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Press Review of Sunday, 31 December 2006

Source: GNA

Record of major events for 2006

The year 2006 began with a good will message delivered by President John Agyekum Kufuor promising a giant lift-off for the agriculture and other sectors for the year.

The following are some of the major events for the year 2006
January:
2nd - Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom, Minister of Public Sector Reform, says new pay scheme underway for the public sector workers
3rd - Methodist Church marks 170 years in Ghana
Liberian legislators inducted in Ghana - President Kufuor urges them to cherish the constitutional checks and balances
Patricia Appiagyei becomes first woman Metropolitan Chief Executive of Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly
4th - Kwamena Ahwoi, a leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), tells court Jojo Bruce-Quansah, Editor of the Ghana Palaver, told him of an alleged attack on him by assailants
5th - Dr Obed Asamoah and three others in the Volta Region quit NDC
6th - Petroleum prices go down
9th - Investigator tells court that Bruce Quansah was not assaulted
10th - Muslims celebrate Eid-Ul-Adha
11th - Finance Ministry honours promise to grant amnesty to tax defaulters
Media reports say mayhem looms in Bimbila over Nanumba chieftaincy dispute
12th - NDC extends olive branch to members who had resigned
15th - Laura Bush arrives for three-day visit
Prof. Kwabena K. Oduro becomes new Head of Office of Accountability
16th - Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf inaugurated first woman President of Liberia
One killed in communal clash in Bolgatanga
17th - Laura Bush launches Africa textbook programme in Ghana
Richard Anane, Former Minister of Road Transport, makes first appearance before CHRAJ where he was being investigated for conflict of interest
19th - Bruce-Quansah, Editor of the Palaver, acquitted and discharged
23rd - Sixth AU session opens in Khartoum
Inflation figure pegged at 14.8% at end of 2005
24th - Minister of Communications announces at meet the press series that Government has taken over WESTEL
29th - President Kufuor submits to CHRAJ to investigate allegations of abuse of position to use State resources for private gain
30th - IRS workers go on strike
31st - President gives state of the nation address
Doe Adjaho, Deputy Minority Leader in Parliament, files writ against the Representation of the Peoples' (Amendment) Bill

February

1st - Transparency International report reveals Health Sector is corrupt
2nd - Three CPP members of Parliament, Dr Kwesi Nduom; Mr Freddie Blay and Kojo Armah, snub Party's Disciplinary Committee
President Kufuor leads delegation to Oyeeman Wereko Ampem II's funeral
4th - Tony Oten-Gyasi elected President of the Association of Ghana Industries
6th - Doe Adjaho loses case on writ against ROPAB
Okaidja Adamafio resigns from NDC
7th - People's Assembly held in Cape Coast
9th - Ministry of Trade and Industry places ban on importation of poultry from Nigeria to forestall incidence of bird flu in Ghana
14th - First demonstration against Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill (ROPAB)
21st - New minimum wage announced - moves from F813, 500 to F816, 000 and takes effect from March 1
Second ROPAB demonstration organized in Accra
22nd ROPAB leaders, including Ama Benyiwa-Doe; Mahama Ayariga and Bernard Mona arrested for misbehaviour of participants during anti-ROPAB demonstration
23rd - Archbishop Peter Derry, 88, appointed Cardinal by The Vatican
27th - Ataa Ayi, notorious armed robber, sentenced to 77 years' imprisonment - two others get 69 years each

