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The Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) has received 50% of funds of the free Senior High Schools (SHS) policy, deputy Finance Minister, Abena Osei-Asare has said.

According to her, the government has disbursed funds to allow the smooth implementation of the programme.

She said the Ministry of Finance had finalised preparations to credit the accounts of 647 public SHS adding that the Ministry of Education is yet to provide them with the numbers of students placed in every school.

Traders who have secured shops at the new Kotokuraba Market but have refused to move in to do business risk losing their places as the Cape coast Metropolitan Assembly [CCMA] threatens to seize the stores for others ready and willing to do business immediately.

Barely two months ago, the Metropolitan Assembly allocated stalls in the new market to traders with an expectation that they initiate their business activities to put the ultramodern market facility to use for its intended purpose.

The allocation of stalls was fraught with a lot of controversy over who the rightful occupants should be.

Ghana may soon lose its fishing stock if nothing is done to overturn issues confronting the country’s fishing sector. Ghana, which consumes over 950,000 metric tons of fish annually, currently imports over 60 percent of its fish.

Ghana in 2016 imported $135 million worth of fish because of the reduction in the country’s fish stock.

According to the Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, the huge imports could be blamed on the steady depletion of Ghana’s fish stock.

A comprehensive value for money audit of the country's Cocoa roads Projects is underway to assess the financial obligation of the projects to government and ensure value for money, Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, has said.

Though an amount of GH¢1.6 billion was approved for the construction of cocoa roads across the country, more than GH¢5billion worth of contracts were signed with various companies for the execution of the project funded by the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD).

Dr. Akoto said: “For cocoa roads, the previous administration approved a budget for GH¢1.6 billion, but when we took over, we realized that they signed contracts worth nearly GH¢5 billion. It just beats your imagination. This is just one piece of evidence that I'm giving you about mismanagement.

“A budget has been approved by management to follow and then the board sits and oversees the quadrupling of what they themselves have set as ceiling. This is unthinkable and the cause of all the financial challenges Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) is facing now,” he said.