Dismiss Mahama's unfounded election petition
On Mr. Mahama's concerns with Techiman South, President Akufo-Addo reminded that the Techiman South results were already available before the National Democratic Flagbearer launched his election petition. The President again reiterated prior concerns that Mr. Mahama's case is not an election petition but a suit challenging the declaration rather than the validity of the election itself. Mr. Mahama is currently seeking to halt the election petition until the Supreme Court reviews it's ruling on his interrogatories to the EC. The apex court in dismissing the interrogatories application said Mr. Mahama's legal team failed to convince the court on the relevance of the questions.
Nana Addo's ministerial appointments laudable
Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin has downplayed criticisms against the President's nominees for ministerial appointments in his second term. Mr. Afenyo-Markin said the government should be commended for downsizing the size of the government. "I think the government ought to be commended for listening. Let us rather applaud the government for being bold to reduce the size of Ministries. That to me is laudable and ought to be applauded."
#GPLwk10: Legon Cities thrash Ashantigold in seven-goal thriller – Citi Sports Online
Legon Cities recorded their second win of the 2020/2021 Ghana Premier League season with a thumping 5-2 victory over AshantiGold. The miners in the 7th minute went ahead through Yaw Annor but Nasiru Moro equalized for Legon Cities in the 11th minute. Baba Mahama put Legon Cities in the lead for the first time in the game just four minutes after the break before David Cudjoe extended their lead with two goals in the 55th and 62nd minute.
#Donkomi: Fikayo Tomori completes loan move to AC Milan – Citi Sports Online
Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has sealed his loan move to AC Milan until the end of the season. "We'll see if or when he goes on loan but the moment I got close to Fikayo was when I took him to Derby with me and he was player of the year there and one of the best players in the Championship that year in my opinion." "In my head there is an absolute long-term plan for Fikayo about his career here. If it is to go and play games [on loan] it will be to absolutely enhance his personal development and hopefully help whatever team he goes to, because that will go hand in hand, and he will come back to us a better player."
COVID-19: Netherlands introduces new restrictions for Ghanaian travellers
The Embassy of Netherlands has introduced some new travel restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and its new variants. The restrictions include flight bans for countries where there is "a very high prevalence of COVID-19 or a risk of new variants" according to a statement from the Embassy. These new travel restrictions will take effect at midnight on 23 January 2021.
Nana Addo's ministerial nominees recycled
The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, has described the President's nominees for ministerial appointments in his second term as recycled. "It only reminds us in the Minority group that for President Nana Addo Dankwa, if he was to set up a 1D1F in recycling, he would be a very good entrepreneur in that enterprise," Mr. Iddrisu joked to the press on Thursday. The Speaker of Parliament has since referred President Akufo-Addo's list of ministerial nominations to the Appointments Committee.
ECOWAS adopts policy for more robust monitoring and evaluation in Member States
Ministers in charge of Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation Experts of Econimic Community of West African States countries have recommended a draft policy document for more robust monitoring and evaluation of the impact of projects and programmes implemented in Member States. The draft policy document with the title ECOWAS Monitoring and Evaluation Policy, has been recommended by the ECOWAS Council of Ministers for approval by the ECOWAS Heads of Government. The ECOWAS Ministerial Meeting on Monitoring and Evaluation Policy was held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, and the draft Policy document was adopted by the ECOWAS Council of Ministers on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.
Accra: Two injured after building collapse at Adabraka
Two persons have been rushed to the Greater Accra Regional hospital after a portion of a one-storey building they were working on within the Rev. Ernest Bruce Memorial Church premises at Adabraka caved in. Work on the building has come to a halt as the project site has been cordoned off. "We were told the building just collapsed on the workers that were working at the place," ADO 1 Akpaloo said.
Sekondi Hasaacas FC seals kit sponsorship deal with Umbro – Citi Sports Online
Sekondi Hasaacas FC has announced global kits manufacturers, Umbro as its kits partner through South African-based consulting Company, FC Cape Town Consulting Limited. This partnership deal has been structured to cover all three teams of Sekondi Hasaacas FC brand; the first team, Sekondi Hasaacas FC which currently is competing in the Division One League, the Juvenile Side, Marlavands which is also in the Second Division and finally, the women's team, Hasaacas Ladies which competes in the elites National Women's League. This unprecedented deal breaker with Umbro strengthens the Sekondi Hasaacas FC brand as the biggest football brand in the Western Region and on the national scale as the only Club housing three teams competing at various levels on Ghana's football pyramid.
COVID-19: UHAS offers walk-in COVID-19 testing procedures
The UHAS COVID-19 Testing centre is offering COVID-19 testing for members of the general public for immigration purposes. The samples are "Collected either in the UHAS COVID-19 Testing Centre or the Laboratory of the Ho Teaching Hospital. A person requiring testing services must turn up in person for sampling. No sample taken outside these areas are accepted", it reiterated. Find the full release below Walk-in COVID-19 Testing Procedures at UHAS. The UHAS COVID-19 Testing centre offers COVID-19 testing for members of the general public for immigration purposes.
Why is Ronaldo more valuable than the richest man in the world Elon Musk? – Citi Sports Online
Despite accounting standards prohibiting the recognition of employees as assets, surprisingly football clubs are allowed to recognise their players who are employees of the club as assets because of the registration rights which give clubs control over these players. The introduction of IFRS 16 makes the reasons why accountants have kept employee value off the balance sheet even more untenable. As IAS 41 provides guidance for initial recognition, measurement and disclosure of biological assets, I think it is about time a standard is developed to help account for employees like Elon Musk on their employer's balance sheet.
