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Ghanaians call for their country to be fixed with a street protest

– – Thousands of Ghanaians mainly young people on Wednesday staged a street protest, demonstrating over the state of the country’s economy and general state of development. What started as a social media campaign months ago with the hashtag #Fixthecountry, has now become a major movement led by young people. Wednesday’s protest lasted for over four hours with protesters holding placards that read “dishonesty and lack of patriotism gave us year of no return”, “Ghana is most religious but most corrupt country” among others. Young people in Ghana stage a…

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Ghana’s MPs approve new special prosecutor for corruption

– – Ghana’s lawmakers have approved by unanimous decision a new special prosecutor tasked to fight corruption in the country. The new special prosecutor is an Accra-based legal practitioner, Kissi Agyebeng who will replace the previous appointee, Martin Amidu who resigned last year. The 43-year-old is expected to be sworn-in by Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo this month to begin his role. The Ghana News Agency reported that “Mr Agyebeng has been a lecturer at the University of Ghana School of Law since October 2006, teaching and researching into Criminal Law,…

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Ghana tightens Covid-19 restrictions as it battles a third wave

– – The government of Ghana has tightened its Covid-19 restrictions to curb the outbreak of the pandemic as the country battles a third wave of infections. Among others, there is a ban on receptions after social gatherings especially funerals. The Covid-19 taskforce is also stepping up enforcement of protocols including mandatory wearing of face masks. In a televised address to the nation, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo Addo said all funerals must be held in open air spaces within a two – hour duration. The President Akufo-Addo warned against flouting of…

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Ghana’s anti-LGBT+ bill seeks 10-year jail term for activists

– – Ghana’s lawmakers are pushing for tougher laws to deal with LGBT+ persons and those who promote their activities with a new draft bill. The bill titled “The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021″ is being sponsored by some individual lawmakers who are anit-LGBT+ activists. Details of the bill have now emerged with those behind the draft law seeking a jail term of up to ten years for culprits depending on the crime. According to details of the bill, anyone of the same sex…

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AfCFTA honours ex-Nigerien leader with a statue in Ghana

– – A bronze bust statue on a marble stone has been unveiled at a ceremony in Ghana’s capital, Accra to honour former president of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou. The statue was unveiled in the presence of five African heads of state at the forecourt of the secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) based in Accra. Issoufou was honored for his role in getting the continental free trade deal finally activated after decades of delay and inaction. In a statement the AfCFTA secretariat and its partners said Issoufou…

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Ghana confirms outbreak of bird flu; bans poultry imports

– – Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture has announced an outbreak of Bird Flu in parts of the country. In a statement, the Ministry said cases of the flu have been detected in three regions including the capital, Accra. “The Ministry of Food and Agriculture through its Veterinary Services Directorate, has confirmed the outbreak of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza disease, otherwise known as Bird Flu in some parts of the country. These are the Greater Accra, Central and Volta Regions,” the statement said. The ministry added in the statement…

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Rights activists kick against Ghana’s anti-LGBT+ draft bill

– – Various human rights activists have expressed their displeasure at an attempt by Ghana’s lawmakers to pass a law that criminalizes activities of LGBTQ+ persons and those who advocate such rights in the country. Last month eight members of Ghana’s Parliament jointly submitted a private bill to push for the criminalization of LGBTQI+ activities. The bill, titled “Bill on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values”, was presented to Speaker, Alban Bagbin who is an anti-LGBT+ activist. The proponents of the bill want the promotion,…

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Ghana’s first lady rejects allowances; to refund $150k paid her

– – Ghana’s first lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo has decided to refund all monies paid to her as allowances since 2017 by the state. It follows public outrage over the government’s decision to pay her a monthly salary based on recommendation made by a Presidential Committee on emoluments for public officeholders. News of Ghana’s previous parliament approving an arrangement for spouses of Ghana’s President and the Vice-president to receive monthly salaries sparked outrage among citizens last week. Ghana’s Minister of Information, Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told local media that since 2001, there has been…

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Ghana: Salaries for presidential spouses spark outrage

– – News of Ghana’s previous parliament approving an arrangement for spouses of Ghana’s President and the Vice-president to receive monthly salaries has sparked outrage among citizens. Ghana’s Minister of Information, Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told local media that since 2001, there has been a precedent where all surviving spouses of presidents and vice presidents received monthly allowances. Africa Feeds checks revealed that those allowances were paid from funds allocated yearly to the office of the president. The allowances given to the the first lady and second lady were considered…

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Ghana to pay $2.5 mln surgery fee to separate conjoined twins

– – The government of Ghana has taken up the full cost of surgery for the separation of conjoined twins delivered at one of the top health facilities in the country, the Greater Accra Regional Hospital. The Chief of Staff, Frema Osei Opare who made the disclosure paid a visit to twins and their parents. The parents and doctors at the facility had been appealing for funds to save the lives of the babies with the support of the media. “It is my pleasure to announce that the President has said that…

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