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Nana Addo urges Volta Region voters to back him in 2020 polls
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Nana Addo urges Volta Region voters to back him in 2020 polls


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President Akufo-Addo has asked the people of the Volta Region to vote massively for him and the New Patriotic Party in the December polls to consolidate the gains made so far.
President Akufo-Addo is currently on a three-day working visit to the Volta and Oti Regions which ends today, Thursday, October 22, 2020.
President Akufo-Addo will then attend a meeting with the Oti Regional House of Chiefs at Dambai, cut sod for the NYA Youth Resource Centre there, and end the three-day work visit in the two regions with a sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of the Zoomlion Waste Recycling and Compost Plant at Yariga No.1 also in the Krachi East constituency of the Oti Region.


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“I won't watch again”: How Ghanaians reacted to Kudus Mohammed's injury on UCL debut – Citi Sports Online
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“I won't watch again”: How Ghanaians reacted to Kudus Mohammed's injury on UCL debut – Citi Sports Online


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Kudus Mohammed made his much anticipated UEFA Champions League debut on Wednesday night as his team, Ajax Amsterdam hosted 6-time European Champions Liverpool.
Kudus debut in the Uefa champions league cut short by injury.
Ajax say a scan and diagnosis will be conducted to determine the severity of the injury to Kudus who had just returned from an injury lay-off that forced him to miss Ghana's two friendly games against Mali and Qatar early this month.


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#Donkomi: Cape Town City sign Prince Opoku Agyemang from Medeama [VIDEO] – Citi Sports Online
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#Donkomi: Cape Town City sign Prince Opoku Agyemang from Medeama [VIDEO] – Citi Sports Online


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Opoku Agyemang joins on an initial one-year loan deal with an option for a further three that could keep up him at the club until 2024.
Cape Town City is delighted to announce the acquisition of Ghanaian international striker Prince Opoku Agyemang.
City and Medeama SC have reached a transfer agreement for an initial 1-year deal with the option to extend to June 2024.#iamCityFC pic.


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Four things Chelsea fans say Frank Lampard must STOP doing or risk getting sacked – Citi Sports Online
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Four things Chelsea fans say Frank Lampard must STOP doing or risk getting sacked – Citi Sports Online


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With Chelsea set to face Man United in a huge match on Saturday, most fans are apprehensive, particularly after United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer finished last season with a superior record against Lampard.
One thing Chelsea fans have pointed to as a major reason for this is the fact that Lampard started Pulisic on the right wing for both those games.
'Super Frankie' Lampard might be a legend at Chelsea but even his legendary status might not save him from the wrath of Chelsea fans if he can't get his side to start picking up consistently positive results soon.


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We'll uphold high standards to have only the best firms listed – GSE – Citi Business News
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We'll uphold high standards to have only the best firms listed – GSE – Citi Business News


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The Ghana Stock Exchange, GSE, says it is committed to upholding the highest of standards to ensure that only the best performing companies stay on the local bourse.
Commenting on the recent delisting's in an interview Citi Businesses News, the Deputy Managing Director of the Ghana Stock Exchange, Abena Amoah, explained that the bourse was focused primarily on protecting the interest of investors, but has also prioritized the development of an enabling environment for listed businesses to thrive and for delisted companies to return after they have put their houses in order.
On the decline in the Ghana Stock Exchange Composite index which reflects the average performance of shares of listed companies, Madame Abena Amoah called on local and international investors to develop a long-term view when it comes to investing in companies on the Ghana Stock Exchange in order to reap the inherent benefits.


