Source: Daily Guide Ghana - The Zongo District police in Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital, are holding a 30-year-old man for allegedly defrauding two bereaved Muslim families of 
GHc 9,600 in what the police see as a new modus operandi by criminals to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.

 
 
Source: Daily Graphic Ghana - The President of the Agona Nyakrom Traditional Council, Okofo Katakyi Nyarku Eku X, has warned that the traditional council will soon begin hauling parents who fail to provide for the upkeep of their children before the council to explain their actions.

According to him, the move is to protect children in the area from parental neglect, which could affect their development, as well as progress in life.

 
 
Source: Daily Guide Ghana - Alhaji Awudu Ariff, a national executive committee member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has explained why Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings cannot return to the ruling party despite alleged appeals by her husband to do so.

 
 
Source: kasapafmonline.com - President Mahama has said the move to deny striking doctors their August salary falls in line with the Labour laws hence it will be enforced to ensure sanity prevails.

Speaking to State broadcaster GBC Wednesday, President Mahama insisted “we are taking remedial actions , and I say they should go back,” describing the ongoing strike action by the Ghana Medical Association as illegal.

If we don’t live by our laws we’ll go back to the jungle,” he stressed.

 
 
Source: citifmonline.com - President John Dramani Mahama has insisted that the decision by aggrieved doctors to strike is “illegal” and “does not make sense.”

According to him, the strike must be called off because “we’re paying doctors their salaries and allowances as negotiated on single spine, but instead conditions of service.”
“The labour law states that nobody must negotiate under duress. Even before negotiations begun they declared a strike. Nobody must die as a result of an illegal strike. The doctors strike is illegal… The doctors must go back to work while negotiations continue in good faith,” he added.

The President made the comment today to commemorate the World Youth Day in an interview on Uniiq FM on Wednesday.

Members of the GMA have insisted that they will not return to work unless government provides them with conditions of service.

Meanwhile, the salaries of striking doctors are likely to be frozen by government.

A statement from the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations reminded the doctors and all other striking public sectors workers that under the provisions of the Labour Act 2003 (Act 651), a worker on strike, “may forfeit his/her remuneration in respect of the period during which he/she is engaged in the illegal strike.”

On the freeze on employment, President Mahama explained that the move was to reduce pressure on government’s wage bill.

He said the wage bill continues to take a toll on government revenue adding that, “we want to bring the wages and compensation bill down. In 2013, wages took 73% of total tax revenue.”

In 2010, the government placed a ban on the recruitment of employees in the public sector to reduce the increasing wage bill.

Some Ghanaian workers had complained that the embargo over the years has increased the rate of unemployment in the country.

But Mahama said government has been able to reduce the wage bill from 73% to 49% of tax revenues, adding that such monies are being channeled into development.
 
 
Source: citifmonline.com - A labour analyst, Austin Gamey has backed government’s plans to withhold the salaries of striking public workers.

In an interview with Citi News, the former minister insisted that if the government is able to carry-out the threat, it will send the strongest signal to the workers that the nation will no longer entertain their disregard for due process and rule of law.

 
 
Source: citifmonline.com - Following the unending power crisis, cedi depreciation amidst Ghana’s economic challenges, a former General Secretary of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, has opined that President John Mahama is “tired” of governing and “confused” about how to solve the problems and will be very happy if he is reshuffled in 2016.

 
 
Source: myjoyonline.com - Former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie is very confident the flag bearer of the party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will win the 2016 general elections.

He said he fears the worst will happen to him if Nana Addo is not voted president of Ghana in 2016.

 
 
Source: myjoyonline.com - People living close to the White Volta basin in the Upper East and Northern regions have few hours to vacate their homes and farms as authorities in Burkina Faso spill excess water in the Bagre Dam.

The National Disaster Management Organization, NADMO, says it was only informed about the spillage on Monday. 

 
 
Source: GNA - Authorities of the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital says they would launch an immediate investigation into allegations of dumping of mentally sick persons from unknown locations to parts of the Central Region.