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US pledges $17m to end child labour on cocoa farms in Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire

The US government and the chocolate manufacturing industry have made a pledge of $17 million to help end the worse forms of child labour on cocoa farms in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire supply more than half of the world’s cocoa. The US Labor Department pledged $10 …

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Hunger said to cost poor countries $450b yearly, but Ghana among successful with MDGs

Hunger is said to be costing the world’s poor countries as much as $450 billion every year, and the amount is more than ten times what is needed to half hunger by 2015 and meet the Millennium Development Goal One (MDG 1). Ghana is however, doing well in halving hunger. …

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Journalists tour Community Water and Sanitation Agency projects in Central Region

A select group of journalists belonging to the Ghana Watsan Journalists Network (GWJN), Monday began a two-day tour of rural water and sanitation projects under the jurisdiction of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) in the Central Region. The tour, which is under the auspices of the Ministry of …

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Ghana Faith Healers, TBAs call for passage of Mental Health Bill

The Ghana Association of Faith Healers (GAFH) and Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) on Monday appealed to the government for the swift implementation of the Mental Health Bill. The Bill would replace the Mental Health Decree of 1972 and would facilitate the establishment of the Mental Health Authority which would have …

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Group condemns call for CJ’s resignation

The Foundation for True Justice, a pro-democracy Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has condemned the call on the Chief Justice by some political activists to resign. It said the agitation was uncalled for and encouraged the Chief Justice to withstand the current pressure and also resist all attempts from any political quarters …

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Badge to remember victims of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade introduced in Ghana

An NGO, the Ahuda Foundation whose aims include the commemoration of the lives of enslaved Africans and celebration of their resistance, rebellion, revolution, emancipation and triumph, on Monday announced the introduction of a badge in remembrance of the millions of slaves who died during the slave trade. A statement issued …

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Work on Ghana’s Bus Rapid Transit to start next month

The first phase of construction works under the country’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system would take off next month, the Urban Transport Project under the Department of Urban Roads announced on Monday. In an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra, Mr Kwadwo Antwi, Head, Project Communication of the …

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Ghana’s human rights commission unhappy with demolition exercises

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), on Monday appealed to Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) and all other authorities to exercise the greatest level of circumspection in their efforts to rid the country of illegal structures. In addition, they should ensure that such exercises …

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Minister cautions against chieftaincy contractors

The Central Regional Minister, Mrs Ama Benyiwa Doe, has cautioned people she described as “chieftaincy contractors” to desist from fanning chieftaincy disputes when festivals were approaching. She said activities of such people were thwarting development of the communities. Addressing a grand durbar of chiefs and people of Mankessim to climax …

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Fidelity Bank signs $15m-dollar deal with Dutch finance company

Fidelity Bank, Ghana, has signed a 15 million-dollar deal with the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) in an effort to strengthen the Bank’s position on the Ghanaian market. In a statement signed by Nana Sarfo, Head of Corporate Finance, Fidelity Bank, he said the loan would help make long-term US …

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