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Kenya scraps entry fee for South Africans and other foreign nationals

Kenya has waived entry fees for passport holders from South Africa and six other countries, following widespread criticism of the recently introduced $30 fee. The move aims to boost tourism and attract business travellers. Previously, all foreign passport holders were subject to visa requirements, but the government’s decision sparked backlash for potentially increasing travel costs and bureaucracy.  Exemptions now apply ...

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Stop making payments through phone calls – ECG warns customers

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has cautioned customers to refrain from making payments to specific mobile money accounts purportedly linked to ECG services. Management revealed that some individuals have been contacting customers, soliciting payments to a designated MoMo number as a prerequisite for accessing ECG services. In response, ECG released a disclaimer on Thursday, February 22, 2024, advising customers ...

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Mental disorders high in pregnant women, 50 percent face depression

More than 50 percent of expectant and new mothers experience perinatal depression, a situational analysis of mental health disorders related to pregnancy has shown. Among the number, between 13 and 17 percent develop suicidal intentions. The analysis was conducted by the Ghana Health Service (GHS), in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MoH), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UK-Foreign ...

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Pay equal attention to Ghana’s mineral wealth – John Kwakye tells Amin Adam

The Director of Research at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Dr John Kwakye, has told the Finance Minister Dr Mohammed Amin Adam to pay attention to Ghana’s mineral wealth which he says is worth trillions of dollars. Dr Kwakye said that the mineral resources are being plundered by foreign companies with the assistance of Ghanaian officials. His comments come ...

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Queen Mother recommends paralegal training for traditional rulers

The Queen Mother of Adafienu in the Some’ Traditional area in the Ketu South Municipality of the Volta Region, Mama Ayaba Duse Equagoo II, has underscored the need for Chiefs and Queen Mothers in mining-affected areas to undertake some form of paralegal training. Such pieces of training, the queen mother noted, would help traditional rulers to acquire basic legal knowledge ...

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Koforidua to host 67th Indece Day celebration

The 67th National Independence Day Celebration will be marked at the newly built Youth Resource Centre in the Eastern regional capital, Koforidua, on Wednesday, March 6.  This year’s event, which is on the theme: “Our Democracy, Our Pride”, was launched in Koforidua yesterday, alongside the unveiling of the anniversary logo. The President of Cote d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, is expected to ...

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NDC cannot be better managers of the economy- Afeku

Catherine Abelema Afeku, New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary Candidate (PC) for Evalue-Ajomoro-Gwira in the Western Region has said the governing NPP are better managers of the Ghanaian economy than the National Democratic Congress (NDC). “The NDC cannot be better managers of the economy. The data clearly shows that the NPP administration does better when it comes to the introduction of ...

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Save A Life campaign yielding positive results-MTN

Prince Owusu Nyarko, Regional Senior Manager, South West of MTN has noted that the Company’s blood donation Initiative dubbed, ‘Save A Life’ campaign has so far yielded very positive results. Since its inception in 2011, the MTN Save a Life Campaign, organised in partnership with various institutions has been making some inroads to help improve the health sector. Addressing the ...

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Africans dissatisfied with public education – Afrobarometer report

The latest Afrobarometer Pan-Africa report has shown that the majority of Africans are dissatisfied with their government’s efforts to provide public education. The Afrobarometer is a pan-African, independent, non-partisan research network that measures public attitudes on economic, political, and social matters in Africa. Based on national surveys in 39 African countries, the report shows that younger generations have more education ...

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2024 Inauguration of District Assemblies and Unit Committees: Women still Underrepresented?

The recent inauguration of District Assemblies and Unit Committees in Ghana has brought to the forefront a persistent issue of the limited representation of women in these decision-making spaces. Despite efforts by the women’s movement in Ghana and Africa at large to promote gender equality, women continue to be underrepresented. The Ministry of Local Government, Decentralization, and Rural Development (MLGDRD) ...

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