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Director General of SSNIT, Dr John Ofori-Tenkorang

The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) is incurring more cost over the $66 million Operational Business Suite (OBS) system it procured to harmonise its operations across the country.

According to the Director General of SSNIT, Dr John Ofori-Tenkorang, the Trust was incurring more cost because the system has failed to function effectively, causing SSNIT to pay for the technical challenges to be fixed.

Exton Cubic Group Ltd, the company embroiled in the Nyinahini Bauxite mining controversy has hit back at the Environment Protection Agency for suggesting the company did not have a permit to mine.

Spokesperson for the company Samuel Gyamfi, insists the statement issued by the EPA was "inaccurate" and a willful breach of natural justice.

According to him, the statement was riddled with hearsays and flawed in substance.

Cocoa Farmers are benefiting enough from their sweat contrary to perceptions that government is not doing enough to help make their lives better.  

That’s according to Deputy Director in charge of Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture David Modzikah.

Cocoa farmers have recently been clamouring for increased prices and basic amenities from the government.

Currently, they earn about 70 percent of the price that accrues from the export of the pods whilst 30 percent goes to the government but the farmers say that is not enough.

A new study by the International Growth Centre (IGC) and the Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER) has revealed Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) lost at least GH¢200 million cedis in revenue due to dumsor between 2012 and 2015.

 “We also see that the crisis led to 10 percent loss in output or sales of the manufacturing firms and because of that the businesses were forced to use a lot of raw materials,” a co-author of the research, Dr. Patrick Opoku Asuming disclosed at the launch of the report on Wednesday.

Severe power crisis between 2012 and 2015 has been described as the longest in Ghana’s history.

Mr Isaac Owusu Mensah, Deputy Commissioner of Immigration in charge of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) in the Volta region has cautioned Ghanaians against travelling to Togo on Friday, August 25.

He said the Service had picked intelligence that civilians and opposition political parties in that country were planning a political protest in the national capital-Lome and asked Ghanaians wishing to travel to Togo on that day to be “careful”.

A similar protest at Atakpame-Sokode last Saturday demanding term limits for Togolese Presidents reportedly resulted in the death of nine persons, two civilians and seven security persons.

Government’s indebtedness to the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) stood at 560 million cedis as at December 2015.

This represents of the total indebtedness to the pensions scheme which is estimated at 640 million cedis.

Although the figure is an improvement from the 2014 amount of 1.15 billion cedis, the managers of the Trust want authorities to expedite processes to retrieve all outstanding debts.

The report which gives a five year trend of the indebtedness to SSNIT mentioned that the total contributions in arrears almost tripled between 2011 and 2015.

The figure went up from 218 to 640 million cedis.

Some 200 BECE candidates who were unable to write the English and Religious and Moral Education (RME) papers will be admitted into various senior high schools under a special arrangement.

According to the Head of Public Affairs at the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, the arrangement follows an agreement between WAEC and the Ghana Education Service (GES).

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