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Passage of controversial Public Universities Bill put on hold

The controversial Public Universities Bill, which is under consideration in Parliament, has been put on hold. According to a Citi News report, Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament, Peter Nortsu Kotoe, made the revelation during an interview. “The Akatsi North MP said the Bill is not part of the Bills being considered before Parliament goes on recess in ...

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The world is watching Nigeria as ECOWAS, UN, and EU condemn EndSARS violence

All eyes are on Nigeria right now amid protests by citizens against police brutality that have turned violent, including reports of many dead. Witnesses told Reuters Tuesday that soldiers fired at the protesters in the Lekki district of the commercial capital, Lagos. Amnesty International said in a statement it had received “credible but disturbing evidence of excessive use of force ...

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Nigeria’s SARS: A brief history of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad

In April last year, Kofi Bartels, a 34-year-old radio journalist in Nigeria’s Rivers State, was filming three police officers from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) beating another man when they and three of their colleagues turned their attention to him. In a series of tweets, he described being beaten and arrested: “They took turns to slap, punch and kick me ...

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Uganda, DR Congo decide to make roads, not war

If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, that to lasting peace with neighbours is layered with bitumen and straddled by high-voltage electricity lines. That appears to be the lesson from the Uganda government’s strategic shift in its regional policy towards the Democratic Republic of Congo, its large, rich, but a troubled westerly neighbour. After two-and-a-half decades of ...

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A call for the passage of an Affirmative Action Law in Ghana

Madam Cynthia Maamle Morrison

The Affirmative Action Bill is among the outstanding listed Bills by Parliament for consideration and we expect that this exercise would be undertaken before the dissolution of the 7th Parliament. To this end, ABANTU for Development and PLAN International need to reiterate the urgent need for the Bill to be passed into Law. An Affirmative Action Law presents itself as ...

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Pokuase interchange workers demonstrate over GH¢20 wage per day

Construction workers on the Pokuase interchange on Thursday, October 22, 2020, demonstrated over what they label as maltreatment from their superiors. These workers told GhanaWeb they are unhappy with the GH¢20 they receive as their daily wages and GH¢1 allowance they receive for scaffolding Out of the meagre amount they receive, they are taxed. Also, anyone who takes a break ...

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Kasoa now a breeding ground for international criminals – Minister laments

The Central Regional Minister Kwamena Duncan has observed that Kasoa which is one of the populous communities in the region has now become a hub for breeding criminal activities. According to him, although the Central Region is a very secured area, the Kasoa enclave seems to be volatile considering the increasing crime rate in the area. “As a naive, novice ...

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These are four conflicts in Africa that Gaddafi funded or launched

If the company allows, it should be possible for Africans both on the continent and in the diaspora to have a nuanced conversation about the life and legacy of the former Libyan leader, Col. Muammar al-Gaddafi. The caveat here is important; Gaddafi divides opinion nine whole years after a section of irate Libyans killed him, ironically in Sirte, on the ...

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2020 Polls: CSOs urge government to adopt zero-tolerance for vigilantism

Some Civil Society Organizations including Community Focus Foundation Ghana (CFF-GH) and Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA), have called on government, political parties and all other stakeholders to adopt a zero-tolerance for acts of vigilantism ahead of the 2020 general elections. According to the CSOs, the passage of the anti-vigilantism bill alone is not enough to put to ...

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School Reopening: Parents commend government, call for e-learning

Some parents have commended Government for successfully opening schools in the country gradually amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Some parents said, they were happy their 2nd-year children in Junior High Schools and Senior High Schools were having their turn from Monday, October 5th saying they have been home for too long and that once the schools have put in place the protocols, we ...

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