General News

Ada chiefs, former PIAC Chairman file lawsuits to stop Electrochem salt project

A private citizen and four chiefs of Ada have filed two separate lawsuits seeking an injunction to stop Electrochem Ghana Limited from mining salt...

Next NDC gov’t will not accept any SML agreement – John Mahama

The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has condemned the revenue assurance contract between the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and...

Corruption Index: Ghana stagnates four years in a row

Ghana scored 43 out of a possible 100 in the latest Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released by Transparency International. The country’s global ranking, however, improved...

Akufo-Addo rejects GRA’s request to continue using SML system 

President Nana Akufo-Addo has rejected the Ghana Revenue Authority’s (GRA) request to continue using the monitoring system of ‘revenue assurance’ company, Strategic Mobilisation Ghana...

Anti-Corruption

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10-year questionable contract by Finance Minister gives SML over $100 million annually despite false claims

In the first of this series, The Fourth Estate’s Evans Aziamor-Mensah, Adwoa Adobea-Owusu and Manasseh Azure Awuni revealed that Strategic Mobilisation Ghana Limited (SML),...

THE GH₵ 3 BILLION LIE: Government pays hundreds of millions to company in a shady deal

In a control room in Tema in the Greater Accra Region, officials of Strategic Mobilisation Ghana Limited (SML) tried to convince The Fourth Estate of...

The Fourth Estate’s response to Finance Committees’ rejoinder on $4m tax waiver under 1D1F

Despite incontrovertible evidence that the ongoing Airport City Le Meridien hotel project owned by 4-Mac benefitted from a $4 million tax exemption under the...

Health

Polluted air and its devastating effects on children: What we need to know 

  Every day, as we take a breath, our bodies are exposed to an invisible storm of particles that not only endanger our lungs but...

COVID-19 tests at KIA: Ghana got a paltry US$6.4m, while Frontiers bagged US$80.6m

The Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) made a little over $6.4 million from the over two years Frontiers Healthcare Services operated at the Kotoka...

Abandoned slaughterhouse: Ada West Assembly to relocate butchers after The Fourth Estate’s investigation

The Ada West District Assembly (AWDA) has announced that it will relocate butchers to its newly constructed slaughterhouse. The Assembly’s response follows The Fourth Estate’s...

GH₵290,000 newly built slaughterhouse rots away as Sege residents choke on smoke

Residents of Sege are battling pollution from a slaughterhouse in their midst because butchers in the area have refused to relocate to a modern...

Human Rights

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Abduction, rape and impregnation: the story of child brides

For fear of victimization, the names of the victims and their parents have been changed Before primary class six pupil Agartha make sense of what...

Radio Ada journalist released after a week in remand over ‘’false news’’

The Tema Circuit Court has granted the Deputy Station Coordinator of Radio Ada, Noah Narh Dameh, a GHC60,000 bail. Noah was released on April 6,...

The boy called ‘no one cares’: How police rescued nine trafficked children in Dambai

It is 12 a.m. at Adakope, a fishing community in the Krachi East Municipality of the Oti region. Dark police boots take crunchy steps into...

Health

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Dangerous endorsements: Exposé on herbal medicine advertising in Ghana

At about a quarter to 10 a.m. on May 21, 2022, a phone rang in the office of The Fourth Estate. I have low sexual...

How a health regulator, TMPC, licensed fake herbal medicine practitioner, again

  The Traditional Medicine Practice Council (TMPC), a health regulator under the Ministry of Health, has for the second time been caught in an investigation...

The Fourth Estate uncovers 144 sachet water companies in Accra producing without FDA licence

When a 23-year-old journalist, Thelma Amedeku, sought medical attention at the Legon Hospital in January 2023, she tested positive for typhoid. Haruna Ibrahim Sadik, the...

Environment

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Illegal miners strike again: 75-Year-old widow scammed in farmland for 3-bedroom house deal

Frustrated, depressed, regrets, and disappointment are a few of the emotions one can visibly tell from the face and demeanour of Grace Konadu, a...

Climate Change: Beware! Sea washing away Keta, Ada, let’s explore what we can do

The fact that the world is one global village goes without saying. Weather conditions that were once rare in our grandparents' lifetime are becoming...

Boy awaiting BECE result dies in galamsey pit

It was the hope of Madam Naomi Tabi that her son would pass his Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), go to the Agogo State...

Opinions

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Bright Simons: Ghana’s Billion-Dollar “Timber Merchant” Deal to Protect Taxes

Yesterday, the President of Ghana announced that he has engaged the local affiliate of KPMG, one of the “Big Four” global professional services firms, to...

Did mate Bawumia sleep on the job for the driver to end up in the ditch?

 Ghana’s second most powerful man last Wednesday joined the ranks of the ubiquitous conductors on our commercial buses—trotro— to sell himself to Ghanaians ahead...

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists: Reflections on the ongoing struggle

The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists is observed annually on November 2. The day serves as a sombre reminder of...

Our Impact

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GHS3 Billion lie: OSP commences investigation into SML contract

The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has initiated preliminary investigations into the revenue assurance contract between the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and Strategic...

Two journalists of The Fourth Estate win KAS Media Africa award

  Two journalists of The Fourth Estate, Kwaku Krobea Asante and Adwoa Adobea-Owusu, have been named among winners of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Media Africa Award...

Parliament directs GRA to suspend payments to SML as it investigates questionable contracts

Parliament has directed the Ghana Revenue Authority(GRA) to suspend payments to  Strategic Mobilisation Limited (SML), the company it contracted in 2019 to undertake revenue...

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