Akufo-Addo's ministerial nominees referred to Parliament's Appointments Committee
The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has referred President Akufo-Addo's list of ministerial nominations to the Appointments Committee. He made the announcement after reading before Parliament a letter received from President Akufo-Addo for consideration and approval of his nominees. The president, Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday, January 21, 2021, published a list of some 46 persons he has nominated to fill various ministerial portfolios including regional ministers.
KNUST senior staff join strike to demand better conditions of service
The Senior Staff Association of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has joined other members across the country to embark on an indefinite strike. President of the KNUST chapter of the Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana, George Ansong in a Citi News interview drummed home the concerns of the Association. The Senior Staff Association has in the past complained of unfavourable policies that are responsible for the deteriorating conditions of its members.
Great Olympics are title contenders – Yaw Preko – Citi Sports Online
Head Coach of Accra Great Olympics, Yaw Preko has tipped his side as possible league winners if they can find consistency. Olympics currently sit in 6th position on the league log, just one point from fifth place Hearts of Oak and three points behind leaders Karela United. Great Olympics will host current league leaders Karela United at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.
Mixed reactions meet Akufo-Addo's ministerial nominees
There have been mixed reactions to some of Nana Akufo-Addo's ministerial nominees, especially in the home regions of nominees. A cross-section of the public in the Upper West Region have expressed mixed reactions to the retention of Dr. Bin Salih as their Regional Minister. "We have an opportunity to open up development in the Savananay Region once we have the son of the Savana Region being nominated as the Lands and Natural Resources Minister and a son being nominated as the Savannah Regional Minister," a Damongo resident said.
Block revenue leakages instead of imposing new taxes – COPEC advises government – Citi Business News
The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers, COPEC is asking the government to focus on sealing revenue leakages in the energy sector rather than impose more taxes. "Don't let us get to another cycle of finance ministers going to Parliament to say government needs revenue, so we are going to pass new taxes, whereas revenue in billions of dollars, per the report you see in my hand which we are yet to be discussed, is being lost to the state on a day to day basis. We will commend Professor Stephen Addai and the board of Ghana Revenue Authority for this diligent job but as to whatever becomes of us collecting whatever we deserve from the foreign oil companies, we should activate them to collect those monies so that the state is not found in need of revenues the trotro driver will not have to come and pay for". The then Finance Minister argued that the introduction of the tax was necessary to shore up government revenue as crude oil prices had tumbled below US$30 per barrel at the time as against government projected price per barrel.
Ghanaians laud Adutwum's elevation as Education Minister-designate
Some Ghanaians have taken to social media to hail the nomination of Dr.Yaw Osei Adutwum as Education Minister-designate in Nana Akufo-Addo's second term. Dr. Adutwum, a lawmaker was a former Deputy Education Minister in Akufo-Addo's first term. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum as Education Minister, very much deserved.
EPA, Zeal collaborate to operationalize Petroleum Laboratory – Citi Business News
The Environmental Protection Agency is to collaborate with Zeal Environmental Technologies to help efficiently operationalize EPA's established Laboratory in Takoradi to serve the petroleum industry. "I'm quite impressed to be here having seen at first hand. I have read a bit about Zeal but having come down myself and then witnessing what is being done, I'm very much impressed. All is not lost on Ghana's quest to have a resilient well-protected environment. We have shared some ideas and identified some gray areas where Zeal is already on top of issues. We have asked for collaborations with EPA office in Takoradi and the headquarters. So going forward we have arranged for a more technical meeting that we will operationalize all that we have and will agree on. First on the agenda will be the Laboratory setup of EPA that was set-up for the Hydrocarbons/petrochemicals." "Zeal has expressed the interest to collaborate with EPA to help operationalize it and make good use of it. I think it is a good step because it is underutilized and Zeal has identified ways to help us make the Laboratory work efficiently. To add to it, Laboratory work is so key and at the centre of waste management issues particularly such a highly technical area of oil waste," he added.
Make use of more renewable energy sources – IES urges government – Citi Business News
The government pushed for the passage of the Bui Power Authority Bill last year to empower the Bui Power Authority to develop renewable energy and other clean energy alternatives in the country as part of its commitment towards achieving the set goal. "About 1.7 million households are in lakeside areas, islands, and it's difficult for the government to be able to reach them and put them on the national grid. So we think that if the government wants to consider cost and economic benefits of doing this, then it would be best for us as a nation to consider and push forward the renewable energy agenda and ensure that for those areas, renewable energy would be the sources of energy for them," he outlined. "Because of the need for renewable energy sources in those areas, there would therefore be the need for government to revise its decision on the issuance of licenses for the new power purchase agreement. They should be able to revise this decision and accept companies and institutions in the industry to bid for such projects in the country and ensure that the lacking areas have access to renewable energy."
Kawa Moka strives to transform Ghana's coffee industry – Citi Business News
Emi-beth is determined to change this with Kawa Moka, a filtered coffee brand that brings customers all-natural, non-processed coffee and also improves the livelihood of farmers. "Our objective is to add value to our local treasures. We do this by sourcing our coffee from Leklebi in the South Afadjato District of the Volta Region of Ghana. Since the 1930s, the people of Leklebi have grown a Robusta Variety of Coffee. We work primarily with women farmers to process it, roast and package the coffee locally. Through our work, the farmers are encouraged to continue growing coffee as they now have access to market." Kawa Moka is not only interested in supplying their customers the best coffee but also helping them enjoy the coffee experience by taking them on tours where they get to appreciate the coffee journey from the farm to their cups.