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Minister of Regional Reorganisation and Development, Mr Dan Kwaku Botwe

Opinions

President Akufo-Addo during his appointment of Ministers of state appointed Mr Dan Kweku Botwe, Member of Parliament for Okere as the Minister of the ‘virgin Ministry.’

One of the drones ready ready to be launched to deliver blood within 17 minutes by air. It will take two hours by road. Image credit - graphiccomgh

Opinions

According to the United Nations, countries that went through such terrible and barbaric wars usually took about 60 years to rebuild. But Rwanda has been rebuilt in about 20 years.

Why is cyber security audit important? Image credit - Medium

Opinions

The audit covers processes such as digital asset management, cyber security awareness training, data security, resource planning, information security, recovery planning and communications.

For five years, Adjeley and Armah have been working as driver and mate

Opinions

For five years, Armah and Adjeley have been working as a driver and bus conductor (mate) respectively, plying their trotro business between La Tse Addo and Kwame Nkrumah Circle.

WATCH | 5 victims, shooter dead; 5 police officers injured in Aurora active shooter situation

Opinions

If you’ve enough to put together a luxurious wedding, why not? If you don’t, however, you must be careful in your expenses. You shouldn’t sell your kidneys to have your wedding.

Under normal circumstance, I would have allowed his politically-laced collection of words, inspired by theory rather than practice, to pass without a dignified response. However, ...

File image - Dr Omane Boamah

Opinions

The Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Honourable Sam Nartey George; a footballer who is currently battling with possible above or below knee amputation of his leg; Mr Edem Agbana, ...

The GIJ, NAFTI, GIL merger more action, less rhetoric

Opinions

These three institutions have together made a staggering contribution to Ghana’s man power needs over the past 60 years, and yet have remained under-funded, under valued and unsung all this while.

The use of mass media for evangelism is well documented

Opinions

For organised religion, technology, including the Internet, social media and mobile telephone have become an indispensable tool to spread their messages.

An artist impression of Anansekrom featuring Ananse’s magic pot of Wisdom, traditional and modern Architecture and leisure infrastructure.

Opinions

So far in Ghana, we have focused mainly on the slave castles of our history. It is time to rewrite our history through Architecture and the integration of the performing arts, ...

It is sad that since independence, we as a nation have run down, rather than build on, the colonial legacies left behind by the British.

Opinions

Today, the railway station stands forlorn and miserable, peeled of its paint and beauty in as much as it is peeled of its former glory.

President Buhari (left) and his running mate Osinbajo who is seen as an electoral asset

Opinions

Details released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria indicate that 72 people are contesting the position of president.

Ghana’s Democracy Under Threat with the Existence of Political Party Thugs

Press Release

PRESS STATEMENT: OCCUPYGHANA CONDEMNS RECENT ELECTORAL VIOLENCE AND DEMANDS INDEPENDENT INQUIRY

Press Release

We condemn all such acts and call for the perpetrators to be brought to book and punished in accordance with the law.

President Akufo-Addo Congratulates Lydia Seyram Alhassan, MP-Elect For Ayawaso West Wuogon

Press Release

It is important also to state that the New Patriotic Party, the party from which my Government was born, would never dream of competing with any other political party in unleashing violence on the Ghanaian people.

Joint Statement by Ghana Police And EOCO on The Arrest of Nana Appiah Mensah in Dubai

Press Release

Joint Statement by Ghana Police And EOCO on The Arrest of Nana Appiah Mensah in Dubai

Appointment Of New Service Chiefs

Press Release

Appointment Of New Service Chiefs

President Akufo-Addo Removes Three Justices Of The High Court From Office

Press Release

CIVIL SOCIETY AND MEDIA DECLARE #RTIREDFRIDAY AGAINST DELAY IN THE PASSAGE OF RIGHT TO INFORMATION BILL

Press Release

Additionally, the start of the #RTIRedFriday action begins a countdown to the Rt. Hon. Speaker's recent promise that the Bill would be passed before Parliament rises this year.

Press Release by Inter-Ministerial Committee on Roads and Highway on N4 Footbridges. Image credit - happyghana

Press Release

Mr. Kim Grant (L) with CEO of AHOSC, Mr. Mark D. Noonan. Image credit - @heartsofoakgh

Press Release

Henry Asomani. Image credit - Alexandria Virginia Sheriff's Office

Press Release

This victim had a total loss of approximately $800,000. Of that amount, the indictment says, the victim sent approximately $220,700 to accounts controlled by Asomani.

