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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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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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Western Togoland attacks: I believe Institutions will work – Akufo-Addo assures

The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has revealed why he is unwavering about the uprising in the Volta Region stating that he believes there are institutions to deal with the issue. According to him, if he panics, the country will also do the same, hence the need to be calm about the issues to allow for the institutions available to ...

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Let’s build a united, prosperous, stable and secure ECOWAS – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Chair of ECOWAS Monday tasked the President, Commissioners and Staff of the Commission to work to build a united, economically prosperous, politically stable, and secured Community that meets the aspirations of the citizens of the Community. “As we round off the implementation of ECOWAS Vision 2020, and finalise the development of Vision 2050, we should strive ...

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I want to leave behind a more united Ghana – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the conduct of a free, fair, and transparent election, one whose result is beyond dispute, forms a good basis for strengthening cohesion amongst the Ghanaian citizenry, and preventing needless disputations. Speaking at the Annual Conference of the Ghana Bar Association on Monday, 14th September 2020, President Akufo-Addo explained that from 1992 to date, the conduct of ...

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Telcos adjust tariffs to reflect reduced CST from 9% to 5%

Telcos in Ghana have reduced call and data tariffs to reflect the reduction in the Communication Service Tax (CS) from 9% to 5%. In a statement released on Monday, September 14, 2020, the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications said: “mobile network operators will adjust tariffs to reflect the 4% reduction in Communications Service Tax by Tuesday 15th of September 2020.” The ...

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Belgium will now return Lumumba’s remains, a tooth after nearly 60 years

Belgium will now return to his family the mortal remains of Patrice Lumumba, the DR Congo‘s first democratically elected prime minister who was slain in a Western-backed overthrow from power. Belgium’s federal prosecutor’s office announced on Thursday that Lumumba’s family will receive a tooth, obtained by police officer Gerard Soete because Lumumba’s burned body could not be identified and recovered ...

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Pressure on gov’t to expedite action towards conversion of extant leases

Pressure is mounting on the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, the Forestry Commission and the Parliament of Ghana to expedite action towards conversion of extant leases in order to make Ghana the first African Country to trade in FLEGT licensed Timber. Civil Society has noticed a dip in the pace of implementation of certain critical final steps that will ...

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Stand down on opaque Agyapa Royalties deal for further review-TJC to Govt

The Tax Justice Coalition-Ghana say it has followed with keen interest government’s move to establish a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV); Agyapa Royalties which have a controversial clause above the Ghana tax laws with the view to enhance national revenues for development. In a press statement issued in Accra, the group stressed, “We,the Tax Justice Coalition support the call by the ...

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‘Money for pad’, hunger luring Ajumako girls into early sex

The inability of parents and guardians to buy sanitary pads and properly feed young girls have been identified as key factors pushing young girls to engage in unprotected sex in the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District of the Central Region. Some parents have neglected their core responsibility of caring for their children’s basic needs like food, medical care, shelter, clothing, love, attention, understanding, ...

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