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  • 7 days COVID-19: Hong Kong hospitals face ‘collapse’ as China and South Korea report uptick in cases CNR
    Hong Kong is on the verge of a “large-scale” outbreak that could collapse hospitals, warned leader Carrie Lam on Wednesday as strict new measures were implemented to stop the spread of coronavirus. Hong Kong’s new social distancing regulations mean restaurants can only serve take-out meals and the 7.5 million residents must wear masks when they leave their homes. No more than two people from different households can gather in public with fines of up to $HK5,000 (532 euros if they break the new emergency rules. “We are on the verge of a large-scale community outbreak, which may lead to a ... more
  • 7 days Northern Regional Minister appeals to citizens to obey COVID-19 safety protocols CNR
    The Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Sa-eed, has made a fervent appeal to the people of his region to ensure discipline by observing all the COVID-19 safety protocols. This, he said, would help people in the Northern Region in particular, and the country as a whole, to minimise the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic in the country. “I want to make a passionate appeal to the citizens of Northern Region in particular, and Ghanaians in general, to self-imprison COVID-19 by wearing nose mask, practising social distancing and staying at home when we do not have any essential thing to do in ... more
  • 7 days Coronavirus: Trump sticks by discredited hydroxychloroquine treatment CNR
    US President Donald Trump has again defended the use of hydroxychloroquine to ward off coronavirus, contradicting his own public health officials. He said the malaria medication was only rejected as a Covid-19 treatment because he had recommended its use. His remarks come after Twitter banned his eldest son for posting a clip promoting hydroxychloroquine. There is no evidence the drug can fight the virus, and regulators warn it may cause heart problems. Last month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautioned against using the drug to treat coronavirus patients, following reports of “serious heart rhythm problems” and other health issues. ... more
  • 7 days Donald Trump Jr suspended from tweeting after Covid post CNR
    Twitter has banned the US president’s eldest son from tweeting for 12 hours. The action followed a post by Donald Trump Jr containing a video clip discussing the benefits of hydroxychloroquine. Some, including President Trump, have suggested the anti-malaria drug works as a preventative measure against coronavirus, despite medical studies that indicate the contrary. Twitter said the post had violated its Covid-19 misinformation rules. Donald Trump Jr will still be able to browse Twitter and send direct messages in the interim. Twitter told the BBC: “We are taking action in line with our policy.” The main US social media sites ... more
  • 7 days Government urged to reopen basic schools after Coronavirus-induced closure CNR
    A senior lecturer of the University for Development Studies (UDS), Faculty of Education, Dr. Ibrahim M. Gunu is pleading with government to reopen basic schools in low risk areas. He argues that the continuous closure of basic schools in Ghana as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to an upsurge in early marriages, school dropouts and child labour prevalent in Northern Ghana. In an article, Dr. Gunu stated that, “I want to commend government for the continuous engagement of significant stakeholders in the education sector and I suggest that government should at least reopen basic schools in low-risk ... more
  • 7 days Coronavirus: Scaled back Hajj pilgrimage due to start in Saudi Arabia CNR
    The annual Hajj pilgrimage performed by Muslims from around the world is beginning in Saudi Arabia, dramatically scaled back because of coronavirus. International visitors have been banned from making the journey to Mecca, to try to curb the pandemic. Only 10,000 pilgrims are expected, as opposed to about two million usually. The vast majority normally come from abroad, but this year the only foreigners allowed to attend are those who reside in the kingdom. Those taking part were subject to temperature checks and virus tests as they began arriving in Mecca at the weekend, AFP news agency reports. Worshippers will ... more
  • 7 days Manasseh Azure, Nana Aba, Justice Annan among most abused journalists online CNR
    iWatch Africa’s second-quarter tracking of online abuse and harassment directed at journalists and rights activists in Ghana has established that journalists; Manasseh Awuni Azure, Nana Aba Anamoah and Justice Kweku Annan were the most abused and harassed in the cyberspace of Ghana for the period April 2020 – to June 2020. iWatch Africa, with support from the International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), is tracking, documenting and analysing threats against journalists, media workers and rights activists within the digital ecosystem in Ghana. For the reporting period, circa 2,000 separate instances of online abuse and harassment were identified ... more
  • 7 days ‘Escaping Sudanese migrants’ shot dead in Libya CNR

    Three Sudanese migrants were shot dead on Monday night after their boat was intercepted by the Libyan coastguard and they had been returned to shore.

    The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says that the local authorities opened fire when the migrants attempted to escape from the disembarkation point at Al Khums.

    The migrants were among 70 disembarking from a vessel that was intercepted and sent back by the Libyan coast guard, reports Reuters news agency.

    Two people were killed on the spot, while a third later died in hospital.

