Fifty-seven oil marketing companies (OMCs) have been sanctioned by the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) for engaging in various infractions detrimental to the interest of consumers.
All the affected OMCs are in the Greater Accra Region.
They were fined a total of GH¢261,000 for serving customers with lower volumes of fuel, using non-approved GSA seals and breaking GSA seals meant to stop cheating at the pumps.
The acting Director-General of the GSA, Prof. Alex Dodoo, told the Daily Graphic in an interview in Accra on Wednesday that the companies were sanctioned within a 12-month period.
He said the GSA undertook periodic checks on the operations of all OMCs across the country twice a year to ensure that they conformed to GSA standards.
Judgment in Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire maritime disputes September 23
The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) will on September 23, 2017 deliver its judgement on the maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.
The two countries have laid claim to the disputed boundary in the Atlantic Ocean and are both calling on the Special Chamber to hold in their favour.
Cote d’Ivoire is praying the tribunal to declare that Ghana has moved into its maritime boundary but Ghana, led by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Ms Gloria Afua Akuffo, has requested the tribunal to reject Cote d’Ivoire’s claims and maintain the status quo which had been respected by both countries for more than four decades.
A press release, dated September 6, 2017 and issued on the website of the ITLOS said “the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, constituted to deal with the dispute concerning delimitation of the maritime boundary between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean (Ghana/Côte d’Ivoire), will deliver its Judgment at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017.
Finance Minister did no wrong
…In approving loan for McDan Shipping
The government has refuted the accusation by the Minority in Parliament that the Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, has granted approval to the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) to disburse a credit facility of GH¢10.45 million to MacDan Shipping Company Limited in breach of laid down regulations.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra last Tuesday, the Minority Leader, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, had said: “The minister has, by this action, usurped the authority and functions of the bank’s Board of Directors, which has curiously not been constituted despite several reminders and complaints.”
But a Deputy Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, told the Daily Graphic on Wednesday that due to the absence of a board of directors for the ADB, the bank sought the permission of the Minister of Finance and other significant shareholders of the bank to grant the loan to MacDan Shipping Company.
Funds for Free SHS ready tomorrow – Dr Adutwum
The government has promised to release funds for the smooth roll out of the free senior high school (SHS) policy by the close of this week.
Addressing the 55th National Conference of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) in Ho, a Deputy Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum told the school heads: “Your money will soon hit your accounts and indicated that money for the upkeep of the schools would by the close of the conference on Friday, be in the various accounts of the schools.