Reduce Fuel Prices – TUC

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is on the neck of government to cut certain levies contributing to rampant increase in fuel prices.

Fuel prices at the pumps have shot up to GHC5 per litre causing a lot of public uproar with the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) asserting government is being insensitive to Ghanaians.

In a statement, the umbrella body of labour unions in Ghana said the Akufo-Addo led administration must halt the price increment as promised in the NPP manifesto when it was in opposition.

“The TUC urges government to scrap some of the taxes on fuel prices to cushion Ghanaians. Also government must look into the various margins and their impact on fuel pricing. At current levels, fuel prices have reached an unsustainable peak for Ghanaian workers and their families. As workers, we can longer afford any further increase. Government must do everything it can to halt further increases,” the TUC said in a statement.

It added: “In its manifesto for election 2016, the NPP had promised Ghanaians a reduction in fuel prices. This was to be achieved through abolishing of some of the taxes in the petroleum price build-up and a competent management of the economy such that exchange rate losses will not translate into higher fuel prices.

“After more than 18 months in government, fuel prices have gone up by an average of more than 25 percent. Between January 2017 and now fuel prices have been adjusted upwards on 16 different occasions. This was not what Ghanaians were promised. In this same period, the minimum wage has gone by 20 per cent.

“The Base Pay on the Single Spine Salary Structure, from which most public sector workers are paid, has also increased by about 24 per cent. Given that fuel increases tend to have very noisy rippling effect on general price levels, the frequent upward adjustments as experienced in the last few months has considerably eroded incomes and worsened the plight of Ghanaian workers and their families.”

The TUC also criticized the Energy Minister Peter Amewu, who said the situation would have been worst if it was the NDC in power.

“It is important for government and its functionaries to understand that dealing with matters as important as fuel prices, we eschew conjectures. The reality is that the Mahama-led administration is no longer in power. [Akufo-Addo-led] administration is in power. And despite the interventions the Minster talked about, fuel prices are rising and Ghanaians are unhappy about it. We require leadership and solutions on how to bring down the prices and not sermon on what would have happened if Mahama-led administration were to be in office,” the statement signed by acting TUC General Secretary, Joshua Ansah, said.

Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM

If Times Are Hard, Cut Down Your Ministers – IMANI To Akufo-Addo

IMANI President Franklin Cudjoe has advised government to cut down the size of ministers following the President’s admission that times are hard in Ghana.

In a number of remedial measures, the outspoken leader of the think tank also called on the President to also ditch the idea of creating new regions since the cost will be too high to be carried by the country.

“Reduce the size of government in terms of personnel and ministries. We have too many ministers for a small country like Ghana.

“Control the perfidy and its collusive entrapment with financial plunder that has engulfed many public boards and their management.

“Obviously, flee from shady contracts like KelniGVG and StarTimes. Re-order all your promises and disown those we advised add nothing to the kitty- for instance the alarmingly dangerous and vault-robbing creation of new regions 5. Please reduce taxes on businesses,” the IMANI President told Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Tuesday.

The President in an address to the Ghanaian community at New York, USA, Monday made reference to the depreciation of the local currency, Cedi, and conceded that things are difficult in Ghana but his government is working to resolve the economic hardships.

“We have to approach the foreign exchange matter medium to long-term by expanding our supply base, that’s not a crisis…they’re difficulties the system would be able to accommodate…”

Meanwhile, the general secretary of the Ghana Medical Association Dr. Justice Yamson has urged President Akufo-Addo and his government to work to resolve the hardships Ghanaians are facing now.

According to him, claims by the President that government is working to improve conditions of Ghanaians in the long-run is untenable since all Presidents, since the 4th republic, have made similar claims.

“I cannot be grateful when I am paying more for fuel when I expect to pay less. They keep telling us to tighten our belt but until when?

“These days when we hear some of these things it becomes worrying, if he can give us times lines then yes, but for now we want things to get better, not later,” he said.

Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM

Fix Our Problems Now, Not Later – GMA To Akufo-Addo

The general secretary of the Ghana Medical Association Dr. Justice Yamson has urged President Akufo-Addo and his government to work to resolve the hardships Ghanaians are facing now.

According to him, claims by the President that government is working to improve conditions of Ghanaians in the long-run is untenable since all Presidents, since the 4th republic, have made similar claims.

The President in an address to the Ghanaian community at New York, USA, Monday made reference to the depreciation of the local currency, Cedi, and conceded that things are difficult in Ghana but his government is working to resolve the economic hardships.

