EC introduces short code for voter verification

EC introduces short code for voter verification

The Electoral Commission (EC) has introduced a short message service (SMS) platform to enable registered voters check their registration details. The short code, 1422, will be activated on Friday, September 18, to Friday, September 25, 2020. To check registration details, voters would have to text their voter ID card number to the short code. The exhibition of the voters register would commence on Friday, September 18, to Friday, September 25. The eight-day exercise would give registered voters the opportunity to authenticate their personal information. The exercise would also help the EC rid the…

Ghana’s economy contracts 3.2% in second-quarter of 2020

Ghana’s economy contracts 3.2% in second-quarter of 2020

Ghana’s economy contracted by 3.2 per cent in the second quarter of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019, according to data released by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS). This compares favourably with countries such as Nigeria and South Africa whose economies contracted by 6.1 and 17.1 per cent, respectively, in the second quarter. On the global front, the economy of the United Kingdom (UK) shrunk by 21.7 per cent; that of Germany by 11.7 per cent, France by 19 per cent and the United States of America (USA),…

Coronavirus: Banks deferred GH¢3bn in loan repayments

Coronavirus: Banks deferred GH¢3bn in loan repayments

Commercial banks deferred a little over GH¢3bn in loan repayments for customers as they battled the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ghana Bankers Association has said. The Deputy Chief Executive of the Association, John Awuah, in remarks captured in the PwC 2020 Ghana Banking Survey report, said the banks had to go to the aid of customers who had been negatively impacted by the pandemic. “A total of over GH¢3bn which should have been received by banks as loan repayments between March and June 2020 was not received as a result…

‘NAM1’ to give Menzgold customers 500 residential plots as ‘goodwill gesture’

‘NAM1’ to give Menzgold customers 500 residential plots as ‘goodwill gesture’

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Menzgold Nana Appiah Mensah has announced that, as a good will gesture to customers of the embattled gold dealership company, 500 residential plots of land have been reserved for them. He made the announcement via Twitter on 12 September 2020 in commemoration of two years since Menzgold collapsed. While recounting the measure of pain caused by “many losses”, NAM1 as he is also called, noted that “refreshingly, we celebrate many successes.” According to him, one of such successes is Zylofon Hills. He explained that Zylofon Hills…

We deserve bailout, too – Menzgold customers to gov’t

We deserve bailout, too – Menzgold customers to gov’t

The Coalition of Aggrieved Customers of Menzgold says the government must add its members to the list of financial sector cleanup victims who are expected to benefit from a government-sponsored bailout. “We write on behalf of members of the Coalition of Aggrieved Customers to request that customers of Menzgold Company Limited be made part of the beneficiaries of the bailout fund for depositors of collapsed institutions by Securities and Exchange Commission,” the aggrieved Menzgold customers said in a statement issued over the weekend. According to the Coalition, 60 of their…

Coronavirus: How students who have completed WASSCE will return home

Coronavirus: How students who have completed WASSCE will return home

The Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) have jointly issued a guideline for the exit of students who have just completed the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and are returning home Friday, September 4, 2020 after a successful examination. Under the guidelines, any school where no positive case of COVID-19 has been recorded, the students can vacate and go home. Ghana’s Political History – 70th Anniversary Photo Exhibition Additionally, any school that recorded a positive case but has not reported any new positive case…

MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, is the world’s richest woman

MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, is the world’s richest woman

MacKenzie Scott has captured the title of richest woman on earth just days after ex-husband Jeff Bezos became the world’s first $200 billion man. Scott — who earlier this summer dropped the Bezos surname she had kept since their 2019 divorce — has added a staggering $30.3 billion to her net worth so far in 2020, thanks to Amazon’s stratospheric stock growth as stuck-at-home consumers have turned to the e-commerce giant for their shopping needs. With a fortune valued at $67.4 billion, Scott has now surpassed L’Oreal heiress Françoise Bettencourt Meyers,…

Court throws out MTN case against NCA

Court throws out MTN case against NCA

An Accra High Court has dismissed an application by MTN seeking to quash the National Communication Authority’s move to classify the telecommunication company as a significant market player in the telcos industry. According to the court, MTN failed to establish enough grounds for issuing restraining orders against NCA. The court, thus, said it was of the firm belief that it will be improper to grant MTN the injunction against NCA and proceeded to dismiss it accordingly while awarding a cost of GHS10,000 against MTN. By the decision of the court presided…

Travellers to Ghana to pay US$150 for COVID-19 test

Travellers to Ghana to pay US0 for COVID-19 test

Travellers arriving in Ghana by air following the reopening of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) are expected to pay US$150 for a COVID-19 test as part of measures to control the spread of the Coronavirus in the country. The mandatory testing of all passengers arriving in the country effective Tuesday, September 1, forms part of directives outlined by the Ministry of Aviation and Health to prevent the importation of the disease into the country. Speaking at a press briefing in Accra on Monday, the Managing Director of the Ghana Airports…

Aviation Ministry readies for airports reopening Sept. 1

Aviation Ministry readies for airports reopening Sept. 1

The Ministry of Aviation and its agencies are putting in place robust measures to ensure the safe reopening of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) to international passenger traffic by Tuesday, September 1, this year. The preparations include the installation of seven temperature thermal scanners and 70 sample-taking booths, floor markings to ensure social distancing, counselling units and standby ambulances at Terminal Three of the airport. The protocols put in place are to ensure adequate physical distancing, the wearing of nose masks or coverings, enhanced sanitation and disinfection, health screening, contact…