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March 14, 2018 6:51 AM Ghana to partner Nigeria to fight crime

The government of Ghana has indicated that it will join forces with its neighbor Nigeria to deal with the evolving security threat within the West African Sub-region. There have been recent reports of terrorist attacks and other security concerns in countries such as Mali, Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire. Ghana’s Minister of State in Charge of National Security 12

March 13, 2018 10:48 AM Nigerian senator ‘busts open’ $37,500 expenses payments

A Nigerian politician has revealed that senators receive 13.5m naira [£27,000, $37,500] every month to use on expenses of their own choice. Shehu Sani, a senator for the governing All Progressives Congress [APC] party, said there is little accountability about how the money is spent. He has called for the payments to be scrapped, saying they are a key reason 21

February 24, 2018 8:24 AM Nigerian parents threatened with jail if children skip school

Nigeria’s oil-rich Bayelsa state is threatening parents who do not make sure their children go to school with jail terms. The state signed the new law into the books amid concerns children were not attending class despite the fact that it spent 70bn naira ($200m; £140m) on new school buildings and equipment. “We feel it is important to have this law to protect 11

February 23, 2018 6:35 AM BBC launches 2018 Komla Dumor Award

The BBC is seeking a rising star of African journalism for the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award, now in its fourth year. Journalists from across the continent are invited to apply for the award, which aims to uncover and promote fresh talent from Africa. The winner will spend three months at the BBC headquarters in London, gaining skills and experience 13

February 21, 2018 11:41 AM Air Namibia’s first flight on re-entry to Ghana postponed

Air Namibia’s much-anticipated return to Ghana has been postponed. The postponement of flight operations in Ghana according to a press release from the company is due to “external factors; non-availability of departure slot at Kotoka Airport.” As a result, the initial commencement flight originally scheduled for 22:05 hours on March 25, 2018, has been deferred 20

February 17, 2018 5:20 PM Nigeria bomb blasts cause deaths at fish market

Three suicide bombers have hit the town of Konduga in north-east Nigeria, killing at least 18 people. Two attacked a fish market and a third struck nearby, security sources said. Boko Haram jihadists are being blamed for the blasts, though the group has yet to say it was behind them. Boko Haram has killed some 20,000 people and displaced more than two million 40

February 16, 2018 12:31 PM Ghana drops to 54th in February FIFA Ranking

Ghana dropped four places to the 54th position in the latest Coca-Cola FIFA Ranking released on Thursday. The Black Stars had occupied the 50th position in the January ranking but lost 68 points to drop out of the top 50. The Black Stars, however, still remain the 8th ranked team in Africa, behind Tunisia, Senegal, DR Congo, Morocco, Egypt, Cameroon 15

February 15, 2018 4:07 PM Only Africans can solve their problems – Nana Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the problems and challenges confronting the African continent can best be solved by Africans themselves. According to him, no western power can solve the continent’s problems “except Africans themselves.” “It should not require emphasizing that no one is going to sort out matters for Africa, except Africans 10

February 14, 2018 1:24 PM Buhari to grace Ghana’s 61st Independence Day celebrations

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari will arrive in Ghana on Saturday, March 3, ahead of Ghana’s 61st Independence Day celebrations on March 6. The Nigerian leader accepted an invitation from President Nana Akufo-Addo to be a special guest at the event. Muhammadu Buhari disclosed this when Ghana’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Rashid Bawa, presented 10

February 11, 2018 12:20 PM GHS issues Lassa fever alert after 31 die in Nigeria outbreak

The Ghana Health Service has issued an alert to all Regional Directors of Health Services and CEOs of Teaching Hospitals for Lassa Fever. The alert urged the various health institutions to enhance surveillance for Lassa fever and Acute Haemorrhagic Fevers in general. This alert follows the outbreak of the fever in Nigeria which has claimed 31 lives 11