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Deputy Trade Minister, Carlos Ahenkorah, says the government will be applying diplomatic means to address the influx of foreign retailers in the country.

Trade unions in the country, including the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) says the government is losing the fight against foreign retailers in the country, however, speaking to Joy News, Carlos Ahenkorah hints that government is currently in talks with foreign missions to address the issue.

He revealed that Ghana has engaged Nigeria over the issue.

President Akufo-Addo has assembled a group of renowned educational experts tasked to brainstorm on how universities in the country can accommodate the huge number of applicants following the implementation of his government’s free SHS policy.

The group includes founder of Ashesi University College Dr Patrick Awuah who just won the WISE Prize Award and Minister of Education in charge of Tertiary, Prof Kwesi Yankah.

The President also assured that steps were being taken to address the challenges confronting senior high schools since the implementation of the policy.

Minister for Communications and MP for Ablekuma West, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has accepted the offer to become the Development Queen (Nkosuohemaa) of Akyem Asuom in the Kwaebibirem District of the Eastern Region.

The offer was made to her by the Chiefs and people of Asuom when she attended the 75th Anniversary celebration of Nana Yaa Anamah II, the longest-serving queen mother of Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area at Asuom on Saturday, 11th November 2017.

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful was at the event to represent the President.

When she arrived at the Durbar grounds in the company of Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah, Deputy Minister for Trade and MP for Tema West, who incidentally hails from Asuom, she was hailed by the jubilant crowd.
 
The security guards on duty had a difficult time ushering the legislator to her seat.

The New Patriotic Party in the Northern region has suspended four of its communicators including a senior member over the raging row regarding the Ghana School Feeding programme.

Yussif Danjumah and three members of the party’s regional auxiliary communications group, The Young Patriots, have been sanctioned for having secret meetings with national authorities of the Programme who were in the region to mediate a settlement between supporters of Bugri Naabu and Madam Otiko Djaba.

The suspension followed an investigation launched by the Directorate after a polling station women leader accused the entire regional team on a local radio show of secretly meeting with the National Coordinator, Dr. Kwame Adu – Nsiah and his team where were allegedly financially induced to speak publicly in favour of Madam Otiko Djaba who has been at the receiving end in the ongoing disagreement.

The leadership of the governing New Patriotic Party in the Volta region have condemned their Women Organizer, Madam Aku Sika Nkansah for verbal assaulting the NPP”s Northern Regional Chairman, Mr. Daniel Bugri Naabu.

Madam Nkansah, who is also the Volta Regional Coordinator of the National School feeding programme, some weeks ago, was heard in a widely circulated audio recording pouring invectives on Mr. Naabu for his brawl with some zonal coordinators of the feeding programme in the Northern region.

Haruna Iddrisu

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The Minority Leader has hailed government’s proposal to reduce electricity tarrifs for the 2018 financial year but was doubtful the reduction will be any significant.

Haruna Iddrisu says just like how the excitement that greeted the proposed reduction of taxes on spare parts fizzled out, nothing much may come out of the proposed reduction in electricity tarrifs.

He was speaking to Joy News’ Elton John Brobbey, hours after the Finance Minister presented the 2018 budget on the floor of Parliament, Wednesday.

Former Deputy Finance Minister, Fifi Kwetey says most projects enumerated by the Finance Minister to be undertaken in 2018, are projects started by the Mahama administration and which were nearing completion as at December 2016.

According to him, the government under John Mamaha, had secured funding for the projects of which some had reached between 96% to 98% completion levels therefore, it was fitting for the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta to credit the previous administration with that.

Mr. Ofori-Atta in presenting the 2018 budget to Parliament for approval, highlighted some infrastructure projects to be undertaken by the Nana Akufo-Addo administration including the construction of some road networks.

Cassiel Ato Forson

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Minority spokesperson on Finance, Cassiel Ato Forson says government's plan to hire 100,000 unemployed graduates in 2018 is a job-sharing ploy for party faithful.

He called the program to hire the youths as nothing but "job for the boys" after government branded the graduate unemployment levels a national security issue.

The 2016 election campaign was mainly about jobs. Since the Akufo-Addo government took over in January, there has been several acts of violence and aggression from party youths most of whom are unemployed.

The NPP admits these acts of violence  is down to a lack of jobs and has promised to address these frustrations.

Vice president Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has extolled the virtues of the late Alhaji Aliu Mahama who deputized for president John Agyekum Kufuor.

Dr. Bawumia noted the late Mahama played an instrumental role in his transition into politics from the Bank of Ghana to serve as running mate to President Akufo-Addo.

“I did not only look up to him, but I considered greatly the supportive role he played to make the Kufuor administration a success.

“I am constantly minded by the enormous part he played in my consideration to become a politician when H.E Nana Addo Dankwa called on me,” Dr. Bawumia eulogised the late Aliu on the 5th anniversary celebration of his death.

Former Finance Minister, Seth Terkper has described the 2018 budget statement presented to parliament Wednesday by his successor Ken Ofori-Atta as challenged.

As a result, he told Francis Abban, the host of Morning Starr Thursday he feared for the country’s fiscal sustainability.

Reading the 2018 budget and policy statement which the government themed: ‘Putting Ghana Back to Work,’ Mr. Ofori-Atta rejoiced that the Akufo-Addo led government has turned around the ailing economy in the last 10 months.

Submitting that the policies implemented by the government are yielding results, he told the Legislative House that: “We resolved to be fiscally disciplined and respect the limits that parliament set for us [and] I am glad to report that we are on course to end the year with the fiscal deficit of 6.3percent from 9.4percent.”

Former Minister of Finance - Seth Terkper

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A former Minister of Finance Seth Terkper is backing government’s drive to create more jobs in 2018.

The government has dubbed the 2018 Economic Policy Statement as “Adwuma Budget” aimed at dealing with the canker of the age-old unemployment.

In commending the New Patriotic Party government, Mr. Terkper suggested to Morning Starr host Francis Abban, the private sector must not be left out.

“It’s laudable to create jobs but provide incentives for the private sector to create jobs,” the immediate past Finance Minister advised.

Former Minister for Trade and Industry - Ekwow Spio-Garbrah

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Former Trade Minister, Dr Ekow Spio-Garbrah has challenged the government’s claim that it has restored the ailing economy.

Presenting the government’s 2018 budget statement and economic policy statement Wednesday, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta flaunted that over the past 10-month, the Akufo-Addo-led administration delivered on its promises, adding 2018 will witness major transformation.

“We promised to pursue policies that will create jobs in the economy and we are delivering. This budget, by the grace of God, will deliver massively on jobs!” he assured.