GhanaWeb News Summaries from December 9, 2021
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Today in History: You're a blessing to NPP and Ghana
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Today in History: You're a blessing to NPP and Ghana


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Three years ago in 2018, his colleague former president but from the opposition National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama, described him as a blessing to the New Patriotic Party.

Former President John Dramani Mahama has described Former President John Agyekum Kufuor as a blessing to his family, the governing Patriotic Party and the country as a whole.

The retired Ghanaian Politician and Statesman served as the second President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana on the ticket of the governing New Patriotic Party.


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Reverse directive to GOIL to reduce fuel prices


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Government directed GOIL to reduce price of fuel at the pumps effective Tuesday, December 7.

The government on Monday directed the Ghana Oil Company to reduce price of fuel at the pumps effective Tuesday, December 7.


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Don't blame us if budget is not passed
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Don't blame us if budget is not passed


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The Minority in Parliament has asked the House not to blame the minority caucus if the 2022 budget is not passed.

According to the minority, the failure of the Finance Minister to show up in parliament especially for the adoption of the modified 2022 Budget Statement and Government's Economic Policy is worrying.

Parliament adopted modifications to the 2022 budget statement and economic policy presented by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.


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Ghana signs strategic partnership agreement with Guyana
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Ghana signs strategic partnership agreement with Guyana


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Hon Mbomba also signed, on behalf of the Petroleum Commission of Ghana, a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the petroleum sector with the Ministry of Natural Resources of Guyana represented by Hon Vickram Bharrat, Minister of Natural Resources, Minister Responsible for Petroleum, while Mr Alex Dadey, Board Chairman of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, signed an MoU on Mutual Cooperation In Investment Promotion with the Guyana Office for Investment, represented by Peter R. Ramsaroop, Chief Investment Officer and CEO, Guyana Office for Foreign and Local Investments.

Among others, the Petroleum Commission is to use its expertise and resources to support Guyana to develop its national competencies to enable it to efficiently manage the Petroleum Sector; evaluate and establish future partnership opportunities with the Commission and other relevant entities in Ghana to ensure continued collaboration between the two countries; and provide certain consulting and project management services and other activities.


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I could have solved Francis Sosu's problem
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I could have solved Francis Sosu's problem


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Lawyer Francis-Xavier Sosu escaped an arrest on Sunday, October 31, 2021, at the Believers House of Prayer Ministries in Madina.

While allegedly leading the demonstration with some youth in his constituency, Francis-Xavier Sosu had to escape after police officers attempted to forcibly arrest him.

In a more recent development, a Kaneshie District Court issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Francis Xavier Sosu after he refused to appear before the court.


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CNBC to host Bawumia today on Ghana's digital transformation


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Captains of Industries focuses on industry leaders who have made a tremendous contribution to a field, and the latest edition is expected to elicit detailed responses and insights from the man who is credited with spearheading Ghana's digital transformation.

Dr Bawumia is expected to shed more light on Ghana's digital journey so far, as well as give insight into the way forward to the global audience and international business community.


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Today in History: Our figures indicate Mahama is winning


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The National Democratic Congress' General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, told his supporters that their candidate, John Dramani Mahama, was winning.

The General Secretary for the National Democratic Congress, Johnson Aseidu Nketia, says the figures collated by the party shows their presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama is winning this year's election.

According to Aseidu Nketia, the Electoral Commission said they will announce the results within 24 hours, but there are some regional offices where collation has not started at all.


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Minority cannot support E-levy


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The Finance Minister had announced in the budget statement a new levy to be charged by the government in 2022 on all electronic transactions to widen the tax net and rope in the informal sector.

According to a Bank of Ghana report, Ghana saw an increase of over 120 percent in the value of digital transactions between February 2020 and February 2021 compared to 44 percent for the period February 2019 to February 2020 due to the convenience they offer.

Haruna Iddrisu said the E-levy is a disincentive to the growth of the digital economy.


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We are still opposed to E-levy
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We are still opposed to E-levy


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The Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, had stated that the government will continue engagements with the minority in parliament and other stakeholders including mobile network operators in getting the proposed e-levy approved.

Haruna Idfdrisu said although they have engaged the government on issues surrounding the budget, they were still opposed to the E-Levy.


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We miss Gladson Awako at Great Olympics
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We miss Gladson Awako at Great Olympics


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The 30-year-old who endured a decent campaign with the Dade boys last season joined Accra Hearts of Oak before the start of the season on a two-year deal though he is yet to make a competitive debut for the club.

In an interview, Haruna who has assumed leadership role at Olympics admitted that the team is missing the services of the Black Stars midfielder.

Great Olympics occupy the 7th position on the Ghana Premier League table with 9 points after 6 matches.