Hearts Will Not Sell Patrick Razak To Kotoko

Press Release

The Center for Human Rights and Democracy (CHRDA) condemns Cameroon governments travel permits requirements and restrictions in Anglophones regions

Press Release

These kinds of action not only harm. Calls on government to start an all-inclusive dialogue to end the deadly crisis; Calls on all Anglophones and Francophones in Cameroon and the international community to speak out against this hateful policy. the future prospects of individuals and peace, but also diminishes our own reputation and performance as an outward-looking community

Problem of including Atiwa mountain in the Ghana-Chinese deal

Features

I wish to appeal to the President and his cabinet, many of whom come from this area of Ghana, to reconsider Atewa’s future and remove it from the list for exploitation.

President Muhammadu Buhari (L) and opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar. Image credit - African Arguments

Features

It means Saturday’s vote offers little hope of change for young people in a country where nearly a quarter of the workforce is unemployed - a source of frustration that has ...

Dr. Nyarkotey (L) with Prof. Emeka of the Covenant University, Nigeria and a representative from the Movember Foundation, USA.

Features

Yaa-Naa Gariba II, The King Of Dagbon

Features

One Wiseman is an Oracle, Two wise men are Wizards, but Three Wisemen have the penchant for making History.

President Joao Lourenço

Features

Skepticism about the new president and his policies is growing. Africa Confidentia wrote this month that ‘his honeymoon was coming to an end as public focus shifts to the economy’.

Yaa Naa Rides to Yani: A Saga of Restoration

Features

His ankadi will bind the rain, dry the muskets of his chomfo nima and cherlan nima, and the Lunsi knows to sing his tributes from that sacred hour, when the Guma Naa cooks the holy yams to pacify the royal lips.

History of the Dagbon State

Features

His son, Zirili, succeeded him, but succession disputes among three of Zirili's younger brothers - Tohagu, Mantambo and Sitobu - led to the kingdom's demise.

Workplace sexual abuse comes in many ways and should be abhorred

Features

My madam suspected her husband’s actions and caught him in the act one day, which ended up in a hot exchange,” she said.

Kumawu Bomfobiri Waterfall; First to be developed in district, but with infrastructure challenges

Features

The other two, the ‘Wala waterfalls’ also located in the Bomfobiri Forest reserve, is not yet developed due to the presence of wild crocodiles in it, thus making it unadvisable to expose it to the general public, while the third, called the ‘Bodomase waterfalls’ is also yet to be developed as a tourists site.

A tale from my window - The leg with a metal support

Features

If you know the God you serve, do not be anxious for anything. If God used the leg with a metal support to show his Glory with me, he will use your adversities to show his Glory with you.

The glamour in the final stage set-up for the Tema International School’s adaptation of Beauty and the Beast- 2018

Features

Such are the hidden talents among us, whose achievements ought to be celebrated.

Statement By President Akufo-Addo At His Encounter With The Media

Features

In the almost two years that we have been privileged to run the affairs of our country, everything we have done has been aimed at building a strong economy.

Let’s make rail transport sustainable

Editorials

However, with the commencement of actual service, there seems to be low enthusiasm and patronage, with concerns being expressed, including the flat rate of GH¢5 charged passengers who board, notwithstanding where they get off the train.

Ruling on noise-making right

Editorials

Let us all be thoughtful and also cooperate with the EPA for a noiseless society.

Chinua Achebe’s Nothing but heathen filth…’

Editorials

Yes this country has seen judges killed and Generals shot! Where did all that violence take us? Now in a democratic dispensation, we brag about all sorts of masked people in Police vehicles inflicting savagery and thuggery on fellow Ghanaians, with the Police helpless and unable to maintain law and order.

We need seamless return to single-track system

Editorials

Some of the worries have bordered on the long stay at home of some students while others are in school, which may open the students up to mischief.

Faulty traffic lights: Police must man intersections

Editorials

Under the guise of directing traffic, most of the young men solicit money from motorists, while others rob unsuspecting motorists and passengers when there is traffic jam.

Let’s secure Atewa for posterity

Editorials

The call came on the back of years of appeal to the government by pressure environmental groups, several civil society organisations and individuals not to mine the forest for bauxite as that would be catastrophic to the nation.

