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Political parties unite to fight climate change

Political parties unite to fight climate change

National Youth leaders of the five major political parties in Ghana have united with one voice to combat climate change by committing to The Green Republic Project (TGRP), the biggest reforestation initiative in the history of Ghana.

The youth leaders, representing the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Convention People’s Party (CPP), National Democratic Congress (NDC), Progressive People’s Party (PPP), and the People’s National Convention (PNC ) made this commitment at joint a breakfast meeting on the theme: “Uniting the National Youth Front against Climate Change.”

The Green Republic Project (TGRP), is a youth-driven grassroots initiative which aims to plant 20 million trees across Ghana by the year 2028. This is to avert looming climate crisis, especially with several global and local reports revealing that Ghana continues to lose a lot of its forest cover due to deforestation and other human practices.

“Ghana is said to have recorded 60 percent rise in forest loss between 2017 and 2018, according to the Global Forest Watch. This should tell us climate crisis is standing in the way of a healthy tomorrow. As leaders of the future, it is important that critical proactive steps are taken today to secure a healthy future environment and climate. These National Political Party youth leaders collectively have millions of followers behind them, and as prospective leaders at the national level, they have a role to play in protecting our forest cover,” the Convener of The Green Republic Project, Nana Yaw Osei-Darkwa explained.

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The project has so far seen the planting of approximately 7,500 trees across some selected communities in Ghana, with plans to plant 100,000 trees this year.

Speaking in turns, the National Party Youth Organizers appreciated the urgent need for the country to protect Ghana’s forest cover which provides livelihood for more than 2.5 million people.

Representing the governing New Patriotic Party, a Deputy National Youth Organizer, Joseph Nyaniba Kwayaja posited that looking at recent gloomy climate change reports on Ghana, it is prudent for political parties to see the loss of forest cover as a serious national issue and take actions to avert it. He pledged on behalf of his party to back any initiative aimed at averting the devastating effects of climate crisis.

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Same sentiments were shared by, Mr Edem Agbana, the Deputy Youth Organizer of the National Democratic Congress, the biggest opposition party in Ghana who noted that just as political parties have the ability to mobilize followers for national health walks and rallies, the can collective rally teeming followers to embark on mass tree planting exercises across the country on selected days. He further urged the media to prioritize issues affecting the environment.

The Convention People’s Party’s National Youth Organizer, Alhasan Basiru Nabir said as a youth leader of a party which has since inception being committed to policies on climate action, it is a call in the right direction for it to endorse any tree planting initiative, pushing for the involvement of traditional youth leaders in national tree planting drive.

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The issue of illegal rosewood logging the Northern Region of Ghana has dominated the airwaves in recent times. Making reference to the dangers it poses, a national youth leader of People’s National Convention (PNC), Awudu Ishak said such an initiative couldn’t have come at any better time.

Representing the Progressive People’s Party, the National Youth Organizer, Mr Devine Nkrumah like his other colleagues expressed the readiness of his party youth to support the effort to “Make Ghana Green Again”.

Aside the push for a collective resolution that would call the implementation of policies on climate action, the youth leaders endorsed the idea of a National Tree Planting Day. They unanimously agreed to advocate and lobby for special attention to be paid to climate action in Ghana in tandem with Goal 13 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Source: Attah-Effah Badu

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Lumba and I didn’t break up over a woman – Nana Acheampong

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Lumba and I didn’t break up over a woman – Nana Acheampong

One of the originators of ‘Burger Highlife’, Nana Acheampong has discounted claims that he split with his other half-brother, Daddy Lumba over a woman.

Following the decision by both musicians who formed the famous Lumba Brothers to go solo, there were reports their division was fueled by a woman both were chasing.

But reacting to it for the first time on Kumasi-based Pure FM monitored by MyNewsGh.com, the musician stated unequivocally that it was neither because of a woman nor money but a collective decision arrived at.

