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  • Henceforth, instead of the right to show breasts and thighs in public, and lay as many men as they can lay hands on; shall we hear more of our feminist voices on issues like the Marwarko abuse, the Afua Schwarznegger humiliation, forced marriages, child marriages, FGM, the abortive justice for the raped girl in a Lebanese household, cases of pregnant mothers conveyed in wheel barrows, among others?

    Roughly around this time in history, Emily Davison was trod to death by King George V's horse. Why? Because she was protesting. Others were burning buildings and hundreds more were on hunger strikes, and were being force fed. Why? Because the Suffragette Movement would not rest until women were allowed to vote, until women were allowed to assume their rightful roles, treated equitably and with due respect in society.

  • That there’s growing distrust and loss of faith in our democratic institutions and socio-economic establishments is a most dangerous prognosis for our continued collective peaceful coexistence.

    Day after day, we’re caught in the throes of scandals bedeviling the governing party NPP and the main opposition party NDC. The effect of this is simple- day by day, the Ghanaian is losing confidence in the system, and increasing are the numbers who ooze with absolute contempt for anything socio-political.

  • Currently, the West itself is experiencing a strong resurgence of anti-intellectual sentiments and a threatening relapse into uninformed populism. Africa on the other hand hasn’t really shifted position.

    From my attempts at following how other societies snapped out of their national backwardness, it’s clear the “intellectuals” of such nations didn’t sit and criticize while the charlatans held sway; and entrenched the tyranny of ignorance in the governance and public discourse of their societies.

  • Your Excellency, it’s worthy of note that a leader and his leadership is recounted for nothing more than the inspiring accounts and memories of ...

    Dear Nana Addo,

    Without much ado, and with the urgency with which I cut to the heart of this matter, and without the traditional niceties, you must begin to let your appointees take the fall for their in(actions).

  • So, you find that we spend billions to build roads and highways that are washed away within months or develop major potholes or do not have requisite markings, traffic signage etc; and essentially become death traps.

    Today, as Ghana’s Finance Minister reads the national budget, as usual, most of us citizens will be focused on three main things- How much is being spent? On what? and Who’s Paying which tax?

  • It’s my considered opinion that, the university has enough land and number of willing to pay students to attract and organize all those interested in the hostel business to operate within the main plan of the institution; ...

    I was at my alma mater the other day; and if you see how hostels are sprouting up haphazardly like weeds around the four walls of this institution, which is supposed to be the denizen of the dons in planning and engineering, you’d immediately come to the understanding that the failure to manage this country successfully, begins in our universities.

  • Hence those who seek to dismiss into insignificance blows to transparency in establishing Agyapa in a tax haven may want to revise their notes.

    Yesterday, I took off sometime to listen to discussions on JoyFM’s Newsfile show on the ongoing Agyapa Royalties transaction the Government of Ghana is seeking to undertake. Interesting to me however was how one of the concerns of the CSOs was cursorily tossed off the discussions. This regards the matter of Beneficial Ownership. In his queries, the host, Sampson Lardi Anyenini, questioned Imani’s Bright Simons on any proof they had of Beneficial Ownership. He wanted to know this because the Deputy Finance Minister, Adu Boahene, who was also on the show, explained that the Government of Ghana was going to be 100% shareholder of Agyapa, following which 49% shares will be shed off in an IPO on a UK exchange to raise an amount of $500million; where shares could be purchased by interested investors.

  • In the face of these difficulties, it’s impossible to propose an absolute fit solution; unless you’re the Amazing Kreskin, or Okomfo Anokye, with powers to see into the future. As such, ...

    The other day, I hinted in not so many words that the lifting of the lockdown shouldn’t only be seen via the lens of the science behind Covid-19. Because, while a lockdown may appear crucial for containment of the disease, a number of unintended consequences of a strict lockdown could have even more debilitating effects. For instance, how will those who need to earn on the daily, in order to eat, cope? How will they be able to pay for medical care for themselves and loved ones who may fall ill, or are currently ill from other non-Covid-19 related ailments? Among other needs?

  • In our case, we have had a constitution for transition into democratic rule, which obviously has served its purpose and requires major reforms. But it appears we are scared to touch it, treating it like a sacred cow.

    The Chinese just don’t do things. There could be greater strategic considerations to the life Presidency of Xi than meets the eye.

  • It’s become more than speculation that we’re exposed to greater destabilizing threats from roundabout us; while Togo is still simmering from within, Cote D’Ivoire is still convalescing from ...

    I have been meaning to write this for a while now. I don’t know why it keeps coming back to me, though I am intent on forgetting it. The matter is this:

  • I am of the belief that, until we come to have those very uncomfortable discourses about the real national character that we seek for Ghana, we would continue to gloss over the fundamental differences that split our nation in two halves, not only by approach to achieving a common goal, but by the goals themselves.

