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President Akufo-Addo delivers 4 modern naval ships to the Ghana Navy



Akufo-Addo delivers 4 modern naval ships to the Ghana Navy

President Akufo-Addo delivers 4 modern naval ships to the Ghana Navy

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Friday, 25th February 2022, commissioned four (4) new vessels acquired for use by the Ghana Navy, at a ceremony at the Sekondi-Takoradi Naval Base.

The acquisition of these vessels, according President Akufo-Addo, “is yet a further manifestation of the commitment of Government to retool and re-equip the Ghana Armed Forces to enable them to perform their duty of protecting the territorial integrity of our nation.”

Delivering a speech at the event, the President indicated that these vessels – Ghana Navy Ship Volta, Ghana Navy Ship Densu, Ghana Navy Ship Pra and Ghana Navy Ship Ankobra – have been fittingly named after some of Ghana’s famous rivers.

“This is in recognition of significant progress being made by the Armed Forces to end illegal mining in our river bodies, and help restore them to their natural state. Naming these ships after them is entirely appropriate,” he said.

With Ghana, and, indeed, West Africa, currently confronted with twin threats posed by terrorism and violent extremism from the Sahel, and by piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, President Akufo-Addo stated that his government is determined to do everything within its power to guarantee the nation’s territorial integrity, and ensure the safety of Ghanaians.

Akufo-Addo delivers 4 modern naval ships to the Ghana NavyAkufo-Addo delivers 4 modern naval ships to the Ghana Navy

Outlining the actions that have been taken t actions have already been taken to protect the country’s northern borders from the onslaught of violent extremists and terrorists, the President stated that the Northern Border Project, designed to safeguard our land borders in the North, is progressing steadily.

This, he said, will include the establishment of forward operating bases (FOB) along the northern perimeters, and equipping them with state-of-the-art equipment to defend the country.

Akufo-Addo delivers 4 modern naval ships to the Ghana Navy

He added that with the country’s economy highly dependent on offshore resources, coupled with the enormous potentials of the maritime sector to contribute to Ghana’s food security and employment generation efforts, he stated that these make the provision of effective maritime security of the utmost necessity.

“Therefore, the Ghana Navy, as the lead maritime security agency, deserves all the support it needs to enable it carry out its duties efficiently and effectively,” he said.

Akufo-Addo delivers 4 modern naval ships to the Ghana Navy

President Akufo-Addo continued, “In addition to these four ships being commissioned today, Government is in the process of acquiring two (2) offshore patrol vessels with high endurance limits, to maintain constant presence at sea.”

Government, he further added, will also procure some more patrol vessels to respond to the myriad of threats along the coastline, stressing that “financing for the acquisition of these ships has been already provided for in the security sector retooling programme, initiated by the Akufo-Addo Government”.

Akufo-Addo delivers 4 modern naval ships to the Ghana Navy

The President was confident that with the arrival of these four (4) “river class” ships, as well as the imminent coming into play of the others, the Navy, working in collaboration with other services, will be well-equipped to protect our maritime domain, which will, in turn, serve as a boost for the fisheries and shipping sectors, as well as for offshore oil and gas production.

“Indeed, these four (4) ships are to provide dedicated security to our offshore oil and gas installations, which have, hitherto, been, regrettably, unprotected. They were acquired through a public-private partnership between the Ministry of Defence, Israel Shipyards Ltd, Ghana Commercial Bank and two (2) international oil companies,” President Akufo-Addo said.

He, thus, reaffirmed his confidence and that of the nation in the competence, dedication and professionalism of the officers, men, women and civilian staff of the Ghana Armed Forces.

“Their loyalty to the Republic and to the maintenance of its constitutional order continues to be exemplary. I am glad to note, in particular, the achievements of the Navy in the fight against piracy, fuel smuggling and other maritime crimes,” he said.

On his part, President Akufo-Addo reassured the security services that his Government will not waiver in its quest to empower the security and intelligence services.

“On your part, the Ghanaian people expect you to superintend over the judicious and productive use of these assets, so as to help secure the integrity, peace and stability of our nation,” he added.

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WAEC Releases 2022 BECE Timetable for all candidates



2022 BECE Timetable

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

   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



Youth Task Teams of the Africa Youth Partnership

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.


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



Government can't pay salaries if

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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