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  • Labour's disagreements on new power tariffs reported in Ghana
    16 november 2013 11:23:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The government’s decision to absorb 25% of the recent hike in electricity tariff and anger of some workers against the secretary-general of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Kofi Asamoah, for accepting government’s offer were some of the stories highlighted in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Anambra polls, terror groups, reward for Golden Eaglets highlighted in Nigeria
    16 november 2013 09:36:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Saturday's polls in South East Anambra State for a successor to outgoing Governor Peter Obi, America's new designation for terror groups, Boko Haram and Ansaru, and Federal Government's reward for the four-time winners of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, the Golden Eaglets, were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Golden Eaglets' victory at UAE 2013 dominates headlines in Nigeria
    09 november 2013 10:01:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Friday's victory by the Golden Eaglets over Mexico at the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Eamirates (UAE) overshadowed all other stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana media highlight disagreements in ruling party, deputy minister's sack
    09 november 2013 09:31:54
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media this week feasted on loud disagreements in the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), triggered by potentially damaging comments of a former minister, Alban Bagbin, on the ability of President John Dramani Mahama to tackle cases of corruption cited in the media. Full text...

  • Strike call by labour over new water, power tariffs dominates Ghana media
    02 november 2013 08:00:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A potentially debilitating strike declared last Tuesday by organised labour dominated the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Anger over National Security Adviser’s strike comment, utility tariffs reported in Ghana
    26 october 2013 07:05:57
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A huge storm kicked up by the National Security Adviser, retired Brigadier-General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah, for his hard line against strikes by workers and the continuing fallout from the increases in electricity and water tariffs were some of the stories reported by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Minister's armoured cars, devastating cholera attack highlighted in Nigeria
    26 october 2013 07:04:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The alleged purchase of two BMW 760 armoured cars for the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah, and the recent devastating cholera attacks in parts of the country were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Rare medical feat, UN security council seat, looming ban on used vehicles reported in Nigeria
    19 october 2013 08:45:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The first open heart surgery conducted at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, the United Nations Security Council seat, and the consequences of the increase in the customs tariff for imported used vehicles were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Countdown to strike, demonstration, football played up in Ghana media
    19 october 2013 07:01:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The countdown to a strike threat by organised workers over hikes in tariffs in water and electricity, a demonstration by workers to protest the tariff increases and a massive first leg win by Ghana’s national football team over Egypt in their 2014 FIFA World Cup playoff qualifying match were some of the stories played up in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Killing in Guinea Bissau, worsening lecturers' strike reported in Nigeria
    12 october 2013 08:35:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Tuesday's attack on the Nigerian embassy in Guinea Bissau and the threats by other unions to join the lingering strike by public university teachers were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Utilities tariff hikes brouhaha highlighted in Ghana
    12 october 2013 08:24:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Discontent over the recent hike in water and electricity tariffs announced by the state regulator, Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC), was the major news item highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Plane crash, national dialogue, doctors' strike reported in Nigeria
    05 october 2013 09:40:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Thursday's plane crash in Lagos, President Goodluck Jonathan's response to calls for a Sovereign National Conference, doctors' nation-wide strike and the increase in the import tariff of used cars were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • WB sanctions against waste management company, import of fake drugs reported in Ghana
    05 october 2013 07:44:06
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Stiff sanctions against a Ghanaian waste management company by the World Bank for its involvement in a bribery scandal in Liberia, import of fake drugs from India by a Ghanaian pharmaceutical company and criticisms of tariff hikes in utilities were some of the stories that dominated the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Abuja killings, lingering ASUU strike, the nation at 53 highlighted in Nigeria
    28 september 2013 09:25:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The killing, on 20 September in Abuja, of young men purported to be members of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, the lingering strike by university teachers, and the state of the nation 53 years after independence were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Nairobi mall terror attack, Mahama’s UN speech played up in Ghana media
    28 september 2013 09:07:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The 21 September attack on a shopping mall in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, by the Somalia-based al-Shabaab terrorist group and President John Dramani Mahama’s speech at the 68th UN General Assembly in New York were some of the stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Missing documents on sale of drill ship, football highlighted by Ghana media
    21 september 2013 07:28:47
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The frantic search for documents on the sale of an oil drill ship, the pairing for the playoffs of the final qualifying matches for 2014 FIFA World Cup and the car crash involving the visiting Russian Chief Justice were some of the stories highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Ghana media again flooded with validation of President Mahama’s poll victory
    07 september 2013 07:12:11
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Discussions on the 29 August verdict of the Supreme Court, that upheld the victory of Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama in the December 2012 election, continued to dominate the media this week with lawyers, politicians and the public being reminded not to stoke trouble. Full text...

