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The ECOWAS Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) is calling for more political commitment from member states to fight against terrorism financing and money laundering in the sub-region.
Political support will ensure appropriate legislation, firm judiciaries, law enforcement and trained personnel to fight the vices that GIABA was set up to tackle, says executive director Abdullahi Shehu.
An official of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) says Ghana and some other Sub-Saharan nations will not achieve universal primary education by 2015, as originally targeted.
Professor Kwame Acheampong, UNESCO’s Senior Policy Analyst in Ghana, also said over 100 countries worldwide will not achieve basic education for all children by 2015 as part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) number two.
Rival candidates in Ghana are getting ready for the first in a series of presidential debates in the northern town of Tamale ahead of elections in December.
President John Mahama, the first incumbent president to participate in a debate, will be doing so after his National Democratic Congress party initially opposed the idea.
Ghanaian authorities are trying to ensure that security is water-tight for elections slated for 7 December by deploying some 5,000 soldiers across the country.
There are over 25,000 polling stations and about 10 million voters registered for the presidential and parliamentary polls.
Made-in-Ghana products are on exhibit in Liberia hosted by the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) in partnership with the Ghana Embassy near the Liberian capital, Monrovia and the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI).
The items on display include garments, beads, assorted drinks, foot wears, metal products, roofing materials and other handicrafts and manufactured goods.
The leader of the New Vision Party (NVP) has filed an injunction against the Electoral Commission to stop it from holding the 7 December presidential and general elections, claiming it was ‘not fit’ to hold the polls in the face of a bribery scandal.
Prophet Daniel Nkansah, the NVP candidate who admitted he bribed the two EC directors in a ‘set up’, asked the court to only allow the election if the EC sacks the officials allegedly involved in the scandal.
A new report by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation says 17 sub-Saharan countries are among the 50 economies making the biggest improvement in business regulation for domestic firms.
The improvement has been going on since 2005.
Presidential and parliamentary elections in Ghana scheduled for 7 December are poised to be historic, as there will be one woman presidential and three female vice presidential candidates.
Official figures show that there is also an increase in the number of women seeking parliamentary seats in the upcoming polls.
Former President Festus Mogae of Botswana has cautioned Ghananians against the dangers of leaving the December presidential and parliamentary elections in the hands of politicians.
The former President therefore called for ‘strong citizens’ participation’ in the ongoing electoral process in the West African nation.
The wife of Ghana’s former President Jerry John Rawlings, who is founder of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has quit the party.
Mrs. Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, Ghana’s longest serving First Lady, has said she and her husband have formed a new political party, the National Democratic Party (NDP), less than two months to presidential and parliamentary elections.