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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

- But questions ECG concession, unbridled

trade liberalisation, high cost of borrowing

By Elvis DARKO, Accra

THE Trades Union Congress (TUC) has described the 2017 Budget as an ambitious one that seeks to address the challenges confronting the country.

It has, therefore, pledged to work with government and other stakeholders to support both the growth and jobs initiatives outlined in the budget.

In its comments on the 2017 Budget statement, TUC said a careful reading of the budget indicates that government recognises the employment challenge as such and has a clear intention to address it.

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GOVERNMENT intends to construct toilet facilities in various homes across the country as an effective measure of addressing open defecation, the Minister of Sanitation, Kofi Adda, has revealed.

The minister’s promise follows threats by the World Bank to withdraw support to Ghana if measures are not taken to address Ghana’s sanitation challenges.

The World Bank is reportedly unhappy that many Ghanaians still do not have access to basic sanitary facilities, particularly household toilets.

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From Michael Sarpong MFUM, Sunyani

THE Deputy General Secretary of the NPP, Nana Obiri Boahen, has stated that the party has not sanctioned anyone to take over the Kintampo Water Falls.

The Kintampomanhene,  Nana Effah Gyakuo, alleged that the accident at the Kintampo Waterfalls last Sunyani is a result of the taking over of the place by the Invisible Forces of the NPP.

He alleged that the qualified tour guides at the waterfall were chased away by the Invisible Forces who had no experience in the area of security to manage the place.

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PARLIAMENT yesterday approved, by consensus, 10 Deputy Regional Ministers nominated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and vetted by the Appointments Committee of the House.

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A YOUNG Ghanaian lady, Ms. Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, has made history as the first black female to study Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Department of Neurosurgery.

She will be the first black female neurosurgeon trained in the school’s 124 years of existence.

Abu-Bonsrah will spend seven more years at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she would get hands-on experience in her field.

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THE United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health Corporate Champions Programme held its close out ceremony in Accra over the weekend to celebrate the completion of a month of service in Ghana by 13 Global Health Corporate Champions from around the world. 

Through this programme, individual corporate champions are sponsored by their private-sector employers to participate in a one-month pro bono consulting opportunity.

A statement said these Champions were accomplished professionals from American companies, Dow Chemical, PIMCO, and WE Communications, and German company SAP.

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THE Volta Region has recorded the lowest performance in the 2016 national health league table for the Ghana Health Service.

In a performance feedback report made available to the Ghana News Agency, the Region was placed on the least range of the ‘Performance Gauge’ (PG) scale, with its performance in the period under review described as "unsatisfactory”, placing 10th on the league table.

Across some 25 health indicators, the Region topped none and performed poorly in maternal health service delivery areas of antenatal and skilled delivery.

Its record in institutional mortality rate, infant and under five mortality rates were worst than the national target.

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THE new chairperson of the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) Board, Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu, has met with MiDA’s management team a few days after the inauguration of the reconstituted MiDA Board on Monday, March 13, 2017. 

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THE Management of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has met with leadership of the various hawkers groups within the metropolis to fashion out an appropriate ways of streamlining their activities which had been a problem for pedestrians and motorists and a challenge for the AMA over the years.

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By John Elliot HAGAN, Accra

THE Forestry Commission has inaugurated a key strategic group charged with leading efforts to promote investment in forest plantations as a sure way of ensuring sustainable management of forests in Ghana.

The group dubbed ‘The Forest Plantation Investment Forum (FPIF)’ is an idea captured in the National Forest Plantation Development Programme (NFPDP), which was launched in 2011 by Former President John Agyekum Kufuor.

The NFPDP identifies several key roles and benefits of a forest plantation by providing industrial wood fibre on relatively shorter rotations; its huge capacity to create sustainable green jobs, especially in the rural areas and its contribution to food security.

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