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“I will do the coup myself if…” – Oliver Barker-Vormawor issues fresh coup threat

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“I will do the coup myself if…” – Oliver Barker-Vormawor issues fresh coup threat

The Convenor of the #FixTheCountry pressure group Oliver Mawuse Barker-Vormawor, who was recently arrested by the police and charged with “Treason Felony” for a series of Facebook posts he made threatening to stage a coup in Ghana if the E-levy bill is passed, has taken to the same medium threatening to stage a coup again over a pending case on E-levy in the Supreme Court.

In his latest rant on Facebook posted Saturday 30 April 2022, Mr. Barker – Vormawor, says; “This Attorney-General does not fear God. He is claiming that the sick and bedridden Chieftaincy Minister actually went into the Chamber and voted for the E-levy even though we all saw that the guy was stuck in his ambulance”.

He goes further to claim as follows: “If the Supreme Court actually throws away the last of its dignity; to join the puppet master in that deception; all just to punish Ghanaians with E-Levy at all cost; so that they Article 71 holders can live large at the expense of the People”.

“Then at that juncture dier, we have crossed the rubicon of No return and I will do the Coup myself” Oliver posted on his Facebook wall.

The #FixTheCountry Convenor repeated his previous claim by describing the Armed Forces of Ghana as being a “Useless Army”.

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WAEC Releases 2022 BECE Timetable for all candidates

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released the 2022 BECE Timetable for all Candidates, both School and Private who are preparing to write the Junior High School leaving examination.

The released timetable for 2022 BECE shows that the 2022 examination will start on Monday 17th October 2022, and end on 21st October 2022. The first subject to be written will be Social Studie while the last paper is French.

BECE 2022 Examination Timetable

DATE SUBJECT CODE SUBJECT/PAPER DURATION TIME
   Monday, 17th October 2022 020/2 Social Studies 2(Essay) 1 hour 9.00 a.m.       – 10.00 a.m.
020/1 Social Studies 1 (Objective) 45 minutes 10.00 a.m.     – 10.45 a.m.
 070/2 Information and Communication Technology 2(Essay) 1 hour 1.00 p.m.       – 2.00 p.m.
 070/1 Information and Communication Technology 1(Objective) 45 minutes 2.00 p.m.       – 2.45 p.m.
   Tuesday, 18th October 2022 03o/2 Mathematics 2 (Essay) 1 hour 15 minutes 9.00 a.m.       – 10.15 a.m.
03o/1 Mathematics 1(Objective) 45 minutes 10.15 a.m.     – 11.00 a.m.
053/2-055/2 Basic Design and Technology 2(Essay) 1 hour 15 minutes 1.00 p.m.       – 2.15 p.m.
053/1-055/1 Basic Design and Technology 1 (Objective) 40 minutes 2.15 p.m.       – 2.55 p.m.
   Wednesday, 19th October 2022 001/2 English Language 2 (Essay) 1 hour 9.00 a.m.       – 10.00 a.m.
001/1 English Language 1(Objective) 1 hour 10.00 a.m.     – 11.00 a.m.
022/2 Religious and Moral Education 2(Essay) 1 hour 1.00 p.m.       – 2.00 p.m.
022/1 Religious and Moral Education 1(Objective) 45 minutes 2.00 p.m.       – 2.45 p.m.
   Thursday, 20th October 2022 033/2 Integrated Science 2 (Essay) 1 hour 9.00 a.m. 10.00 a.m.
033/1  Integrated Science 1 (Objective) 45 minutes 10.00 a.m. 10.45 a.m.
003/2 – 0013/2 Ghanaian Language and Culture 2 (Essay) 45 minutes 1.00 p.m. 1.45 p.m.
003/1-0013/1 Ghanaian Language and Culture 1 (Objective) 1 hour 1.45 p.m. 2.45 p.m.
  Friday, 121st October 2022  002/2 French 2 (Essay)  1 hour 15 minutes  9.00 a.m.    10.15 a.m.
 002/1 French 2(Objective)  45 minutes  10.15 a.m.    11.00 a.m.

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Youth Task Teams of the Africa Youth Partnership to Advocate an Equitable Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Youth Task Teams of the Africa Youth Partnership to Advocate an Equitable Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Restless Development and YOTA (Youth Opportunity & Transformation in Africa) have launched the Africa Youth Partnership for an Equitable Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic through which we are engaging, supporting, and empowering young people to put their ideas into action and play a leading role in continental recovery efforts. Through this work, we are engendering increased attention to and investment in addressing the critical issues of social and economic inequality that have been escalated by the COVID-19 pandemic. As duty bearers and stakeholders at local, national, and continental levels act decisively in response to young people’s voices and engagement, the African recovery agenda becomes more inclusive and equitable.

Thanks to funding from the Ford Foundation, we are escalating youth action for an equitable recovery across Africa, with a focus on ten countries in 2022, namely Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The aim is to improve the capacities and skills of youth-led organisations and young innovators to develop and implement policy accountability frameworks and offer solutions, enabling them to better connect, collaborate, and self-organise towards evidence-based advocacy for equitable pandemic response and recovery on the continent.

As part of our strategy for 2022, we are establishing Youth Task Teams to spearhead youth-led accountability at the national level. In all, we are creating 10 national task teams in the participating countries, drawing on broader youth constituencies to formulate youth-inclusive COVID-19 policy actions and lead multi-stakeholder engagements.