March

2nd - Minority returns to Parliament after boycotting some proceedings on ROPAB
Prof. Wayo Seini announces resignation from the NDC
4th - Boat disaster at Tepa Abotoase 96 10 people lose their lives
9th - GJA holds elections
Seventy-seven babies, whose parents could not pay the fees after delivery, granted amnesty at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital
Ransford Tetteh becomes new GJA President
13th - Government effects changes in duty post of envoys
14th - Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports dragged to court by Ghana Publishers for award of contract to Macmillan on sole sourcing basis
15th - Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng declares intention to run for President on the ticket of New Patriotic Party (NPP)
20th - Legon gets Acting Vice Chancellor in the person of Prof. Clifford Nii Boi Tagoe
22nd - Prof. Jerome S. Djangmah, becomes Chairman of West African Examination Council (WAEC) with Mr Michael Nsowah, Acting Director-General of Ghana Education Service (GES) as Vice Chairman
25th - Otumfuo Osei-Tutu II inducted Chancellor of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
26th - Archbishop Peter Dery installed Cardinal
27th - Government appoints committee on salaries of public officials
29th - Ghana experiences solar eclipse

April

4th - President makes three new appointments 96 Francis Poku, National Security Minister; Ignatius Baffour Awuah, Brong Ahafo Regional Minister and Mary Chinnery-Hesse as President's Chief Advisor on Monitoring and Evaluation of Government Programmes
CHRAJ decides that key witness in Richard Anane's case, Alexandria O'Brien should give evidence on video
5th - Tamale Central goes to the polls in by-election for new Member of Parliament; NDC retains seat
6th - Totobi Quakyi, Kwame Peprah, Former Ministers in NDC, face trial over the divestiture of the Ghana Film Industries Corporation (GFIC)
Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom tells TUC it got it all wrong on public sector reforms; the TUC had raised concerns over the reforms
7th - Ferdinand Ayim and two others die in road accident
10th - Ya Na Yakubu Andani buried after he was killed in chieftaincy dispute at Yendi in March 2002
12th - Former President Jerry Rawlings and other sympathizers besiege court during trial of his wife Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings
13th - US President George Bush declares confidence in President Kufuor during discussions on the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA)
18th - Ghana's African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) final report launched
19th Prof Kwadwo Assenso-Okyere serves notice to resume work after investigations into alleged examinations malpractices at Legon in which his son was involved
Government sets up committee to probe boat disaster at Tepa Abotoase
20th - Maiden West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) begin
21st - Electoral Commission re-opens Voters' Register
23rd - University Council says Assenso-Okyere's decision was ill advised
25th - Attorney-General says at Meet the Press series that Serious Fraud Office (SFO) uncovered 162 billion cedis loss in 55 public institutions mainly through award of contracts
Felix Kwame Ferka heads Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS)
26th - Portion of Cocoa Affairs Court building collapses
27th - President Kufuor reshuffles Ministers; Casualties are Yaw Osafo-Maafo; Mr Ayikoi Otoo; Christine Churcher; Dan Botwe and Effah Dartey
28th - Andrew Awuni, former Deputy Minister of Information, becomes President Kufuor's Spokesperson

May

3rd - Ministry of Trade and Industry organizes Third Trade Forum
GJA marks World Press Day
4th - Boy, 14, sues Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and three doctors for operating on wrong leg
Workers get 20 per cent pay rise 96 but Government says it will not affect minimum wage
5th - GJA holds 11th Awards Ceremony
8th - Eddie Annan, Managing Director of Masai Company, dealers in Seat vehicles, declares intention to run for President on NDC ticket
Renovation of Presidential Complex at Flagstaff House begins
9th - Ghana Growth and Poverty-Reduction Strategy II (GPRS II) launched
10th - Government explains re-alignment of some Ministries
GES bans use of mobile phones in schools
15th - Finance Minister Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu dares critics to debate fuel price hikes and the economy
17th - World Telecommunications Day observed
18th - Launch of biography of President Kufuor
19th - Consultative Group meeting organized
20th - Africa Day observed
29th - Medical Doctors go on one of their frequent strikes

