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JUST IN: Ghana Records First Case Of Ebola In Northern Region

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JUST IN: Ghana Records First Case Of Ebola In Northern Region

The Northern Regional Health Directorate has announced a suspected case of Ebola in the Tamale metropolis.

The case was reported at the Tamale West Hospital and the patient has been isolated, receiving treatment.

This was announced by the Northern Regional Disease Control Officer, Fuseini Mahama.

The Public Health Emergency Response Team has however been deployed in a bid to contain the situation.

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Mr Fuseini Mahara, Northern Regional Disease Control Officer, disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency in Tamale

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Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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E-Levy Will Not Be Scrapped Despite IMF Bailout – Government

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E-Levy Will Not Be Scrapped Despite IMF Bailout – Government

The Finance Ministry has disclosed that government will not terminate the 1.5% levy on electronic transactions, despite its application to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for economic assistance.

This was contained in a statement from the Ministry on Tuesday, addressing key questions regarding government’s ongoing engagement with the Fund.

Regarding the controversial levy, the Ministry explained that government will add the proceeds from the levy to the support from the IMF in order to shore up the country’s economic fortunes.

Addressing the question of whether the levy will be scrapped, the Ministry said, “NO. The IMF lending to Ghana will be for balance of payments support (i.e. to shore up the international reserves).

“Government is committed to ensuring the smooth operationalisation of all taxes including the e-levy to ensure that in addition to the IMF’s resources, government can continue to support its developmental goals on its own while ensuring that tax-to-GPD ratio increases to the peer range of 16%-18%”.

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It continued: “An IMF-supported programme is likely to encourage the government to investigate the factors hindering the success of the e-levy (including by providing technical assistance if needed) and come out with strategies to improve it”.

The Finance Ministry also noted that additionally, other tax measures could be considered for the medium-term.

The situation is what has consequently forced the country to resort to the IMF for a bailout.

In that regard, a team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is expected to arrive in Ghana on Tuesday, July 5 to begin negotiations with government on the economic support it is seeking.

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The IMF officials – comprising senior officers from the Fund and local staff – will meet the Finance Ministry, the Economic Management Team and the Presidency during their stay.

A statement issued by the Finance Ministry added that after their arrival on Tuesday, in-person meetings with the government would begin on Wednesday, July 6.

E-Levy will not be scrapped despite IMF bailout - Government
Finance Ministry statement

“The Ministry further takes this opportunity to assure Ghanaians of the government’s commitment to successfully negotiate a programme with the IMF in the coming months in support of Ghana’s economic recovery”.

Among other reasons, their visit to the country would largely involve deliberations on the modalities for a package to support Ghana’s ailing economy.

It is expected that details of the bailout programme and its conditionalities will be made public after several engagements.

Government’s decision to seek economic refuge from the Fund has been received with mixed reactions as some, especially members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), argue it has been long overdue.

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Some have also expressed concerns over what the move could mean for public sector jobs and social programmes with organised labour kicking against the decision.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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ECG Disconnects Power To Kejetia Market Over Debt

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ECG Disconnects Power To Kejetia Market Over Debt

Due to delinquent invoices, the Electricity Company of Ghana once more cut the grid to the Kumasi Kejetia Market in the Ashanti region’s Kumasi Metropolis.

On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, the power distribution corporation removed the power from the market.

The market opened later than planned for traders and cars because of the power outage since they became trapped at the market’s different entrances.

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The Electricity Company of Ghana has now cut electricity to the market twice.

First, the market management owes the electricity distribution company more than GHS 2 million last year.

According to reports, the market vendors refused to pay their fees for almost eight months.

The traders made the decision to exert pressure on the market board to accept their demand that each business own a meter since the market as a whole only uses one meter, according to the dealers.

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The Combined Kumasi Kejetia Traders Association’s public relations representative, Mrs. Patricia Acheampong, explained to Class News’ regional correspondent, Elisha Adarkwah, that the association decided not to pay the bills in order to pressure the market board to support their demand that each shop in the market own a meter.

She made the regrettable observation that there is only one electricity meter for the entire market.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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JUST IN: Sonnie Badu Finally Speaks About Being Paid $50,000 For Performance At National Cathedral Fundraiser Event; Drops Wild Revelation -WATCH

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JUST IN: Sonnie Badu Finally Speaks About Being Paid $50,000 For Performance At National Cathedral Fundraiser Event; Drops Wild Revelation -WATCH

Sonnie Badu has broken silence on the 50,000 dollars he reportedly charged for a ‘brief’ musical performance during the launch of the National Cathedral fundraising campaign held in the United States in February 2019.

The Ghanaian musician has denied taking a dime from organizers.

According to Sonnie who responded to the claim in a tweet, he never demanded payment for his service. He again highlighted the poor reception at the fundraising event where none of his team, including himself, was offered a seat.

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“Wow, thanks for alerting me. I was not given a dime …not even a seat for me and my team. We stood outside,” read his response to a Twitter user who wanted clarification on the amount he took for his musical performance.

Reacting to the singer’s statement, the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram and a member of the National Democratic Congress, Sam Nartey George, called out the Nana Addo administration and the National Cathedral Board for fund misappropriation and embezzlement.

“They claimed to have paid SONNIE BADU $50,000 for a song ministration at the launch in the US. Now he has come out to say he was not given a dime and not even a seat was offered to him and his team. So who took the $50,000? Surely the Trustees do NOT know about this! Again, they claimed to have paid GHS30,000 to each of the gospel artistes who ministered at the launch here in Accra. Can those artistes also confirm if they received these monies?” parts of Sam George’s Facebook read.

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The fundraiser for the construction of the National Cathedral project was held at the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC back in 2019. The event was attended by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and other dignitaries.

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Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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