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EXPLAINER: Understanding the exchange rate
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EXPLAINER: Understanding the exchange rate


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For example, if you have to give up GH¢6 to get $1, the exchange rate of the Ghana cedis to the dollar is GH¢6. On the other hand, for a traveller coming to Ghana, the exchange rate would be the amount of the currency of his country of origin that he would have to give up to get GH¢1. For instance, with $1, a traveller from the US can get GH¢6, so the exchange rate of the GH¢ to the $ is approximately $0.17 - to get GH¢1, and traveller must give up $0.17.

Any time Ghana's demand for imports exceeds exports, the exchange rate would go up which is the case always.


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Tracy Amoah wins Accra Seniors Open Tennis Championship
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Tracy Amoah wins Accra Seniors Open Tennis Championship


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Precious later partnered with Linda Sedinam to beat Faustina Tagoe and Linde Berg in the category's doubles with a 6-2, 4-6 and 10-7 verdict.

The Mixed Doubles semi-pro award went to Roy Winkelhuijzen/Linde Berg who beat Isaac Dapaah/Evelyn Enunwah 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 in the final.

George Heckson defeated James Wiafe 6-3 6-1 to be crowned the Men 35/44 Singles champion with Bernard Nii Bortey/Ismaila Lamptey putting the brakes on former Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan/George Heckson with a 6-3 6-4 win.


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Let's minimise the use of agrochemicals


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He said though agrochemicals were alternatives to labour, they had severe implications on crop yield when excessively used.

Ghana was traditional, one of the African countries that relied less on agrochemicals, but the use of agrochemicals is gradually becoming the 'spine' of agriculture in the country.


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Ministry on course with implementation of 'One Constituency, One Astro Turf' policy
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Ministry on course with implementation of 'One Constituency, One Astro Turf' policy


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Answering questions on the floor of Parliament, Mr Yussif said the Ministry, in collaboration with institutions such as the Middle Belt Development Authority, the Zongo Development Fund, the Ghana National Gas Company, the Coastal Development Authority and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, had constructed Astro Turfs in some parts of the country.

Responding to a question by Mr Suhuyini Alhassan, the Member of Parliament for Tamale North, on how many Astro Turf pitches the Ministry had constructed or facilitated, at what cost, and at which locations, the Mr Yussif said the Ministry, through the National Youth Authority, initiated the construction of two Astro Turfs with ancillary facilities at Tuba in the Bortianor Ngleshie Amanfrom Constituency in the Greater Accra Region and in Mampongteng in the Kwabere East in the Ashanti Region.

He urged the MPs to collaborate with the Youth and Sports Ministry to ensure that their constituencies got their share of the Astro Turfs.


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GPRTU have agreed not to go on another strike
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GPRTU have agreed not to go on another strike


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According to him, even though some of their grievances were not met, they will not go on another strike.

GPRTU embarked on a sit-down strike on December 7, 2021 leaving a lot of people stranded at the various lorry stations.


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Fatawu Issahaku is capable of winning Africa Player of the Year award
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Fatawu Issahaku is capable of winning Africa Player of the Year award


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Ghana legend Abedi Pele last won the prestigious award during his heydays in 1993.

Despite Asamoah Gyan, Samuel Osei Kuffour, Michael Essien, and others coming close to winning the ward, footballers in the country have failed to win it.

In an interview with Sylvester Ntim of Aben FM in Koforidua, the former Inter Allies captain indicated that the youngster is capable of winning the covetous award considering his qualities.


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Local rice producers want tax hikes on foreign rice
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Local rice producers want tax hikes on foreign rice


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Domestic production of local rice currently stands at 30 percent, with foreign brands constituting 70 percent of the grain on the market.

PFAG is appealing for government to take swift action to increase investments in local rice production to enable local producers meet domestic demands.


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E-levy too insignificant to close deficit gap, find better ways
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E-levy too insignificant to close deficit gap, find better ways


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Mr. Terkper, in an interview with the B&FT, said considering the deficit gap and how much the E-levy is expected to bring in, introducting the tax would just be a distortion.

The broader issue should focus on how the huge deficit gap can be closed.


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Africa Beach Volleyball Championship postponed to March 2022
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Africa Beach Volleyball Championship postponed to March 2022


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Mr. Paul Kudjo Atchoe, President of the Ghana Beach and Volleyball Association revealed this latest development to GNA Sports in an interview.

He said the new date for the championship which would serve as a qualifier for the 2022 Commonwealth Games is March 25 - 28, 2022.

He also assured Ghanaians that the national volleyball team, Black Spikers, who are currently ranked third on the continent are ready for the championship and would 'host and win'.


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Accra Sports Stadium to undergo two weeks maintenance work
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Accra Sports Stadium to undergo two weeks maintenance work


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This, as a result, has caused the postponement and reschedule of all league matches which were supposed to be played at the venue from 13th to 26th, December 2021.

This sudden maintenance works would affect clubs like Accra Hearts of Oak, Legon Cities and Accra Great Olympics who play their home matches at the Accra Sports Stadium.


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