  • University teachers' strike, weakened Boko Haram, epileptic power supply reported in Nigeria
    31 august 2013 09:26:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The two-month-old university teachers' strike, for which no resolution is in sight, government's declaration that the dreaded Boko Haram sect had been extensively weakened and unstable electricity supply were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghanaian newspapers awash with confirmation of President Mahama’s poll victory
    31 august 2013 07:50:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Thursday’s judgement of the Supreme that dismissed a petition by the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) against the victory of President John Dramani Mahama in the December 2012 election was the main story in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • US travel alert, strike threat by court workers reported by Ghana media
    24 august 2013 06:10:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A travel alert by the US to its citizens on the possibility of violence when Ghana’s Supreme Court delivers judgement on 29 August in the petition filed by the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) against last December's election victory by President John Dramani Mahama was one of the stories that dominated the media this week. Full text...

  • Pledge on Boko Haram, continuing ASUU strike, Bakassi ownership reported in Nigeria
    17 august 2013 08:46:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The pledge by government to hand over Boko Haram suspects to the International Criminal Court (ICC), the lingering strike by university teachers and the formal handover of the Bakassi peninsular to Cameroon were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana media highlight proceedings at Supreme Court on election petition
    17 august 2013 08:14:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s media this week focused on proceedings at the Supreme Court where the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is challenging the election of President John Dramani Mahama last December. Full text...

  • Challenges of new salary structure, Eid-el-Fitr, election petition played up in Ghana
    10 august 2013 09:48:56
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A challenging new salary structure which government says is gobbling about two-thirds of state revenue, the closing stages of the opposition’s challenge to the election of President John Dramani Mahama and the celebration of Eid-el-Fitr were some of the major stories played up in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • ‘Imprisonment’ of children, petition against President Mahama’s election reported in Ghana
    03 august 2013 06:26:32
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The “imprisonment” of three children by their parents and the continuing court case on the petition of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) against President John Dramani Mahama's victory in last December's polls were some of the stories reported in Ghana during the week. Full text...

  • Emergence of strong opposition party, university teachers' strike highlighted in Nigeria
    03 august 2013 06:24:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The registration of a new opposition political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the failure of government and university lecturers to reach an agreement following their lingering strike were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Lingering university teachers' strike highlighted in Nigeria
    27 july 2013 09:22:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian media were awash this week with stories on the lingering university lecturers' strike which began 1 July, 2013. Full text...

  • Anniversary of President Mills’ death, taxing of private universities reported in Ghana
    27 july 2013 09:13:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghanaian newspapers were this week dominated by activities marking the first anniversary of the death of President John Evans Atta Mills and the decision of the Ghana Revenue Authority to tax private universities. Full text...

  • Suggestion to increase marriage age, challenge to election results reported in Ghana
    20 july 2013 08:28:39
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A controversial suggestion to increase the legal marriage age from 18 to 23 years and the end of evidence in the Supreme Court on the opposition New Patriotic Party’s challenge of the December 2012 election results were some of the stories reported in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Mali troops, lingering ASUU strike, Mandela's birthday bash reported in Nigeria
    20 july 2013 08:01:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Government's intention to withdraw its troops from Mali, the lingering university teachers' strike, low inflation figures and celebrations marking Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Mandela Day: Nigerian media salute Nelson Mandela at 95
    18 july 2013 15:45:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Almost all Nigerian newspapers devoted their front pages to the ailing former South African president, Nelson Mandela, who celebrated his 95th birthday Thursday. Full text...

  • Damning report on corruption, debate on economy highlighted in Ghanaian media
    13 july 2013 07:56:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A damning report of anti-corruption agency, Transparency International, and claims and counter-claims on the actual health of Ghana's ailing economy were some of the stories that dominated the media this week. Full text...

  • Mali newspapers highlight controversy about election date
    06 july 2013 07:01:02
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian newspapers this week were dominated by the controversy surrounding the date for the presidential election scheduled for 28 July. Full text...

  • Jailing of two persons for contempt of court dominates Ghanaian media
    06 july 2013 07:00:03
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Supreme Court’s jailing of two persons last Tuesday for criminal contempt, following their comments on the ongoing suit filed by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) against the electoral victory of President John Dramani Mahama in December last year, dominated the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Ghana media highlight UK visa requirement, Supreme Court’s disciplinary action
    29 june 2013 09:27:41
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media this week highlighted public anger at news that the United Kingdom intends to demand a 3,000-pound deposit for visa applications. Full text...

