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Hunger Project develops citizens’ charter for five districts in Eastern Region
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Hunger Project develops citizens’ charter for five districts in Eastern Region

The Hunger Project-Ghana, in partnership with The Hunger Project-Germany and five districts in the Eastern Region, has developed a citizens' charter to provide a ready reference for assemblies and citizens to improve the efficiency of service delivery. The citizens' charter shows major service delivery and the time frame set for providing some important services to the people, as well as the quality and standard parameters for the delivery of services as provided by national and international best practices in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. Mr Samuel E. Afrane, Country Director of The Hunger Project-Ghana, explained this at a handing over ceremony of the citizens' charter to the districts in Somanya in the Yilo Krobo Municipality. A "citizen's charter" is a document...
TVET for rapid transformation of country – Government declares
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TVET for rapid transformation of country – Government declares

Dr. Yayra Dzakadzie, Director for Tertiary Education at the Ministry of Education, has reiterated the government’s resolve to use technical and vocational education and training (TVET) for the rapid transformation of the country. He said the Ho Technical University (HTU) was well-positioned for the task and urged the management of the institution to design courses and programs for the real world-changing experience. “Management must stay ahead of the curve for the best education and must constantly re-evaluate their programs, to make sure it falls in line with latest industry trends and demands as the world gallops at an unprecedented speed with new things.” A total of 1,154 students graduated with one Master of Technology (MTech), 249 Bachelor of Technology (BTech), and 904 High...
Let’s protect water bodies from pollution – Okyeame Annor 
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Let’s protect water bodies from pollution – Okyeame Annor 

Okyeame Paul Kofie Annor, Chief Linguist to the Paramount Chief for Dodo Traditional Area, Dasebre Oduro Guranim, has advised the residents of the area to help protect and safeguard water bodies from pollution,  He said there was a need to protect the nation’s environment, especially water bodies since the water was a finite resource and could be exhausted.  According to him, the relevance of that precious resource could not be overemphasized, but unfortunately, it had not received the needed attention it deserved.  Okyeame Annor disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), when the GNA visited the Momota Riverside, a source of water for the residents of Dodo-Fie in the Kadjebi District of the Oti Region, to acquaint itself with the resource.  He said the river served as a s...
Exempt vehicle insurance funds from Ghana’s Domestic Debt Exchange Programme 
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Exempt vehicle insurance funds from Ghana’s Domestic Debt Exchange Programme 

Mr Nathaniel Dwamena, President of Young Africans for Opportunity (YAFO), has urged the government to exempt vehicle insurance funds from the DDEP.  He said despite the agreement with the Ghana Insurers Association, caution needs to be taken since the entities that watched on for the Government to excessively borrow into this current crisis are the same entities to supervise risk mitigations.  Mr Dwamena, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), was of the view that the country could not afford to risk vehicle insurance that would be needed during an eventuality.  He contended that exempting vehicle insurance would not significantly impact the government’s DDEP because the government needs to first demonstrate its commitment to ensuring financial stability rather th...
Germany says ready to support Ghana’s debt restructuring efforts
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Germany says ready to support Ghana’s debt restructuring efforts

Germany, the second largest bilateral creditor to Ghana (only after China), says it is ready to support Ghana in its ongoing debt restructuring process.  Ghana started a Domestic Debt Exchange (DDE) programme last year to restructure about 80 per cent of GHS137 billion in domestic bonds to ensure debt sustainability. It has also extended a call to its external creditors for support through the G20 common framework.The debt restructuring forms part of efforts to secure an Executive and Management Board approval of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a US$3 billion loan-support programme by March 2023 to calm the current economic crisis.  In an engagement with some economics and finance students of the University of Ghana in Accra on Friday, Christian Lindner, Finance Ministe...
Let’s help tackle religious fundamentalism, extremism – Alhaji Osman
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Let’s help tackle religious fundamentalism, extremism – Alhaji Osman

