International Women’s Day climaxed with health walk

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Accra during the weekend to climax the month-long celebration of the International Women’s Day which was observed on March 8.

The health walk, aimed at drawing public attention to the need to continue efforts to empower women in the Ghanaian society, was organised by UNAIDS in partnership with Strategic Communications Africa Limited (Stratcomm Africa), Ghana AIDS Commission and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly.

Participants in the walk included women from various associations, human rights advocates, the media and other members from the general public.

The walk also raised awareness of women’s empowerment issues, including sexual and reproductive health issues. The programme began at 6:30am from the Osu Police Station and proceeded through the John Evans Atta-Mills High street, ending at Mantse Agbona in James Town.

At the end of the walk, a forum, drama and music on women empowerment and HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment were organised. Involving women in development

Participants also had the opportunity to undergo HIV testing and counselling, access condoms and information, education and communication materials on various empowerment issues.

Speaking at the forum, the Chief Executive Officer of StratComm Africa, Mrs Esther Cobbah, said women needed to be empowered to participate largely in the running of the economy of the country as well as the development agenda.

According to her, if women were able to manage the home with daily money (chop money) given to them by their partners well, then they should be involved in the management of the economy of the country as well.

“I believe that if they are included in the management of the economy, they will manage it well and the economy will be nourished, enriched and energised,” she added.

When the right environment is created for women, Mrs Cobbah said, they excel, and therefore asked that the right environment should be designed to cater for the development of women.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country representative, Ms Christine Evans-Klock, commended Ghana for the successes chalked in women empowerment and gender equality over the years.

However, she said more needed to be done to promote women and girls’ rights and empower them.

Muhammadu Buhari wins Nigeria’s presidential election

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Nigeria’s election commission has declared Muhammadu Buhari the winner of the country’s bitterly contested presidential election, in a vote marred by confusion, arguments and violence.

Al Jazeera’s Yvonne Ndege, reporting from the capital Abuja, said the election commission made the announcement after nearly all votes had been tallied.

Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan immediately conceded defeat and congratulated Buhari on his victory, the APC said.

According to the Reuters news agency, Buhari’s APC won by 2.1 million votes, with 15.4 million votes versus 13.3 for Jonathan and the PDP.

Victory for former military ruler Buhari marks the first time in Nigeria’s history that an opposition party has democratically taken control of the country from the ruling party.

Lai Mohammed, the spokesman for the APC, told the AFP news agency that his party had declared victory after pulling ahead in the votes.

“This is the first time the opposition has voted a government out of power in Nigeria’s history,” he said.

Asked if he was confident of having won after the APC claimed victory, Buhari said: “I am very confident.”

To win the election, Buhari had needed to win more than 50 percent of the total votes nationally – and take at least 25 percent of the vote in two-thirds of the states.

The 72-year-old built an early lead in northern states dominated by the mainly Muslim, Hausa-Fulani ethnic group of which he is a member.

Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, whose five years in office have been plagued by corruption scandals and an insurgency by Boko Haram fighters, was trailing by around 500,000 votes before votes in pro-opposition areas were counted.

In the previous election, more than 800 people were killed in protests after Buhari was defeated by Buhari.

There was a brief protest by Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before the counting had resumed on Tuesday.

Former Niger Delta minister Godsday Orubebe accused elections chief Attahiru Jega of being “partial” and “selective”.

Orubebe claimed Jega had refused to investigate PDP complaints about big wins by Buhari in northern states but had launched a probe into claims by the APC of irregularities in Rivers.

Jega said later: “I don’t believe that the allegations are substantial enough to require the cancellation or rescheduling of the elections in Rivers state. We will take the results.”

International observers gave broadly positive reactions to the conduct of the vote, despite late delivery of election materials and technical glitches with new voter authentication devices.

Nigeria’s Transition Monitoring Group, which had observers across the country, said: “These issues did not systematically disadvantage any candidate or party.”

Akufo-Addo congratulates president-elect Buhari

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I join well-wishers in the rest of Africa and across the world to extend warm congratulations to the APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, on his decisive victory in the March 28, 29 Nigerian presidential election, thus becoming the next President of the Federal Republic.

