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MTN Ghana reconnects over 1.95m SIMs



MTN Ghana has reconnected 1,954,295 of SIM cards disconnected as a result of the National SIM re-registration.

This leaves 3,804,940 disconnected SIMs. In November 2022, MTN Ghana disconnected 5,759,235 customers.

The reconnection was after the impacted subscribers completed their biometric capture.

The National Communications Authority (NCA) in a letter dated March 20 2023, directed all operators to disconnect all numbers that had not completed their Stage 2 registration (that is the biometric capture) by March 31, 2023.

In response to that, MTN Ghana disconnected an additional 37,146 SIMs in March 2023, bringing the total disconnected SIMs per the regulatory directive to 5,796,381.

The NCA in a subsequent letter dated April 13, 2023, further directed that, all disconnected SIMs should be delinked from the SIM registration database effective April 17, 2023.

Consequently, 3,842,086 of the disconnected SIMs have been delinked from the SIM registration database.

MTN Ghana explained that it is committed to the national SIM re-registration exercise and will continue to deploy resources and work with the regulator to accelerate SIM re-registration for all subscribers.

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Power has been restored following resumption of gas supply – GRIDCo



The Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) have jointly announced that power supply has been restored to all affected customers.

This followed the resumption of gas supply from Takoradi for use by generating plants in Tema.

According to a statement jointly issued by GRIDCo and ECG on Saturday, October 28, the improved gas supply has enabled power restoration to all loads across the country.

“Customers currently experiencing any outage should report to the ECG Call Centre on 0302- 611 611 or the Customer Service Office for the fault to be rectified, since this is likely to be a local fault.

“GRIDCo and ECG regret the inconvenience caused by the recent load management exercise and thank the public for their patience,” the statement said.

GRDICO earlier attributed the recent power cuts in parts of the country to limited gas supply.

“The Ghana Grid Company Ltd, (GRIDCo), the “Operator” of the National Interconnected Transmission System (NITS) informs the general public that due to limited gas supply to Tema, there will be a supply gap of 550MW at peak time.

“This will affect the power supply to consumers in some parts of the country,” an earlier statement issued by GRIDCo on Thursday, October 26 said.

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Agriculture is a major driving force behind growth of Ghana’s economy – Akufo-Addo



President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday, 26th October 2023, held a meeting with International Partners to discuss the food and agriculture sector of Ghana’s economy

He applauded the longstanding commitment of the respective governments of the partners to Ghana’s economic progress.

This commitment, he said “has contributed significantly to making agriculture a major driving force behind the growth of the Ghanaian economy, with the sector maintaining an average growth rate of 5.9% over the past six (6) years, up from 2.9% we inherited in 2017.”

The president indicated at the meeting that the second phase of the Programme for Planting for Food and Jobs is poised to continue the transformation of Ghana’s agricultural landscape.

“We have shifted our approach from a subsidy policy to an input credit system that accommodates all participants in the agricultural value chain. This programme’s design places strong emphasis on commercial agriculture, with a cascading effect on all stakeholders, from production to processing, distribution, and marketing,” he said.

This comprehensive approach will stimulate economic activities within the sector, generate employment, support industrialisation, boost exports, increase incomes, foster rural development, and propel overall economic growth, he added.

“We anticipate that, by the end of the five-year implementation period, Ghana will have achieved enhanced food security, and established a strong comparative advantage in the production of diverse cash and food crops and poultry products. Additionally, we aim to leverage competitively the opportunities presented by the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA),” the president stressed.

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PFJ phase 2 can help Ghana achieve food security – Akufo-Addo



President Akufo-Addo has affirmed that the Planting for Food and Jobs Programme has the potential to make the country self-sufficient in the production and supply of food.

Nana Akufo-Addo believes that the programme would yield the desired results with the necessary investment.

Speaking at the Presidential Roundtable Discussion with development partners on the PFJ, the President said the government will provide the necessary support to ensure the success of the scheme.

“I am firmly convinced that the second phase of the Planting for Food and Jobs programme will raise awareness about the potential of Ghana’s agriculture and attract the necessary investments so that we can achieve food security and economic growth in Ghana. On behalf of the government, I wholeheartedly acknowledge our responsibility to create a conducive environment, and we are resolutely committed to meeting this expectation through regulatory measures and other incentives.”

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Finance Dr. John Kumah assured that the Ministry will ensure that the required funds are released to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to help with the successful implementation of the programme.

“By the numbers, the budgetary allocation from the Ministry of Finance has increased from GH¢188 million to GH¢857.8 million in 2022 under President Akufo-Addo. Crucially, we have maintained our resolve and commitment to the agricultural sector. In 2021, we paid GH¢834 million to MOFA, and despite the difficult economic conditions in 2022, the Ministry of Finance ensured that 92% of MOFA’s approved budget was released.”

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