Alhaji Khuzaima Mohammed Osman, the Executive Director of Tijaniyya Muslim Movement of Ghana, has called on the global community to to build the necessary blocks in tackling religious fundamentalism and extremism. He said religious fundamentalism was growing in Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria, Togo, Niger and almost every nation in West Africa, with Ghana not an exception, adding that no country was immune to the challenge. Alhaji Osman, attending the International Religious Freedom (IRF) Summit in Washington DC, told the Ghana News Agency in a telephone interview that Ghana, as a very peaceful country in West Africa, must work hard to ensure that the entire region was transformed. He said such development would close the religious fundamentalism gap and empower the youth with skills...
AU appoints WANEP to serve on 20-member Strategy Group
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AU appoints WANEP to serve on 20-member Strategy Group

The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) has been appointed by African Union to serve on the 20-member Strategy Group of its Network of Think Tanks for Peace (NeTT4Peace). A statement issued by WANEP, said on Wednesday, February 8, the African Union (AU) would officially launch its NeTT4Peace, an initiative of the AU Commission. The Network aims to strengthen synergies and foster long-term structured partnerships between the AU Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS) and African institutions, practitioners and experts working in areas of peace, security and governance. Appointed last year as a member of the Network, the WANEP intends to lend its expertise and experience in peacebuilding practice in Africa to the newly formed Network. At the inaugural meeting of t...
National Catholic Health Service is now a Corporate Trust
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National Catholic Health Service is now a Corporate Trust

The Ghana Catholics Bishops Conference (GCBC) has approved and inaugurated the National Catholics Health Services (NCHS) as a Corporate Trust with a new name Catholic Health Service Trust, Ghana (CHSTG). Chaired by the Most Reverend Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, the Catholic Bishop of the Ho Diocese, the trust has therefore been registered as a legal entity with laid down structures, systems, and strategies to promote accountability, and standardisation in the application of policies. Other members of the Trustee include the Mt Rev. Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum, the Catholic Bishop of Koforidua, Mt Rev. Gabriel Kumordji, the Catholic Bishop of Donkorkrom Vicariate and Dr (Mrs ) Emily Boakye Yiadom and Mar Victor Gborglah. Speaking at a short ceremony held in Techiman in the Bono East Region, th...
Catholic Health Service Trust urged to strengthen collaboration with government
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Catholic Health Service Trust urged to strengthen collaboration with government

Dr Anarfi Asamoa-Baah, the Presidential Co-Ordinator of the Government’s Coronavirus Response Programme has called on the Catholic Health Service Trust, Ghana (CHSTG) to strengthen collaboration with the government to help achieve significant health outcomes. He said the Trust ought to be more proactive in health policy discussions, debates, and implementation at all levels. The CHSTG must also remain a credible and reliable partner of the Christian Health Association Ghana (CHAG), but not a competitor, Dr Asamoa-Baah stated at the inauguration of the CHSTG in Techiman, the Bono East Regional capital. The Ghana Catholics Bishops' Conference (GCBC) approved the National Catholics Health Services (NCHS) in 2022, as a corporate Trust with the name CHSTG and chaired by the Most Rev. ...
66 Artillery Regiment gets new weapons
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66 Artillery Regiment gets new weapons

The 66 Artillery Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces in Ho has taken delivery of six new artillery guns to support its operations. The new weapons, 105mm (M-56) Howitzer saluting guns, are Serbian-made guns, designed to perform both ceremonial and combat roles, and weigh 2100kg. The gun is operated by a seven-man crew and can fire between six to eight rounds of ammunition within a minute when used for combat roles it can fire three types of ammunition- M1, Rocket Hybrid, and BB Projectiles. The gun can engage targets up to 30 kilometers depending on the type of ammunition being fired. Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah, Chief of the Army Staff, commended the government for committing resources to acquiring new weapons to equip the army. He gave the commendation in an address...