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Breaking: Court orders Achimota School to admit Rastafarian Student immediately

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The Human Rights Court 1 Division of the High Court in Accra, on Monday, May 31, 2021, ordered Achimota School to admit Oheneba Nkrabea, the dreadlock-wearing Rastafarian student into the school.

The Court had first ordered Achimota School to admit Tyrone Marhguy, another dreadlock-wearing Rastafarian student before delivering its judgment on Oheneba Nkrabea.

In the last two months, both students were refused admission into the school due to their hairstyle which they attributed to their Rastafarian culture.

The school’s only consideration to allow the duo entry was for them to cut their dreadlocks which they [students] did not budge although the students were placed into the school under the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS).

No amount of criticisms by Ghanaians, civil society organizations and human right activists against Achimota School compelled it to back down its decision.

It defended its position saying, allowing deadlocked was against the school’s rules and regulations.

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National Cathedral secretariat clears air on GHS100 public donation

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The National Cathedral Secretariat has clarified that the appeal for funds towards the construction of the project is not an initiative of the government.

The government has come under strict criticisms after the Finance Minister during the presentation of the mid-year budget review appealed for a GHS100 monthly donation from Ghanaians towards the construction of the project.

However, Chief Executive Officer of the Secretariat, Dr Paul Opoku- Mensah-Bonsu, in an interview with Citi News, said the initiative, which will be launched on August 12, 2021, is only to promote the collective ownership of the cathedral.

“So far, we have exclusively focused on the major donors while the churches as institutions and some individuals say, they are happy to give as much as between GHS 5,000 and GHS 100,000. But there are those who tell us that they are happy to give but how do they contribute because they do not have that huge amount?

“So one of those donors said the Secretariat should do something so that those with any amount can also give to the National Cathedral construction and that is when the proposal of this GHS100 club was launched to ensure that as many Ghanaians as possible are given the opportunity to write their names in the history of the Cathedral. So really, this is not a government initiative.

“It was an update of the fundraising we said was going to happen, and it is not only happening, but it has become this creative process where new initiatives are introduced,” he explained.

The GHS100 a month initiative also dubbed ‘Ketoa Biaa Nsua’ will be launched by the trustees of the National Cathedral in August 2021.

The aim of the club is to raise one million Ghanaians who would give the amount. Already, a special shortcode *979# has been developed for this purpose to enable people to contribute towards the construction.

Even before the National Cathedral project is completed, the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has announced a date for the commissioning.

He says the Cathedral would be officially opened on March 6, 2024, upon completion.

The $100-million inter-denominational cathedral will have an auditorium capable of seating 5,000 people, as well as chapels and a baptistery.

The site will also house a music school, an art gallery, and a museum dedicated to the Bible.

The work on the cathedral picked up in earnest in January 2020, with a fence wall bearing an artistic impression of the cathedral erected around the perimeter of the site.

A foundation stone signifying the commencement of construction work was laid on March 5, last year. Work was steadily picking up until the outbreak of the COVID-19, as a result of which work had to be put on hold.

 

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Checkout the number of districts with IDIF in Ghana

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Some 134 districts in Ghana have factories under the government’s One District, One Factory (IDIF) initiative.

Trade Minister Alan Kyerematen, who revealed this on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Friday, said plans are far advanced to build more in all the districts across the country.

His comment is in reaction to those urging the government to fulfill its promise to build a factory in each district.

Under the IDIF initiative, the Akufo-Addo government said it will ensure each district in the country has a factory.

But the plan seems to have changed with most of the factories being sited in the Central, Eastern and Greater Accra Regions.

However, the Trade Minister maintained that the government is not shifting from its promise to build a factory in each district.

Rather, he explained that, because IDIF is private sector-led, they want businessmen from the districts to take the initiative and the government will support with incentives.

“We need a businessman to lead the campaign because IDIF is not state-led. These districts without factories are because no businessman has taken an initiate there,” he added.

This notwithstanding, Mr Kyerematen said the government is moving to set up factories in those districts and later hand them over to the private sector to manage.

 

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“Soon you’ll not be employed if you can’t speak French” – President Akufo-Addo

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President Akufo-Addo has said French will soon be a requirement for job seekers in the country thus one’s ability to communicate in the language will better his or her chances of landing a job.

According to the president, he anticipates that the French will soon become a national requirement for jobs.

He made this known during an exclusive interview with Anne Sophie Avé, the French Ambassador to Ghana, for the final episode of Season 1 of her Touch of France TV talk show.

President Akufo-Addo stated that the French language is important in AfCFTA commerce.

Following its implementation on January 1, 2021, the AfCFTA pact aims to establish the world’s largest free-trade zone, connecting 1.3 billion people across 55 countries with a combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $3.4 trillion. It is also expected to lower trade tariffs and allow Africa to become more integrated into global supply chains.

With Ghana being “an English-speaking island in a French sea,” as he put it during the meeting, the French Ambassador believes that job seekers should be prepared to meet the demand that will accompany the country’s growing export potential.

“I think that that of course as Ghana’s export potential, capacity to export its products – especially value-added products – increases and intensifies, [yes] Ghanaian companies will be looking to populate the sales departments, the international sales departments, the exports departments, with people who have the facility in the language”, he said.

“I can see that coming very easily. In any event, the greater the links, the stronger the integration and you are talking about links of language, of culture, of blood. All these are important links that enable people to live in the same space”, he explained.

doing business in France, as well as applying what he learned in Ghana and Africa. He is Ghana’s first head of state to be interviewed by an ambassador.

Similarly, Anne Sophie Avé became the first Ambassador to host a TV show at Jubilee House.

 

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