Let’s encourage more investments in agriculture

Editorials

The multi-million-dollar investment will do a double good by not only giving the government’s Planting for Food and Jobs programme a fillip but also strengthening the government’s industrialisation agenda and its One district, one factory policy.

Yaa Naa Abukari Mahama II

Editorials

Disputes and wars everywhere are inimical to development and the prolonged conflict between the two main factions that were involved in the Dagbon chieftaincy crisis prevented much needed development in the capital, Yendi, and other areas in the traditional area.

Return of Obuasi Mine must bring better dividends. Image credit - miningdotcom

Editorials

In other places where the mining of gold has gone on for many years, such as Johannesburg, South Africa, no special skills are required for a first timer to notice that the activity has brought about very visible dividends for the people. That, however, is not the case in many communities in Ghana where gold mining has gone on for over a century.

Educational minister,Matthew Opoku Prempeh

Editorials

But we can say without any equivocation that Ghana has many Garibas around the country who are doing their best to raise future leaders and standards that will enhance the life of the country.

Prof Kojo Yankah, Minister of State in charge of tertiary education

Editorials

The system continues to pose challenges, such as the current stressful and expensive system where applicants purchase separate university application forms.

Chief Justice, Ms Justice Sophia Akuffo

Editorials

This is why most of our roads do not last their lifespan and are riddled with potholes in no time, while newly constructed buildings become defective within weeks of habitation or use.

Mr. Isaac Adongo

Letters

Second, I am very disappointed with the tone and the inherent rudeness of your letter, which should not be part of the job description of an “honourable” Member of Parliament

Mr. Kofi Totobi Quakye, former National Security Minister

Letters

I have been scandalized by the suggestion that the armed, masked men who set upon innocent Ghanaians are agents of our national security apparatus. High ranking appointees of your administration have severally made this claim ...

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa. Ranking Member, Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs

Letters

Sir, you have not complied with this provision since assuming the position of National Security Minister and thereby undermining Parliament's Constitutional mandate of oversight.

An Open Letterto Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II

Letters

Nana, you have a great understanding of our political history, but as a King, you speak candidly. I am not a King, so, I speak plainly. The division and lies started on 4th August 1947.

A Letter to Pepper Dem Ministries – Are You Misandrists or Feminists?

Letters

But you Akosua Abebrese from a village which isn’t even shown on the map of Ghana think that because your father ...

Ex-Ghana president, John D. Mahama. Image credit - qedng

Letters

You cannot leave office, accept the retirement package and vie for the same office again. That is called ‘’double dipping’’ and it is illegal.

Ambazonia First Lady, Lilian Ayuk-Tabe (L) invokes the conscience Of Cameroun First Lady, Chantal Biya. Image credit - BaretaNews

Letters

I write to you today, forced into exile and no longer in Cameroon, nearly twenty-four years later with a heavy heart.

Open Letter to Shatta Wale; Keep Mute Because Kiki Died a Pauper

Letters

Many people have attributed his ill-character to his wealth, his supplementary intake ...

Member of Parliament for North Tongu (VR) and Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.

Letters

As you will recall, the document in issue was made public and it is fair to admit that it did attract considerable media attention and enormous national interest.

A Letter to Ghanaian Leaders as Busumuru Kofi Annan is Laid to Rest

Letters

Look at what is happening with the anger of the youth not because they are lawless and recalcitrant, but because you have failed to educate them. You have failed to create and sustain...

An artistic rendition of the proposed Ghana National Cathedral

Letters

I support the building of the National Cathedral and especially so, since as I have heard the State is playing only a facilitating role, as a partner ...

Former commander who oversaw Bin Laden raid, William H. McRaven, asks Trump to revoke his security clearance. Image credit - news wires

Letters

A good leader tries to embody the best qualities of his or her organization. A good leader sets the example for others to follow. A good leader always puts the welfare of others before himself or herself.

Bishop John Bonaventure Kwofie

Interviews

How can somebody like me from a small tribe - the Ahanta people in the Western Region - be called to go to work in Accra; I mean how are the people going to receive me?

DecoKraft’s Akua Obenewaa Donkor

Interviews

My chocolatier journey began when I came across the word “chocolatier” in a magazine. It piqued my curiosity, ...

