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Ghana’s oil exploration: The love and hate relationship

Light crude oil popularly known as “black gold” is a precious commodity that brings a lot of hope and high expectation of economic prosperity for most countries that discover it. Ghana discovered oil in commercial quantities Offshore West Tano block and West of Cape Three Points in the Western Region, …

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Microfinance companies and poverty reduction: The Koforidua experience

Poverty has always been a part of the world; even in the developed world where it is assumed that everyone is well-to-do, some of the people find themselves living on the streets due to poverty. The under-developed countries, which find themselves in all kinds of economic crisis, have nothing to …

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UK politicians united on visa bond, disagree on final amount

The importance and economic value of immigrants to most developing countries cannot be overemphasized. So also is their positive impact on developed countries. Remittances from immigrants make up a large part of the economy of most developing countries, in some cases outstripping development assistance. According to the UK Border Agency …

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The tale of two Republics – Ghana and USA

Ghana and the United States of America in recent times have some common interesting characteristics on their governance calendar.  Both countries have Republican system of government and go to the polls every four years, close to the end of the same year, to elect a President. They both inaugurate their …

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Anteretrovirals are lifesavers but HIV stigma remains

Cradling her newborn son in her arms, Gifty Mensah shows him off proudly to family members and friends but her joy is clouded by a secret she dares not share: she is HIV positive. Gifty, who is 26, was shocked to discover her status when she took a test during …

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Unravel the fire mystery, Your Excellency

Many Ghanaians are troubled by the rate at which public facilities, especially markets, are being burnt in recent times. These fire outbreaks have caused severe damages to life and property, but the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) is yet to review the existing safety regulations and really enforce the law …

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Galamsey: Attractive employment, back breaking work

It may look financially rewarding, but small scale mining; popularly called Galamsey, is a backbreaking work under extremely poor working conditions, and causes wanton destruction to the environment, Though most of the independent miners are operating illegally, Galamsey is growing and now nearly one-quarter of the world’s gold output originates …

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Time to strengthen disability, maternal health

Ms Abenaa Pokuaa (not real name) a 28-year-old deaf woman, nursing a four-month pregnancy, reported to a health facility complaining of sore throat. The medical officer misinterpreted her sign language to mean she was having stomach problem and went ahead to prescribe drugs for treatment. Back home, she took the …

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The Chinese in modern day Ghana gold rush

The British named this country the Gold Coast, and not without reason but because there was a lot of gold on the land. Many years after colonization by the British, Ghana is experiencing a modern day gold rush that has led to an exodus of illegal gold miners into the …

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