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Ghana’s Top Stories: June 2024

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Constitution Review Proposes Presidential Tax

The Constitution Review Committee has put forth a significant recommendation to amend Article 68 (5) of the Ghanaian Constitution. This article currently exempts the President from paying taxes on their salary. The proposal aims to enhance equity and accountability within the highest office of the land, ensuring that the President, like all citizens, contributes to the nation’s tax system​ (CitiNewsroom)​​ (Graphic Online)​.

Ambulance Procurement Scandal Developments

The Financial and Economic Court 2 in Accra has accepted an audio recording as evidence in the high-profile trial involving Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, the Minority Leader, and two other defendants. This recording features businessman Richard Jakpa discussing the Attorney General’s involvement in the case. The trial, centered around alleged mismanagement and procurement irregularities in the national ambulance service, continues to unfold with significant public interest​ (CitiNewsroom)​​ (Prime News Ghana)​.

Controversy Over Bawumia’s School Tour

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia’s recent tour in the Ashanti Region has drawn criticism from the National Democratic Congress (NDC). The opposition party condemned the use of students in the Vice President’s engagements, arguing that it constitutes an inappropriate diversion of educational resources for political purposes. This controversy underscores the ongoing tensions between the ruling party and the opposition as the nation heads towards the next election​ (CitiNewsroom)​​ (Graphic Online)​.

World Bank Boosts Ghana’s Energy Sector

In a major boost to Ghana’s energy infrastructure, the World Bank has approved a $250 million credit facility. This funding is intended to address critical infrastructure needs and improve electricity distribution across the country. The initiative is part of broader efforts to stabilize and enhance the reliability of the national grid​ (CitiNewsroom)​​ (Graphic Online)​.

Power Outages Disrupt Education

Students in Bimbilla preparing for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) are facing significant disruptions due to ongoing power outages, locally known as “dumsor.” These outages have made it difficult for students to study, raising concerns about their performance in the upcoming exams. The situation highlights the broader impact of energy instability on daily life and education in Ghana​ (CitiNewsroom)​​ (Graphic Online)​.

Delays in Medical Supplies Clearance

The Ministry of Health has assured that efforts are underway to clear a backlog of medical supplies, including mosquito nets, stuck at the Tema port. The delay has provoked concerns among health organizations, which are planning protests to expedite the clearance process. Ensuring timely delivery of these supplies is critical for addressing public health needs​ (CitiNewsroom)​​ (CitiNewsroom)​.

Economic Developments: Inflation Decline

Ghana’s inflation rate saw a slight decline to 23.1% in May 2024, offering a glimmer of hope amid ongoing economic challenges. This marginal decrease is a positive sign for the economy, suggesting that some of the measures taken to stabilize prices may be beginning to take effect​ (Graphic Online)​​ (Graphic Online)​.

Public Holiday for Eid-ul-Adha

The Interior Ministry has declared Monday, June 17, 2024, a public holiday in observance of Eid-ul-Adha. This decision allows Muslims across the country to prepare for and celebrate this significant Islamic festival, which commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son in obedience to God​ (Graphic Online)​​ (Prime News Ghana)​.

Business Harassment Concerns

The Deputy Finance Minister has called for an end to the alleged harassment of businesses by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA). This statement aims to create a more business-friendly environment and reduce undue pressures on entrepreneurs, fostering a more supportive atmosphere for economic growth​ (CitiNewsroom)​​ (Graphic Online)​.

Environmental and Technological Initiatives

In environmental news, AstraZeneca and its partners have committed to planting six million trees in Ghana as part of the Global AZ Forest Programme. This initiative aims to restore degraded ecosystems and combat climate change. Additionally, TECNO has been named the Smartphone Brand of the Year at the 14th GITTA Awards, recognizing its contributions to advancing technology in the country​ (CitiNewsroom)​​ (Prime News Ghana)​.

These stories reflect the diverse and dynamic nature of current events in Ghana, highlighting significant developments in politics, education, health, economics, and the environment.

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