Angolan businesswoman, Isabel dos Santos

Interviews

In 2013, according to research by Forbes, her net worth had reached more than three billion US dollars, making her Africa's first billionaire woman. Five years have passed ever since and her wealth has continued to grow.

Related: Exclusive Interview: Marricke Kofi Gane Talks Political Future and More - Part 3

Interviews

AA: Like any armchair football coach, the armchair politician’s task is always the easiest; it becomes a different story when the reality hits him in office. What is your take on that?

Exclusive Interview: Marricke Kofi Gane Talks Political Future and More – Part 2

Interviews

Well, let me put it this way – it is not enough if I wish to stand – the people must also want me to stand, after all, they will be the ones to vote for me. What I can say however is this - if I do make an announcement to stand in 2020, it will be because the people believe in me. Do I believe I am ready myself?

Exclusive Interview: Marricke Kofi Gane Talks Political Future and More - Part 1

Interviews

I am not sure there is a very new me from when we last spoke. I think it’s more the case that the Author side of me has been asked to proceed on leave, hahaha, and my more vocal and politically inclined self, awakened. Both have always been there.

The developing world is an easy target for populists – Kofi Annan

Interviews

There has been much debate about democratic dysfunction in the advanced world due to paralyzing polarization exacerbated by fake news and social media manipulation. Isn’t this also an issue in the fledgling democracies of the developing world, from Malaysia to Kenya, Nigeria and elsewhere?

The story is titled 'The Shimmer in the Photo Album', and it revolves around 4 children and their grandfather, and a series of time-porting adventures and mysteries they go through. The title was purely to create curiosity and thereby encourage anyone to pick up through book.

Abel Manomey (1st left) celebrates a goal with Gt. Olympics teammates. File image credit - @images_image

Interviews

SA: I find your reference to the use of occultism/juju in the Ghana Premier League very intriguing. I do recall a video on Twitter of several Gt. Olympics players walking backwards into a stadium with hopes of picking up the 3 points as they sought to escape relegation towards the end of the 2017 season. Did that really happen or was that clip a prank?

Abel Manomey (1st left) celebrates a goal with Gt. Olympics teammates. File image credit - @images_image

Interviews

They have done well so far. They registered players last season for them to be insured but they need to be cushioned by the Ghana Football Association (GFA), and other corporate bodies since it is a huge financial burden on the PFAG. Also, in my case, Mr. Baffoe personally called and assured me of the association paying any debt incurred at the hospital resulting from my recent injury.

An Interview with Farida Nabourema - Part 2

Interviews

An Interview with Farida Nabourema - Part 1

Interviews

Introduction Of The Two Track System Of Admitting Students Into SHS

Commentary

Under the new system, students in SHS two and three will continue with the normal system but run a semester system just like the universities.

National Revenue Targeting And Expenditure Projections

Commentary

It is commendable for the government to put in place the necessary reforms to support revenue mobilization, such as the issuance of a National ID Card, Tax Identification Number, National Digital Property Addressing System,...

Ghana’s Growth And The Missing Jobs

Commentary

Youth unemployment is a serious threat to national security. The problem in securing decent jobs after school may increase the vulnerability of young people to social vices and disorders.

IGP David Asante Apeatu

Commentary

The unfortunate killing of seven people in the Ashanti Region suspected to be armed robbers has raised a number of questions regarding the professional conduct of the Police in certain respects.

Finance Minister, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta

Commentary

Numerous economic problems facing the country include expansion in education at all levels, infrastructure, agriculture, health and other essential facilities needed for the overall growth of the economy.

Contributions Of Late VEEP Amissah-Arthur To Ghana’s Development

Commentary

From Degraft Johnson, Ekow Arkaah, Prof. Atta Mills to Amissah-Arthur. Your Excellency, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur: You served your nation well and you will forever remain in our minds and in our hearts. Rest in Perfect Peace.

Ghana's progress in fighting corruption

Commentary

No wonder the Commission wants civic education to be re-introduced into the basic school curricula. Another way to find out if Ghana is making any concrete progress in its fight against corruption is to monitor and examine progress made in achieving goals and commitments.

Need To Take Precautionary Measures At The Onset Of The Rains

Commentary

Image credit - @MBawumia

Commentary

Older people are encouraged to use all accepted means to demand from government and policy-makers the implementation of promises made in their speeches, including that of the Freedom Pass in 2017, the Aged Bill and improving their health status which among others came out last Sunday at the Luncheon at the State House.