June

3rd - President says in London that 50 per cent of cocoa will be processed locally in a few years' time
5th - World Environment Day observed in Ghana
Ghana 96 Libya Arab Holding Company and China State Huakong Construction sign $14.7 million contract to renovate and refurbish Kumasi City Hotel into a four star hotel.
Ghana beats Korea 3-1 in pre-World Cup match
7th - Parliamentary Appointments Committee rejects nomination of Akwasi Prempeh as Minister of the Ashanti Region for inconsistencies in his nationality
12th - Junior Doctors at Korle-Bu vote to resume work after Government promised to pay them on a new salary scale
Italy beats Ghana 2-0 in World Cup tournament 13th - Court quashes decision to remove Prof Edward Ofori Sarpong as Pro-Vice Chancellor and dismissal of Prof Kwesi Agyeman, Head of Philosophy Department for exam malpractice at University of Ghana
Publishers tell court they want out of court settlement in which they sued the Ministry of Education; Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund and Procurement Board for award of $27.9 million contract to Macmillan Education Limited.
14th or 9th - Bede Ziedeng , Former Acting General Secretary of NDC, resigns from Party
17th - Ghana beats Czech 2-0 in the World Cup Tournament
18th - Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao visits Ghana
Presentation ceremony of new Ga Mantse called off
19th - First national celebration of Public Services week begins
20th - 23rd 96 Consultative Group meeting held 96 Ghana commended for good control of economy
21st - Health workers reject MOU signed between Leadership and the Government
Names of 3,250 health workers reported to have been deleted from Accountant General's pay roll.
22nd - Ghana beats US 2-1 in World Cup Tournament
Ghana and Alcan Inc., Canadian mining company, sign pact to develop bauxite mining and alumina refinery
27th - Brazil beats Ghana 3-0 in World Cup Tournament
28th 96 Parliament reviews Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) Debt Recovery Fund (Amendment) Bill 2006 and Customs and Excise (Duties and other taxes) (Amendment) (No. 3) Bill 2006
30th - Rousing welcome for Black Stars when they return from World Cup Tournament
Maiden event of National honours day for 165 people

July

4th - Ministry of the Interior sets up five-member committee to investigate missing 76 parcels of cocaine on MV Benjamin
5th - New Ga Mantse introduced but there is confusion as others raise questions on his eligibility
Busumuru Kofi Annan makes private visit to Ghana
7th - Tony Oten-Gyasi becomes Council Chairman of the University of Ghana
13th - Finance Ministry seeks Parliamentary approval for 4.3 trillion cedis as Supplementary Budget
Mamponghene wins appeal against 93Daily Dispatch" newspaper
14th - Supreme Court says setting up of committee to investigate Chief Justice was wrong
Effah Dartey says he will defend cocaine suspects
16th - Justice D.F. Annan, Former Speaker of Parliament, passes away at age 77
19th - Deputy Finance Minister says no bonus for cocoa farmers for 2004/2005 crop season
Attorney-General says authorities will be tough on drug traffickers
20th 96 Fuel prices go up
21st 96 Sekondi Anglican Priest and four others jailed for contempt of court
22nd Paul Wolfowitz, President of the World Bank, makes stopover in Accra en-route to US after seven-nation tour of Africa
Prof. Albert Adu Boahene buried
23rd Black Queens automatically qualify for African Women's Championship for September after Congo Brazzaville fail to turn up
25th 96 Witness in cocaine saga names Police Chiefs in first public hearing of Georgina Wood Committee
Tsatsu's counsel says IFC must testify to ensure fair trial in case in which Tsatsu is accused of causing financial loss to the State
Deputy Director of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Patrick Ampewuah named in cocaine bribery scandal
26th - Superintendent Tabiri tells investigating committee he demanded money as a bait
2006 Grand Sales open
27th - Controversial cocaine tape played at Cocaine Committee hearing
31st 96 Hearts of Oak fire their Coach, Oti Akenteng

