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Godfred Yeboah Dame - Minister for Justice and Attorney-General. Picture: EBOW HANSON.

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She said what was happening in the current media landscape was unfortunate and thus there was the urgent need to regulate activities to bring sanity into the system.

Stakeholders at a consultative meeting on the passage of a broadcasting law to regulate broadcasting activities in the country have unanimously agreed that the time for such a law is more rife than ever.

Twitter settles on Ghana to initiate Africa presence. Image credit - adweek

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"Today, in line with our growth strategy, we’re excited to announce that we are now actively building a team in Ghana. To truly serve the public conversation, we must be more immersed in the rich and vibrant communities that drive the conversations taking place every day across the African continent."

As part of its global growth strategy, Twitter, the 'microblogging' system that allows users to send and receive short posts on the internet, has initiated a process to establish its presence in Africa, by opening an office in Ghana.
It is therefore currently actively hiring for roles in Ghana and in Africa in general.

Announcing the decision to open the office in Accra, Ghana on Monday, April 12, 2021, Twitter said the move was to enable it "serve the public conversation, and it’s essential, for the world and for Twitter, to increase the number of people who feel comfortable participating in it."

"To do this, we need to make it easier for everyone to join in and provide more relevant experiences for people across the world.

"Today, in line with our growth strategy, we’re excited to announce that we are now actively building a team in Ghana. To truly serve the public conversation, we must be more immersed in the rich and vibrant communities that drive the conversations taking place every day across the African continent."

Why Ghana?

Twitter said as a champion for democracy, "Ghana is a supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet, of which Twitter is also an advocate. Furthermore, Ghana’s recent appointment to host The Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area aligns with our overarching goal to establish a presence in the region that will support our efforts to improve and tailor our service across Africa."

Free speech

“As a champion for democracy, Ghana is a supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet, of which Twitter is also an advocate. Furthermore, Ghana’s recent appointment to host the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) aligns with our overarching goal to establish a presence in the region that will support our efforts to improve and tailor our service across Africa,” it said.

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A statement published on twitter’s blogpost said whenever they entered new markets, they worked hard to ensure that the platform was not just investing in the talent that it hired, but also invest in local communities and the social fabric that supports them.

“We have already laid foundations through partnerships with Amref Health Africa in Kenya, Afrochella and The HackLab Foundation, both in Ghana, and Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI) in Nigeria,” it added.

Corporate giving

According to the social media handle, as part of its long-term commitment to the region, the company would continue to explore compelling ways it could use the positive power of Twitter to strengthen its communities through employee engagement, platform activation, and corporate giving.

“We still have much to learn but we are excited to listen, learn, and engage. Public conversation is essential to solving problems, building shared ideas, and pushing us all forward together. We can’t wait for the next step on that journey,” the statement added.

Mission

It stated that its mission was to serve the public conversation, and it is essential, for the world and for Twitter, to increase the number of people who feel comfortable participating in it.

It said to do that, Twitter needed to make it easier for everyone to join in and provide more relevant experiences for people across the world.

Employment

It said it was looking for specialists to join several teams including product, design, engineering, marketing and communications and said that the full details on current job openings could be found on the Twitter Careers site.

It stated that aligned with its existing WFH policies, it is looking forward to welcoming and onboarding the new team members remotely so that it can make an immediate impact while it explored the opportunity to open an office in Ghana in the future.

Below is a copy of the full statement by Twitter

Twitter’s mission is to serve the public conversation, and it’s essential, for the world and for Twitter, to increase the number of people who feel comfortable participating in it. To do this, we need to make it easier for everyone to join in and provide more relevant experiences for people across the world.

Today, in line with our growth strategy, we’re excited to announce that we are now actively building a team in Ghana. To truly serve the public conversation, we must be more immersed in the rich and vibrant communities that drive the conversations taking place every day across the African continent.

We are looking for specialists to join several teams including product, design, engineering, marketing and communications. Full details on current job openings can be found on the Twitter Careers site. Aligned with our existing WFH policies, we look forward to welcoming and onboarding our new team members remotely so that we can make an immediate impact while we explore the opportunity to open an office in Ghana in the future.

Why Ghana?

As a champion for democracy, Ghana is a supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet, of which Twitter is also an advocate. Furthermore, Ghana’s recent appointment to host The Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area aligns with our overarching goal to establish a presence in the region that will support our efforts to improve and tailor our service across Africa.