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Former PDS contractors owed over GHS1.6m cry out to Government for payment
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Former PDS contractors owed over GHS1.6m cry out to Government for payment


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Some contractors who were engaged by the former managers of defunct Power Distribution Services are calling on the government to facilitate payment for work they have executed since 2019.
"We petitioned the PDS lawyers, the Senior Minister, the President and we haven't heard from them. The government should come and help us to get our money. We voted for this government and up till now we have not seen any improvement in our standard of living apart from suffering. So, if this will be the way to go then I think at this year's election we will make up our mind as to who to vote for. We are pleading with the President, if he indeed is a listening president, we want him to come to our aid and help us get this money."
A lady who was part of the group said, "My money which I used, it is the same money I use to take care of my children. Even though there is no school now, that is the money I'm using to feed us and all. But now, I can't do anything. I'm even selling iced water because of the delay in payment of the money. I even went for a loan but it's been about a year now so even if I get the money now, I wouldn't even get anything out of it."


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2021 Tokyo Olympics: GOC boss blames lack of finances for late qualification of athletes – Citi Sports Online
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2021 Tokyo Olympics: GOC boss blames lack of finances for late qualification of athletes – Citi Sports Online


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President of the Ghana Olympics Committee, Ben Nunoo Mensah says qualification of athletes would not have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic if they were financially adequately funded.
Only four Ghanaian athletes have qualified for the postponed 2020 Games to be hosted by Tokyo in Japan next summer.
Ghana currently has four athletes who have qualified for the Tokyo Games which has been rescheduled for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic: Nadia Eke - Triple Jump, Joseph Paul Amoah - Sprinter, Samuel Takyie - Boxer, Sulemana Tetteh - Boxer while Daniel Kankam has also qualified for the Paralympics.


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My second term will focus on skills training and jobs
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My second term will focus on skills training and jobs


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The flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama says his next government will focus on initiatives that will create and provide jobs, and also introduce free Technical and Vocational Training.
According to the former President, the NDC will continue to provide the needed infrastructural and developmental projects that it is noted for, but his main focus will be on skills training and providing jobs.
Speaking at Bonyere in the Jomoro constituency of the Western Region, Mr. Mahama said the NDC's one million jobs plan and free TVET and National Apprenticeship Programme are important because the failure to create jobs for the teeming youth could prove disastrous for the nation.


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Free SHS would've been non-existent if NDC had stayed in power
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Free SHS would've been non-existent if NDC had stayed in power


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Addressing a durbar at Kwame Danso in the Sene West constituency on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, the Vice President stated that the NDC has no capacity to deliver the NPP's Free SHS programme as they were unable to pay allowances of teacher trainees and Arabic instructors during its tenure.
"President Akufo-Addo's promise to make Senior High School Education in Ghana free was met with a lot of scepticism from the National Democratic Congress. In 2016, the NDC said we couldn't deliver the Free Senior High School Programme. They said we couldn't do it."
"The NDC were unable to pay Arabic Instructor's allowances and teacher trainee's allowances which were GHS70 million. If they couldn't pay for those, how then could they have paid for the Free SHS which cost GHS2.2 billion? If the NDC were still in power, we wouldn't have the free SHS programme," Dr. Bawumia said.


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Dannex Ayrton Starwin PLC partners mPharma to produce quality medicines locally – Citi Business News
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Dannex Ayrton Starwin PLC partners mPharma to produce quality medicines locally – Citi Business News


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Dannex Ayrton Starwin PLC also known as DAS PLC, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with mPharma Pharmaceutical Ltd. to increase access to quality and low-cost medicines for Ghanaians.
Under the MOU, the two companies will explore a potential business collaboration focused on contract manufacturing of branded molecules by DAS PLC for mPharma, manufacturing cooperation to deliver high-quality medicines, as well as strategic arrangements to enable mPharma Limited distribute DAS PLC products across all mPharma network facilities.
Speaking to Citi Business News, Chief Executive Officer of Dannex Ayrton Starwin PLC, Daniel Kissi, said the new agreement is an important step in the company's drive towards universal health coverage.


