Sunday 25 June 2017
(AFP (eng) 06/23/17)
Ghana's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the transfer of two former Guantanamo Bay detainees to the country was unconstitutional without parliamentary approval. Ghana had signed an agreement with the US government in January 2016 allowing the two ex-Guantanamo prisoners to live in the country. Later that year, two Ghanaians went to court over the transfer of the men saying that then-President John Mahama had acted unconstitutionally by accepting them. "It is hereby ordered that unless within three months the government submit the agreement to parliament...
(APA 06/23/17)
Ghana's Inspector General of Police (IGP) David Asante Apeatu has urged all police regional commanders to deal ruthlessly with all vigilante groups that break the laws in their respective regions irrespective of their political affiliations. He noted that it was about time the service cracked the whip because such groups have taken the law into their hands, indicating that their action should, however, not deter the police from protecting the citizens. Speaking at the maiden National Police Command Conference at Kumasi on Thursday afternoon, the IGP, said: "The laws of this country do not wear political colours, neither has crime any political affiliation. Let us be firm, impartial, and above all, professional in the discharge of our duties". Mr. Apeatu...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/23/17)
DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sadick Thenest remembers how his 8-year-old daughter had a narrow brush with death two years ago, when she contracted cholera after drinking contaminated water. “She was so gaunt, weak and had terrible diarrhea,” said the refugee from Burundi. “A slight delay in rushing her to hospital would have meant something else - but with God’s grace she survived.” The father of four, aged 35, is among thousands of refugees grappling with frequent outbreaks...
(APA 06/23/17)
Child-refugees at a camp in the west of Ghana have been targeted in an innovative two-way interactive educational scheme driven by satellite, becoming the first of its kind in the world. Through the aid of a satellite lessons were beamed back to 225 refugee children at the Ampain camp on Tuesday to coincide with the commemoration of World Refugee Day on Tuesday. The innovative learning scheme piloted by the UNHCR through the Varkey Foundation is aimed at regularly reaching such...
(APA 06/23/17)
Ghana stands the risk of losing $500 million grant from the Millennium Development Cooperation Challenge Account (MDCC) for failing to fight human trafficking, APA learns here. The Ghanaian Times reports here that the United States of America Ambassador to Ghana, who disclosed this, noted that Ghana's rating under Department of States in 2016 Trafficking in Prisons Report ranked it as Tier Two Watch List country, and this was the second time as well. It meant that Ghana did not meet...
(AFP (eng) 06/22/17)
Ghana's government is facing growing calls to keep its promises after it won elections on a pledge to stamp out corruption. President Nana Akufo-Addo and his administration have in recent weeks seen protesters take to the streets to raise awareness about the issue. In May, hundreds marched on the Economic and Organised Crime Office in the capital Accra with a petition calling for the arrest and prosecution of offenders, and for stolen money to be recovered. The action is similar...
(Voice of America 06/21/17)
WASHINGTON DC — On June 5, Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of funding extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic State. In response, Qatar said it was the victim of a policy of “domination and control” by its larger neighbor and that Saudi Arabia was, in fact, the one responsible for backing extremism. So what is the truth? Fundamentalist strains of Islam, including...
(APA 06/21/17)
The press in Accra on Wednesday highlight the first cabinet meeting of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and others. The Daily Graphic says the President during the meeting indicated that he will rely on his cabinet's advice and expertise to create a brighter future for the people of Ghana. "I am counting on all of you to give me maximum assistance, so that that bright future the Ghanaian people are expecting will be realised", he added. The Ghanaian Times, states,...
(APA 06/19/17)
The Government of Ghana has announced a $100-million fund for youth development in the country. The Minister for Business Development, Mr. Mohammed Awal, who made this known, said his ministry would soon launch a National Employment Implementation Plan to that effect. “Capacity building is important to us in improving businesses. We also believe this will curb unemployment and make Ghana an entrepreneurial nation,” the Ghanaian Times report on Monday quoted the minister as saying. The report said that the minister...
(APA 06/19/17)
The assurance by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that Ghana will continue the fight against corruption and the court case against a businessman dominate the headlines of Ghanaian newspapers on Monday. The Daily Graphic says President Akufo-Addo, in an interaction with Ghanaians resident in the United Kingdom, assured that the nation cannot afford to lose the fight against corruption since it is the bane of her development. “The fight against corruption is not about ourselves; it is not so big...