Through the peaceful exercise of their sovereign and democratic right to elect their own leaders, the people of Nigeria have strengthened the frontiers of democracy for all other African countries to emulate.

This is the first time, in Nigeria’s history, that one democratically elected government has been voted out for another, and that a sitting President has been rejected at the polls. This change, after 16 years of the Fourth Republic, should go a long way to enhancing the quality of competitive governance in Nigeria. It has reinforced the democratic notion that the people have the power to change governments.

President Goodluck Jonathan is to be commended for graciously conceding defeat, thereby laying to rest any lingering suspicion and anxiety about the fate of Nigeria in the aftermath of the elections.

By their exemplary conduct, both outgoing President Jonathan and his successor have reinforced the resilience of Nigeria’s democracy, and demonstrated to the entire world that politics in Africa can be positively competitive, when conducted on the basis of time-honoured principles of transparency, fairness and equal opportunity.

I hope that the determination and perseverance shown over the years by General Buhari, evident in this victory, which is his 4th attempt at the Presidency, will result in him bringing his wealth of experience, as a military ruler and subsequently as an acknowledged democrat, to the fore in delivering unity, security, progress and prosperity to the Nigerian people.

I also hope that the President-elect would continue in the stead of past Nigerian leaders and deepen further the friendship that exists between Nigeria and Ghana, which has been based on a shared agenda of stability, security, development and prosperity.

Warm congratulations once again to the President-Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, and best wishes for his success as he prepares to take up the huge responsibilities and challenges of the high office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

……signed……

Nana Akufo-Addo

2016 NPP Presidential Candidate, Ghana

Ghana opens defence against Ivory Coast in oil exploration dispute

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A 26-year-old pregnant wife simply identified as Onyiyechi has been arrested by the Lagos state police command for stabbing her husband to death following an argument over the presidential candidates in Saturday’s general election at their home in Ejigbo on Sunday March 29th.The Tema District Council of Labour (TDCL) has given government two reduce fuel prices and fix the current “dumsor problems without further excuses.”

Nigeria boils: ‘INEC boss is tribalistic, partial, compromised; We will not accept results’

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The incumbent party in Nigeria, PDP has said it will not accept the results of the recently held elections.

Its agent at the collation centre Tuesday morning launched an acerbic attack on the head of the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, accusing him of bias.

According to the PDP agent, who is a former Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mr Jega gave audience to a protest raised by the APC as far as results in Rivers state were concerned, but has swept similar protests raised by the PDP in four states under the carpet.

“Mr Chairman APC protested to you and you sent a delegation to Rivers state to see what is happening there…

“Mr Chairman we are beginning to see that you are very very selective. You are getting very very partial.

“Mr Chairman we have lost confidence in what you are doing. If we can send a protest to you and you cannot take up that protest then why are we here because the essence of we sending any protest to you is to enable you to look into the matter and see whether it has merits or demerits.

“But when the APC brought their own you went all out to send a delegation…We have complained about Kano, Katsina, Jigawa, Kaduna; you have not done anything. Mr Chairman we are not going to take that. We have lost confidence in you because you are partial, you are selective Mr Chairman.

“We don’t believe in you anymore, and we cannot go on the way you are going. You are compromised and we will not take it from you. Until something is done to our letters, until you do something the way you did with APC we will not continue with you.

“You are selective, you are tribalistic, you are partial…until something is done, we will not allow you to continue with this thing. Nigeria will not allow you do this. Every protest must be taken seriously,” the angry PDP agent said.

The collation has come to a standstill as a result of the angry outburst and protest by the PDP.

The BBC reports that partial results give ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari a substantial lead over the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.

However, populous states such as Lagos and Rivers are yet to declare. With just over half of Nigeria’s states declared, Gen Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) is ahead by some two million votes.

A victory for Gen Buhari would make President Jonathan the first incumbent in Nigeria to lose an election.

More results are due to be announced today. Nigeria’s election commission (INEC) suspended its declarations late on Monday night, after giving the results for 18 states and the capital Abuja.

President Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gained 6,488,210 votes and Gen Buhari’s APC party received 8,520,436 votes.

Judges vow to reconsider judgments handed to remand suspects

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The president has arrived

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