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Ghanaians are angry for paying too much for mobile data

Ghanaians are outraged by a sudden surge in mobile data rates this month from major telecom companies like MTN, operating in the West African nation. With latest introduced rates, consumers of companies like MTN will have to pay almost $4 for 1G of mobile data. In a country where incomes or earnings of ordinary people are very low, that is extremely expensive for some and could cut many offline. A recent report by the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) revealed that Ghana was among some middle-income countries that pay higher…

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Ghana’s new banknotes spark confusion over relevance

Ghana’s economy has over the last decade been on a roller coaster with signs of positivity and growth; decreasing inflation and subtle macro-economic stability at times. A recent four year deal with the International Monetary Fund was to ensure that the country resets its economic fundamentals and build on that. But one major thing has been a challenge for the economy; its currency the cedi. Often a tool for political propaganda, successive governments have supervised a more than 300 percent depreciation of the local currency after a re-denomination exercise in…

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Top private security firm G4S joins ‘Ghana Club 100’

G4S Security Services, a leading private security services provider was awarded and recognized as one of the prestigious companies into the Ghana Club 100. G4S was ranked 71st best company in Ghana. The event was organized by the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) on the theme “Sustainable Agriculture; The Bedrock of Ghana’s Industrialization Drive”. The Ghana Club 100 (GC100) is an annual compilation of the top 100 companies in Ghana to give due recognition to successful businesses in Ghana. The 2019 edition of the annual Ghana Club 100 Awards came…

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Ghana cancels referendum on politicizing local level elections

Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo Addo on Sunday announced that his government was canceling a publicized referendum seeking to politicize local level elections. The referendum was scheduled for December 17 to seek the support of Ghanaians to back the election of local government officials along party lines. But the campaign to politicize local level elections faced opposition in the past few weeks from a section of Ghanaians especially the opposition party, the National Democratic Congress. The opposition party had campaigned for a NO vote on the referendum while the government and…

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African economies to benefit from safer Gulf of Guinea

African economies stand a huge chance of growing significantly if the Gulf of Guinea is protected from the activities of pirates and illegal trade. Every year the Gulf of Guinea serves as a trade route amounting to over $1 billion countries globally transport goods across the Atlantic. Many of the vessels that travel across the Gulf of Guinea serve African countries, transporting to and from them. 70 percent of Africa’s trade with European Union takes place by sea. Significant oil resources from Africa are also transported via the Gulf of…

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Volkswagen to open plant in Ghana early 2020

German car-maker, Volkswagen is set to open an assembling plant in Ghana early 2020. In 2018 the company announced plans to set up a plant in Ghana as it continues to expand across Africa. Volkswagen already builds vehicles in Kenya and recently opened another car plant in Rwanda as part of its expansion project in East Africa. The Rwanda project was the first of such plants in the East African nation expected to led to the building of up to 5,000 cars per year. VW CEO for Africa, Thomas Schafer…

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Ghanaian-born serial feces-thrower arrested in Canada

A Ghanaian-born man, Samuel Opoku has been arrested by police in Toronto, Canada for carrying out feces attacks. Opoku is accused of dumping buckets of feces on people in a series of attacks, the Toronto Star reports. The 23-year-old is now facing five counts of assault with a weapon and five mischief-related charges. Police said he carried out the series of feces attacks over the course of four days, with the most recent taking place on Monday evening. “A young girl had a bucket of waste, feces, dumped on her,” Toronto…

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126 Africans in the diaspora take up Ghanaian citizenship

Ghana has approved the applications of one hundred and twenty six (126) members of the African-American Diaspora Community to become Ghanaian citizens by registration. Section 10 of Ghana’s citizenship Act (2000) Act 591 makes provisions for other nationals to gain Ghanaian citizenship after meeting some conditions. The Ministry of the Interior based on the aforementioned Statute and after much scrutiny, recommended approval of the applications for citizenship. Ghana’s President Nana Akufo Addo approved the applications this month. Speaking at a ceremony to confirm the citizenship of the applicants he said the…

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Ghana: Young innovators push for reforms in visa processing

Young innovators in Ghana have called for reforms in visa processing at various foreign embassies in the country. Gathering under a program called “innovators and migration” the young people lamented the continuous struggle in securing visa for regular and legal travels to Europe. Many of these young people are students and some just starting their own businesses but often get opportunities to visit Europe to fulfill their aspirations. But many a time visa acquisition procedures mean that they are rejected visas to travel for fear of them not coming back…

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Ghana’s faith healers defy ban on chaining of patients

Faith-based and traditional healing centers in Ghana are reported to be defying a ban on chaining up patients considered to be suffering mental health conditions. According to Human Rights Watch, the ban on chaining patients at these healing centers was announced in 2017 but such a treatment continues. On Wednesday the rights group said in a statement that from November 4 to 8, 2019, it “interviewed 25 people, including people with psychosocial disabilities, mental health professionals, staff at prayer camps and traditional healing centers, mental health advocates, religious leaders, and two…

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