(APA 06/16/17)
Ghana’s Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs has initiated a programme to facilitate the pilgrimage of 100 Christians from Accra to holy land of Israel next month, APA learns here. The sector Minister, Kofi Dzamesi, who disclosed this at a press launch in Accra on Thursday, said his ministry was in talks with the Israeli Embassy in Ghana to agree on certain key elements to ensure a successful pilgrimage. He explained that given a big quota, the event could be established on the Ghanaian events calendar to ensure a well-organised activity. Mr. Dzamesi stated that would-be pilgrims have to solely bear the total cost of $2,700 per head. Minister of Information, Mustapha Hamid, said government was...
(APA 06/15/17)
The order given by the Supreme Court to the Auditor General to retrieve all state monies looted by public and private officials dominates the headlines of Ghanaian newspapers on Thursday. The Daily Graphic says a judgment delivered in Accra on Wednesday by a seven-member panel said the order is to be enforced on both public officials and individuals, who have been found to have looted the state. The Heritage newspaper reports that the Supreme Court reached the decision after a...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Extortion, corruption and fear; violence, hunger and sometimes even death: for west African migrants dreaming of reaching Europe, the road to get there can be an absolute minefield. - Departure - Whether it's The Gambia, Ivory Coast, Senegal or Nigeria, everything starts with the "hustlers" -- slang for the middlemen or fixers who organise the trip. Their honesty and prices vary, with the would-be migrant usually deceived about the welcome expected in Europe. Many possess no official documents from their home country, and do not understand illegal status in Europe. Most are ignorant about the extreme difficulties they will encounter en route. "We didn't know we were risking our lives," said Kante Sekou...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Maria gave smugglers all her family savings and crossed three countries and the searing Libyan desert, but when she finally boarded a boat for Europe her dream was swiftly shattered. She was 24 and pregnant with her second child when she left Liberia with her husband and their three-year-old son. The family passed through Guinea and Mali before crossing southern Algeria to reach the Libyan desert. "The smugglers took all our money" -- more than $2,150 (2,000 euros), she said...
(APA 06/13/17)
The Appointment Committee of the Ghanaian Parliament has announced that it would vet the Chief Justice (CJ) nominee, Justice Sohpia Akuffo on Monday. The vetting is in accordance with Article 144 of the 1992 Constitution, which makes provision for the vetting and approval process. Her nomination was made by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo last month, following the retirement of Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, the immediate past CJ. Justice Akuffo is currently the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court...
(AFP (eng) 06/13/17)
Uche's real journey had yet to begin but he had already spent four days in the northern Nigerian city of Kano after travelling on public buses and potholed roads from Imo state in the southeast. He planned to go to Agadez, a transit town on the southern edge of the Sahara desert in central Niger, take a truck to Sebha, in southwestern Libya, and from there to the capital Tripoli, and then to Italy or Spain. But his contact, who...
(AFP (eng) 06/09/17)
An off-duty soldier in Ghana who was lynched while out running was laid to rest with full state honours on Friday, in a case that has sparked fears about the "growing menace" of mob justice. Maxwell Mahama was beaten and burnt to death near the central city of Kumasi on May 29, after locals mistook him for a robber because he was wearing sports clothing and carrying a pistol. The brutal attack on the 31-year-old -- described as a "heinous...
(AfricaNews 06/08/17)
Ghanaians on social media are expressing surprise at a donation by the Chinese Embassy to the Attorney General’s office. Their skepticism is hinged on the fact that the government is engaged in a war against illegal mining – with the predominant number of foreigners involved being Chinese. Some are accusing the Chinese of attempting to induce the government to soften their stance on illegal mining which continues to ravage farm and water bodies in parts of the countries. Others also...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/08/17)
More girls are completing secondary school across sub-Saharan Africa as attitudes change and state spending rises, but some of the most marginalized girls — like those married young or forced to work — are still missing out, education experts say. The percentage of girls completing secondary school has risen in all regions of Africa since 2005, said a recent report by the African Development Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the U.N. Development Program. Almost twice as...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/17)
Building a network of African women leaders in fields ranging from business to politics could galvanize female leadership across the continent and boost peacebuilding efforts and good governance, the head of U.N. Women said on Tuesday. The African Women Leaders Network, which was launched last week in New York by the United Nations and the African Union Commission, hopes to drive more women into leadership roles, through mentoring, peer learning and harnessing contacts. By supporting women's leadership in Africa, the...

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