August

1st - Ghana signs MCA agreement in the US 96 receives first tranche of $10.2 million out of $547 million
2nd - Swoop on cocaine barons 96 Tagor and three other arrested
4th 96 Ike Quartey fights Forrest
Cocaine trial begins at court
7th - Alhaji Moro, Businessman, also nabbed
9th - Rojo Mettle Nuno tells committee he worked for Vasquez for seven months but did not know he dealt in cocaine
Areeba fined 2.8 billion cedis by National Communication Authority (NCA) for poor performance
Attorney-General defends decision to arrest drug suspects
10th - Tagor, Issah Abass, Kwadwo Ababio and Kwabena Acheampong decide to boycott Mrs Justice Georgina Wood Committee because of their arrest
Former Immigration Officer in charge of operations tells Mrs Justice Georgina Wood Committee there was no detail of entry or exit of two Venezuelans cited in the missing cocaine saga
Sod cutting for Koforidua water project
KNUST gets new Vice Chancellor Prof. Kwasi Kwafo Adarkwa
Vida Anim and Eric Nkansah win gold medals at African athletics championship for 100 metres
13th - Another cocaine suspect, Tsibu Darko nabbed
President comments on cocaine issue, sparks debate on what he knows from intelligence report
14th - Police announce promotions
15th - Ghana Telecom University opens
21st - Gina Blay, Editor of Daily Guide, appears before Mrs Georgina Wood Committee for publishing proceedings of hearing in camera
23rd - Georgina Wood Committee decides to reconcile transcript of tape recordings presented to it to aid investigations
Prison Service Council inaugurated by President Kufuor
24th - Police chase alleged cocaine shipment at Ada but rumours turn out not to be true
27th - Three die in renewed fighting in Yendi
28th - Crisis meeting on Yendi held at Manhyia
ECG announces load-shedding exercise
White Paper on Pension Scheme report announces unified pension scheme in two years
31st - Controller and Accountant General says they deleted more than 2,000 ghost names from pay roll
Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) results released
Government says no to gays and lesbian conference
World Tourism Day launched

September

1st 96 NAGRAT members embark on strike action
4th 96 Boat disaster on Volta Lake at Golobu to Yeji
All district assemblies dissolved
22nd - Georgina Wood Committee presents report
22nd - Ghana experiences annular eclipse
25th - Fuel prices go down
26th - District assembly elections held
29th - Minister of the Interior holds press conference on the Georgina Wood report and says Government will implement recommendations to the letter

October

4th - President Kufuor launches MCA programme for the Northern sector
11th - Member of Mrs Justice Georgina Wood Committee says there was no evidence to warrant the invitation of the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene to appear before it
4th Doing Business 2007 Report launched, Ghana first in Africa for reforms, 9th in world and overall - 94th in standing out of 175
Government to probe alleged importation of blood diamond
11th - Michael Klein, Vice President of World Bank, holds talk with President Kufuor
17th - NDC supporters involved in road accident en-route to rally prior to Offinso by-election
18th - Court ruling on Macmillan and Ministry of Education case in favour of Ghanaian publishers
25th - NPP wins Offinso by-elections
26th - Ghana Britain announce operation Westbridge to combat drug trafficking
27th - Democratic Freedom Party (DFP0 launched
29th - Plane crashes in Nigeria; Kills spiritual leader of Muslims, Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammadu Maccido and his son, Senato
30th - Newly elected district assembly members inaugurated
Youth leaders of four political parties issue communiqu=E9 urging Council of State and House of Chiefs to take steps to resolve tension between Former President Jerry John Rawlings and President Kufuor
Saudi Arabia gives $1 million to Ghana and UN World Food Programme to support emergency food assistance programme
31st - Fuel prices go down
Court says National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT ) strike is illegal 96 orders them back to the classroom