    The IOM reiterated its call to ... more

  • 7 days COVID-19 fight: Markets, lorry parks, other places in Volta regions disinfected  CNR
    About 78 markets together with lorry parks, public toliets and other public places were on Tuesday disinfected and fumigated in the Volta Region. The exercise followed a huge clean-up operation last Monday by Dansworld International Services International Limited (DISL), in collaboration with Zoomlion Ghana Limited, in the markets and public places of the region. Speaking at the launch at the Ho Central Market in the Volta regional capital, Ho, the Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, explained that the exercise, which constituted phase two of the national disinfection and fumigation, was part of control measures by the central government ... more
  • 7 days Covidnomics – Ken Ofori-Atta and the future of Ghana [Article] CNR
    An intervening factor has broken the chain of global economic growth contributing to the revision of the GDP growth from 6.8% to 0.9% in Ghana. This can be seen as a step in the right direction coupled with the Finance Minister’s proactiveness during the Mid-Year budget review presentation and the prudent measures taken based on the recommendations set up in my earlier write-up titled, “COVIDNOMIC – Should Ofori-Atta Pause, relax or nurture Ghana’s economy”. Ken has shown his preparedness to nurture the economy but it comes with patience and a level of constant adjustments in the coming ... more
  • 1 week NIA to conduct Ghana card mop-up registration in three regions CNR
    The National Identification Authority (NIA) has served notice that it will conduct a mop-up registration exercise in the Ashanti, Volta and the Oti Regions from 2nd to 16th August 2020. This the authority says will enable all who were not able to register during the mass registration exercise to do so. The authority was unable to achieve its target of registering 80% of the population as the exercise was widely hampered by logistical challenges. Head of Corporate Affairs at NIA, ACI Francis Palmdeti, however, cautioned persons who are yet to receive their cards to desist from registering during the mop-up. “We ... more
  • 1 week Eyewitness News, Tuesday 28th July 2020 CNR
    In this edition of Eyewitness News Umaru Sanda Amadu and Zoe Abu Baidoo Addo and Zoe Abu-Baidoo Addo The big story in this bulletin was the arrest of the Kafaba Chief in connection with the lynching of the 90-year-old woman. The Savanna Regional Police command was interviewed on the matter. There was a playback of the old woman’s interview yesterday. – 2020 polls will be about performance in government not promises – Bawumia – CHRAJ questions slow pace of investigation into the lynching of a 90-year-old woman – Flights to Wa Airport suspended over low passengers, COVID-19 – Aviation Minister ... more
  • 1 week COVID-19: CDC announces additional US$75 million trade finance deal with Absa CNR
    CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution and impact investor, has today announced an additional US$75 million commitment to its existing trade finance facility with Absa Bank. The investment will provide systemic liquidity across CDC’s African markets and enable local banks to sustain the availability of trade finance, supporting supply chains during the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has put significant pressure on African banks as international banks continue to “de-risk”, withdraw from the continent and reduce their correspondent banking relationships in developing economies. In the context of broad outflows of capital from Africa, counter-cyclical commitments from development finance institutions are ... more
  • 1 week 2020 polls will be about performance in government not promises – Bawumia CNR
    Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has responded to former President, John Dramani Mahama over recent promises made by the latter. While outdooring his running mate ahead of the 2020 polls, on Monday, July 27, 2020, John Mahama, who is also the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, among other things promised to pay all persons whose monies have been locked up following the revocation of licenses of some financial institutions in the country. He said the payments will be made within his first year should he be given the nod in the elections. “I pledge on behalf of the NDC ... more
  • 1 week COVID-19: 34 rapid test kits brought to us failed to meet required standards – FDA CNR
    The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) says it has received COVID-19 rapid diagnostic tests from 34 companies in Ghana and other countries. It said none of the kits passed the specificity and sensitivity tests, hence could not be adopted for use in Ghana. According to the Chief Executive Officer of the FDA, Delese Mimi Darko, all the companies that submitted the test kits for assessment and approval have been informed about the result of the assessments and they are expected to work to address the challenge with their kits. “So far, all the 34 kits that have been submitted, not ... more
  • 1 week Hollard Ghana’s Patience Akyianu named outstanding Group CEO of the Year 2019 CNR
    The Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hollard Ghana, Patience Akyianu, has been named the outstanding Group CEO of the year at the 10th edition of the Ghana Entrepreneur & Corporate Executive Awards. The event was held under the theme, “Celebrating Ten Years of Entrepreneurial Excellence and Business Development in Ghana.” The prestigious awards, which took place at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, through a virtual live broadcast on TV3 Network and social media platforms, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram, sought to publicly honour outstanding corporate executives across a wide range of sectors in Ghana. Patience Akyianu is an experienced and well-rounded ... more
  • 1 week Flights to Wa Airport suspended over low passengers, COVID-19 – Aviation Minister CNR
