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NDC Apologises For Cancellation Of Teacher Trainee Allowance

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The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has apologised for an earlier decision by the Mahama-led administration to scrap both teacher and nursing trainees’ allowances.

The National Youth Organiser for the party, George Opare Addo admitted that the decision by former President John Dramani Mahama was unpopular.

According to him, the then NDC administration abolished the teacher- trainee allowances after training colleges were upgraded to tertiary institutions, indicating that the explanation is not ‘to justify the cancellation of the allowances.’

He said “the NDC government was spending GH¢950 on teacher trainees. And we were looking at issues of equity since they were upgraded to tertiary institutions.

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“So we wanted to migrate them unto the student loan trust fund.”

Adding that “everybody has the right to change his mind, so there’s nothing wrong if former President Mahama believes the decision was unpopular.

“If he comes he will restore it because it was an unpopular decision and we apologise.”

George Opare Addo who was speaking during a ‘Youth Debate’ on Asempa Fm’s Ekosiisen program on Monday 17, August 2020 also used the opportunity to apologise to the trainees.

But the National Youth Organiser of the NPP, Henry Nana Boakye who was on the same show accused the NDC of inconsistencies in the position of Mr. Mahama on the payment of the allowance prior to the 2016 elections and ahead of the December polls.

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He alleged that NDC’s flagbearer is simply engaging in deceptive politicking.

“In 2016, Mr. Mahama swore heaven and earth that he will never restore the trainee allowance even if it will cost him the elections.

“It is therefore strange and unfathomable that someone who said there is no sense in paying trainees allowance would make a u-turn, after President Akufo-Addo had restored the allowance, to say that he will continue with the payment of same.

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What governments all over the world are doing after COVID

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What governments all over the world are doing after COVID in 2022.

One of the most important ways that societies intervene to buffer the adverse consequences of socioeconomic disadvantage is through the provision of social assistance. Social assistance refers to government programs that provide a minimum level of income support to individuals and households living in poverty.

When people talk about people receiving public assistance – food stamps, disability, unemployment payments, and other government help – they often have stereotypes and inaccurate perceptions of who those people are and what their lives are like.

This view of some people is affecting policy for the growing ranks of our nation’s poor, says a new report from a joint project from Save the Children and the Center for American Progress. The report compares the U.S. means of measuring economic opportunity and poverty with the experience of other countries, including five peer nations on the same income scale. It shows that people in many peer countries are given assistance as a matter of public policy, and these nations tend to view welfare programs as a short-term emergency measure.

Many countries like the U.S and spend significantly more taxpayer money on assistance than peer countries. After a few years of assistance, people on welfare in the U.S. have a much more difficult time finding jobs, according to the recent National Survey of Transitional Assistance Providers. These programs lend support either in the form of direct cash transfers or through a variety of in-kind benefits (e.g. food stamps and rent subsidies). Social assistance has been shown to strengthen the purchasing power of the poor and raise their material standards of living.

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However, the government does not provide these social assistance programs to ensure marginalized populations are treated fairly, the report says. In fact, U.S. policy determines participation by significant factors, such as the stigma associated with poverty.

Many social programs determine eligibility before a person’s need for support. They include the U.S. Earned Income Tax Credit, which provides an additional tax refund to working families. Similarly, these benefits are made available only to the poor, as with food stamps and Medicaid eligibility. The report finds positive signs.

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Throughout the world, government assistance helps increase your odds of getting a job, incorporates receiving benefits (by lowering the barriers to receive), raises your wages, and reduces the chances of falling into poverty. This means people who receive the assistance are less likely to experience long-term poverty.

Some nations take a deliberate approach to the provision of social assistance because they view the social support system as integral to promoting social and economic mobility. In many cases, straight into the workforce programs and an expansion.

Access to jobs is crucial to moving families out of poverty. Unemployment and disability, for example, only benefit people when they work. A policy reform could make the social safety net more effective.

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Nigeria Warns Of Possible Eid Al-Fitr Bomb Attacks

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Nigeria’s secret police have warned of possible bomb attacks during celebrations for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

In a statement, spokesperson Peter Afunanya said the Department of State Services (DSS) had uncovered a plot by suspected gangs to carry out attacks on critical infrastructure, places of worship and recreation centres.

The warning comes after recent explosions at bars in the north-eastern states of Taraba and Yobe that killed several people.

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A splinter faction of Boko Haram known as Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap) said it carried out the attacks.

 

 

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Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland

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Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland

The Russian energy giant Gazprom says it has cut off all gas deliveries to both Bulgaria and Poland after both countries refused to start paying for the supplies in roubles.

Earlier, both Polish and Bulgarian energy providers said they had received official notices from the Russian gas supplier that deliveries were due to be cut.

Gazprom’s announcement comes after some confusion earlier this morning, when data showed gas supplies into Poland through Belarus temporarily reduced to zero before resuming.

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Bulgaria’s gas network had also said the country was still receiving Russian gas as of this morning.

We are yet to see any data of gas volumes into Poland or Bulgaria since Gazprom’s announcement just now.

 

 

 

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