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However, it will also be disingenuous if we threw our hands in the air and allowed the problem to fester like we have done for the last sixty plus years. The fact is, drug peddling is a killer and a curse rather than a lifeline to many in our society, ...

File image November 2017 - FDA arrests fake drug peddlers at Madina.

Malcolm Gladwell in Blink argues, “The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter.”

Thirty-two years on, in many parts of Ghana, only the insane still drive straight. From Accra to the hinterlands, I have seen much footage of roads that can be best described as paddy fields. Many of these roads which not too long ago were commissioned with pomp and pageantry as achievements by one previous leader...

In The Midst of Celebration; Balancing Grief Against The Audacity of Hope

"The pessimist resembles a man who observes with fear and sadness that his wall calendar, from which he daily tears a sheet, grows thinner with each passing day. On the other hand, the person who attacks the problems of life actively is like a man who removes each successive leaf from his calendar and files it neatly and carefully away with its predecessors, after first having jotted down a few diary notes on the back. He can reflect with pride and joy on all the richness set down in these notes, on all the life he has already lived to the fullest. What will it matter to him if he notices that he is growing old? Has he any reason to envy the young people whom he sees, or wax nostalgic over his own lost youth? What reasons has he to envy a young person? For the possibilities that a young person has, the future which is in store for him? No, thank you,' he will think. 'Instead of possibilities, I have realities in my past, not only the reality of work done and of love loved but of sufferings bravely suffered. These sufferings are even the things of which I am most proud, although these are things which cannot inspire envy."

Checks indicate that majority of the illicit supplies (strengths of tramadol higher than 100mg) are trafficked into our country through porous land borders and originates mainly from the port city of Cotonou in Benin


Tom Robbins in Even Cowgirls Get the Blues argues, “I believe in political solutions to political problems. But man's primary problems aren't political; they're philosophical. Until humans can solve their philosophical problems, they're condemned to solve their political problems over and over and over again. It's a cruel, repetitious bore.”

That double payments have been a feature of all three changes of government with the public being blinded to it gives me an indication that the only way this self-inflicted anomaly will be corrected is if as citizens we express our displeasure unequivocally and push for a root and branch investigation into all ex-gratia payments since 1996.

When tyranny is legalised and practiced with impunity

C.S. Lewis argues, "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

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