    The Minister for Aviation, Joseph Kofi Addah has attributed the suspension of flight operations to the Wa Airport to COVID-19 and dwindling passenger numbers. After the rehabilitation of the Wa Airport in October 2019, airline operations to the Upper West Regional Capital commenced. Flight operations, however, have been suspended in recent times. Answering questions in Parliament on Tuesday, Joseph Adda said flight operations will resume when the situation regarding the pandemic and passenger numbers improve. “The attention of the Ghana Airports Company Limited has been drawn to this. Efforts are being made to quickly repair the airports and make it ... more
  • 1 week Boakye Agyarko writes: A salute to NPP at 28 CNR
    “Every ideal, idea and principle must draw men and women to itself. Every idea must step out before the nation, must win from the nation the fighters whom it needs, and must tread alone the difficult path with all its necessary consequences that it may one day gain the strength to turn the course of destiny.” – (The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism – Michael Novak) Today we celebrate the 28th Anniversary of the launching of the New Patriotic Party. From the very beginning of the tradition that spawned the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), United Party, Progress Party, Popular Front ... more
  • 1 week Akufo-Addo commissions Nalerigu Water Supply Project CNR
    The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has commissioned the Nalerigu Water Supply Project constructed under the Sustainable Rural Water and Sanitation Project. Speaking at the commissioning ceremony on Tuesday, 28th July 2020, President Akufo-Addo noted that the Sustainable Rural Water and Sanitation Project has been implemented in 11 out of the 16 regions of the country, and has been financed by a US$47.5 million credit facility from the World Bank. According to the President, in the North East and Northern regions, 106,842 are benefiting from the project, whose implementation covers four Municipal and District Assemblies, namely West Mamprusi, ... more
  • 1 week GHS begins use of Zinc, Zithromax for COVID-19 treatment CNR
    The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has admitted to the use of Zinc and Zithromax as a treatment for persons infected with COVID-19. Director-General of the Ghana Health Service said the drug is proving to be one of the most effective medications for managing persons with the virus. He also noted that health authorities are awaiting approval of one more drug which is Hydroxychloroquine. Dr. Kuma-Aboagye made this known during the bi-weekly update on COVID-19 case management organised by the Ministry of Information on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. “Very soon, our results will come out for us to know whether the ... more
  • 1 week Police arrest Kafaba chief days after lynching of 90-year-old woman CNR
    The Savannah Regional Police Command has arrested the Chief of Kafaba, Zackaria Yahaya, over the lynching of 90-year-old Akua Denteh. According to the regional commander, DCOP Enock Adutwum Bediako, the chief was picked up around 10:00 am and sent to the Salaga police station for interrogation. “We are interrogating him to know the side of his story and after that, we will see the outcome,” he told Citi News. “Apart from him no arrests have been made but with the arrest of the chief, I know he will assist police for us to get the other suspects,” DCOP Bediako said. ... more
  • 1 week The interpreters are reliable; A relook at religious practices and indoctrination [Article] CNR
    Yesterday was one of the worst days of my life. As I watched the video footage of an old woman of 90 years being hacked to death. I cried in my spirit and felt the heavy yoke of religious indoctrination and enslavement. Like many of you, I could not wrap my brain around such a despicable act. How on earth, especially in the twenty-first century would an old woman, blessed with longevity that is very rare in our part of the world, be stoned, whipped, and hacked to death because of the perception that she is a witch? In the ... more
  • 1 week Dr. Wale Okediran appointed Secretary-General of PAWA CNR
    The Pan African Writers’ Association (PAWA) has appointed Nigeria’s Dr. Wale Okediran as General Secretary. “The Interim President of PAWA and Chairman of the PAWA Council, Emeritus Professor Femi Osofisan on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, announced the appointment of Dr. Wale Okediran of Nigeria as the Secretary-General of PAWA,” a statement from the Association declared. It added, “Dr. Okediran succeeds Professor Atukwei Okai, the founding Secretary-General of PAWA who passed away on July 13, 2018.” About Dr. Wale Okediran Dr. Okediran holds a BSc (Hons), MB, ChB, from the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University. He served as a ... more
  • 1 week Winners of 1st edition of Samira Bawumia’s literature prize awarded CNR
    The winners of the Samira Bawumia Literature Prize were crowned at the Fitzgerald in Accra on Monday, July 27, 2020. Over a thousand young Ghanaians participated in the competition, with only 30 participants shortlisted for the final three categories, that is, Short fiction, Non- fiction and Poetry. In the Short Fiction category, 20-year-old Anthony Morrison Kwavah came out tops, with Karen Donkor and Joel Afful finishing second and third respectively.     25-year-old Maurice Djojo Adjetey claimed the top prize in the Non-fiction category, with Grace Mensah-Fosu and Lawrence Neequaye claiming the 1st and 2nd runners up spots. ... more
  • 1 week CHRAJ questions slow pace of investigation into lynching of 90-year-old woman CNR
    The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has questioned the slow pace of investigation, being conducted by the police, into the death of Akua Denteh in the Savannah Region. A group of women had been seen in a video lynching the 90-year-old woman after a soothsayer allegedly claimed she was a witch. The Commissioner of CHRAJ, Joseph Whittal in a Citi News interview said the time has come for the state to take action on protecting elderly citizens. “To know that in the same vicinity there is a Police Station and it has taken such a long time ... more
  • 1 week UG’s Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo elected to FILLM committee CNR