Whenever we enter new markets, we work hard to ensure that we are not just investing in the talent that we hire, but also investing in local communities and the social fabric that supports them. We have already laid foundations through partnerships with Amref Health Africa in Kenya, Afrochella in Ghana, Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI) in Nigeria, and The HackLab Foundation in Ghana. As part of our long-term commitment to the region, we’ll continue to explore compelling ways we can use the positive power of Twitter to strengthen our communities through employee engagement, platform activation, and corporate giving.

We still have much to learn but we are excited to listen, learn, and engage. Public conversation is essential to solving problems, building shared ideas, and pushing us all forward together. We can’t wait for the next step on that journey.

 

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Trawl vessels unloading at the Tema Port. PHOTO CREDIT EJF

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It also estimated that Ghana was currently losing between $14.4 million and $23.7 million annually in the trawl sector due to low licence fees, as well as the lack of enforcement of revenue for fisheries-related infringements.

Research in the country’s marine resources claims that nine out of every 10 fishing trawlers operating in the country are beneficially owned by Chinese corporations.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey (L) signed on behalf of Ghana and Chinese Ambassador Lu Kun signed on behalf of China. Image credit - gbcghanaonline

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The China-Aid Annex Office Building Project, which is to be funded by the Chinese Government under the Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation between China and Ghana is a six-storey building to be situated at the south of the existing office building.

The governments of Ghana and China have signed the Implementation Agreement for the commencement of the China-Aid Annex Office Building Project.

Mr Henry Quartey (arrowed), the Greater Accra Regional Minister, supervising the clearing of concrete platforms in the median on the Kwame Nkrumah Avenue leading to the Kantamanto Market. Picture: DOUGLAS ANANE-FRIMPONG

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“When I came here, this whole area was covered with trees and grass, but because many also came to join, the whole place was turned into a busy market hub and the trees were cut down to create more spaces for our activities,” one of the traders said.

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr Henry Quartey, yesterday set his ‘Make Accra Work’ plan into action by storming the central business district (CBD) to clear off traders who had illegally occupied the pavements.

Kumasi power outages to last till December

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The Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) Mr Kwame Agyeman-Budu has asked residents of Kumasi in the Ashanti region to brace up for more power outages from now till the end of the year.

A screen grab image from the video showing some of the activities of the illegal miners.

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Mr. Quao stated that illegal miners have recently been running rampant and unchecked in the area and that they are just about 100 meters short of breaking into the walls of NASHS.

Activists in the Nzema East Municipal District in the Western Region of Ghana have called for a halt to illegal mining activities in the area that is presently destroying the environment. According to the activists, the threat posed to the landscape and water bodies in the area is so severe that perpetrators need to be sanctioned and their activities stopped immediately to avert further damage.

Central Regional Minister, Mrs Justina Marigold Assan

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She said her administration would wage war on open defecation and other sanitation issues emphasising that she would ensure the region significantly enhances it's sanitation in conformity with the local government act.

The Central Regional Minister, Mrs Justina Marigold Assan has stated that her administration would collaborate with the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies in the region to ensure that at least 70 percent of households in the region have access to places of convenience.

Madina Zongo Junction: The lawless clean up the city

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This week, some police and city officials took to the streets of Madina, to punish pedestrians who refused to use the pedestrian footbridges but instead resorted to crossing the road at unauthorised areas which has been causing a heavy vehicular traffic especially at Zongo junction.

Dr Albert Touna Mama

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Appointed Auditor General in December 2016, Mr Domelevo was retired early last month after a series of public spats between him and the Board Chairman of the Audit Service, Prof. Edward Dua Agyeman, over roles and the exercising of same.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has observed that it was important for the Audit Service to continue to be a strong institution helping to protect the public purse after the exit of the immediate past Auditor General, Mr Daniel Yaw Domelevo, in March 2021.

LGBTQI+ is an abomination that won’t be accepted in Ghana – Bagbin tells Australian High Commissioner

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Mr Andrews stated that Ghanaian culture needs to accept people for who they are by respecting their rights without causing any harm to people indulging in the act.

Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin says Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+) practices are an abomination to Ghanaian culture as such they will not be accepted in the country.

Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh - Minister of Energy

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But Mr Baah assured that there is no nationwide “Dumsor” coming.

The Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) says only Accra and Winneba will experience power outages in the coming days following construction works on its main lines and at the main Pokuase sub station.

David Tamakloe is the Editor of Whatsapp News

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The NDC lawmaker bemoaned what he said was the use of state security agencies by government to muscle out critical media.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for South Dayi, Mr Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor is pleading with the police to release the Editor of Whatsapp News, David Tamakloe, who is said to have been arrested and detained on Thursday.

Mr Matthew Opoku Prempeh - Minister of Energy

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“The load is growing because of the population growth and infrastructure growth so you need a lot of substations that can take the load so that they do not congest by the overuse of the stations already in the existence.

The Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) says it was having a discussion with the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) for them to provide a load shedding timetable following major maintenance works expected in the power sector from April to July 2021.

The President was accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, and officials of the Presidency and Foreign Ministry.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, left Ghana on Sunday, 28th March 2021 for Spain, to attend the “Focus Africa 2023” Conference, being held in Madrid.

Bawumia lists major 1st-term achievements of Akufo-Addo gov't

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"Dear Friends, as we look forward to the implementation of the 2021 budget in our second term, it is important that we take note of the accomplishments of the Nana Akufo-Addo government in our first term after inheriting an economy in crisis.

The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has given a firm indication of a take off by the Akufo-Addo government to implement its second term vision after the approval of its first second term budget.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

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He said the nation could not wait any longer in ensuring a complete elimination of the canker as that was the surest way to protect the nation’s natural resources and water bodies.

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has charged the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Samuel Abu Jinapor, to take bold step to stem the menace of illegal mining popularly known as galamsey.

Sale of Covid-19 vaccines at GH¢200 per jab in Ghana; GHS starts inquiry

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They are 37-year-old Disease Control Officer of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Stephen Dzisenu; 42-year-old Occupational Health and Safety Officer, Cosmos Allotey and a Project Assistant and a former Laboratory Technician at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Joseph Knight Gaisie.

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has initiated an administrative inquiry into the alleged stealing and selling of COVID-19 vaccines in Ghana at GH¢200 per jab.

Director-General of GES, Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa

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He said if the students are Rastafarians and there is evidence to show, then they must tie the hair neatly.

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has directed the headmistress of Achimota School to admit two first year students with dreadlocks who reported to the school to begin their Senior High School education.

Kwabena Duffuor, Kofi Amoabeng petition Parliament over revocation of banking licenses

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Mr. Duffuor also wants an inquiry into the appointment of an Official Administrator of UNIBank Ghana Limited and circumstances surrounding the revocation of the bank’s license in 2018.

A former Finance Minister, Dr Kwabena Duffuor and the former CEO of UT Bank, Prince Kofi Amoabeng, have petitioned Parliament over the Bank of Ghana, BoG’s revocation of their banking license.

Little Portia Ansong Urgently Needs Ghc40,000 For Brain Surgery

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Any token from well wishers can go a long way to help save the life of little Portia.

Five-year old Portia Ansong of Start Rite School in Dome urgently needs to pay an amount of GHC40,000 for brain surgery at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital. She was diagnosed of a brain tumor last Saturday.

I didn’t spend GH¢1million on Ashanti NPP executives - Dr Afriyie Akoto reacts

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"As a former member of parliament in the region and as a senior member of this government, I accepted to grant audience to some party executives who had been making calls for a meeting to discuss matters concerning the welfare of the party. However, such meetings end with an amount given as a transportation to guests who came from far and near.”

The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto has officially reacted to media reports about his presidential ambition.

Domelevo to Audit Service Board: Your request for a handing-over note is preposterous…

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All the above notwithstanding, if you so wish, please direct the Acting Auditor-General to hand over to me and I will thereafter handover to him.

Retiring Auditor-General, Mr. Daniel Yaw Domelevo has described as preposterous (to him), a request by the Audit Service Board for him to prepare a comprehensive handing over of the Service.

Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo), Mr Jonathan Amoako-Baah

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A statement issued Monday, March 15, by Mr Amoako-Baah explained that although there was enough capacity to more than meet demand, works on the Pokuase and Kasoa substations, as well as other transmission line works across the country, have accounted for the intermittent outages.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo), Mr Jonathan Amoako-Baah, says the country will, in the coming months, experience some intermittent power outages as a result of ongoing projects across the country.

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