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VIDEO: How Kudus Mohammed's Champions League debut ended in injury – Citi Sports Online
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VIDEO: How Kudus Mohammed's Champions League debut ended in injury – Citi Sports Online


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Ghana's Kudus Mohammed suffered a knee injury after just 6 minutes into his UEFA Champions League debut for Dutch side, Ajax, in Wednesday's Group D opener.
Ajax say a scan and diagnosis will be conducted to determine the severity of the injury to Kudus who had just returned from an injury lay-off that forced him to miss Ghana's two friendly games against Mali and Qatar early this month.
The Ajax Manager, Erik Ten Hag said of Kudus' injury: "Kudus' injury was disappointing but we easily found a replacement. You saw that when Promes came on and the system stayed the same. I can't give you any details on Kudus situation because it's just after the game. We have to wait for the exact diagnosis."


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Audit Service's probe of Auditor-General's foreign travels unconstitutional -Dafeamekpor
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Audit Service's probe of Auditor-General's foreign travels unconstitutional -Dafeamekpor


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A member of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, and Judiciary Committees of Parliament, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor insists the Board of Directors of the Audit Service cannot order an audit into foreign travels of the Auditor-General.
"We are waking up to the perpetration of another illegality in the matter of a probe. And that is the supposed audit of foreign travels of Auditor-General, Mr. Daniel Yaw Domelevo by the Audit Service Board. The Audit Service Board had gone further to appoint a private firm, K&A Accounting Services, to undertake the said audit which if allowed to proceed, would amount to illegality and an attempt to usurp the powers of Parliament."
The Audit Service Board has contracted a private audit firm to probe foreign travels and other accounts of the Auditor-General and the Deputy Auditors-General.


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Seven remanded over Mfantseman MP's killing
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Seven remanded over Mfantseman MP's killing


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The Accra Circuit Court 10 on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, remanded seven suspects, in the killing of the Member of Parliament for Mfantseman, Ekow Quansah Hayford, into police custody.
The seven who have been charged with conspiracy to commit crime, namely, robbery, are; Alhassan Abubakar a.k.a. Abu Fulani, Naziru Fudailu a.k.a. SP, and Alhassan Mahama Yahaya a.k.a Mystical Cloud.
The robbers were said to have demanded upon stopping the campaign vehicle that the late MP identified himself.


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Next NDC government will construct Atuabo Freeport
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Next NDC government will construct Atuabo Freeport


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"Unfortunately our brothers from the NPP sent the Lonrho Atuabo Freeport agreement to court in opposition to the project and dragged it for the project to delay till we also left government. We would have created several jobs for our youth here if the Freeport project was allowed to take place. However, I have the belief that the project will come on as long as we win power," he added.
The Chief of Nkroful, Nana Kwesi Kutuah while welcoming the NDC flagbearer's campaign to Nkroful appealed to John Mahama to make the abandoned Atuabo Freeport a reality.
"As much as I call for a peaceful election, I also on behalf of the people of Nkroful appeal to former President Mahama that the Atuabo Freeport is a crucial expectation of the people of Nzema. We pray that if you win the election you make the Atuabo Freeport a reality for us."


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HFFG distributes sanitary pads to Girls in Ashanti Region
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HFFG distributes sanitary pads to Girls in Ashanti Region


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Over 100 adolescent girls from the Kwadaso Anglican and the Kwadaso Ohwimase M/A Basic A and B Junior High Schools in the Ashanti Region have benefited from sanitary pads distribution and menstrual hygiene sensitization initiative by Hope For Future Generations, women, children, and youth-focused community based national non-governmental organization.
Speaking at the presentation of the pads at a brief ceremony in Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional Project Coordinator for HFFG, Mrs. Ira Heathcote - Fumador, said the "Pads For Girls Everywhere" initiative under HFFG's 20th Anniversary celebrations seeks to break the negative social norms around menstruation and promote good menstrual hygiene management among girls.
"Menstruation is a natural or biological occurrence that happens to girls when they reach puberty. It is supposed to be a blessing as it initiates a girl into the reproductive stage, but due to some negative cultural and economic factors associated with menstruation, girls and young women do not enjoy their reproductive health rights and sometimes even their rights to education. It is against this background that HFFG is committed to assisting and empowering the girl child to manage menstruation with dignity," she said.


