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Over GH460 million squandered in 21 government Ministries, Department and Agencies
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Over GH460 million squandered in 21 government Ministries, Department and Agencies

An amount of GH₵467,634,792 has been uncovered by the Auditor - General as payments to ghost names on public sector payroll in 21 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA’s).  Agencies that were discovered to have authorized such payments included; the Local Government Service, Ministries of Finance, Communication, Education, Agriculture, Health, Information, Interior, Youth and Sport, Chieftaincy, Foreign Affairs and Roads and Highways, The rest are Justice and Attorney General, Environmental, Science, Technology and Innovation, Gender, Children and Social Protection, Tourism, Culture and relative Arts, Lands and Natural Resources, Trade and Industry, Local Government and Rural Development, and the Judicial Service. A copy of the report which revealed that a total of&...
Report shows decline in travels in Ghana after lockdown
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Report shows decline in travels in Ghana after lockdown

A Mobility analysis report has shown that population movements have changed since mobility restrictions were introduced and lifted, as part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The report released in Accra on Monday by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), Vodafone Ghana, and the Flowminder Foundation is the second in the series of the mobility analysis report. A statement issued jointly by three organisations said the GSS and the Flowminder Foundation had extended their mobility analysis using anonymised and aggregated data from Vodafone Ghana, following a first report released on April 3, 2020.  It said the organisations analysed the effects of mobility and social distancing interventions between February 17 and May 3, 2020, and highlighted the differences in p...
Parliament to consider 36 bills as it resumes sitting on Tuesday
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Parliament to consider 36 bills as it resumes sitting on Tuesday

Parliament is expected to consider over 36 bills as the House resumes sitting of the second meeting of the Fourth Session of the 7th Parliament on Tuesday. Key amongst them is the Affirmative Action Bill, 2020, National Ambulance amendment bill, 2020. Various committees of Parliament are also considering a total of 18 bills.In a statement signed by the Director of Public Affair’s of Parliament, Kate Addo said MPs and the general public will have to adhere to social distancing protocols during the meeting.
Greater Accra RFA signs TV deal with media 7 Network
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Greater Accra RFA signs TV deal with media 7 Network

The Greater Accra Regional Football Association has signed a two-year Television deal with Media 7 Network, a multi-broadcast service provider. The deal, makes Media 7 network, the official broadcast partner and exclusive content producer for all products of the Greater Accra Regional Football Association. They will produce live matches from selected game centres during the Juvenile League, second and third Division Leagues and the Women’s First Division League. “I take this opportunity to confirm that Media 7 has signed an MOU with the Greater Accra Regional Football Association on the Juvenile football and also rotational League amongst others,” Dr. Kuuku Biney, CEO and Founder, Media 7 Group of companies told the GFA Media team. “We did this not for selfish gains but to bring ...
Grusah urges government to ignore calls for league resumption
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Grusah urges government to ignore calls for league resumption

Alhaji Karim Grusah, owner and bankroller of King Faisal Football Club, has urge the government not to consider calls for the resumption of the football season. Many countries across the globe have halted or canceled their football season due to the Coronavirus pandemic which has claimed many lives. But football fans across the globe had something to cheer about over the weekend with the resumption of German Bundesliga with strict health guidelines. According to Alhaji Grusah, local clubs don’t have the capacity to follow such strict health guidelines to allow the resumption of the season. "In this era of social distances, I would call on the government not consider such thoughts about the resuming the football season especially with the rising number of Coronavirus cases. ...
Unemployed on GH¢85,000 bail over car fraud
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Unemployed on GH¢85,000 bail over car fraud

An Accra Circuit Court on Monday granted a GH¢85,000.00 bail with three sureties to an unemployed man for defrauding a sound engineer of US$14,500 dollars under the pretext of securing him a Honda CRV vehicle. The Court ordered that two of the three sureties must be justified. The accused Kennedy Kumi is to report once a week to the police until the final determination of the case.  He has been charged with conspiracy to commit crime and defrauding by false pretense, but his plea was not taken by the court.He will make his next appearance on June 8.  Meanwhile, Kumi’s accomplice, one Asare, who posed as a clearing agent and also took GH¢39,246.00 from the same victim has been charged with defrauding by false pretense, and is currently on the run. Detective Chief Inspector Simo...
Tullow Ghana announces leadership changes as Awotwi retires end June
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Tullow Ghana announces leadership changes as Awotwi retires end June

Mr Kweku Awotwi, the Managing Director of Tullow Ghana, and Executive Vice President of Tullow Oil plc, will retire from the company on 30th June.   In a statement Tullow Ghana said Mr Awotwi will hand over his responsibilities to Wissam Al Monthiry who becomes Managing Director, Tullow Ghana, and Cynthia Lumor, Corporate Affairs Director, over the coming weeks before leaving the business at the end of June.   Mr Awotwi is the first Managing Director of Tullow Ghana to be promoted to Executive Vice President of Tullow Oil plc.   During his tenure, the TEN fields produced its 50th million barrel of oil; there was very good progress in the TRP project which is now in its final stages with the Oil Offloading System being ready for installation, and his operations team have delivered...
Two national security operatives arrested for attempted takeover of Kade Palace
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Two national security operatives arrested for attempted takeover of Kade Palace

Two national security operatives have been arrested by the police for allegedly attempiting to take over the Kade Palace in the Eastern Region. The third suspect, according to a statement from the Eastern Regional Office of the National Security, is on the run. There has been chieftaincy conflicts in the area over the legitimate Kadehene of Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council. According to the statement, Isaac Acquah, Eric Achiampong and Owusu Boah Annane the three suspects, were allegedly sent by a security coordinator to take over the palace and hand it over to one Nana Asare Twe II, a self-acclaimed chief of Kade. The statement said when the suspects reported at the local police station in the area on Friday May 15 to introduce themselves as national security operatives from Acc...
French coach Herve Renard open to Black Stars return
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French coach Herve Renard open to Black Stars return

Saudi Arabia coach and two-time AFCON winner, Herve Renard has welcomed a return to a coaching role on the continent suggesting that he would relish an opportunity to coach in Africa again. Renard who won the 2012 and 2015 African cup with Zambia and Cote d’Ivoire respectively, vacated his post in charge of Morocco’s Atlas Lions after a disappointing round of 16 exit to Benin at the 2019 AFCON. But Renard who is now in charge of Saudi Arabia, in an interview with TV3’s Juliet Barwuah welcomed another stint to the continent to which he has a longstanding attachment. “I have a new challenge with Saudi Arabia and that is my focus. But of course I will come back to Africa one day to win something with a country, one that hasn’t won the AFCON for a very long time. Quizzed about tak...
“Using NBSSI to disburse GH600 million stimulus package to SMEs is wrong”-Alex Mould
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“Using NBSSI to disburse GH600 million stimulus package to SMEs is wrong”-Alex Mould

A former Executive Director of Standard Chartered Bank, Mr. Alex Mould, has urged government to discontinue the decision to use the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) to disburse the GH¢ 600million soft Loan stimulus package for Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The soft loans, which is under the Coronavirus Alleviation Programme  (CAP), is intended to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the operations SMEs. Government has announced that the NBSSI will have access to the fund this month and begin disbursement to SMEs in the country.But the energy and finance expert, has questioned the use of NBSSI to disburse the loans. According to him, unlike financial institutions that are regulated, have credit underwriting standards and credit approval procedures, “the NBSSI is ...
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