Ghana Football: Meeting Between Government and FIFA

Commentary

Fair play in competitive football is the needed hallmark or yardstick for all tournaments, whether at the sub-district, regional, national or international level.

Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources - Mr. Joseph Kofi Adda

Commentary

The vision of the President also includes making Accra the neatest and cleanest city in Africa by 2020 and to make Ghana one of the most attractive tourism destination countries in Africa and beyond.

2018 and yet another flooding in Accra

Commentary

Is there an answer? Are our leaders and engineers equipped to solve this problem? Are we willing to obey the rules and take measures to end the floods of Accra and other parts of the country?

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File image – Irate youth at salaga burn down the head office building of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) after Damongo was named as the capital of the newly carved region.

At Large

In this rule-by-political-self-interest, the guilty do not get punished if they are members of the ruling party; no matter how loud the government’s condemnations, ...

In this 21st century, we still have people who do not appreciate that this land mass is now Ghana, not Akyem, Asante, Mfantse or Ga-Dangbe.

The writer, Elizabeth Ohene

At Large

Some publications these days and some of the stories that our news outlets put out obviously tick the first with the news box; but would fail the reliability and truth test. Unfortunately, the damage that is done first with the news cannot be undone.

I don’t quite remember when the concept of the information overload came into use.

A side view of the Atibie Government Hospital in the Kwahu South district of the Eastern Region of Ghana that is rotting away slowly due to lack of maintenance.

At Large

The Rot in the health sector. But still the biggest scams occur at the level of the Ministry of Health. A few years ago, a multi-million-dollar contract was given to a party faithful to provide hospital equipment …

There is massive rot in the health sector. Anybody that doesn’t agree probably doesn’t live in this country or is probably such a beneficiary that he/she doesn’t see anything wrong with it. In other words, it has become the new normal for such people.

Emile Short’s probe: What is there to know?

At Large

What possibly does the nation expect to find out when the Minister of State in-charge of National Security, Bryan Acheampong, himself, has told Citi FM that "we deployed men and some of them had masks”, that “they were part of the set up that we deployed.”

Like most Ghanaians, commissions and committees of enquiry have become akin to asking the Fire Service to investigate a major fire outbreak. Reports of their findings remain what they are — words.

File image - President Akufo-Addo appears with Madam Lydia Alhassan at a campaign event ahead of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.

At Large

Where from these astonishing anti-democratic ideas? Now in my last epistle, I called on both public and private journalists to make appropriate noises to unravel and punish the murderers of one of their own, Ahmed Hussein Suale.

“A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right, and evil doesn’t become good, just because its accepted by a majority” - Booker Washington

If you sleep with your neighbor's spouse…

At Large

Sad to narrate, that is history. What I don’t remember is how long ago the change began to manifest, but I know that the call for a solution to the rise in the spate of crimes, blood-letting and corruption in our society intensified in the 1980s – correct me if you have an earlier or later date.

Not very many years ago, you could swear by the Ghanaian.

The writer, Elizabeth Ohene

At Large

The children of policemen entered the police service, the children of soldiers entered the military, the children of prison officers joined the prison service, the children of fire service officials, followed their parents into the service, if they wanted to.

A few days ago, I watched a video clip of an angry young woman threatening hell and damnation against the President of the Republic.

Samia Yaba Nkrumah: Following the father’s vision

At Large

Instead it’s among the first, exactly because of what it is doing in Africa.” He continued: “France is one of those countries that by printing money for 14 African states prevents their economic development ...

Written By Anis Haffar - Some readers sent me a link (January 22, 2019) titled, “Italy wants France sanctioned for ‘creating poverty in Africa’.” That morning, I had just watched a BBC report on that very same subject.

Is There A Connection Between The Murders Of Joseph Migal Jakperuk And Ahmed Hussein-Suale?

At Large

With regards to the murder of Ahmed Hussein-Suale, a similar tall and short description of the murderers is given by eye witnesses. Is this just a mere coincidence, or there is a connection between these 2 murders?

Joseph Migal Jakperuk, a senior staff of the Ghana Water Company Ltd.  (GWCL), had a whole magazine of bullets sprayed into his body by cowards earlier this month, leading to his promising life, being cut short. In a similar fashion, Ahmed Hussein-Suale, a staff of Tiger Eye, was gunned  down by ‘identical’ cowards possibly doing the bidding of corrupt, greedy and power drunk monsters parading as responsible members of society.

