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Ghana can afford to fund free SHS

Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh

The much trumpeted NPP flagship policy of free Secondary School Education was launched last week.  Foe me, it is a very laudable initiative and I commend the Akufo Addo led government for having the balls to begin the process of implementing this concept. Before I carry on, may I point out to the readership that free SHS is not a ...

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Ghanaians to enjoy juicy tax cuts … As gov’t prepares 2018 budget statement

Ken Ofori Atta, Minister for Finance

After successfully implementing the Free Senior High School policy, the government has once again reiterated its commitment to ensuring that taxes that are considered nuisance on goods and services will be removed to engender a business- friendly environment in the country. Since its inception nine months ago, the government had done away with  some  taxes including,         ...

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Oil funded projects bring relief to farming communities

one of the steel bridges on river Ponponse

Three projects partly funded with proceeds from Ghana’s oil resources have brought relief to some farming communities in the Eastern Region. The Projects include the construction of the  New Tafo- Nobi-Samlesi- Anwiabeng feeder roads with partial concrete –paved surface,  construction of  two steel bridges on the River Ponpon  at  Nsutapong Chakachakam-  Osuaobiri  ponpose  feeder roads as well as a six ...

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Human rights group calls for increased prisoners feeding amount

Jonathan Osei Owusu

The Executive Director of Perfector of Sentiments Foundation (POS), Mr Jonathan Osei Owusu has called on the government to increase the GHc1.80 pesewas provided as feeding fee for prisoners. Mr Owusu described the Gh 1.80 pesewas for three square meals a day for the prisoners as an abuse on the fundamental human rights of prisoners and said it could lead ...

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Ghana Highway Authority goes to sleep …As ‘Killer’ U- turns emerge on major trunk roads

The Ghana Highway Authority appears to have relegated it’s mandated to the backburner as drivers continue to create unapproved and what could be described as dangerous U- turns on the country’s major trunk roads. A case in point is the Accra- Nsawam dual carriage highway where Public Agenda counted over 31unapproved U- Turns between Dobro and Pokuase, both communities on ...

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Journalists at ‘war’

Paul Adom Otchere

The looming crisis in the Ghana Journalists Association may not be over soon, as supporters of Joy FM’s Manasseh Azure and the president of Ghana Journalists Association are involved in a spat which some claim can damage the GJA. In the middle of this looming war is Jospong Group of Companies (JGC). The JGC has vehemently denied all the allegations ...

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Fury over wanton dissipation of public funds

Bernard Anaba

The Tax Justice Coalition has expressed extreme concern about the appalling and reckless dissipation of scarce resources by public officials at the expense of the downtrodden, and wants the trend reversed immediately. According to the Coalition, Ghana is said to be among the top 10 countries in Africa hemorrhaging resources that could transform the country for the majority of its ...

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Importers decry delays at Customs

customs

    A visit at Gonokrom in the Western Region, a border town with the Ivory Coast by investigative team from Public Agenda over the weekend revealed a shocking and unbelievable spectacular scene where number of articulator truck-loads of essential commodities have been seized by the customs officials at the check point of the border as a result of heavy duty ...

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Parents anxious wait for Free SHS take –off

Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh

Come September, the much awaited Free Senior High School Policy, one of the ruling government’s flagship programmes will take effect and Ghanaians, especially parents are brazing up for this momentous moment in the history of the country.                  The expectations have become rife following the West African Examination Council’s (WAEC) announcement that it ...

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Illegal loggers terrorize Ghana’s forest cover

forest zone

The Nature and Development Foundation (NDF) is calling for the passage and speedy implementation of the Public Procurement Policy on Timber and Timber Products for the domestic market, and to protect Ghana’s forest cover. Ghana is said to be losing its forest cover at an alarming rate due mainly to illegal logging and lack of   implementation of forest- related policies. ...

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