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Turn polytechnics into pure technological institutes

The aims and objectives of polytechnics in Ghana, as enshrined by the Polytechnic Act 745 of 2007, include providing tertiary education through full time courses in the field of manufacturing, commerce, science, technology, applied social science and applied arts. It is also to pursue such other areas as may be …

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Ghana’s Disability Act: The State must set the pace

The gorge between the promises, policy statements on one hand and the situation on the ground is perhaps the most explicit indicator of the state’s attitude to the interest of the disabled population. This state of affairs goes beyond the declarations at official functions, political party rallies and in party …

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Modifying old tradition towards reducing maternal mortality

Mr Sulemana Imoro, 45, is an opinion leader at Bagurugu in the Karaga District of the Northern Region. He is  dedicated to working towards the modification of an old traditional practice called ‘Pa Prigibu,’ which forbid first time pregnant women from accessing Antenatal Care (ANC) service. Mr Imoro, who is …

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Enforcing the Whistleblowers’ Act: The challenges

Opanyi Kodjo Attah (name not real), a farmer at Matimeho, residing in the Afram Plains of the Eastern Region, says he has for several years concealed the corrupt practices of a public officer, who stays in the same area with him. The farmer says he is aware of the civic …

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Street funerals and road safety in Ghana

The celebration of newly commissioned roads in the country has gradually become a norm, particularly in the small towns and rural communities. Its main competitor, perhaps, is the celebration of newly appointed ministers and district chief executives. No road is commissioned without a celebration of a sort. For some, the …

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Fostering financial inclusion with mobile banking in Africa

The annual growth rates of mobile phone penetration in the developing world have ranged between 30% and 50% or higher, and penetration has been rapidly increasing. In Africa, mobile phone penetration has exploded during the last ten years. Between 1998 and 2009, Africa witnessed an increase from 0.53 per 100 …

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Women empowerment in ICT: A step towards development

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) provides enormous opportunities and avenues for national development. Women in particular are not supposed to use ICT for marketing and advertising alone, but to use the technology for information gathering and sharing of knowledge. There is, therefore, the need for the country to adequately train …

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Six months maternity leave is a must

Many educated women today will scowl at the idea that “a woman’s place or office is the kitchen”. In fact there has been vigorous campaigns that aims at erasing that notion to replace it with “what a man can do a woman can do even better”. The world’s attention is …

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As Ghana considers coal-fired energy plant – Some issues

Ghana has an energy crisis. Electricity is being rationed, homes and businesses can’t have sufficient electricity and some are racking up extra costs in finding alternative energy sources by themselves. The government has been talking about increasing the country’s current power sources from the current 2,125MW to 5000MW by 2016. …

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Acting to end violence against women

Last year, as rebels captured the main towns in Northern Mali, UN Women registered a sudden and dramatic increase of rapes in the first week of the takeover of Gao and Kidal, in places where most women never report this violence to anyone, not even health practitioners. We heard stories …

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