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Women occupy 30% of Burundi’s new cabinet

President Evariste Ndayishimiye

Women make up over thirty percent of Burundi’s new cabinet according to a government release issued over the weekend. President Evariste Ndayishimiye in a decree nominated a sixteen-member cabinet to help run government business. The cabinet is also inclusive of the Prime Minister Alain-Guillaume Bunyoni and Vice President Prosper Bazombanza. Portfolios handed to women include Justice, Labour, Tourism and Communication. ...

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EC Voters Registration: What Jean Mensa said in her last-minute updates

Madam Jean Mensa

The much-anticipated voters registration exercise of the Electoral Commission is commencing on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Ahead of that, Chairperson of the commission, met with media persons Monday, to relay updates with regards to the exercise. She, among other things, touched on measures put in place by the EC to ensure the process is safe and risk-free, as far as issues of COVID-19 and ...

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‘December 7 must be a Ghanaian election, not a West African election’ – Akufo-Addo

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says it must be the collective responsibility of Ghanaians to ensure that the country has a register fit for purpose for the conduct of the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections. According to President Akufo-Addo, “we must all make sure that persons who do not meet the requirements, as set out clearly in the Constitution, do not ...

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Government urged to use its purchasing power to drive sustainability in the domestic timber trade

Mr. Mustapha Seidu, Director of NDF

Ghana’s forest reserves are dwindling at an alarming rate of 2% per annum, with about 480.000 m3 woods harvested illegally for both export and domestic use. To regulate the sector and conserve the remaining forest, the government of Ghana has signed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) to only export legal timber to the European Union Market. To ensure the sustainability ...

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Roads Minister commends General Construction& Dev’t Ltd for diligence

Hon Kwesi Amoako-Atta

The Minister for Roads and Highways, Hon.  Kwesi Amoako Atta has given thumps up to General Construction and Development Limited for its diligence in the execution of road projects in the country. In particular, the Minister commended the Company for the topnotch execution of the Osiem to Begoro road in the Eastern Region, while urging other contractors to emulate the ...

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Earth tremors show that a big earthquake is coming – Disaster Risk Management expert

A Disaster Risk Management Expert has cautioned that a bigger earthquake may be approaching due to the steady increase of earth tremors across the globe. Dr Ishmael Norman in an interview on Joy FM’s Thursday revealed that the world experienced over 470 earth tremors on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. This, he said, indicates that there is a disaster approaching, hence, a rigorous ...

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Ivory Coast begins cleanup after deadly floods

A clean-up has begun in Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan after floods triggered by torrential rains left streets and houses underwater and at least three people dead. Local residents said three hours of heavy rain on Thursday caused waters to surge by one and half metres in the space of 30 minutes, forcing some to take refuge on the ...

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565 suspected drug dealers arrested in Kano, Nigeria

Kano State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on Thursday, said it has arrested no fewer than 565 suspected illicit drug dealers in the state. The State Commander, Ibrahim Abdul who disclosed this while briefing newsmen in the state in commemoration of 2020 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, said of the suspects arrested were ...

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African Development Bank ranks 4th on global index of transparency

Publish What You Fund has ranked the African Development Bank  fourth out of 47 global development institutions on its Aid Transparency Index. The Index is the only independent measure of aid transparency among the world’s major development agencies. The index places the Bank in the highest category of transparency along with other world class institutions such as the World Bank, the ...

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Widows must not be left out of efforts to build back better after COVID-19

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jeanette Buse Lasi, a widowed mother of four, sits with her children inside a communal shelter in an IDP camp in Bunia.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jeanette BuseLasi, a widowed mother of four, sits with her children inside a communal shelter in an IDP camp in Bunia. When countries begin building back from the COVID-19 pandemic they must also work towards dismantling laws that discriminate against women, UN Secretary-General AntónioGuterres said in his message for International Widow’s Day on Tuesday. “The ...

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