November

1st - Nationwide 5-day integrated immunisation programme begins
Salaries of about 6,000 workers blocked for alleged discrepancies 96 Accountant-General says
3rd - Japan warns of over concentrated pesticide in Ghana's cocoa
Anlos celebrate Hogbetsotso peacefully
5th - 18-member National Media Commission (NMC) inaugurated
Amarkai Amartefio, Consular General of Sweden and Dean of the Honorary Consular Corps of Ghana elected Vice President of World Federation of Consular Corps.
Alhaji B. A. Fuseini, Former Diplomat, reported dead
African countries including Ghana sign $1.9 billion deal with 11 Chinese companies at Chinese Africa conference
6th - Synod Committee of Evangelical Presbyterian told of take-off of first University in the Volta Region
Committee on two shooting incidents at Dansoman and Kotobabi in Accra presents reports to Minister of the Interior
8th - TOR says fuel at pump stations are adulterated
President Kufuor attends Korea Africa summit in Seoul
9th - NAGRAT members return to the classroom after it embarked on a strike action on September 1
10th - Inflation for October fixed at 10.5 per cent
Japan pledges support during meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Kufuor in Japan
First inter-faith based ICT conference ends
Black Queens take second place in Africa Women Soccer Championship held in Nigeria
11th - National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFAC) opens at Wa
Catholic Bishops urge country to reflect and act on issues aimed to develop country in communique at annual conference
Remembrance Day held for those who died in wars and conflicts worldwide
13th - President Kufuor returns home from 3-nation Asian tour
14th - UNDP Human Development Report 2006 launched; Ghana moves to 136 from 138 at out of 177 countries
Information Ministry denies spending 36 billion cedis on friends of NPP and front journalists
Minority NDC members in Parliament reshuffle ranking members
Black Stars draw 1-1 with Australia in soccer friendly played in England
2006 Health summit held
15th - Vice President Aliu Mahama launches southern zone programme of MCA in Bawjiase involving Accra, Central, Eastern and Volta Regions
President Kufuor receives invitation from Queen Elizabeth
Major road works begin in Kumasi; President Kufuor cuts sod
16th - 2007 Budget Statement read
Two hawkers' associations disagree on list for allocation of stalls by Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) at the Pedestrian Mall near Kwame Nkrumah Circle
ARB Apex Bank gets new head office
Law conference held to commemorate Ghana @ 50
Government announces pay reforms in 2008 Budget Statement
17th - Four men standing trial over the disappearance of 76 parcels of cocaine at Tema port discharged by tribunal for lack of prosecution evidence after Attorney General withdraws charges; They face fresh charges
Report by World Bank Economic Advisor, Harry Broadman, says trade with India and China would be more beneficial to Africa
Deputy Managing Director of Precious Minerals Marketing Company (PMMC) jailed one month for contempt of court
GES Acting Director General announces intention to reduce examinable subjects at basic level from 10 to six in 2007r
18th 96 Riot at KNUST, Katanga Hall students destroy hospital property due to alleged negligence that led to the death of a student
Osie Adja-Tekpor, Paramount Chief of Avetime Traditional Area and Former President of National House of Chiefs, buried
19th 96 Africa Statistics Day launched in Accra
NPP holds strategic review workshop
Ashgold Football Club qualify for Africa Champions League
21st - Nduom announces that workers salaries would be reviewed effective January 1, 2007
Three more companies to refine oil from next year as announced by Director of Petroleum, Apeagyei Gyamfi
22nd - Newly appointed Judges of the Appeal and High Courts and Regional Tribunals sworn in.
Ghana slips in FIFA rankings to 28th position from 24th position in October.
US overseas private investment corporation announces $30 million dollar investment in affordable housing for the poor
Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) announces deadlock in negotiations with GES; refers matter to National Labour Commission (NLC)
CAF names Essien in shortlist for 2006 African Footballer of the year
23rd - Institute of Human Resources Management Practitioners kick against fair wages commission
Health Minister says Ghana is testing findings of 10 local herbalists for the treatment of HIV/AIDS at launch of the Africa Regional Health Report, which charts the progress made in fighting diseases and promoting health care in Africa
GES Council urges NAGRAT to apologise to all stakeholders in order to receive October 2006 salaries
AMA suspends registration of hawkers following confusion in the allocation of space and stall at Pedestrian Shopping Mall
24th - Man Ghana competition held, Samuel Asante wins
26th - Three security personnel of Vice President Mahama die in road accident
27th - Ghana Primary Mortgage and Marketing Initiative launched
Court remands Tagor and Abbass in Police custody after dismissing bail application
Gov. Gen. of Canada arrives on five-day visit
Publication of announcement of redenomination of cedi by Deputy Governor of BoG
Application of La Council against putting up of building for Ghana @ 50 thrown out by court
28th - First Graphic Accra Governance dialogue ends
GFA Chairman says unhappy about court cases on premier league.
Chairman of Commission on Culture comments on absence of key Ministers at NAFAC, especially the Minister of Chieftaincy and Culture
Hackman Owusu-Agyemang says Government will act on Sodom and Gomorrah
FA seeks FIFA assistance to investigate fake transfer certificate issued to Shilla Alhassan to Gabon
Hearts CEO names new management team
29th - Gov. General of Canada Michaelle Jean sheds tears on visiting the Elmina Castle
30th - Timber Export Development Board says wood exports have dropped from 352,162 cubic metres at 138 million euros in 2005 to 328,613 cubic metres at 126 million January 96 September