    Often, many are tempted to create the perception that there is a certain organic unity in what each and every member of a group or society wishes to be the ultimate goal for that grouping. For a nation, we are often told that what each and every citizen seeks is development, good infrastructure and the freedom of one and all; with absolute equality before the law.

  • The last time a mining company asked for a similar exemption was in 2016; their argument? To enable them retain employees. Come 2018, and that same company was downsizing and laying off the workers...

    It is no secret that Ghana’s economy has faced a serious downturn, after something gave in on our 2010/2011 rally of unprecedented economic growth. The reversion of speculation of capital inflows into markets like Ghana, when the global financial crisis stabilized, led to a normalization of our economic position; save for retained oil and gas investments. As such, it was expected that the then NDC government would have taken the required prudent measures to steady our growth rate then. But what actually pertained was a nightmare, which was curtailed on December 7, 2016.

  • Another concern is raised, especially by the used car part dealership enclaves; ...

    Sometimes I believe the lack of transparency and manner in which our governments communicate policy creates more challenges for them than should be the case. It is true that some vehicles imported into the country simply make it appear as though Ghana were a dumping place or a scrap yard. Also, a good number of newly registered vehicles take just a few years, and their engines begin polluting with carbon monoxide all over.

  • Through the formation of community cooperatives and women empowerment groups, as well as scholarship support for the needy, this maverick female politician changed the entire landscape of politicking in Assin South.

    She is known and well-loved for her charisma, charity, altruism and grit. The former DCE of Assin South, under the John Evans Atta-Mills government, Sabina Appiah Kubi is no more. Sabina is reputed for being one of the few politicians who, through sheer charisma and resolve, continued to blur rancorous and divisive party lines in a major political party’s stronghold. Her strong principles and policy of inclusivity saw Residents of Assin South losing their political colours in favour of a mother who loved and cared for all equally.

  • However, it is clear that the litany of tax cuts above are also denying government the needed revenue to deliver the goods for the commons. Leading to a deficit of revenue inflows to the tune of 1.5 billion thereabouts.

    The argument that the new taxes; i.e. intensive conversion of NHIL (2.5%) And GETFund VAT rate of 2.5%to straight levies, would be automatically passed directly by industry to consumers is one which disconnects with reality, when it comes to management practice in the business world.

  • However, the question is, which one among us do not have issues with our colleagues now and again? Even that, what are the details of this fall out?

    In a criminal case, such as Ahmed’s death, there’s a universe of suspects - which can include all Ghanaians and by extension ad absurdum, every person in the world. But the case of the investigations into the crime is narrowed down by substantive events that link some persons very closely to the occurrence of the crime.

  • It is understandable to see many appreciate the gesture, due to the harsh suffering many graduates are exposed to. But what cannot be acceptable at this point is how some seem to gloat and seem to implore others to lax

     In 1973, right on the back of his 1972 coup, General Ignatius Kutu Acheampong was faced with the mass exodus of Ghanaian professionals; due to the harsh economic conditions in the country at the time. To salvage the situation, he introduced what has become the National Service Scheme (NSS) today. Then, it was simply a stop gap measure to tackle the personnel gap that the country faced.

  • These are a handful of the many measures by which we can ensure power and governance is not unduly concentrated at the centre, hence essentially curing our country of the winner-takes-all disease.

    In the heat of the upcoming referendum on December 17, proponents of Partisan elections at the local assembly level are arguing that such partisan elections will help stop the phenomenon of winner-takes-all in our body politic. Clearly, that’s a position unsupported by the facts of our elective politics so far. Their assertion also fails to address the real causes of the winner-takes-all phenomenon and simply seek to hang it incorrectly on the cross of local partisan elections.

  • From the above, if there were to be a Global Human Security Index, Ghana may well rank with war zones like Iraqi,Syria et al. We are lulled into a false sense of security because the daily existential dangers we face are not accompanied by the emotional hysteria that comes with gun shots and the general perception of an ambiance of war.

    The gruesome and uncalled for demise of the hip-life super star Ebony, and two other promising Ghanaian youth, got me thinking. I have been contemplating putting into perspective the larger phenomenon which led to these young ones being chopped off the earth ruthlessly, by one of the several automated gallows we call roads, which crisscross our country.

  • Sometimes in constructing a road, you come across mountains. It becomes essential to get such a mammoth hindrance out the way in order to access the free lying landscape beyond. In doing this, the construction experts usually adopt three approaches; in some cases, it’s easy to negotiate course and avoid such an obstacle. But in others, you need must cut through it. Finally, some dig a tunnel beneath it for access to the choice destination.

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