“We have to approach the foreign exchange matter medium to long-term by expanding our supply base, that’s not a crisis…they’re difficulties the system would be able to accommodate…”

“It’s a difficult situation, but a difficult situation also requires some amount of fortitude and firm action and that’s what we are trying to do at home,” he said.

Speaking to Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Tuesday, the GMA general secretary said Ghanaians no longer believe politicians when they ask them to tighten their belt.

“I cannot be grateful when I am paying more for fuel when I expect to pay less. They keep telling us to tighten our belt but until when?

“These days when we hear some of these things it becomes worrying, if he can give us times lines then yes, but for now we want things to get better, not later,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is on the neck of government to cut certain levies contributing to rampant increase in fuel prices.

Fuel prices at the pumps have shot up to GHC5 per litre causing a lot of public uproar with the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) asserting government is being insensitive to Ghanaians.

In a statement, the umbrella body of labour unions in Ghana said the Akufo-Addo led administration must halt the price increment as promised in the NPP manifesto when it was in opposition.

“The TUC urges government to scrap some of the taxes on fuel prices to cushion Ghanaians. Also government must look into the various margins and their impact on fuel pricing. At current levels, fuel prices have reached an unsustainable peak for Ghanaian workers and their families. As workers, we can longer afford any further increase. Government must do everything it can to halt further increases,” the TUC said in a statement.

Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM

We’re In Difficult Times; Akufo-Addo Concedes

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has admitted the economy of Ghana is going through some trying times.

He has, however, dismissed concerns that these difficulties amount to a crisis; assuring his audience that the government is on top of the situation.

Speaking to the Ghanaian Community in New York, USA, Mr Akufo-Addo attributed the difficulties in the system to the “dramatic increase in crude oil prices” and the strengthening of the US dollar.

President Akufo-Addo admits that has led to “a significant and rapid depreciation of the cedi” but was quick to add that the Bank of Ghana is fighting the depreciation.

“We have to approach the foreign exchange matter medium to long-term by expanding our supply base, that’s not a crisis…they’re difficulties the system would be able to accommodate…” the President said.

He added that his government will work to find a cure to the situation and future ones.

“It’s a difficult situation, but a difficult situation also require some amount of fortitude and firm action and that’s what we are trying to do at home,” he said.

Meanwhile, back in Ghana, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has lauded the achievements of the government so far.

Speaking at the fourth National Policy Summit at the University of Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale Monday, Dr Bawumia listed a number of feats [establishment of the Office of Special Prosecutor and restoration of trainee allowances etc.] he argued would be non-existent without the Akufo-Addo-led administration.

Source: Today

MPs begin 5-day emergency sitting today; Ameri, others to be considered

Parliament is expected to begin a five-day emergency sitting from today, Monday, September 24, 2018 to consider some pressing issues.

The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, recalled the House to enable them consider what he described as “urgent Parliamentary business.”

“In exercise of the power conferred on the Speaker by order 42 (3) of the Standing Orders of the Parliament of Ghana, I, Right Honourable Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye, Speaker of Parliament, do hereby direct that Parliament shall, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, be recalled from recess to sit from Monday, the 24th day of September 2018, at ten o’clock in the forenoon each day, at Parliament House, Accra, to consider among others, some urgent Parliamentary business,” a memo to the MPs and sighted by citinewsroom.com directed.
The new Ameri power agreement, the Minerals Development Fund Bill, consideration of the right to information bill and the referral of new appointees of the President to the appointments committee, and the likely confirmation of the President’s nominees for the Supreme Court bench are expected to dominate proceedings within the week.

Speaking to Citi News, Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, said he is hopeful they will clear all the outstanding pressing issues before the close of the week.

“The Minerals development bill was a component part of the 2018 budget…it is intended for us to have this meeting for Parliament to consider that bill and pass it if we so deem it fit. And then if we deem it fit to pass it, the president will append his signature before the presentation of the next budget,” he said.

On the controversial new Ameri deal, Mr Mensah-Bonsu said he is hopeful that all issues relating to the deal might have been resolved to enable them pass it before the end of the emergency sitting.

“If the necessary, closures have been done and Parliament has to consider it, it will be done. If there are still matters outstanding and we have to wait for a while, we would wait. But I would want to believe and hope that the necessary closures might have been done and then we would be able to bring the matter to a closure,” he added.

The parliamentarians have been on recess since July 27, 2018.

They deferred the new Ameri deal before going on recess following some controversies surrounding the agreement.

The Minority and some civil society organisations had raised concerns over the new agreement claiming it is not in the best interest of the country.