  • Parliament's newly-found powers, Egypt and the Nile river reported in Ethiopia
    29 june 2013 09:16:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Ethiopia’s parliament, officially known as the House of Peoples’ Representatives, is showing signs of teething, a local weekly wrote this week, observing that the legislature has started exercising authority over the executive branch of the government. Full text...

  • Massive play for Mandela's health deterioration story in Nigerian press
    24 june 2013 08:11:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The news of Mandela's health deterioration, announced by the South African presidency on Sunday evening, received a massive play in the Nigerian media on Monday. Full text...

  • Jonathan's optimism of "victory" over terrorism reported in Nigeria
    22 june 2013 07:42:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan's declaration that the nation was winning the war against terrorism and revelations that the elites have stolen US$ 600 billion since independence in 1960 were the two major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ethiopian weeklies focus on Nile waters, war on corruption
    22 june 2013 07:30:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – “Ethiopia and Egypt cannot afford to go to war over the Nile,” wrote The Reporter this week, commenting on a diplomatic wrangle that in recent days filled Ethiopian air waves and newspapers as Egypt voiced opposition to the construction of a giant hydro-power dam on the Blue Nile river. Full text...

  • Tanzanian dailies awash with stories on tax loopholes
    22 june 2013 07:27:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tax payment, tax evasion and transparency in government spending caught the attention of Tanzanian dailies this week as the National Assembly debated the government’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year, staring 1 July, 2013. Full text...

  • Clampdown on illegal mining, market fires continue to dominate Ghanaian newspapers
    22 june 2013 07:22:35
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The continuing action against illegal mining that has affected scores of Chinese nationals and investigations into fires that have razed down markets were some of the stories that dominated Ghanaian newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Annulled June 12, 1993, presidential election dominates Nigerian media
    15 june 2013 08:38:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The 20th anniversary of the June 12 presidential election, won by businessman M.K.O. Abiola in 1993 but annulled by military President Ibrahim Babangida and the resultant death of the winner, overshadowed all other stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Tanzanian dailies highlight public debate on proposed constitution
    15 june 2013 07:00:21
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Views, praises and criticism related to Tanzania’s draft constitution, made public two weeks ago, continued to flow in the country’s newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Ethiopian weekly focuses on Egypt-Ethiopia tension over Nile waters
    15 june 2013 06:59:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – “Clouds over the Nile waters have become denser,” Ethiopia’s weekly Fortune wrote this week, referring to renewed military threats by Egypt in its opposition to the construction of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile River. Full text...

  • Ethiopian papers shed light on African youth empowerment
    08 june 2013 09:47:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Africa’s challenge of deepening the involvement of youth in governance structures and enhancing their intellectual capacity so that they could assume responsibilities was the focus of two Ethiopian newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Tanzania’s draft constitution takes the limelight in local newspapers
    08 june 2013 09:32:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Writing a constitution that ideally meets the expectations of the people has been the main focus of Tanzanian newspapers this week after the Constitution Review Commission (CRC) unveiled a detailed draft of what would be the country’s basic law. Full text...

  • Outlawed Boko Haram, electricity nightmare highlighted in Nigeria
    08 june 2013 09:15:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The proscription of Boko Haram, the lack of access to electricity by 120 million people and the first-year anniversary of the Dana Air Crash in Lagos were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Market fires, arrest of drug baron reported in Ghana
    08 june 2013 08:01:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Increasing spate of fire outbreaks, especially in markets across Ghana, and the arrest in the US of a drug baron were some of the stories highlighted by the media in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Nigerian paper queries OAU Jubilee celebration, AU's relevance
    03 june 2013 14:48:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian newspaper has sharply criticised African leaders over their recent celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the predecessor of the Africa Union (AU), saying the celebration was lacking ''in highlight of accomplishments on social, political and economic fronts''. Full text...

  • Jonathan's mid-term report, anti-gay bill, pirate attacks highlighted in Nigeria
    01 june 2013 09:17:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The mid-term report (2011-2013) on President Goodluck Jonathan's achievements, the passage of the bill prohibiting same-sex marriage and the hijack of a fuel cargo ship by pirates were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Another power generation challenge, Mahama’s France visit reported in Ghana
    01 june 2013 05:36:09
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – An unexpected power generation problem that has seen a return to power rationing and a three-day visit to France of President John Dramani Mahama were some of the stories that were reported in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

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