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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."

There were indications at this point that there was a concerted effort by well-organised groups some linked with organised crime and international terrorism to create a new generation of youthful tramadol addicts who they could manipulate and control in furthering their ulterior motives. Their target groups were teenagers living in slums and rundown areas and those in second cycle institutions.

A Libyan police officer views a haul of prescription drug Tramadol seized from a shipping container in Tripoli (Reuters/Chris Helgren)

Criss Jami argues in Killosophy that, “Deceit for personal gain is one of history's most recurring crimes. Man's first step towards change would be thinking, counter-arguing, re-thinking, twisting, straightening, perfecting, then believing every original idea he intends to make public before making it public. There is always an angle from which an absolute truth may appear askew just as there is always a personal emotion, or a personal agenda, which alienates the ultimate good of mankind.”

Finally, know your children’s friends and their families. Though our society has deviated markedly from the communal approach in child upbringing, we must not jettison the useful aspects of that approach of yesteryears. We should all be able to speak to other parents...


“Stories you read when you're the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you'll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.” Neil Gaiman, in “M Is for Magic.”

Ms Delese Mimi Darko — CEO, Foods and Drugs Authority, Ghana

Theodore Roosevelt in Strenuous Life opines, “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”

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