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Twitter Set To Open Ghana Office In September

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Twitter Ban In Nigeria To End 'Very Soon', Information Minister Says

Microblogging site Twitter is set to roll out operations in Ghana in September, officials have confirmed.

The social networking service on 12 April 2021 announced that it has settled on the West African country to establish its Africa headquarters.

Information gathered has it that Dr. Nadia Adongo Musah, the Deputy director for the Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President said the company is currently interviewing its first batch of employees.

“Twitter is here because of what we did in 2018. A Nigerian who was part of the team that attended the full circle event we organized in 2018 helped us to get this tech giant. He is currently in the country helping to conduct interviews for the first batch of employees Twitter will be working with. If things go as scheduled, they will be opening their office here in Ghana next month [September],” she said.

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The choice of Ghana for its operations came as a surprise for many, triggering heated debate about the business environment for technology start-ups across the continent.

However, for the social media giant, its decision was based on Ghana’s support for free speech.

“As a champion for democracy, Ghana is a supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet, of which Twitter is also an advocate. Furthermore, Ghana’s recent appointment to host the secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area aligns with our overarching goal to establish a presence in the region that will support our efforts to improve and tailor our service across Africa,” Twitter said in a statement in April.

The American microblogging and social networking service Twitter announced on Monday 12 April that it has settled on Ghana to establish its Africa headquarters.

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JUST IN: Commercial Drivers Call Off Nationwide Strike

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JUST IN: Commercial Drivers Call Off Nationwide Strike

News gathered by GhArticles.com indicates that the Coalition of Commercial Transport Owners have suspended their nationwide strike.

According to a press release sighted online, the GPRTU stated that the strike has been called off because the government has invited the leadership for deliberation.

They leadership added in that letter that any further information about the strike will be communicated to it’s members soon.

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Earlier on, GhArticles.com reported that effective today, the Coalition of Commercial Transport Owners have announced its intention to embark on a nationwide indefinite strike, as part of measures to compel the government to scrap some taxes on fuel to enable reduction at the pumps.

According to the Coalition, the government for the past two weeks has failed to heed their calls for some taxes to be scrapped off hence the decision to embark on the sit-down strike.

The group has asked its members to put on red armbands to register their displeasure with the government.

The coalition of private transport operators consists of Ghana Private Road and Transport Union (GPRTU), Association of Tipper Truck Drivers, Harbor Transport Owners, Ghana National Cargo Transport Association, Ghana Committed Drivers Association, Concerned Drivers Association, Digital Drivers, Commercial motorbike riders, popularly referred to as Okada, the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers among others.

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Following that, hundreds of workers were left stranded in multiple lorry stations across Ghana over Trotro Drivers sit-down strike against high fuel prices in the country.

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Ashaiman for instance, commercial drivers decided to turn the lorry station into a football field as they were seen playing football as passengers looked stranded.

The video was captured by Adom as sighted by GhArticles on Twitter.

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Francisca Lamini Has Betrayed Feminists For Snubbing Free Dubai Trip – Victoria Hammah

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Francisca Lamini Has Betrayed Feminists For Snubbing Free Dubai Trip - Victoria Hammah

Former Deputy Communications Minister, Victoria Hammah, has described it as a betrayal on the part of Francisca Lamini to reject a trip to Dubai sponsored by Kenyan Airwaves.

Francisca Lamini is reported to have turned down the offer on grounds that her two colleagues were not included in the list of beneficiaries.

Francisca Lamini became a national sensation following her exploits in the just-ended 2021 National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ).

Although Lamini has been hailed as a team player by many for rejecting the free trip to Dubai, Victoria Hammah believes that her action is coming from a point of ignorance.

Vicky Hammah stated in a Facebook post on Sunday, December 5, 2021, reminded Lamini that she is reaping the benefit of years of activism by women and that her action is a slap in the face of feminism.

“This is not heroism but attack against Gender Affirmative Action! This “brave” girl hasn’t yet understood the world.

“She is yet to recognize that her singular celebratory experiences from the competition results from centuries of activism towards women’s liberation and that the reward wasn’t only for her but for the collective struggles of all women.

“She is only benefitting from the works and struggles of women and men before her who have and continue to fight for a gender balance society.

“It’s unfortunate that, she rejects this justifying affirmative action reward to her. And all those who applaud her for rejecting the reward extended to her, similarly also lack the historical understanding of women’s liberation struggles,” she posted on Facebook.

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Teachers Alliance Ghana Set To Embark On Demonstration Over Salary Reductions

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Teachers Alliance Ghana Set To Embark On Demonstration Over Salary Reductions

A teacher union, known as All Teachers Alliance Ghana (ATAG) is set to embark on a demonstration on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

The protest, according to the group, is to drum home their displeasure over government’s decision to deduct an amount of ¢509 from the teachers’ professional development allowance as payment for the one-teacher one laptop policy.

According to the Union, the deduction is being done at a time when a legal battle seeking to terminate the implementation of the initiative is ongoing.

General Secretary of All Teachers Alliance Ghana, Albert Dadson Amoah, in an interview on Accra-based Citi News monitored  by GhArticles.com said “they [GES] should prepare for us. Teachers are minimizing themselves. We want to use this forum to call on GES once again to immediately refund the GH₵ 509 to teachers.”

“Besides, there are some GES workers who are not teachers, there are the cleaners, cooks, among others. Some earn as little as GH₵ 700 and the government has gone ahead to deduct GH₵ 509 from their salaries. How are these people expected to survive?”

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Mr Amoah who believed that teachers have been persistently disrespected stressed that this time around, they will not look on, unconcerned but will protest until their grievances are addressed.

Meanwhile, the Founder of the Innovative Teachers Association Ghana, Stephen Desu said since the matter is pending in court it is unnecessary for ATAG and other teacher unions to embark on a demonstration.

“We will concentrate on the court issue and not waste our time demonstrating. We disagree with the step they intend to take.”

Under the One teacher, One laptop policy, the government required that teachers pay 30 percent of the cost of GHS 1,550 through deductions from their salaries while it paid 70 percent.

 

 

 

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