“After coming out with songs for a couple of times and playing for almost 10 years, he moved from where we stayed in Germany to another place called Oldenburg and the distance was quite far. He was unable to be coming for regular rehearsals”, he revealed to host Hammer.

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Though their fans were not too happy over the split, he insisted that it was not because of money nor a woman but a development that led to them producing more music for the country.

He admitted both are good at writing songs and pray that they will continue to be inspired to do more and produce good songs for their fans.

Source: mynewsgh.com

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Mahama increased electricity tariff by 166%, NPP decreased by 5% – Bawumia

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Mahama increased electricity tariff by 166%, NPP decreased by 5% – Bawumia

The National Democratic Congress, during the Mahama administration, cumulatively increased electricity tariff by 166%, Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said.

On the back of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission’s recent hike in power and water tariffs by 5.94 per cent and 2.22 per cent, respectively, Dr Bawumia said at the launch of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) at the Bank of Ghana (BoG) Auditorium at the University of Ghana (UG) on Wednesday, 2 October 2019 that: “Between 2013 and 2016, just the last four years of the NDC government, the cumulative increase in electricity tariff was 166%”.

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Dr Bawumia said that in line with the Akufo-Addo government’s agenda to create jobs, the administration has embarked on moves to cut electricity tariff to spur more employment.

According to him, “In 2018, we [NPP] reduced electricity prices of businesses by 30% and for households by 17.5 %, an average of around 22%.”

“Earlier this year in July, there was an increase of electricity price of 11% and yesterday of 5.6%. When you take the total cumulative increase on average, as I said, between 2017 and today, you have a cumulative decrease of about 5%”.

He continued: “So, the NDC, in their last four years, increased [electricity tariff] by 166%, we have come down since we have been in government by 5% on average”.

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This, Dr Bawumia said, far outweighs the performance of the Mahama administration.

Comparatively, he said it is “still ‘boot for charley-wote’ when you come to electricity pricing”.

Source: classfmonline.com

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Brother of deposed Algerian leader sentenced to 15 years

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Brother of deposed Algerian leader sentenced to 15 years

The brother of Algeria’s deposed former president has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiring against the state and undermining the military.

Said Bouteflika was widely seen as the real power behind the presidency after his brother, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, suffered a stroke in 2013.

Two former secret service chiefs and a political party head were also sentenced after the two-day trial.

President Bouteflika was ousted in April following pro-democracy protests.

The defendants were detained in May during a wave of arrests targeting the former president’s inner circle.

The ailing ex-leader is in a residence west of Algiers, and is not expected to face trial.

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The current authorities in Algeria have promised to crack down on what the call “the gang” that used to surround President Bouteflika and bring them to justice, the BBC’s Ahmed Rouaba says.

This trial is designed to show that the government is serious about fighting what it says is corruption at the highest level of the state, our reporter adds.

What were the allegations?

The charges related to an alleged meeting between Said Bouteflika and his co-defendants in March.

He was accused of conspiring with two secret service leaders, Gen Mohamed Mediene and Gen Athmane Tartag, and the head of The Workers’ Party, Louisa Hanoune.

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They were said to be considering declaring a state of emergency and firing the army chief, Gen Ahmed Gaid Salah, as protests against the president were mounting.

Who is now in charge?

Gen Salah remains the head of the armed forces and is considered to be the most powerful man in the country, but the speaker of parliament’s upper house, Abdelkader Bensalah, is the interim president.

Both men are tainted by an association with the former government.

Nevertheless, they say they are committed to dealing with alleged corruption under President Bouteflika.

Several former cabinet ministers, political leaders and businessmen linked to the ousted leader have also been detained.

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Despite this crackdown, the authorities have not been able to hold a presidential election that would pave the way to the return of constitutional rule.

Protesters, who are still taking to the streets every Friday, have rejected elections under the current government, and are calling for the removal of all officials associated with the Bouteflika regime.

Source: bbc.com

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