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Protecting children from abuse, neglect and maltreatment

Generally, children are protected by law against all forms of abuse and neglect. Section 71, 91 and 92 of the Criminal Offenses Act, 1960 (Act 29) as amended in 1998 now referred to as the Criminal Offenses Act, 1960 (Act 29) criminalize the abandonment or exposure of a child to danger, abduction of a child and a range of sexual offenses that could render a child vulnerable to ...

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ICRF offers relief for families raising children with cerebral palsy

Impact Care Rehab Foundation (ICRF), an organization that provides a home for children with cerebral palsy at no cost has been opened at Kanda, a suburb of Accra. Mrs Mildred Osei Asiamah, Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation said she was touched by the plight of parents of children with cerebral palsy go through in trying to find a school ...

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First Lady calls for unified decision to end Female Genital Mutilation

Mrs Rebbecca Akufo-Addo, First lady

First Lady Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo has called on all stakeholders to as a matter of urgency “take a unified decision, to end the practice of Female Genital Mutilation. The First lady made the call when she opened a two -day International meeting on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Accra last Wednesday. Mrs. Akufo-Addo, addressing the meeting, bemoaned the “terribly harmful” ...

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Respect the rights of minority groups- POS Director admonishes

Jonathan Osei Owusu, Executive Director of POS foundation

Despite the establishment of a reporting system to collate human rights abuses against minorities including Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual and Transgender(LGBT) persons, LGBT people in Ghana still face violence, human rights abuse, discrimination and heightened hate or homophobic speech from government officials and religious leaders which incites violence and homophobia against the LGBT community in Ghana. According to Mr Jonathan Osei ...

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Could Reforming the State Owned Enterprise Sector be a Big Deal for Ghana?

Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, Minister for Business Development

At the beginning of September, Ghana’s Ministry of Finance brought the heads of State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) to deliberate how to reform SOEs, some of them loss-making, in order to have them play a more strategic role in Ghana’s development. As reported in the local press, the Vice President of Ghana, Mahamudu Bawumia (who gave the keynote address to the Policy ...

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Bolgatanga MCE pledges to rehabilitate and restock libraries

Mr Joseph Amiyuure, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Bolgatanga, has pledged to rehabilitate and restock all existing libraries in the Municipality. He said education is the key to the development of any country hence the need to ensure that the necessary infrastructure is available to improve the libraries in the municipality and help raise the standard of education to ...

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Wa Airport to begin operations in February 2018

The Deputy Minister for Aviation Hon. Kwabena Okyere Darko has hinted that the Wa Airport will commence operations by the end of February 2018. He revealed this on the floor of Parliament when the law maker for Wa Central Hon. Abdul Rashid Pelpuo filed a question asking the minister for aviation when works of the wa airport will commence. Mr ...

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The Paradise Papers: How to hide wealth and pay less tax

The ‘Paradise Papers’ revelations published on 5 November by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and its partners show how the rich and powerful around the world are able to hide wealth through complex and opaque financial structures which allow them to keep their business dealings secret. These secret structures can also be used by the corrupt. As ICIJ writes ...

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Business to crumple if rent Act fails

Many international and local limited liability companies in the central business district of Accra resolve to fold up if the implementation of the Reviewed Rent Act fails. Businessmen say over hundred percent (100%) increment in rent advance for warehouses and shops in the space of one year is unbearable. In an interview with the Public Agenda in an interview yesterday, ...

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Zongos set for major facelift

Boniface Saddique, Minister for Inner Cities and Zongo Development

The much anticipated growth in the Country’s Zongo communities is set to materialize, especially in the areas infrastructure, education and economic regeneration, following the passage of the Zongo Development Fund Bill. The passage of the bill has meant that a way has been paved for uplifting the conditions of the Zongo communities across the country and converting these neighborhoods into ...

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