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Chaining People with Mental Health Conditions Persists

Ghana’s government has taken inadequate steps to end the chaining and inhumane treatment of people with real or perceived mental health conditions – psychosocial disabilities – in faith-based and traditional healing centers despite a 2017 ban on such treatment, Human Rights Watch said today. A decade after the adoption of the 2012 Mental Health Act, which establishes a structure to ...

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WAEC releases provisional results for 2022 WASSCE; 8,486 candidates in trouble

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released provisional results for the 2022 West Africa Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). In a statement on Thursday, WAEC said the results relate to only Ghanaian students who took part in the exams this year. According to the examination body, candidates can access the results on its website. However, some 8,486 candidates who ...

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UN appeals for record $51.5 billion to help 230 million on the brink in 2023

A record $51.5 billion is needed to help 230 million of the world’s most vulnerable people in nearly 70 countries next year, the UN said on Thursday. The size of the appeal – 25 per cent higher than this year’s – reflects the fact that the total number in need is 65 million more than in 2022, the UN and partner ...

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IMF confirms Ghana’s intention to conduct debt restructuring in 2023

The Internal Monetary Fund (IMF) has confirmed that the government of Ghana has declared its intention to conduct a debt operation ( also called debt restructuring) in 2023. According to an update on the fund’s website, “authorities [Ghana] have assessed their public debt as being unsustainable over the medium term. Together with efforts to bring the government deficit down, they ...

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Moody’s downgrades Ghana’s credit rating from Caa2 to Ca

Ghana has been downgraded deeper into junk territory by Moody’s Investors Service on the likelihood that private creditors will incur steep losses during the government’s planned debt restructuring. The country’s credit rating was slashed by two levels to Ca, the second-lowest score at Moody’s, according to a Tuesday statement. That puts Ghana on par with Sri Lanka, which is in ...

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2023 Budget offers unbearable hardship to citizens-Minority

The Minority in Parliament has described the 2023 budget statement and economic policy presented by the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, yesterday to Parliament as not encouraging as it provides no hope for the youth because there will be a freeze on employment. It has, therefore, urged the citizenry to brace themselves up for a “maximum hardship” in the coming ...

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More iron ore discovered in Oti Region – Dep. Minister

More iron deposits have been discovered at Nkwanta in the Oti Region, a Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Benito Owusu-Bio, has said. It adds up to the recent discovery of the mineral resource in that region around Gyamurume and Wawaso in commercial quantities. Question It adds up to the recent discovery of the mineral resource in that region ...

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EU pledges to support Ghana’s development

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, has pledged the European Union’s (EU’s) support to the government’s efforts to develop the country. He said the EU considered President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as an important partner and Ghana as a close friend, and that the EU would “support your personal commitment to democratic principles and values, which are extremely ...

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Road contractors warn of increased stalled projects across country

Eighty percent of road projects being pre-financed by Ghanaian contractors across the country have stalled, the National Chairman of the Association of Ghana Road Contractors, John Afful, has estimated. He attributed these challenges to the depreciation of the cedi and the increasing cost of petroleum products. Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show, Mr. Afful said it has become practically impossible for ...

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Social impact assessment of sand mining

The growth of indiscriminate sand mining has led to the destruction of the natural environment, especially farmlands and water bodies. The population in Ghana has continued to grow almost fivefold since the first post-independence census in 1960 (2021 Population and Housing Census|). It has led to an increase in the demand for housing, hence construction materials like sand. The effect ...

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