    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs of the University of Ghana, Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo has been elected to serve on the Executive Committee of Fédération Internationale des Langues et Littératures Modernes (FILLM). She was unanimously elected to the International Federation for Modern Languages and Literatures committee during a virtual Committee meeting on Sunday 26 July 2020. Prof. Appiah Amfo will serve a three-year tenure; 2020 – 2023 as Assistant Secretary-General. The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu after receiving the news said Prof. Amfo’s election was a confirmation of her international stature. While congratulating ... more
  • 1 week Court dismisses BoG’s application against defunct Capital Bank’s Ato Essien CNR
    The Commercial Division of the Accra High Court has given the greenlight for the founder of the defunct Capital Bank, William Ato Essien, to challenge the revocation of the bank’s operating licence by the Bank of Ghana (BoG). That was after the court dismissed an application by the BoG which was urging the court to set aside a counterclaim by Essien challenging a suit filed against him and 15 other shareholders by the Receivers of Capital Bank over their alleged role in the collapse of the bank. In a ruling, the court, presided over by Justice George Koomson, held that ... more
  • 1 week Transport fares to drop by 10% from August 1 CNR
    Transport fares are set to reduce by 10 percent after operators were allowed to return to normal business. The reduction will take effect from August 1. This announcement is after the transport operators held a meeting with the Transport Ministry. The Vice-chairman of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union Robert Sarbah also noted to Citi News that the decrease was “in view that the social distancing is no longer applicable in the commercial vehicles.” The union was in the meeting which also had representatives from the Progressive Transport Owners’ Association, State Transport Company, Metro Mass and VIP, among others. Transport fares ... more
  • 1 week Eyewitness News, Monday 27th July 2020 CNR
    In this year edition of the Eyewitness News, Umaru Sanda Amadu and Zoe Abu Baidoo come your way with all the big news stories of the day. – There was a story on Government’s further easing of restrictions, the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah clarified some of the President’s new directives. – The protesting staff of La Palm Royal Beach Hotel return to work after meeting with management – Over 11.6 million registered in ongoing mass voters’ registration exercise. – Contempt case against Bernard Mornah adjourned indefinitely. On the point blank segment, there was a live coverage of the NDC’s ... more
  • 1 week Adogla writes: Small businesses soldier on under the weight of the coronavirus CNR
    Small businesses remain some of the hardest hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Restrictions implemented to contain the spread of the disease conspired to reduce the patronage of these enterprises and wilted their income streams. Though we have seen a gradual lifting of these restrictions, it will take time for things to return to pre-pandemic levels. The President on Sunday, July 26, in what he referred to as phase two of easing restrictions, said some drinking spots, eateries and tourist centres could return to full capacity. While this offers some relief for the affected businesses, many others remain unsure of ... more
  • 1 week Citi TV to premiere Keyboard Idol on August 1 CNR
    Citi TV’s much-anticipated reality show, Keyboard Idol, will premiere on Saturday, August 1, 2020, at 7 pm. Keyboard Idol is a reality talent show aimed at unearthing young keyboardists below the age of 15. The show essentially seeks to encourage healthy competition and mental development through arts. It will provide an avenue for young people who are home during the COVID-19 period, to engage themselves and help sharpen their cognitive skills. In the station’s quest to find the ultimate Keyboard Idol in Ghana; over 300 entries were submitted by children who fall in specified the age bracket. The entries were ... more
  • 1 week Prof. Opoku-Agyemang condemns violence during voter registration exercise CNR
    The running mate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has condemned the instances of violence and lawlessness during the voter registration exercise. In an address during her outdooring as running mate, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said the needless violence was unbefitting of Ghana’s democracy. She also noted that the violence was also adding to a process that had been made tricky by the COVID-19 pandemic. “As if this is not bad enough, the level of violence, brute force, blood-letting and sheer breakdown of law and order in an otherwise straightforward act of registering to vote is unbefitting ... more
  • 1 week Former Malaysian PM found guilty in corruption trial CNR
    Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was found guilty Tuesday in a corruption trial over the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB investment fund. “I find the accused guilty and convict the accused of all seven charges,” Judge Mohamad Nazlan Ghazali said, according to the AP, after spending two hours to read out his ruling. Many expect that the ruling will help the prosecution’s case in the ex-PM’s other trials. The 67-year-old former leader has said he will appeal the ruling and has called the case against him political. “From day one, I have said this is the chance for me ... more
  • 1 week COVID-19: SA president’s aide takes leave over fraud claims CNR
    South Africa is engulfed in an escalating corruption scandal connected with alleged irregularities in COVID-19 procurement processes. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson has taken leave of absence after her husband was implicated in the corruption scandal. Khusela Diko has denied any wrongdoing. She has been replaced by Tyrone Seale while investigations are ongoing, a government statement said. Local media report that Ms Diko’s husband was involved in tenders to supply personal protective equipment to the health department of Gauteng province. Civil society groups have said the couple should not have been doing business with the government. The couple said that the ... more
  • 1 week Prof. Opoku-Agyemang outlines vision for youth, gender development CNR