By: Godwin Akweiteh Allotey/citinewsroom.com/Ghana

Petrol tanker drivers to strike in protest against NPA

The Ghana National Petroleum Tanker Drivers Union (GNPTDU), has announced it will embark on a nationwide strike starting today [Monday], in protest of government’s inability to address some concerns with the loading and discharging manual for Bulk Vehicle Operators.

The union had previously complained about the failure of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) and the Energy Ministry to implement the loading and discharging manual for Bulk Vehicle Operators.

The union backed down from strike threats in May, after the NPA promised some dialogue.
But in an interview with Citi News, the National Chairman of the Union, George Yaunu, said that no meeting with the NPA.

“What the NPA is supposed to give them [the dealers] has not been given to them to pay us. We can say clearly that the NPA is not fair to us the drivers. The government has approved. It is there. But some people are sitting on it. That is why we said no, enough is enough. We cannot be under a slave trade anymore.”

Mr. Yaunu, however stressed that this strike was not being done to attack the government.

“We are not sabotaging the government; not at all. The government has given a directive to somebody to make sure they treat us fairly. So the government has played its part but the person who is representing the government to do the right things is not doing the right thing.”

The new manual, which is a guideline for professional standards in the transportation of petroleum product, is in accordance with international best practices to eliminate the potential dangers associated with petroleum products.

The drivers say the failure to enforce this is making fuel purchasing companies employ unknown mechanisms to trade.

They fear the current state of affairs may cripple their business.

By: Naa Shika Caesar & Delali Adogla-Bessa/citinewsroom.com/Ghana

Ho West NDC Youth Wing Shakes Kpedze, other Zones to Follow Soon


It was a health walk. It started from Akome Agate and ended at Kpedze Awlime Durbar ground.

From the three Akome towns, enthusiastic young men and women joined the walk as it progressed. The crowd grew bigger and the cheer louder as the walk got to Kpedze.

Regional and constituency executives took turn to address the gathering and encouraged them to work hard to ensure the party returns to power come 2020.

Hon. Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, MP for the constituency who sponsored the walk with GHc3,000.00 thanked the people for their show of interest in activities of the party. He urged them to remain committed to the party’s course and contribute effectively towards its victory during the 2020 general elections.

Similar walk is billed to be held at Abutia, Avatime and Awudome areas of the constituency before the end of December this year.

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Bagre Dam Disaster: Oxfam Condemns Akufo-Addo Over Victims Neglect

International nongovernmental organisation Oxfam has criticised President Akufo-Addo over his posturing towards victims of the Bagre Dam disaster.

So far, 18 people have died with 100 thousand displaced in the devastating spillage of the Bagre Dam.

Authorities of the National Disaster Management Organisation appear overwhelmed by the disaster.

Any high ranking government official is yet to visit the disaster zone to commiserate with the victims.

Speaking on the development, the Inequality Programmes and Campaigns Manger of Oxfam Zakaria Sulemana told Starr News the President has not shown care to the victims of the spillage.

“This matter require the highest political attention. By now we should have heard the president, in fact we should have seen the president visit the area to console them or better still initiate an action to ensure that this does not happen again.

“It will not be farfetched if the people who are affected make such conclusions that the president doesn’t care”.

Meanwhile, Security analyst Adam Bonah has called for the immediate declaration of a “state of emergency” in the three northern regions following the devastating twin occurrence of the spillage.

“This thing has been going on for how many weeks? The state of emergency should have been declared by now. ECOWAS should have been brought in because it has to with intra-Africa, where you have water spillage from a neighbouring country into another neighbouring country that has affected about 50, 000,” said Bonah on Morning Starr.

He told Francis Abban host of the Morning Starr that the response of the government in dealing with disaster is “disgusting.”

Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com

Minister Declares Friday Holiday


Government has declared Friday, 21st September, 2018 as a statutory public holiday.

A statement signed by Ambrose Dery, the Minister for Interior, and copied to Peacefmonline.com, says the day marks the birthday of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah which is often declared Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day.

The statement further asked all and sundry to observe the day as such throughout the country.

Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day, is a day set aside to remember and honour Ghana’s first
President.

Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first President, was born on September 21, 1909 at Nkroful in the Western Region.

He attended Achimota School and also trained as a teacher. He went to the United States in 1935 for advanced studies, receiving a B.A. from Lincoln University in 1939.

He also received an STB (Bachelor of Sacred Theology) in 1942, a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1942 and a Master of Arts in Philosophy the following year.

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