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N/R: We've performed better; retain Akufo-Addo in 2020 polls
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N/R: We've performed better; retain Akufo-Addo in 2020 polls


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The National Organiser of the governing New Patriotic Party, Sammy Awuku has appealed to residents and constituents of the Mion and Tamale Central constituencies in the Northern Region to give President Nana Akufo-Addo four more years to move Ghana's developmental agenda forward.
Together with the party's parliamentary candidate for Mion, Musah Abdul Azziz Ayaba, CEO of the National Buffer Stock Company, Alhaji Abdul Hannan, Regional Secretary, Alhaji Sibidow, Regional Organiser Alhaji Rasheed C.O.P Salifu and Abdul Gana the Regional Youth Organiser, they took turns to engage several communities, chiefs and opinion leaders in the Mion constituency on several developmental projects and interventions embarked upon by the Akufo-Addo government.
At Mion Lana's palace, he appealed to the chiefs and elders to also support the NPP candidate for the constituency in the upcoming general elections.


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E/R: Atiwa East MP targets 85% votes in parliamentary polls
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E/R: Atiwa East MP targets 85% votes in parliamentary polls


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The Member of Parliament for the Atiwa East constituency, Abena Osei-Asare, has targeted to win at least 85% of valid votes in this year's general elections.
According to the MP, described by many as smart, hardworking, and an excellent public servant, she is convinced that the voter turnout in the constituency this year will hit 90% and that the NPP will win at least 85% of the valid votes because of the performance of the government.
On her part, the National Women's Organizer encouraged the people of Atiwa East to go out in their numbers to retain Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the NPP government.


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Mahama promises to retrieve Menzgold customers' money from NAM1 if elected
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Mahama promises to retrieve Menzgold customers' money from NAM1 if elected


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"The man who took the money is there unbothered. When the Menzgold customers say they are going to demonstrate, police are sent to stop them," Mahama said on his campaign tour in the Tarkwa Nsuaem constituency on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.
"God willing the NDC government will come and when it comes, we will look into the Menzgold issues. Those who took your money, we will chase them, retrieve the money and share it to you," he said.
Mr. Mahama was well-received by some Menzgold customers in Tarkwa on Tuesday.


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Marricke Gane requests for official notice of disqualification from EC
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Marricke Gane requests for official notice of disqualification from EC


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Disqualified independent candidate, Marricke Gane and his team have pitched at the Electoral Commission's office to follow up on their request for an official communication on their disqualification.
According to Marricke Gane's running mate, Dr. Kenneth Ofosu-Barko, there has not been any official communication from the Commission on their disqualification other than the announcement made at the press conference which was held on Monday.
"We want an official communication to the effect that he has been disqualified. We need a copy of a document that the EC is supposed to give to us. It is not a meeting per se. The EC is supposed to communicate with us. They have made a determination, so we want that determination in writing."


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Producer Price Inflation increases marginally for September – Citi Business News
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Producer Price Inflation increases marginally for September – Citi Business News


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The Producer Price Inflation for September 2020, saw an increase compared to the same period last month.
The utilities sub-sector recorded the lowest annual inflation of 5.8 percent.
"The year-on-year producer inflation for all industry was 9.6 percent in September 2020; the monthly change rate was 0.1 percent. The Mining and Quarrying sub-sector recorded the highest year-on-year producer price inflation rate of 31.8 percent, followed by the Manufacturing sub-sector with 5.9 percent. The Utility sub-sector recorded the lowest year-on-year producer inflation rate of 5.8 percent. For the monthly changes, the mining and quarrying sub-sector recorded the highest inflation rate of 5.2 percent, followed by manufacturing sub-sectors with 0.2 percent. The Utility sub-sector recorded no monthly inflation rate in August 2020.".


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