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Video: Ghanian lawmaker Ablakwa wants national attention on language preservation

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In this video, Ghanaian parliamentarian, Sam Okudzeto Ablakwa, argues that issues around the preservation of language and local dialects must be treated as urgent national attention that must be escalated to the highest level by all arms of government and agencies.

“Language is so important, that is what represents our heritage, culture, and tradition. if the language goes extinct, the people are gone, their culture is gone, and their heritage is gone,” Ablakwa said.

The former Deputy Minister for Education and Information also decried the lack of personnel to impact linguistic knowledge at various levels of education.

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Video: Kenya’s Ruto argues for reduced budget deficit, public debt

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In this video, Kenyan President, William Ruto, revealed that his country’s budget for the 2024/2025 financial year had been revised downward from Kes 4.23 trillion to Kes 3.7 trillion to minimize public debt and allow fiscal prudence.

“We need to manage our expenditure, that’s why I had a meeting with the parastatals because we have to live within our means…we cutting largesse and eliminating wastage

“We are reducing our budget from four points, almost 4.2 trillion (shillings) to 3.7 trillion, we need to live within our means… we are shedding off fat,” Ruto told Kenyans in Ghana in a video during a state visit on Tuesday.

In addition to lowering spending and the budget deficit, Ruto’s administration—which assumed office in 2022—has also been enacting additional taxes, which have infuriated certain people and organizations and prompted legal challenges.

The total amount of Kenya’s governmental debt as of December 2023 was around 11.1 trillion Kenyan shillings (Ksh), or 82.1 billion US dollars. Over the period, Kenya’s government debt has generally increased.

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Video: Kenya’s Ruto plans bonuses for sugar cane farmers

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In this video, Kenyan President, William Ruto, revealed that the country would begin payment of bonuses to sugar cane farmers, just like their tea counterparts.

Ruto stated that he saw the policy through despite legal confrontation against it, noting that the government had begun setting up a sugar marketing agency, replicating the Kenya Tea Development Agency Limited (KTDA) in the tea sector with a clear dividend payout policy.

For each kilogram of green leaf delivered to the agency’s facilities, tea farmers associated with the Kenya Tea Development Agency Limited (KTDA) got an increase in their monthly tea payments in December.

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