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Ghana passes bill making identifying as LGBTQ+ illegal

Ghana’s parliament has passed a tough new bill that imposes a prison sentence of up to three years for anyone convicted of identifying as LGBTQ+. It also imposes a maximum five-year jail term for forming or funding LGBTQ+ groups. Lawmakers heckled down attempts to replace prison sentences with community service and counselling. It is the latest sign of growing opposition ...

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US ‘deeply troubled’ by Ghana’s anti-gay bill

The United States has said it is “deeply troubled” by the passing in Ghana of a stringent anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, which it says threatens constitutional freedoms. “The bill would also undermine Ghana’s valuable public health, media and civic spaces, and economy,” the US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said in a statement. It has called for the “review of the constitutionality ...

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Nigerian workers start two-day nationwide protest

A two-day protest kicked off in Nigeria’s commercial hub of Lagos on Tuesday (Feb. 27) morning shortly before other locations nationwide followed. One of the country’s main unions, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has called workers to demonstrate outrage at the mounting hardship and insecurity. The watchword was “endhardshipnow”. Nigerians are living through one of the West African nation’s worst ...

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Akufo-Addo pledges govt’s commitment to fair elections

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has pledged full government support to ensure the smooth functioning of the Electoral Commission (EC) in the upcoming 2024 general elections, stressing the commitment to free, fair, and transparent polls. During the State of the Nation address on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, in Accra President Akufo-Addo affirmed, “Government is doing its part to facilitate the ...

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Ghana cannot take its territorial integrity for granted – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says Ghana has instituted necessary measures to protect its territorial integrity against extremist activities. However, he says, the country cannot afford to take its territorial integrity for granted.  He said whereas many countries in the Sahel region have experienced terrorist attacks, Ghana is the only country in the coastal region of West Africa that has ...

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Women’s Manifesto Coalition questions Gender neutrality of Political Parties

The Women’s Manifesto Coalition (WMC) has raised concerns about political party cultures that are failing to include gender equality and women’s rights as salient issues in the process of building a democratic Ghana. The Coalition argues that the continuous underrepresentation of women in decision–making positions does not augur well for women’s ability to contribute to critical decisions that have implications ...

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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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