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It’s Time For Africa To Prosper; Reduce Dependence On Foreign Aid : Nana Addo

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has issued a challenge to African policymakers to reduce their reliance on foreign aid.

He believes that Africa’s reliance on foreign aid is impeding socioeconomic development.

As a result, he is urging policymakers to brace themselves for the challenge and devise policies that will allow Africa to prosper in the shortest possible time.

President Akufo-Addo stated at the opening of the 22nd Academy of African Business and Development (AABD) Conference that the “time to pursue a path of prosperity and self-respect for the African Continent is now.”

The 22nd AABD Conference, being hosted by the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), is under the theme: “Sustainable Development beyond Aid: The focus for Africa?” It will run till May 21, 2022.

The president has proposed a Ghana Beyond Aid vision, urging the creation of a Ghana that is beyond dependence on the charity of others to cater to the needs of its people but instead engages with other countries competitively through trade and investments and political cooperation for enhanced regional and global peace and security.

“I am by no means saying there is no longer a place for aid in Africa or that we should disregard what aid has done for us in the past. Neither am I saying that the more advanced countries should cease honouring their aid commitments to African countries; or that we should turn our back on investments from outside”, he said.

Africa has been and continues to rely on international assistance for development.

Though the volume of international aid received is small in comparison to total annual expenditure, it accounts for a significant portion of the discretionary funds available to governments after statutory payments, wages, salaries, and debt repayments are deducted.

This is what prompted researchers, business practitioners, consultants, community leaders, and policymakers to submit full papers, abstracts, and proposals for special sessions to the ongoing conference.

“It is time to create the future we want for our continent, and it is time to start building that future, inspired by the imperative to transform our economy from a raw material producing and exporting economies to value-adding industrial economies.”

“We seem to have missed out on many opportunities to make Africa the continent she deserves to be, rich and resilient. But it is not too late to right the wrongs, it is time to catch them now”, the President added.

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Mason Greenwood Has Bail Extended As Rape Investigation Continues

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Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood will remain on bail over allegations he raped and assaulted a young woman following a court hearing.

The 20-year-old was arrested in January after images and videos were posted online, and he was also questioned on suspicion of making threats to kill.

His bail was due to expire in April but Greater Manchester Police made an application to the courts to extend it, with a hearing held on Thursday.

On Friday, a force spokesman said: “Following a hearing yesterday, a 20-year-old man arrested on suspicion of rape, assault and making threats to kill on Sunday, January 30 remains on bail.”

The spokesman said no further updates would be issued until the suspect was charged or released facing no further action.

Within hours of the allegations surfacing online, the striker – who has made one appearance for England – was suspended from playing or training with the Old Trafford club until further notice.

Nike suspended its sponsorship deal with Greenwood, and later terminated it, while Electronic Arts confirmed his removal from active squads on its Fifa 22 game.

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Black Stars Goalkeeper Jojo Wollacott Joins Charlton Athletic

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English League One side, Charlton Athletic FC have signed Black Stars goalkeeper, Joseph Wollacott on a three-year deal.

The 25-year old joins Charlton Athletic as a free agent after his contract expired at Swindon Town where he made 39 appearances last season and helped them to the League Two play-offs.

He becomes the club’s third signing ahead of the new season.

Wollacott has seven caps for Ghana after making his international debut last year.

Wollacott came through the ranks at Bristol City and went on loan spells outside the EFL. He then joined then League Two side Forest Green Rovers on loan in 2019/2020, making his professional debut against Charlton.

He joined Swindon Town on an emergency loan in 2021, before signing a permanent deal at the start of the 2021/2022 season.

Wollacott was voted League Two goalkeeper of the season after an outstanding 2021/2022 campaign with Swindon Town.

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Girl Found Dead In Drain With Her Hands Tied In Ablekuma

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The lifeless body of a teenage girl was found in a drain with her hands tied.

Residents of Ablekuma Manhean in the Ga West Municipality of the Greater Accra Region, Ghana, were shocked to find the body at about 6:00am on Thursday, June 23.

An eyewitness, Hawa Usman, who spoke to Citi TV, said the hands of the deceased were tied at the time she was discovered.

Girl found dead in drain with her hands tied

Hawa said: “My child was the first person to see the body. She was waiting for a friend so they can walk to school together. But upon getting to the place, she noticed the body of the lady and came home to inform me.”

The citing of the body caused a crowd to gather at the drain as locals strained to get a glimpse of the deceased.

Girl found dead in drain with her hands tied

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