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Rising through Cities in Ghana

The time for action is now to fully benefit from the gains of urbanization Over the last three decades, Ghana’s urban population has more than tripled, rising from four million to nearly 14 million people, and outpacing rural population growth. The country is moving steadily and uniformly –all regions have …

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I have not resigned – Nana Oye Lithur

The Minister of Gender, Children, and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, has vehemently denied rumours that she has resigned from the government. The rumours, which started in the middle of last week, have been quietly but quickly spreading because of her loud and bombastic silence on the attacks against female …

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Would a forensic audit save ADB from further rot?

The Agriculture Development Bank (ADB) appears to be in deep rot than can be imagined, as the very fundamental flaws in management decisions over its headquarters sale and new offices rentals seem to show. However, would a forensic audit redeem the bank, which is obviously sinking and losing market share? …

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Halidu Haruna tries to apologise: Says comment was publicity stunt

This is a Wednesday Special edition of the Inside the News by Mpakoo. Hope you enjoy it. Alhaji Halidu Haruna, the NDC man who got into trouble for saying female celebrities who criticise the government are prostitutes, has made an only-partially successful attempt at an apology. In an interview on …

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My beard is not the reason I won Best African Mayor Award – Dr Vanderpuije

The Mayor of Accra, who describes himself as ‘Lord Mayor’, Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, has vehemently denied any suggestions that he was awarded the inaugural African Mayor Award because of his lush beard. He told journalists at the 2nd Africa Urban Infrastructure Investment Forum held in Luanda, Angola that although …

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Reflections on Earth Day 2015

As the 45th observance of Earth Day approaches, I wanted to reflect on the significance of this year’s theme, “It’s Our Turn to Lead”.  Our world is under unprecedented threat.  Climate change is rapidly altering the environment on an extraordinary scale with oceans rising, and ecosystems changing forever.  Illegal, unregulated and …

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President Mahama prioritises food sufficiency in new appointments

The president, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, has revealed in an interview that the reason for the deputy-ministerial appointment of Hon Kwabena Mintah-Akandoh is to promote food sustainability. ‘To fulfil the Better Ghana Agenda,’ he said, beaming with charming smiles and exuding the sweet aroma of charisma, ‘it is my …

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Shouldn’t Pastor Obinim and Nana Kwaku Bonsam go to Parliament?

A lot of excitement has greeted the news that some fine brains have jumped into the contest for parliament. Sadly, it seems we’re ignoring one crucial fact, namely that what we may be in need of are more spiritualists in parliament not fine brains. Look as far back as you …

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A Paris Climate Agreement—Africa’s opportunity for a sustainable century

Traditional investment means first taking a risk to reap a reward later. The beauty of climate action is that the reward comes first and future risk is reduced. This can be especially true in Africa where ministers meet in mid-April for a special high-level event of the 7th Africa Carbon …

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