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Ghana to hit fiscal cliff as Central Bank financing of gov’t debt rises

On January 7, 2015, the Bank of Ghana (BoG) announced plans to raise GH₵25.42 ($8 billion) by first half 2015 through the issuance of Bills of various short and medium term maturities to support government expenditures. The proposed amount to be raised within the next six months represents a 61% …

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Time to develop Ghana banks for big ticket transactions

Ghana’s banking sector in the last 10 years has proven to be one of the fastest evolving communities in the business world in the country. Following redirection through regulatory interventions, which resulted in the introduction of the new Banking Act to the elimination of secondary reserves, and adjustment of minimum …

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Extravagant funerals threaten food security in Upper East

“As the Months of January and February approach my heart keeps beating. I know as usual my husband and the entire family would use the little food they harvested from the poor soils to perform funerals. I remember that last year during the performance of my husband‘s late father’s funeral …

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Let’s make sex education compulsory in school curricula

Ghanaians joined teachers to commemorate World Teachers Day in October, 2013 as an occasion to appreciate the invaluable contribution of teachers to the development of the country. No nation develops without education being mainstreamed into every facet of the development agenda. As a matter of fact, give the people proper …

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Celebrating diversity in a cosmopolitan city

Sounds of drums could be heard miles away from the Twedaase School Park, in Tema Community One, where the maiden ‘Tema Greenwich Meridian Cultural Festival (MERIFST)’ was held in December 2014. Chiefs from the various southern Ghanaian ethnic communities in Tema had turned up in their unique traditional attires, including different designs …

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How Local Government Service Delivery Standards would empower clients

Dr Callistus Mahama, Head of the Local Government Service (LGS), on December 18, 2014, launched the Service Delivery Standards (SDS) in Accra, in accordance with its mandate to ensure effective administrative decentralisation. The SDS is a major pillar in the decentralisation policy as enshrined in Chapter 20 of the 1992 …

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University of Health and Allied Sciences in retrospect: Three years of strides in academic expedition

The University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), is one of the twin newest public universities established by the late President John Evans Atta Mills in 2012. The other one is the University of Energy and Natural Resources, situated in the Brong-Ahafo Region. Its permanent campus, including the central administration, is situated …

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In fighting Ebola, we can’t be complacent

There are reasons why some people might feel that the worst of the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) is over. New infections have receded and so is media coverage. In Nigeria and Senegal, the outbreak of EVD has been officially declared over. Nigeria has received commendation from far and near for …

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How the National Sanitation Day started

The National Sanitation Day (NSD) was declared by Mr Julius Debrah, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development. The day was set on the first day in November, giving birth to a national clean-up exercise on every first Saturday of the month, which entered its second phase in December. The …

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This is a man’s world

Ghana is on the path of becoming a model of democracy in Africa. Ghana has conducted elections and they have been judged as free and fair, free of violence as compared to some African countries. But if one compares men and women participation as a key principle of measuring democracy, …

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