    The running mate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Flagbearer, Professor Jane Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has outlined four thematic areas she believes will spearhead change in youth and gender should the NDC be given the nod in 2020. “In today’s turbulent political and economic climate,” she said the NDC’s plan will be critical for ensuring youth and gender development in Ghana. Prof. Opoku-Agyemang, who was speaking during her outdooring as the running mate of John Mahama, also said these reforms were imperative for sustainable economic growth. She maintained that it was time for Ghanaians to vote the NDC back into ... more
  • 1 week ‘Operation Feed Yourself’: Work progresses on Citi FM and Citi TV farm CNR
    As part of its commitment towards the ‘Operation Feed Yourself’ project, Citi FM and Citi TV have begun work on a 100-acre farmland in the Eastern Region. The initiative, which was launched last year, seeks to encourage people to consider agribusiness as a viable livelihood. Citi FM and Citi TV are known not only for leading conversations of national interest but also taking practical steps to lead by example. The stations have in recent times embarked on several campaigns and initiatives such as the War Against Discipline; Made in Ghana Fair among others. In leading by example with the ‘Operation ... more
  • 1 week Newspaper Headlines: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 CNR
    Newspaper Headlines for Tuesday, July 28, 2020 The post Newspaper Headlines: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 appeared first on Citinewsroom - Comprehensive News in Ghana. ... more
  • 1 week Lynching of 90-year-old woman has disfigured our nation – Akufo-Addo CNR
    President Akufo-Addo has urged police to quickly bring closure to investigations into the lynching of a 90-year-old woman at Kafaba in the Savannah Region. He said the killing has “disfigured the face of our nation.” The elderly woman, Akua Denteh, had been accused of witchcraft by a soothsayer who is wanted by police, alongside two others. “I hope that the quick response of the police will lead to the rapid administration of justice in this unfortunate matter,” President Akufo-Addo said. He also offered some financial support to advocacy efforts in the wake of the killing. “I will make an appropriate ... more
  • 1 week ‘We can’t kill the spirit of Ghanaians’ – Ofori-Atta justifies water, electricity reliefs CNR
    Ghana’s Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has justified the government’s decision to extend water and electricity reliefs and other tax reliefs to Ghanaians despite the country’s revenue shortfalls. In an interview on Citi TV‘s The Point of View program, Mr. Ofori-Atta debunked suggestions that government is patronizing Ghanaians with the reliefs in an attempt to win votes in the 2020 General elections. Mr. Ofori-Atta explained that the government’s decision to go ahead with the electricity reliefs for life-line consumers and water and other tax reliefs was to ease the burden of Ghanaians amid a devastating pandemic. According to him, the Government ... more
  • 1 week EC to conduct voter registration mop-up exercise on needs basis CNR
    The Electoral Commission (EC) says the mop-up exercise for the mass voter registration exercise will only be conducted on a needs basis. The commission’s Chairperson, Jean Mensa, told journalists on Monday that it will not undertake a blanket mop-up exercise. “The mop exercise will be held in selected areas based on information from our offices as to the number of applicants who still have not presented themselves for registration. “Our officers on the field have informed us of the dwindling numbers at some registration sites. Therefore the commission may not undertake a blanket mop-up exercise at all registration centres,” she ... more
  • 1 week Mahama outlines NDC’s key policies ahead of 2020 manifesto launch CNR
    Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama is promising a number of policy initiatives ahead of the party’s manifesto launch in August 2020. Ahead of the polls, the former President is courting the support of the Ghanaian electorate as he announced among other things, free health care services and creation of one million jobs for the teeming unemployed youth. Formally outdooring his running-mate, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang on Monday, Mr. Mahama hinted that more of NDC’s initiatives will be highlighted during the party’s policy dialogue sessions which will “discuss and debate the NDC’s solutions and plans ... more
  • 1 week I’ll introduce ‘Operation Sting’ in next NDC government to deal with corruption – Mahama CNR
    As part of efforts to end the corruption in Ghana, flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama says he will introduce a new action plan to tackle the menace if given the nod in December 2020. “We will as part of an Integrity for Development action plan, launch ‘Operation Sting’,” he announced on Monday, July 27, 2020. John Mahama disclosed this at a ceremony to outdoor his running mate, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, ahead of the 2020 polls. According to the former president, “Operation Sting is an anti-corruption crusade, which under my watch will involve massive, far-reaching ... more
  • 1 week Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang’s full outdooring speech as running mate [Full text] CNR
    The National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, John Mahama, on Monday, July 27, 2020, outdoored his running mate, Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang. The outdooring saw Prof. Opoku-Agyemang make her maiden policy statement after her announcement as running mate. According to John Mahama, the consideration of the former Education Minister goes beyond the fact that she is a woman and focuses on her competence and intellect Here is Prof. Opoku-Agyemang’s full speech: My Boss, H.E. John Dramani Mahama, Leader of the NDC and soon to be reinstated as President of the Republic, Thank you for your kind words. Thank you Chairman Ofosu ... more
  • 1 week Mahama’s speech at outdooring of Naana Opoku-Agyemang [Full text] CNR
    Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramni Mahama on Monday, July 27, 2020, officially outdoored his running mate for the 2020 polls, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang at the University of Professional Studies, Accra. At the event, the former President said the NDC has made the best choice for Ghana in the selection of Prof. Jane Opoku-Agyemang as the party’s running mate going into the 2020 general elections. Ahead of the polls, the former President is courting the support of the Ghanaian electorate as he announced among other things, free health care services and creation of one million jobs ... more
  • 1 week I’ll create one million jobs by end of my term if elected in December – Mahama CNR
    The flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has promised to create over one million jobs for Ghanaians before the end of his tenure should he be voted as President on December 7, 2020. “Our plans include an aggressive job and entrepreneurial programme in the public and private sector; that will deliver a minimum of 250,000 jobs every year. A total of 1,000,000 jobs across the country by the end of my term in office in 2024. We will put Ghanaians to work to earn a decent living,” said Mahama. The NDC flagbearer said this when ... more
  • 1 week Customers of collapsed financial institutions will be paid within one year if I’m elected – Mahama CNR
    Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has promised to pay all persons whose monies have been locked up in following the collapse of some financial institutions in the country. He said the payments will be made within his first year in office should he be elected President in December 2020. While delivering his address during a ceremony to outdoor his running mate for the December elections, Mr. Mahama said his government shall implement a payment plan to pay these customers who have been left aggrieved for over a year now. “I pledge on behalf of the ... more
  • 1 week Choosing Naana Opoku-Agyemang as running mate best for Ghana – Mahama CNR
    Former President John Mahama says the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has made the best choice for Ghana in the selection of Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang as the party’s running mate going into the 2020 general elections. “We have made the best choice for Ghana… We will work for the women of Ghana, we will work for the youth of Ghana, and we will work for the people of Ghana,” he said. According to John Mahama, the consideration of the former Education Minister goes beyond the fact that she is a woman and focuses on her competence and intellect. Speaking at ... more
  • 1 week Akufo-Addo’s first term full of nepotism, corruption and massive job losses – Mahama CNR
    The flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has taken a swipe at President Nana Akufo-Addo and his governing New Patriotic Party. John Mahama says the first term of President Nana Akufo-Addo administration has been full of nepotism, corruption, stagnation, and disenfranchising Ghanaians. Mr. Mahama made these comments at the outdooring ceremony of his running mate Prof. Nana Jane Opoku-Agyemang at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA). “My brothers and sisters, the 2020 election will be a referendum on the four years of Nana Akufo-Addo’s presidency – four years of nepotism, corruption, stagnation, deliberate abandoning of ... more
  • 1 week John & Jane the safest pair of hands for Ghana’s future – Ofosu Ampofo CNR
    The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is hopeful that its choice of running mate for the 2020 election makes it easier for it to recapture power from the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the upcoming December 7 polls. At the official outdooring of Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as running mate for the party’s flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, Chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo indicated the NDC’s strategy of gender inclusiveness will help boost its fortunes in the elections. Ofosu Ampofo who listed the many women appointees under the NDC’s reign said the John and Jane pair is the ... more
  • 1 week Churches are disciplined, they will adhere to new protocols – Christian Council CNR
    The Christian Council of Ghana has welcomed the further easing of restrictions on religious gatherings. The Chairperson of the Council, Most Rev. Dr. Paul Boafo, told Citi News his outfit will ensure churches abide by the COVID-19 preventive etiquettes. “The churches are first of all disciplined institutions and that is why we believe the leaders will make sure their members adhere to it.” Churches and mosques were given a 100 congregation cap and a time limit of one-hour for services after the initial ban on gatherings was eased. The cap on the number of people permitted to attend services in ... more
  • 1 week Citi Breakfast Show, Monday 27th July 2020 CNR
    In this edition of the #CitiCBS, Bernard Avle, Nathan Quao, Godfred Akoto Boafo, Kojo Akoto Boateng and Kokui Selormey discuss President Nana Akufo-Addo’s 14th national address on the country’s COVID-19 fight. On the further easing of COVID-19 restrictions by the President, Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah was interviewed. On the show, there was also a conversation on the lynching to death of a 90-year old woman in the Savannah Region. Citi97.3 · Citi Breakfast Show, Monday 27th July 2020   The post Citi Breakfast Show, Monday 27th July 2020 appeared first on Citinewsroom - Comprehensive News in Ghana. ... more
  • 1 week Asiedu Nketia preaches unity for NDC’s victory in 2020 elections CNR
    The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia is urging members of the party to unite and rally behind the leadership of the party to ensure their victory in the 2020 polls. According to him, the NDC will only be able to secure victory if they close their ranks and forge forward in unity. Delivering an address at the official ceremony to outdoor the party’s running mate, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Asiedu Nketia said all members of the party must commit themselves to work hard towards the party’s ... more
  • 1 week Voter registration: We won’t tolerate intimidation from opponents – Sammi Awuku CNR