On Slavery. Image credit - Black Press

Here And There

Whole economies were birthed. Entire generations secured position in society, because slaves broke their backs, and gave their lives.

It's been 400 years since the first slaves landed in Virginia. Something terrible berthed with that first shipload. Consequences persist today. Societies disrupted. Families torn apart. Humanity challenged in ways that belong nowhere in a world that makes sense.

On Democracy

Here And There

Politics has always been that cog that connects the aspirations of a people to the achievements of the country. Leadership is the machinery, politics is that lubricant that enables leadership to push the people in the right direction. Politics without ...

It’s minus 4 degrees outside. The sun is shining brilliantly. It is a beautiful morning. The grass still sparkles with the left over snow from 3 days ago. Persisting in whiteness, because the cold claws of the winter freeze will not let it go.

On Wakanda

Here And There

And if there is anything that God has not taken away from human beings where I come from, it is the capacity to dream. The limitlessness of what we can see in our minds is a gift, that is too precious to be swallowed by the reality of the failure we see around us.

I was in a small town called Celebration a week ago. At a neurosurgery course hosted by an ultramodern hospital, built as a resort years ago. The story is that Disney was not sure a hospital would make money, and built it as a resort as a fall back option just in case it did not. It has thrived. It has impacted. And in one of the many twists of life, here I was, the only one from SubSaharan Africa in a class of 28, at a course for key-hole neurosurgery.

And everything is being done to make sure that the movement continues. It is the bedrock of all progress, and dedicating the inner workings of society to keep it moving is crucial. Image credit - The Delta Statement

Here And There

There is something about life, and the capacity to move on and keep moving. All success is dependent on that ability to keep moving. It is the only way to ensure that targets are reached, ...

The Christmas trees have come down. The lights that brightened my morning drive to work are off. Slowly but steadily the Christmas luminosity has diminished, the carols silenced, and life moves on. People are back at work. There are still a few Christmas trees surviving, but it is already almost as if Christmas never was.

On Christmas

Here And There

There is a counterpoint for me, in the UK at the time of the last Christmas before Brexit. There is a huge Christmas tree in the Trafalgar square, a gift from ...

On Christmas day I was with family. Tucked away in a toasty room away from the grey chill outside. It’s turned out to be a much sunnier day than was forecast. It was my first Christmas day in the United Kingdom.

On Dreaming

Here And There

It was striking, how different it could be, if this was a tarred road, with pedestrian crossings, and traffic lights, and pavements and lighting with markings. Suddenly ...

Two weeks ago I was walking along a Spintex dirt road which has a name… Aviation Road. Looking at it now, one can tell that it was planned to be a major road. It is as wide as a major road should be.

On Community

Here And There

Coming from an environment still reeling from the effects of communal dissipation, leadership deflation and duty relegation, I have experienced life that a lot of people here have not seen.

I find myself in the UK at a time of change. It is an experience that gives me again another chance at perspective. Around me I see what dedication to community, and public exhortation of communal responsibility does.

On Philanthropy

Here And There

There has to be another narrative. There have to be new stories about centres of excellence springing up all over Ghana, funded by people who want to see health care change.

No important project has ever survived only on freebies. Deep in the psychology of any project that fails is that lack of commitment. The inability to put skin in the game. And these are the thoughts that pass through my mind as I go for a fundraiser for a project that I really care about. It is striking to me, how much more giving there is to health, outside Ghana than inside it.

Home Thoughts. Image credit - VideoHive

Here And There

But what if they did not? What if development was just based on humanity? What if development was based on the capacity to care, to love, to reach out in honest commitment to make life better for another human being.

I have recently gone back home. To Tel Aviv. It is one of the ironies of life, that going for a conference of pediatric neurosurgeons in Israel, was like going home. Life has mountains, valleys and plains. Sometimes one gets the chance to fly to a peak quickly enough to take in a perspective of the past, and snippets of the future. Tel Aviv was a chance like that for me last week.

Talking Numbers; The Quicksand Conundrum

Thoughts From Afar

I therefore struggle, based on the numbers, to accept that the brouhaha regarding sexual violence is overblown. If anything, my view is that our culture makes it more difficult for us to face up to the problem.

In the opinion of Rainer Maria Rilke, “Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.”

