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The Centre for Agricultural Policy and Analysis (CAPMA) believes farmers are being scared away from enrolling on the Planting for Food and Jobs programme due to the commitment fees they have to pay before being granted inputs.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, the Centre’s head, Bright Demordzi, argued that, “we have to scrap the issue of commitment fee because if we are aware the farmers have the farmland and have prepared the land, then why the issue of commitment? “

“The commitment fee for the farmers is scaring the farmers and that is why the programme is failing,” Mr. Demordzi stated, adding that farmers must pay for inputs and “most of the farmers do not have resources” making it counterproductive.

Dr. Raymond Atuguba

A Senior Law Lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ghana, Dr. Raymond Atuguba, has called for an urgent legal revolution to deal with the growing lawlessness in the country.

According to him, the delay tactics adopted by the Courts when it comes to justice delivery, makes it difficult for the citizenry to seek justice through the court system, thereby resulting in mob justice and other lawless actions.

The celebrated legal luminary, admitted that, “It takes too long to get to court; it costs too much when we get in there; and it’s ultra-crowded when we get there. Also the principles of Law and Justice applied to us in there are alien to us; some imported from the Brits many centuries ago; we are lost in a maze of procedures and jargon, whilst we are in there; it takes too long to get out; the results we get from the court halls are often spiced with corruption and flavoured with politics; and our relationships are damaged after we get out.”

President Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, left Ghana on Monday, 5th June, 2017, to attend meetings of the United Nation’s Advocacy Group of Eminent Personalities on the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, in his capacity as co-Chairperson of the Group, taking place in Belgium and the United States of America, and attend the G-20 Partnership for Africa Summit in Germany.

In Belgium, President Akufo-Addo will meet, in Brussels, with Norwegian Prime Minister, Her Excellency Erna Solberg, his co-chair of the UN SDGs Advocates Group of Eminent Personalities.

The President will also hold separate meetings with the Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel; and President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.

Some staff of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), are threatening to demonstrate against the organisation over unpaid salaries.

According to the workers, numbering over one thousand, NADMO has failed to pay them their salaries for over two years.

They say even though the Finance Ministry has cleared them to be paid, NADMO is reluctant to release their monies.

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