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The nightmare scenario of Ghana’s grassroots democracy

The government’s decentralisation policy is to bring government to the doorsteps of the people. To fulfill this policy, is a local government system with substructures to enable the people participate in decisions that affect their lives. District Assemblies consists of electoral areas and each area is represented by one person. …

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From obscurity to internationally-acclaimed journalist – 25 years ago

What would be your reaction if you were told that a middle school graduate whose education had been truncated would one day become a journalist whose exploits would add to Ghana’s pride? The career of this globally recognized journalist has been a long, winding one, but he became the first …

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Are we prepared for the next global epidemic?

Too often, the conventional wisdom in diplomatic or scientific circles is that the general public doesn’t know what’s good for them when it comes to foreign policy or tackling global threats. It’s too complicated, the experts say; the public wouldn’t understand. Yet new polling suggests that many in the public …

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The girl who owns her body

For most girls at a local Junior High School in Kuntunse, a community in the Ga West Municipality of the Greater Accra Region, the narrow path on which they tread to school every day could be dangerous and unforgiving. As the sun scorches and bakes it in the dry season, …

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Poison in the calabash

Palm wine remains a much-loved local drink for many Ghanaians. It commands a very large constituency despite competition from local and foreign beverages. With or without adverts, lovers of “palmi”- young and old, know where to find the sweet, whitish smooth beverage enjoyed mostly in calabashes. For many families, the …

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The media and deepening of awareness on voluntary principles

Ghana’s efforts to safeguard the implementation of the Voluntary Principles (VPs) on security and human right is laudable; however, media engagement is essential to help deepen public awareness on the initiative. The VPs on security and human rights are a set of non-binding principles created to assist extractive companies to …

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Parliament versus the People: Contempt of Parliament or Contempt of the People?

On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, Professor Alex Dodoo, an associate professor of clinical pharmacology at the University of Ghana School of Medicine and chair of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Centre for Pharmaco-Vigilance, appeared before the Privileges Committee of Parliament in response to a summons from the Speaker of the …

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Teenage pregnancy on the increase in Koforidua

Pregnant children from the ages of 12 and 15 years is becoming rampant in the Eastern Region. The Eastern Regional Coordinating Council, in an effort to halt the trend, has stepped in with support from donor agencies to provide bursaries for girls, some in remote districts, to ensure their retention …

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President Mahama ‘breathes new life’ into cocoa industry

Cocoa has for so many years been the mainstay of Ghana’s economy and still is. Apart from serving as one of the highest foreign exchange earner for the country, it has over the years become the source of income for many. The provision of job opportunities in the industry ranges …

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