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Prof. Atugubah threatens to lead impeachment against UTAG leaders over Public Universities Bill

Respected law professor, Raymond Atugubah, has written a strongly-worded letter to his colleagues at the University of Ghana branch of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) about the need to intensify resistance against the controversial Public Universities Bill (PUB). According to Prof. Raymond Atugubah, who is an Associate Professor and Dean, School of Law of the University of Ghana, ...

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PPAG finds ‘cure’ for teenage pregnancies in Bolgatanga

The Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) says it has found what it considers a potent remedy for adolescent pregnancy and child marriage in Bolgatanga and it is implementing it in the Upper East regional capital. The remedy— supporting deprived girls to set up their own businesses— was discovered as the PPAG interacted with some teenage girls at a session ...

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Ghana’s opposition leader calls for an independent audit of election results

Flagbearer of Ghana’s biggest opposition party , the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has called for a forensic audit on the election results announced by the Electoral Commission on December 9. According to him, having an independent audit of the EC’s figures will ease the tension surrounding the results and per the outcome of the audit, will concede defeat if the ...

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Illicit financial flows threaten security and stability in Africa

At a time when Africa is mobilizing resources for pandemic recovery and sustainable development, illicit financial flows (IFFs) are robbing the continent of $50 billion annually, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a high-level virtual meeting held under the African Union’s (AU) ‘Silencing the Guns’ initiative.  These “staggering losses” would be enough to bridge nearly 75 per cent of Africa’s ...

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Ghanaians vote in crucial elections today

Today, December 7, 2020, a total of 17,027,655 registered voters are expected to cast their ballot at about 33,367 polling stations across the country from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm The presidential race has twelve candidates seeking to occupy the Jubilee House for the next four years though it is an open secret that it’s a two-horse race between the ...

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COVID-19 could see over 200 million more pushed into extreme poverty, new UN development report finds

An additional 207 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty by 2030, due to the severe longterm impact of the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the total number to more than a billion, a new study from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has found.  According to the study, released on Thursday, such a “high damage” scenario would mean a protracted recovery from COVID-19, anticipating that 80 ...

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Enhancing women’s effective inclusion in elections 2020

On Monday, December 7, 2020, Ghana will hold the eighth presidential and parliamentary elections since the advent of democratic rule in 1992. Elections are among the most political institutions and voting gives majority of citizens the opportunity of voice. However, as central element of democracy, elections must be inclusive where all those eligible have the opportunity to vote as well ...

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Tackling Climate Change to consolidate gains in Ghana’s Cocoa Sector

In Ghana, Cocoa has historically been a key cash crop and a major source of export and financial earnings. The cocoa industry has played a crucial role in the economic development of the country by contributing significantly to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The Cocoa sector is one of the critical sectors of the Ghanaian economy and source of livelihood ...

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Illicit financial flows cost Africa billions of dollars – Global Tax Justice Network

A new study conducted by a network of NGOs, including the Global Tax Justice Alliance, revealed that Tax evasion costs Africa more than $25 billion a year. As African countries are grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic, tax evasion is considered “unacceptable”, as it reduces revenues that could be spent on citizens’ health. Twenty-three billion dollars is the estimated amount that ...

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Covid-19: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine approved for use next week in UK

The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for mass vaccination. Britain’s medicines regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe to be rolled out. The first 800,000 doses will be available in the UK from next week, Health Secretary ...

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