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Minister touts significance of NREG

Mr Benito Owusu Bio, Deputy Minister Mr Benito Owusu Bio, Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources

The deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Benito Owusu Bio has acknowledged the contributions of the Natural Resources and Environment Governance Program (NREG)   to the country’s natural resources sectors. Delivering a key note address at the 8TH Civil Society Annual Review of the Natural Resources and Environment Sector, Mr Bio said the NREG programs has contributed to great ...

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State-owned media timid — Prof. Karikari

Prof Kwame Karikari

Even though the 1992 Constitution explicitly protects the state-owned media to be independent, free and critical in order to demand accountability from government, they are timid, the Board Chairman of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), Professor Kwame Karikari, has observed. “The state-owned media are behaving like chickens that have been kept under a coop for a long time, and ...

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Ghana must abolish the death penalty

A civil society organization, the Perfecto of Sentiment (POS) Foundation has called on the government to abolish the death penalty. The organization argues that the 1992 Constitution promotes and ensures the protection of the human rights of the citizenry, particularly the right to life. The death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights. It is premeditated and cold-blooded killing ...

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Aftermath of ITLOS ruling… Oil companies rush to pay Surface Rentals

Hon. Boakye Agyarko, Minister for Energy

The judgment delivered by The Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) recently has triggered a rush by licensed Oil companies operating at Ghana’s oil production blocks to settle their Annual Surface Rentals. Public Agenda is told that 14 out of the 17 companies in the records of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) have ...

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Businessmen laud BoG over policy rate cut

Dr Ernest Addison,Governor, Bank of Ghana

The cut of the country’s policy rate from 21 to 20 percent by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank of Ghana (BoG) has been lauded by a section of businessmen in the Central Business District of Accra. But quickly added that the hundred basis point cut will guarantee businesses growth only if it leads to a significant decline ...

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Understanding Policing in modern Ghana

Mr David Asante-Apeatu,IGP

Policing is generally about law enforcement, maintenance of law and order checking crime and ensuring that those suspected to have committed crime are made to face the law. The Ghana Police Service which derived its roots from the Gold Coast constabulary had been in existence for about a century now. The Service which was known as the Ghana Police Force, ...

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Penal Reform Ghana calls for changes to Criminal Justice System

crowded prison

On the occasion of the World Human Rights Day which falls on Sunday, 10 December 2017, Penal Reform Ghana (PRG) calls on government to, as a matter of urgency, initiate steps to comprehensively reform the country’s prison system. Ghana’s remand system has been described by many as cruel and inhumane. It is heart-wrenching that, for instance, to this present time, ...

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As Christmas beckons … FDA cautions consumers against expired products

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has cautioned the general public of fake and expired food products smuggled into the market by some traders as Christmas approaches in few weeks. In a telephone interview with Public Agenda in Accra last Thursday, the Head of Communications and Public Education at the FDA Mr James Lartey advised the public to take note ...

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The Libyan slave trade and the hypocrisy of the African elite

Muammar Gaddafi

In the past four weeks, we have all been regaled with stories of the Libyan slave trade. Sad as this is, we should ask ourselves as Africans, how did we get here? How did we create societies in which our young people see the need to take to the Atlantic Ocean, including those who cannot swim, instead of staying back ...

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Forestry Commission cautions illegal loggers & truck owners

The Forestry Commission has cautioned illegal loggers and truck owners to desist from acts of illegalities as the commission is poised to arrest and prosecute them. The warning   was given after the Commission’s Task Force recently confiscated 19 trucks loaded with illegal lumber. Addressing the media in Accra, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Commission,  Mr John Allotey said, ...

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