With training, coaching, and other technical and financial support, the Task Teams will undertake a number of activities, including but not limited to:

i. Conducting youth effectiveness analyses to identify accountability gaps in key areas of national recovery programmes, including in areas such as economic recovery, education and skills, youth employment and enterprises, health systems and treatment, vaccine equity, etc,

ii. Preparing youth accountability reports, policy briefs, and other products that capture the youth position on key recovery programmes, with policy recommendations for how to make the national recovery more youth-inclusive; and

iii. Designing and implementing national campaigns to advocate for the youth position as captured in those policy products, including extensive work plans for the engagement of governments, the private sector, and other national stakeholders to amplify youth voices.

Requirements

Young leaders who want to position themselves as facilitators of meaningful youth engagement in the design and implementation of their countries’ economic recovery agenda are particularly best fit for the Task Teams. They must meet the following criteria:

a. Must be between 18 and 29 years old as of 1st June 2022

b. Must be fluent in the English language

c. Must be a national of one of the participating countries, resident or in the diaspora. The participating countries in 2022 are GambiaGhanaLiberiaNigeriaKenyaSierra LeoneTanzaniaUgandaZambia, and Zimbabwe. Youth Task Team members may have multiple nationalities, one of which must be a participating country. For example, a Youth Task Team member could have both Kenyan and Japanese nationality, with Kenya being the participating country

d. Must represent any one of the following or other types of youth platforms: universities or other research institutions, youth-led organisations, national youth networks, women’s groups, professional associations, youth- and women-owned businesses, disability organisations, religious groups, geographical (rural vs urban) and socio-economic balance, etc.

e. Must demonstrate knowledge of and interest in the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on African countries, as well as the recovery efforts across the continent

f. Must demonstrate current or recent experience as a young leader in any sector relevant to the economic recovery from the pandemic

g. Must be able to commit up to 5 hours each week towards participating effectively in a wide range of Youth Task Team activities, including in-person or virtual meetings, training sessions, travels, meeting preparation, background reading, research, and campaign activities

h. Must be available for local and international travel whenever necessary to represent the Youth Task Team in various project-related engagements

i. Young leaders with skills and experience in participatory youth action research, advocacy, and policy influencing will be particularly suited for these Youth Task Teams

Application Process

The timelines for this Call for Applications are as follows:

  • Applications start – on 1st May 2022
  • Applications deadline – Friday 20th May 2022 at 23:00 GMT
  • Selection Interviews and other processes end – Friday 27th May 2022
  • Selected applicants notified by – Friday 27th May 2022
  • Public announcement of the Youth Task Teams – 1st June 2022

We welcome applications from interested persons who meet the requirements for the Youth Task Teams. You will be required to provide information about the organisation you represent. Organisations can support multiple applicants, as long as each of the applicants completes a separate form. Regardless of how many applications an organisation supports, it is not likely that an organisation would have more than one of its applicants selected.


Click here to download the full Terms of Reference of the Youth Task Teams.

Click here to complete the Application Form

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Government can’t pay salaries if we remove taxes on petroleum products – President Akufo-Addo

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Government can’t pay salaries if we remove taxes on petroleum products – President Akufo-Addo

The President of the Republic, His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo admonished Ghanaians to support the government in this difficult phase of the state during his address at the 2022 May Day commemoration at the Independence Square in Accra.

In his address, the President dismissed the calls from some Ghanaians on the removal of certain petroleum taxes.

He said the government risks losing about GH¢4 billion if it makes any such move. He added that it is even more untenable because the government is rather looking for more ways to raise money to support the economy.

“Removing taxes on petroleum products will reduce government revenues by some GH¢4 billion. At this time, when we are determined to expand government revenues in order to increase our capacity to finance our own development, can we afford to reduce tax revenues by GH¢4 billion?” President Akufo-Addo quizzed.

Ghana is currently suffering the rising cost of fuel prices as a result of the global crude price instability. This has generated a series of debates on how best the government can help lessen the burden on Ghanaians. Many experts in the petroleum trade industry have called on the government to revisit the numerous taxes levied on petroleum products in the country.

But President Akufo-Addo in a straightforward response to such calls, said the current challenges facing the economy require that the government rather increases its revenue base.

He said the monies raised from taxes such as those on petroleum prices are what is used to pay wages and allowances of workers; hence withdrawing them could affect the payment of salaries.

“Government is currently confronted by very tight financing conditions, in the wake of inadequate domestic revenue mobilisation. Indeed, some of the revenues from these same taxes on petroleum products are what we use to pay some of the salaries of some of the seven hundred thousand (700,000) public sector workers on Government’s payroll.”

Nana Akufo-Addo said despite the government’s decision, it is adopting other measures to mitigate the situation, including stabilising the exchange rate, a key determinant of fuel prices.

“Government is also working hard to ensure reliable supply and availability of petroleum products, thereby preventing shortages, a phenomenon which is being experienced in some other neighbouring countries,” he added, stressing that Ghana being a net importer of petroleum products is exposed to the volatilities on the international market.

“Intense efforts are being made to rehabilitate the Tema Oil Refinery, to enable it to contribute to stabilising petroleum prices, which should see the light of day very soon. We are also encouraging private companies to establish refineries in the country, one of which is eighty percent (80%) complete, and is expected to be commissioned before the end of this year,” he added.

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