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Accra continues to drown in filth … In spite of govt’s pledge to make it cleanest city in Africa

This picture was taken along the railway line at Avenor in Accra

The President did not mince words when he mentioned that his administration would ensure that Accra becomes the cleanest city in Africa. “The commitment I want to make, and for all of us to make, is that by the end of my term in office, Accra will be the cleanest city on the entire African continent. That is the commitment ...

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Anti-Human Trafficking Unit rescues 339 victims

The Anti Human Trafficking Unit of the Ghana Police Service (AHTU) rescued 339 victims of child trafficking in 2017. Out of the number, 310 were for labour trafficking while 29 were to be trafficked for sexual exploitation. Superintendent Mike Baah, Head of AHTU, in a presentation at this year’s media launch of the World Day against Child Labour on the ...

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Journalists urged to help fight Child labour

Sulemana Braimah, MFWA

Mr Sulemana Braimah, Executive Director, Media Foundation for West Africa has urged journalists to make personal commitment to contribute towards eliminating child labour. Mr Sulemana said the issue of child labour should not be raised only when it is during the World Day against Child Labour but it should be treated with all seriousness because child labour affects national development ...

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‘It Will Be Very Difficult To Ban Plastic In Ghana Now’ – Professor Frimpong-Boateng

Prof. Frimpong-Boateng

’Government will come up with a policy to turn plastic waste into resources because we are not ready as a country to ban plastic now, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng has said. At the World Environment Day commemoration held in Accra on 5th June 2018, the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation said there had been a lot of suggestions from ...

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Ghana will be made green again- Forestry Commission assures

The Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Mr Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, has assured that the commission is poised to making Ghana green again as it plans to plant several thousands of trees across the country. This, Mr Afriyie said, would be done in collaboration with the Youth Employment Agency (YEA).  The two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding meant ...

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Youth Icons Ghana Officially Launches Tree Project; Urges Youth To Fight Deforestation

A passionate appeal has been made to the youth of Ghana to take keen interest in the planting of and caring of trees to help avert the effects of deforestation and global warming in Ghana. This appeal was made at the launch of the Green Republic Project, a youth-led tree planting project that seeks to plant about 20 million trees ...

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ALARMING: Over 6,000 HIV-AIDS Mothers Not On Treatment

It has emerged that an estimated 6,215 mothers with HIV and AIDS in need of antiretroviral (ART) drugs are not on the treatment. According to available data, out of an estimated 18,263 mothers who need Prevention of Mother-to-Child-Transmission (PMTCT), only 12,048 mothers are receiving it. These were contained in the 2017 HIV Sentinel Survey (HSS) and Estimates Report, jointly released ...

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Over 50% Of Pupils Can’t Read – UNICEF

The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) has painted a gloomy picture of the country’s basic educational sub-sector. According to the organization, just about 40% of basic school pupils are able to read and understand as well as solve basic numeracy problems. Speaking to Starr News’ Parliamentary correspondent Ibrahim Alhassan, Social Policy Specialist with UNICEF Charles Dzradosi attributed the problem ...

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Upper West Chief Declares Zero Tolerance For Child Marriage

Kuoro Abu Diaka Sukabe Ninia V, the Paramount Chief of the Zini Traditional Area, has declared zero tolerance for child marriage and gender-based violence against women, a situation that is widespread within communities in his area. He described those cultural practices and many others as bad and militated against development of communities in the 21st Century where assaults against women ...

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Anyaa residents worried over upsurge of ‘weed’ smoking among the youth

indian hemp

Residents of Awoshie- Anyaa market, a suburb of Accra, have expressed concerns over the recent development in the community regarding the youth’s brazen involvement in smoking of Indian hemp popularly known as ‘weed.’ According to the worried residents, the development is fast influencing other children to drop out of school in order to join this rather unfortunate lifestyle which has ...

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