When Inputs do not match Outcomes: Healthcare Efficiency in Ghana

Thoughts From Afar

Over the years we have been made to believe that the reasons for poor healthcare delivery in Ghana are a result of inadequate health professional numbers, lack of infrastructure and the availability of money. In this piece, ...

Philip José Farmer in The Dark Design argues “You had to make your choice between survival and efficiency, though in the long run survival was optimum efficiency, no matter how much time and effort it took.”

For Better or Worse? Executive Influence and Health Regulation

Thoughts From Afar

A look at the leadership of these bodies indicates that they are all appointed at the behest of the Executive President and fall under the domain of Article 71 officeholders. Thus, all these leaders have a tenure whose apron strings are tied to the umbilicus of our political establishment.

“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact. Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority will believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure.” George Carlin

What The KATH Blood Scare Teaches Us

Thoughts From Afar

Transparency is not part of our culture and would not be anytime soon. Therefore our society obfuscates on conjecture, gossip and innuendo.

According to Joseph Pulitzer, “there is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle, there is not a vice which does not live by secrecy.” I strongly agree.

Acting with Candor; Why HeFRA must hit State Health Institutions Hard

Thoughts From Afar

Truth is, as a people we are not by default law abiding. Even when the laws are strictly enforced, we have the penchant for finding ways of breaking them.

“Instead of fleeing God’s scrutiny, David welcomed it. It’s like he was saying, “Look, God, since I can’t hide from you since you know my very thoughts before I think them, I want you to fully know me. Be in the very core, the essence of my being. If you’re going to know me, then know everything about me!” Will Davis Jr

Problem Solving; Learnings from the IKEA Story. Image credit - clock works

Thoughts From Afar

It is untenable to say we cannot have an appointments system that will decongest waiting areas. It is unacceptable to argue that this is the design we inherited from a generation that had at best the manual typewriter ...

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” Lao Tzu

Letting it Rip in a Country of Thieving Jokers. Image credit - gotcredit

Thoughts From Afar

I find it appalling that you have the audacity to shout yourselves hoarse, blaming politicians, civil and public servants for all the mess we find in this country, when in reality your actions are indicative that you are conduits to the sleaze you shout about.

 Marcus Tullius Cicero’s view on the law is succinct. Hear him, “For there is but one essential justice which cements society, and one law which establishes this justice. This law is “right reason”, which is the true rule of all commandments and prohibitions. Whoever neglects this law, whether written or unwritten, is necessarily unjust and wicked.”

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Thoughts From Afar

As a first step, I believe we must accept that all that happens to us as a people or as individuals is our fault and not a result of chance, bad luck or an accident. Our lawlessness and tendency ...

“Repression is not the way to virtue. When people restrain themselves out of fear, their lives are by necessity diminished. Only through freely chosen discipline can life be enjoyed and still kept within the bounds of reason.”

Looking beyond the Obstacles to Leapfrogged Outcomes. Image credit -Medscape

Thoughts From Afar

If we are not ready to accept these realities and continue talking in the language we have used for sixty plus years and back it with the same behaviours where experimentation is frowned upon but gimmicks that benefit a few financially are the name of the game, ...

“Few things are sadder than encountering a person who knows exactly what he should do, yet cannot muster enough energy to do it. “He who desires but acts not,” wrote Blake with his accustomed vigour, “Breeds pestilence.”

Water for Togo

This And That

Tears shouldn’t be the easiest way to have clean water,

Togo’s leaders sit on thrones

Made of gold and bones

The dry, dehydrated bones of the people,

Several cows caught crossing the street around the Achimota Overhead area with flagrant disregard for traffic rules. Photo credit: On the road with Amigo.

This And That

These cows, and many of their other four-legged brethren, not to mention those of the two-legged and winged varieties, can be an eyesore in certain parts of the city. Together, they take care of their private business in full glare of the public, and without fail, fail to clean up after themselves. As for their owners, the less said about their interest in cleaning the public mess, the better.

As someone who dabbled in animal husbandry during his youthful days on a homestead within the city limits of Accra many years ago, and rose to the ranks of a Johnny-do-it-all General Manager, I was really taken aback by a news item from the renowned Associated Press (AP), about lawmakers in one of the States of our own spirited friend, Number Forty-Five, who currently occupies the WH, weighing a trespassing bill against chicken owners in the state of New Hampshire.