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Geodrill assists in building Ghana’s first solar-powered bus shelter

As part of efforts at promoting environmental sustainability, a leading exploration drilling company in West Africa, Geodrill Ghana Limited, has supported Mckingtorch Africa, to install the first-ever public bus shelter in the country.The facility, which is situated at Dzorwulu junction, adjacent to the Fiesta Royale Hotel is also the first in Africa.Speaking at the commissioning ceremony on Thursday, Mr. Dave ...

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Pass Affirmative Action Bill now – ABANTU, others cry out

ABANTU for Development and other women’s rights advocacy organizations and activists have reignited calls for the government to pass the Affirmative Action Bill into Law before the end of the year 2022. The Bill, which was drafted over 10 years ago has suffered some setbacks as it is yet to receive both Cabinet and Parliamentary approval. Ghana’s Affirmative Action law ...

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Pandemic threatens push to end Female Genital Mutilation

The COVID-19 pandemic could reverse decades of global progress in stamping out female genital mutilation (FGM), UN agencies warn ahead of the International Day to eliminate the harmful practice.  Shuttered schools, lockdowns and disruption to services that protect girls, have put millions worldwide at increased risk of being subjected to FGM.  This means an additional two million girls could be ...

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Programme launched to enhance professional competencies of staff of Local Government Service

The Office of the Head of Local Government Service and the Institute of Local Government Studies have launched the Enhanced Scheme of Service Training (SoST) Programme for staff of the various job classes within the Local Government Service. The SoST, according to local government experts, is geared towards the realization of a robust local government service delivery system that delivers ...

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Mitigating the Gaps in poverty and inequality:Prof. Bokpin advocates robust tax reforms

Prof. Godfred Alufar Bokpin, an Economist and Professor of Finance at the University of Ghana Business School has underscored the need for stronger reforms in Ghana’s tax regime to curb inequality and poverty. The 2021 Commitment to Reducing Inequality (CRI) index report ranked Ghana 3rd in West Africa, 20th in Africa and 121 globally, on its commitment to tackling inequality. ...

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Corruption Perception Index: Ghana ranks 73 out of 180 countries in 2021

The latest Corruption Perception Index released by Transparency International shows that Ghana scored 43 out of a possible clean score of 100. The West African country thus placed 73 out of 180 countries. The latest report also suggests the country didn’t make any progress in its fight against corruption. “This CPI score indicates that, Ghana failed to make progress in ...

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Mindfreedom begins national consultations to make case for psychosocial disability in the UPR process

MindFreedom- Ghana, a Mental Health Advocacy Organization has embarked on nationwide round table consultations with Civil Society Organizations to make case for the recognition of human rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities in the 4th Cycle Universal Peer Review (UPR) process. The UPR is a unique process that involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. ...

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Remember the poor, vulnerable as you take steps to revive economy – World Bank to government

The World Bank’s Country Director for Ghana, Pierre Laporte, has cautioned the government to be mindful of the poor and vulnerable in any decision taken to revamp the economy. He indicated that any measure that impacts negatively on their already dire living conditions will not yield the desired result. Speaking at the New Year School at the University of Ghana ...

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Young people must have ‘a seat at the table’ in peace efforts: Guterres

Although young people have been at the forefront of efforts to build and sustain peace, opportunities for them to make a meaningful contribution remain insufficient, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday.  Addressing the opening of the High-Level Global Conference on Youth-Inclusive Peace Processes, taking place online, he urged the international community to step up support.  He said numerous young peacebuilders, especially ...

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Political interference in education hurting sector – All Teachers Alliance

Teacher union, All Teachers Alliance Ghana (ATAG) has expressed concerns about what they call political interference in Ghana’s educational system. The group said the interference is hurting education in Ghana hence must stop. A statement they issued on Tuesday January 18 said “We believe Ghana’s education system had suffered in the last two decades because of a lack of policy direction and ...

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