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Freight Forwarders entreat government to suspend UNIPASS
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Freight Forwarders entreat government to suspend UNIPASS

Members of the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders have staged a protest to demand for a suspension of the UNIPASS system and revert to the GCNET system of clearing goods at the ports. The protesters said the UNIPASS system has so many technical defects which affects lots of turnaround time. The Freight Forwarders pitched camp at the Customs Office of the Ghana Revenue Authority Thursday morning in Takoradi to register their displeasure. Mr Paul Ato Bentil, an Executive Member of the Institute, said the system over the period had not aided in the smooth transactions of business at the port, causing too much delay, thereby affecting planning and forecasting of such businesses. "The new system has not given us any real value as was touted," he added.The UNIPASS, introduce...
Cabinet retreat on COVID-19 begins
Politics

Cabinet retreat on COVID-19 begins

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his cabinet have began a three-day retreat to examine the impact and the implications of the COVID19 pandemic across all governance sectors in the country. Various recommendations made over the pasts months would also be considered. The retreat would also allow government to place its recommendations before Parliament during the mid-year review, Mr Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, the Minister of Information, said.  Speaking at a media briefing to update the public on efforts being made, Mr Oppong-Nkrumah said the President has subsequently instructed all ministers to report on the impact across their sectors and proffer recommendations for recovery. The Minister said from the onset of the pandemic, the Finance Minister briefed the nation thr...
Flooding kills 260 across East Africa
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Flooding kills 260 across East Africa

Kenya has been the hardest hit with the government recording 194 deaths.In Rwanda, 55 people have died and floods have killed 16 in Somalia. In Uganda high water levels have trapped an estimated 200 patients inside a hospital.East African countries have also been hit by a locust invasion and Covid-19. The authorities in Kenya have told people in some of the affected areas to move away from "potential danger". The water has also washed away 8,000 acres of crops and some vital infrastructure, the government has said.Meteorologists predict that the heavier than usual rains will continue throughout May, reports the BBC's Patience Atuhaire in Uganda's capital, Kampala. The rainy season normally lasts until June.In Rwanda, people died as a result of landslides in the mountainous nor...
Ghana is ready to test the efficacy of Madagascar’s COVID-19 cure
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Ghana is ready to test the efficacy of Madagascar’s COVID-19 cure

Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), has said Ghana is ready to make an assessment on ‘Covid-Organics’- the purported COVID-19 cure from Madagascar. He said when that herbal product is made available the GHS would collaborate with the Food and Drugs Authority to ascertain its potency and advise the public accordingly. Dr Kuma-Aboagye said this at a media briefing on Thursday in Accra on the latest Coronavirus management situation in the country. He was responding to a question posed by a journalist as to whether Ghana is considering the use of the Covid-Organics as part of its treatment measures. ‘Covid-Organics’, is the herbal remedy produced from artemisia, a plant with proven efficacy against malaria, and other indigenous herbs as...
Depositors of collapsed non bank institutions to be paid by May ending – Official Receiver
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Depositors of collapsed non bank institutions to be paid by May ending – Official Receiver

Depositors with valid claims are to be paid by May ending, Mr Eric Nana Nipah, Official Receiver and Liquidator of the collapsed nonbank financial institutions, has said. He said out of the total claims worth approximately GHC6.4 billion that was received at the close of the extended deadline for the submission of claims for these organisations - 347 micro-finance companies, 39 micro credit companies, 23 savings and loans and finance house companies; legitimate claims admitted for processing and payment after validation was in the region of GHC5.66 billion. Mr Nipah made the disclosure in a presentation delivered on his behalf by Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Minister of Information, on Thursday at the meet the press series, which was held to give an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in...
EU, three others, partner to create 5,000 jobs for Ghanaians
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EU, three others, partner to create 5,000 jobs for Ghanaians

The European Union (EU), the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation are partnering to create jobs for at least 5,000 Ghanaians. This is under the “Boosting Green Employment and Enterprise Opportunities in Ghana – (GrEEn)” project, which involves training and financial support for green businesses – plastic waste recycling, clean cook-stove production and distribution, organic horticulture and compost production. It is part of the drive towards creating economic and employment opportunities for the youth, women and returning migrants.   Financed by a total contribution of €20,600,000 from EUTF, SNV and UNCDF, the GrEEn project, would use a combination of performance-based grants, a...
Over 200,000 businesses to benefit from GHC600 million stimulus package
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Over 200,000 businesses to benefit from GHC600 million stimulus package

More than 200,000 Micro, small and medium Enterprises are expected to benefit from the GHC600 million COVID-19 Alleviation Programme (CAP) Business Support Scheme. Mrs Kosi Yankey-Ayeh, the Executive Director of the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI), who announced this at a briefing at the Ministry of Information today said steps were being taken to operationalise the scheme soon. She said about 80 per cent of the businesses are in the micro category.President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo committed  GHC600 million as a stimulus package to support the hardest hit Ghanaian businesses in the category of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in both the formal and informal sectors. The MSMEs make up about 70 percent of the Ghanaian economy. Mrs Yankey-Ayeh said the NBSSI had ov...
As NPP, NDC trade insults, accusations on COVID 19 issues, Chief Imam calls for collaboration
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As NPP, NDC trade insults, accusations on COVID 19 issues, Chief Imam calls for collaboration

The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, has urged political parties in the country to join hands and fight the COVID 19 pandemic together.  His comment comes in the wake of the war of words between the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on COVID-19 issues.  Former President John Mahama and the Minority in Parliament have criticized the government's approach in handling the pandemic.  Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, in response to the criticisms, said the former president has no moral right to question the government because he failed to resolve the power crises "dumsor", after four years in government.  Supporters of the two parties have been at each others throats over the past week on social media, trad...
Nadowli: Immigration patrol arrest six Burkinabes for illegal entry to Ghana
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Nadowli: Immigration patrol arrest six Burkinabes for illegal entry to Ghana

Six Burkina Faso nationals have been apprehended by immigration patrol team with the support of police personnel on duty at the Nadowli police check point. Preliminary investigations revealed that the six ECOWAS nationals comprised of four males and two females aged between 2 and 55 were entering into the country illegally.  "They all entered into Ghana through unapproved routes. They hired a mini bus with registration number BA 2761-14 with the intent of using alternative route to Wa in order to swerve the vigilant Immigration Officials on duty at the Babile inland checkpoint" "Upon a tip off, the patrol team chased the mini bus and intercepted it with the Ecowas nationals at a police Nadowli checkpoint," a statement from the Immigration Service said. The statement sa...
Nigeria Sports Ministry Places Rashidi Yekini’s Mother On Monthly Stipend
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Nigeria Sports Ministry Places Rashidi Yekini’s Mother On Monthly Stipend

The mother of late Super Eagles striker, Rashidi Yekini, Mrs Sikirat Yekini has received succor from the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, eight years after she lost her illustrious son. The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has placed Alhaja Sikiratu, on a monthly stipend of N10,000. The Minister who was represented by Olaitan Shittu in Ijagbo, near Offa in Kwara State on Wednesday donated various food stuffs and provisions as well as cash gift of N50,000 on behalf of the minister to the aged mother. Shittu explained that it was not the first time the Minister was reaching out to Alhaja Sikiratu Yekini as he was also at her residence in September, 2019 to make similar donation. Responding, Alhaja Yekini who spoke in local dialect (Yoruba), thank...
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