    The New Patriotic Party (NPP) says it will resist any attempt from anyone who tries to intimidate its agents at registration centres across the country. The party said its agents are being harassed and intimidated in parts of the country especially the Volta Region in the ongoing voter registration exercise. Speaking to Citi News after touring some registration centres in the Volta Region, the National Organizer of the NPP, Sammi Awuku stated that the party will not accept such conduct. “We’ll like to make it clear that as a party, we will not countenance any form of intimidation on our ... more
  • 1 week Protesting staff of La Palm Royal Beach Hotel return to work after meeting with management CNR
    The disgruntled staff of the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra have agreed to resume work following promises by the management of the hotel to resolve all their issues beginning with salary arrears. This was the outcome of an about a two-hour-long meeting between executives of the Industrial Workers Union (ICU), members of the local union of the hotel and a representative from the management board of the hotel. Earlier today [Monday], staff of the Beach Hotel numbering about 100 held a protest over unfavourable working conditions and outstanding salary arrears from 2019. Addressing the staff after the meeting, ... more
  • 1 week Court annuls election of Prof. Ofori-Birikorang as UEW Pro-Vice Chancellor CNR
    The Winneba High Court has annulled the election of Professor Andrews Ofori-Birikorang as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW). The court, presided over by Justice Aboagye Tanoh ruled that Professor Anthony Afful-Broni did not have the right to nominate the three individuals who were selected to contest in the election. Prof. Ofori-Birikorang was elected in November 2019 after the court threw out a suit filed by the local UTAG President, Dr. Frimpong Kaakyire Duku challenging the polls. Justice Aboagye Tanoh in the new judgment ruled that the election is null and void and must, therefore, be organized again. Dr. ... more
  • 1 week Workers of La Palm Royal Beach Hotel demonstrate over salary arrears CNR
    Staff of the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel have held a protest over what they say are unfavourable working conditions and their outstanding salary arrears from 2019. One of them, a lady, told Citi News that, “I’ve been cheated and the hotel owes me. The hotel hasn’t paid me. We are working. Some of us have kids at home. It’s really frustrating. We are being cheated on. My GLICO insurance has been deducted. Where is the money?” One gentleman said, “If you are a prudent manager, your employees cannot go eight months backpay salary without being paid. In this pandemic, ... more
  • 1 week Accra-East Rotary club donates face masks to fight COVID-19 CNR
    The Rotary Club of Accra-East, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of McCarthy Hill (under formation), on Saturday, 23 July 2020, was at the Tabora Santana community to make a donation. The personal protective items included 300 re-useable face masks, 150 bottles of hand sanitizers, 100 strips of vitamin C, and educational flyers on COVID-19. The President of the Rotary Club of Accra East, Mumuni Haruna, who handed the items over to the community expressed the delight of the Clubs to contribute their quota to the fight against the deadly virus. Rotarian President Mumuni sensitised the community about the ... more
  • 1 week DKM customers slam government for ignoring them in mid-year budget review CNR
    A group calling itself the Coalition of Affected DKM Customers based in the Bono East Region has slammed government for not making provision for them in the mid-year budget review with regards to their locked-up money. Leaders of the Coalition of Affected DKM Customers addressing a presser at Nkoransa on Monday, July 27, 2020, noted that they have been promised several times that their monies would be paid them but such assurance is yet to materialize. According to the group, they have made several appeals to the appropriate authorities, but they are not getting any favourable feedback. They noted that ... more
  • 1 week First Lady commiserates with family of elderly woman killed at Kafaba CNR
    The First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has sent a delegation to commiserate with and present some items to the family of Madam Akua Denteh, an elderly woman who was tragically lynched at Kafaba in the Savannah Region of Ghana. “The lynching of 90-year-old Madam Akua Denteh is simply abhorrent. It is tragic that in this day and age, Ghanaians especially women continue to suffer such barbaric and human rights violations that undermine our quest for gender equality,” the First Lady lamented. The First Lady expressed her appreciation for the many statements of condemnation, saying “I am encouraged by the various statements ... more
  • 1 week SA congregant shoots dead armed robbers in church CNR
    Police in South Africa is investigating the killing of two alleged armed robbers at a church in Centurion municipality in Gauteng Province, local media report. The reports say three armed men stormed Querentia Ministry Church in Wierda Park on Sunday and started robbing the worshippers. A congregant identified as Pieter van der Westhuizen, who is a licensed gun carrier, managed to kill two of the men while another escaped. Mr Der Westhuizen is the brother of the late Springbok scrumhalf Joost van der Westhuizen, News24 reports. “A statement was obtained from the congregant who allegedly shot the suspects and this ... more
  • 1 week COVID-19: ‘A long hard road ahead of us’ – WHO CNR
    The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, says he will reconvene the agency’s emergency committee this week to assess the pandemic. The WHO first declared the spread of the virus to be an international health emergency in January, and there is no possibility that that status will be changed at this point. Dr Tedros said that although the world had made a huge effort, there was “a long hard road ahead of us”. Asked about border closures and travel restrictions, the WHO’s Dr Mike Ryan said they were not sustainable in the long term, and ... more
  • 1 week Voter registration: EC demands arrest of persons who charge fees as guarantors CNR
