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The First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, Rebecca Akufo-Addo has disclosed that the elimination of child marriages in Ghana and the retention of girls in school is top on her priority list.

Delivering her welcome address at an event held at the forecourt of her office at Ridge to mark International Women’s Day under the theme “Press for Progress”, Mrs. Akufo-Addo said the inability of the country to retain her girls in school directly impacts on the high levels of child marriages and teenage pregnancies the nation is saddled with.

She emphasized that the current policy of free education in Ghana from nursery to Senior High School (SHS) will be meaningless if the country cannot get its young ladies to take advantage of it.

The 2nd Lady of the Republic of Ghana Samira Bawumia has stressed that there is the need for women to be empowered to speak up about sexual abuses.

According to her, women must defy the odds and not keep mute when they are abused but have the courage to speak out and seek justice.

The 2nd Lady made the observation when she hosted the International Women’s Day edition of the Morning Starr Thursday.

“Let’s urge our young women to speak up, they should find the courage and defy the odds and when they speak up we need to support them and that is what the Times Up hashtag is about, we are all saying enough is enough.”

uniBank has said it is not taking over the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) as has been suggested by media reports.

The bank in a statement Wednesday evening noted: ” In November 2017, we reached an agreement with the Belstar led consortium to sell their entire holding in ADB and, to subsequently invest the proceeds into uniBank. This led to an agreement between both parties with a set timeline for closure of the transaction which would culminate in uniBank raising a minimum of GHS 600 million in capital and with Belstar acquiring a stake in uniBank”.

The statement signed by the bank’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kwabena Duffuor II. further explained: “Due to the delayed timeline of the equity investment, uniBank has taken the additional precaution of committing Belstar Capital to their obligation under the share subscription agreement by pledging all shares held by the Belstar led consortium in ADB to ensure that the transaction will be consummated and the proceeds for the sale of shares paid directly to uniBank.