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World Bank Board of Directors Approve 150M for Education in Ghana
The World Bank Board of Directors approved today $150 million in financing to support the Government of Ghana to improve the quality of education for over two million children in low performing basic education schools, and to strengthen Ghana’s education system.
“The project focuses on underserved areas and on improving the quality of education for increased human capital and supports the World Bank’s twin goals of ending poverty and promoting shared prosperity,” said Pierre Laporte, World Bank Country Director for Ghana. “This operation directly aligns with the Government’s Strategy and with the World Bank’s Africa Strategy of improving inclusive and equitable access to quality education at all levels.”
The Ghana Accountability for Learning Outcomes Project (GALOP) will support teaching and learning through modern in-service teacher training, and provision of learning materials. School-level support and resources will be strengthened, combined with improved community engagement. Improvements in teaching and learning assessments and accountability will enhance education outcomes to build Ghana’s human capital.
News Update and Headlines – News Africa: ‘Ghanaians Preparing Their Thumbs to Vote You out in 2020’ – Mahama Tells Akufo-Addo
Former President John Dramani Mahama says the entire country has been “suffering” since the New Patriotic Party (NPP) assumed office.
According to him, Ghanaians are, therefore, preparing their thumbs to vote out the Akufo-Addo government in 2020.
He made the comment during an address at the 100-year anniversary of the E.P Church at Dabala in the Volta Region on Sunday.
“As for the hardship you are going through today, I’m not the one to tell you, all of us are suffering our own hardships…and we are preparing our thumbs for 2020 so that we can change the change,” Mahama said.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) suffered a heavy loss to the NPP during the 2016 polls.
This meant that Mahama became the first-ever incumbent President to serve for just one term in the history of Ghana’s Fourth Republic.
However, the NDC flagbearer believes God allowed the NPP to win power so that Ghanaians could appreciate the work done by the NDC.
According to him, Ghanaians now know the difference between the NDC and the NPP, having experienced both parties.
ZANU PF MPs Snubbing Party Programs & Events Risk Losing Their Positions – Togarepi
Zanu Pf Youth league secretary has warned ZANU PF MPs who are not attending party programs and events that they risk losing their positions the Chronicle reports.
Pupurai Togarepi was speaking at the Zanu-PF National Youth Assembly meeting when he said:
We now have Government officials who are now sabotaging the party and do not want to engage in party events ever since they took up Government posts. They now prefer to propagate their own individual agendas and lining their pockets.
They do not want to attend party programmes that promote the President’s vision, they always give excuses forgetting that it is the party that led to them getting appointed into those Government offices.
It is still not clear who Togarepi was referring to in his speech. We will update this article as more information becomes available.
News Update and Headlines – News Africa: Zim Model Wins Miss Pan African Queen 2019 Beauty Pageant
A Zimbabwean model, Pauline Marere, has won the Miss Pan African queen pageant held over the weekend in Bayelsa, Nigeria.
She beat other 24 girls and won US$3 000 in prize money as well as a car, trip to Dubai, scholarship and a movie deal. In a statement on her Facebook page, Marere said:
Thank you, God, l couldn’t be happier. Introducing your new Miss Pan African queen 2019. I made it not because l could but because of God.
Nigeria you’ve been good to me.Another international crown in the bag ❤. A special thanks to my sponsor sekuru Peter who made my journey possible, my designers Jasper, Rukudzo, Susan, Moleen, Ebenezer and my special people Mashmac MachenaMashmac, Faraie Junior, Karen and my God-given parents.
Thank you so much to everyone who made this possible. I’m grateful.
Zimbabwe Dollar Firms Against The USD In October
The Zimbabwe dollar has shown signs of stability in October, with the local currency shedding 3.1 per cent of its value against the greenback on the interbank market.
As of September 30, 2019, the official USD/Zimbabwe dollar official rate was 15.1979 and fell to”only” 15.6467 as of October 31, 2019.
Some financial experts have opined that the Zimbabwe dollar’s real point of equilibrium is around 7 to the US dollar.
When the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) floated the exchange rate and introduced the interbank market on February 22 this year, the Zimbabwe dollar rate was pegged at 2.5 against the US dollar.
Between February 2019 and September 30 2019, the local currency had depreciated by 84 per cent from the initial rate of 2.5 to 15.1979.
News Update and Headlines – News Africa: Raila Ups The Ante In Hunt For Votes In His Kibra Backyard
Jolted by fears of a loss in a constituency that has been described as his “bedroom,” Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga has taken charge of last-minute campaigns for the party’s candidate in the upcoming Kibra by-election.
Although campaigns for ODM candidate Bernard “Imran” Okoth was initially to be coordinated by the party’s Nairobi branch chairman George Aladwa, Mr Odinga is said to have been forced to personally take charge of the vote-hunt amid worries that Deputy President William Ruto’s campaigns for Jubilee Party candidate MacDonald Mariga had made unexpected inroads in the constituency.
His move is said to have also been influenced by internal polls conducted by both the Jubilee and ODM parties that portrayed a scenario of a possible split of votes among opposition coalition National Super Alliance (Nasa) candidates.
And, in a change of strategy, the former prime minister has embraced boardroom and town hall meetings, a break from his past preference for political rallies that attract multitudes.
On Saturday, Mr Odinga led a meeting involving members of the Kamba community in which governors Charity Ngilu (Kitui) and Alfred Mutua (Machakos) pledged to support the ODM party candidate. A day before that, on Friday, Mr Odinga led another campaign meeting involving members of the Gusii community who are voters in Kibra constituency.
It’s Impossible To End Kidnapping In Nigeria —Wike
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said that the commercialisation of kidnapping has made it impossible to end the menace.
Wike, who made this remark on Monday during a courtesy visit by the Rotary International District 9141, to the Government House in Port Harcourt, explained that since kidnapping had become business, it could only be reduced to the barest minimum.
He said, “It is now impossible to stop kidnapping in Nigeria; it (kidnapping) is now a business. It has been commercialised.
“It is now a major business. Everyone must partner with the government to ensure that we reduce it to the barest minimum. But it cannot be totally eradicated.”
News Update and Headlines – News Africa: Kenya’s Population Stands at 47.6 million – Census
The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics has released the Census results indicating that Kenya’s population is 47.6 million.
The results were released on Monday by KNBS director general Zachary Mwangi.
The Census was conducted from August 24 to 31.
Mwangi said the population grew to 47, 564,296.
The population grew by 47.6 per cent compared to 37.7 per cent recorded in 2009.
The data indicated that the country has 24, 1014,716 females compared to 23, 548, 056, 24 number of males.
The statistics recorded the number of intersex persons for the first time. The country has a total of 1,524.
The average household size declined to 3.9 per cent in 2019 compared to 4.2 per cent as per the 2009 population results.
California Governor Appoints Nigerian As Oil And Gas Supervisor
Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has appointed a Nigerian, Uduak-Joe Ntuk, as the State Oil and Gas Supervisor, responsible for managing the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR).
DOGGR uses science and sound engineering practices to regulate the drilling, operation and permanent closure of energy resource wells.
The division prioritises protecting the public and the environment in its oversight of the oil, natural gas and geothermal industries within the largest state in America.
A statement from the governor’s office said that Ntuk had served as the Petroleum Administrator for the City of Los Angeles, the second-largest city in the United States of America.
“In Los Angeles, he was responsible for oversight and policy of oil fields, gas storage facilities, petroleum refineries and pipeline franchise agreements.
“Prior to joining the city of Los Angeles, he had worked for several companies, including Tyco, General Electric and Chevron.
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