December

1st - National Farmers' Day held in Ashanti Region
2nd - International day of the disabled marked on Monday
Ike Quartey and Joshua Clottey lose in separate boxing bouts
Four suspected criminals escape from Police cells at Odorkor
4th - Bank of Ghana (BoG) Governor briefs Parliament on re-denomination
Parliament requests BoG to furnish it with financial cost and other details of the intended redenomination of the cedi after briefing
CHRAJ launches Human Rights week
Ekwow Spio Garbrah files nomination to contest for NDC presidential candidature
Parliament approves 2007 Government Financial Policy
5th - Accused turns witness in case involving Tagor and co; gives account of meeting at Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Kofi Boakye's house
Two members of IEA, B. J. da Rocha and Prof Wayo Seini criticise re-denomination of the cedi
FAO Director visits and commends Ghana on food policy at press conference
Research by Centre for Media Analysis says newspaper reports on cocaine investigation was excellent
Nsawam Prisons gets babies unit
6th Prof. Mills and Mahama Iddrisu file nominations to contest for presidential slot of NDC
CHRAJ launches guidelines on conflict of interest
Ghana-Tanzania sign MOU for rights to use tax software for IRS
7th - Mines Minister inaugurates committee to propose strategies to improve implementation of Kimberly Process Scheme in Ghana
Ghanaian Management team takes over Ghana Telecom
8th - Police go on roads to ensure peaceful celebration of Christmas and New Year
Ghana Statistical Service announces November inflation at 10.3 per cent
10th - Starlets qualify for African Championship 96 beat Ivorian Young Elephants 2-0 at Sunyani
11th - NMC organises national conference on the media and national development
21st Speaker's Breakfast forum held with focus on women
MOH and International Organisation of Migration sign MOU to allow Ghanaians abroad to offer short-term assistance to health sector to improve capacities and human resources
Graphic sues Elizabeth Ohene for infringement of copyright
International Human Rights Day celebrated Africa Office of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative calls for action on Ghanaians killed in The Gambia
12th - National sanitation law enforcement and education programme launched alongside re-launch/introduction of sanitary inspection
2005 Club 100 award held
Hearts of Oak pull out of Africa championship
Trial of Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, Former First Lady and five others for causing financial loss in divestiture of GIHOC cannery adjourned to February 2007
NAGRAT says in press release that it will not apologise
President directs Felix Owusu-Adjapong to be responsible for the Road Transport Ministry
13th - NDC presidential aspirants introduced after forum for the four
Story breaks on arrest of Akyempimhene of Agogo for attempting to smuggle drugs to Amsterdam
15th - Bush launches Malaria programme in Africa
3rd meeting of the Second Session of Parliament of the Fourth Republic go on recess
Graphic, Former Editor Elizabeth Ohene smoke peace pipe
EC announces Fomena elections slated for January 23, 2007
21st - NDC holds delegates' congress, Atta Mills emerges presidential candidate for the third time