Ghana. It, however, explained that the RDT test could play an important role in the management of the pandemic and complement the current recommended a...
Tema yet to fully embrace COVID-19 protocols
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Tema yet to fully embrace COVID-19 protocols

Some residents in the Tema Metropolis do not wear nose masks and they walk and sit close to each other against  protocols to contain the COVID-19.  On April 25, the Ghana Health Service issued a directive that wearing of mask was  mandatory at all times in public following a   Presidential order  that the  general public must observe social distancing and other hygiene protocols. The Tema Metropolis, according to its Chief Executive, had recorded 13 COVID-19 positive cases out of which eight contracted it in the community while the remaining five were imported. A visit to some communities in the Tema Metropolis especially, the business area, showed that a number of commuters who were in town to either buy from the market or were going about their normal b...
Hearts announce the acquisition of Nigerian striker Kuti Ademola
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Hearts announce the acquisition of Nigerian striker Kuti Ademola

Accra Hearts of Oak has officially announced the acquisition of lanky Nigerian marksman Kuti Ademola. The former Lobi Stars and Fujairah SC attacker joins the Phobians on a two-year-deal. Ademola Kuti is the fifth official signing for the Rainbow club with the Niger national team player Abdourahamane Lawali, Ivorian winger Eric Dizan, former Al Hilal striker Abednego Tetteh and Nuru Sulley making a return to the club. The Phobians are expected to make more signings with the season currently on hold as they look to augment their squad.
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