    The Electoral Commission has urged persons who are charging fees as guarantors in the procurement of voter registration cards to desist from such practice. The activities of such persons according to the Commission are illegal and must not be tolerated. Speaking at its Let the Citizen Know forum on Monday, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa, said eligible persons who do not have the requisite proof of identity have other options open to them. “The guarantor system has been been in our laws to ensure that, eligible citizens who do not have a form of documentation are not left ... more
  • 1 week Pet cat first animal to test positive for Covid-19 in the UK CNR
    A pet cat has become the first animal to test positive for COVID-19 in the UK, the UK’s chief veterinary officer has said. Despite the result, the government said there is no evidence to suggest that the animal was involved in the transmission of the disease to its owners or that pets or other domestic animals are able to transmit the virus to people. The test was confirmed on Wednesday at a laboratory in Weybridge. Public Health England’s advice is for people to wash their hands before and after contact with animals. Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss said: “This is ... more
  • 1 week US coronavirus vaccine enters next stage of testing CNR
    Biotech company Moderna says it is beginning a phase three trial of its coronavirus vaccine candidate, after successful earlier safety trials. In this next phase of testing, around 30,000 healthy volunteers will get two doses of the jab, 28 days apart, to see if it can protect against the pandemic virus. The vaccine is called mRNA-1273 and it contains a small section of genetic code from coronavirus. It will not cause the disease itself but should hopefully train the body’s immune system to recognise and fight off coronavirus infection. Half of the volunteers will be given the real vaccine, while ... more
  • 1 week Citi staff dazzle with amazing talents on ‘Upside Down’ show CNR
    Ghana’s fastest-growing TV channel Citi TV, on Sunday 27, 2020 treated viewers to a great variety of entertainment on the Upside Down show. There was an amazing time of music with performances by the Citi Band and old school moment with the guest Disc Jockey, DJ Mensman [Samuel Attah-Mensah], Chief Executive Officer of Citi FM/Citi TV. The lifestyle variety show once again trended at number one Twitter as it dished out a new flavour of entertainment coupled with electrifying live band performances. The atmosphere was lit with refreshing live band performances from known faces on radio, TV and production. While ... more
  • 1 week TC’s Energy, Power China sign agreement to revive Ada Foah wave energy project CNR
    TC’s Energy USA and its partners, Power China Huadong Engineering Corporation Ltd and Seabased of Sweden, have signed a major agreement to finance and revive the Ada Foah Energy Project, which stalled for years. TC’s Energy Ghana, a wholly Ghanaian owned company is the local counterpart to the project. The project seeks to establish a wave energy park in the Gulf of Guinea in Ghana, about 17 km off the coast of Ada to generate 1,000 megawatts (MW/H) of power from sea waves, employing an environmentally friendly technology – the ‘SEABASED’ Wave Energy Converters (WEC). TC’s Energy has applied to ... more
  • 1 week W/R: Hundreds of ‘galamseyers’ resist attempts to stop their operation on GREL concession CNR
    Hundreds of angry miners have vowed not to leave the concession of the Ghana Rubber Estate Limited (GREL) near Adiewoso in the Western Region. The miners openly resisted moves by uniformed personnel in the Operation Vanguard team to forcefully eject them from the concession. According to them, they are operating legal community mines and will not leave the site, swearing not to end their operations there since that is their only source of livelihood. Superintendent Douglas Kumi, the officer commanding for Operation Vanguard in the Western Region said their intention was to invite the leadership of the miners to ... more
  • 1 week Akufo-Addo begins three-day tour of Northern, North East and Savanna Regions CNR
    The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will from Monday, July 27, 2020, begin a three-day tour of the Northern, North East and Savanna regions of the country. He is expected on this tour to commission projects, break ground for new projects to begin and visit the revered palaces of traditional authorities. As such, President Akufo-Addo will pay a courtesy call on the Kusawguwura and proceed to commission the Yapei Water Project in the Yapei Kusawgu constituency on Monday, July 27 to mark day one of the tour in the Savanna Region. Day two will also find the President in the ... more
  • 1 week Kwamena Ahwoi recounts moment that led to falling-out with Rawlings CNR
    Professor Kwamena Ahwoi, a National Democratic Congress (NDC) stalwart, has been recounting some key points of his fraught relationship with former President Jerry Rawlings ahead of the launch of his new book, “Working with Rawlings.” In his book, he confirms that Mr. Rawlings, ahead of the 2008 elections, did try to get him to undermine Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, who had been the NDC’s flagbearer on three occasions after the end of the Rawlings administration. Mr. Rawlings was also a fierce critic of Prof. Mills and his administration when he became President. “It was one of the low points ... more
  • 1 week GHS50m allocation to Creative Arts industry refreshing – Musician Mijay CNR
    Fast-rising afro-dancehall musician, Mijay is elated as government has announced it will allocate GHS50 million to cushion the creative arts industry amid the coronavirus pandemic. She describes the development as refreshing since government seems to have finally answered the persistent calls by creatives for some support since the pandemic started. She said “it’s refreshing to note that government is thinking about us. Personally, I just released my song ‘Sweet Vybez’ and without events, I can’t promote it and ultimately get paid for performances. All I have is online revenue.” “I applaud government for the initiative. It gives the younger ones ... more
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