- In fact, NPP and NDC politicians, and their diehard supporters understood it best and can defend it like a thesis in their alternating enforcement of the mass poverty scheme every four years in the name of democracy.
- If you are a ‘man’, tell J.J. Rawlings that he was never your boss. Please let me know the day and time so I will perch on the wall like a fly. I chuckle as I ponder whose defence I would come to. That’s a difficult one! Since I can’t make up my mind, maybe I will just ‘boot’ both sets of balls and run quickly before both turn on me, happily forgetting that they are the two wrestlers and I am simply a humble spectator… oops ‘citizen’.
- In addition to the patients caring for one another, physicians also seemed to be consumed with caring for patients. My initial impression of the physicians at Korle Bu was that they were overworked and overwhelmed. Ob-gyns would regularly see over 50 patients per day and then perform surgeries well into the night. I watched with trepidation as practices I thought necessary — patient counseling, full diagnostic work ups, close patient follow-up — were abandoned in favor of rapidity.
- When one complains about the behaviour of such men, you are whipped into submission with the line 'Touch not my anointed'. It is difficult to believe that God’s revelations to these men are only about deaths and unpalatable events. When will they prophesy that Ghana will soon be part of G8 countries in our time?
- Curriculum experts are familiar with three types of implementation models: Fidelity, Mutual Adaptation and Enactment. Each of these approaches has its strengths and weaknesses. Ideally, most policy makers will admonish the implementation agents to adopt the fidelity approach. This is because this approach bestows on the implementer the need to faithfully and loyally roll-out the new policy without making any serious modification to it.
- My vision for the production is that it will not just be about Mansa Musa alone; he is only the bait. It will be a glorious celebration of African heritage. We need to seriously begin to capture our young minds, and inspire their thinking. We need to start creating a new African civilization.
- It is important to emphasize that there is something called "sanctity of contracts”, which enjoins parties to a contract to act in accordance with same or observe the terms of the Agreement. Such that failure to observe the terms of that contract has always resulted in damages against the offending party.
- The views expressed by Prof. are, as to be expected, shared by the overwhelming majority of Ghanaians, a situation which has compelled the minister of Local Government and Rural Development to direct the Births and Deaths Registry to suspend the implementation of the registry’s existing Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) which, among other prohibitions, forbids the registration of Nana/Nii as names.
- In the1960’s and 1970’s these two groups did have a go at each other. At a point the inter-group antagonism lent credence to the old adage that women are their own enemies. But this was the nuance; the feminists were mostly elite white women and the womanists were mostly black women who faced oppression and discrimination at work compared to their white female colleagues.
- The Interim Government of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia (the former British Southern Cameroons), notes with dismay,...
- Social media could be just the start of a slippery slope leading to an Orwellian world controlled by Big Data Brother, accelerated by convergence with the sensors in our devices and rapid advances in artificial intelligence. Some authoritarian regimes are already marshaling these developments to exercise control on an unprecedented scale.
- I would like to start by expressing my sincere gratitude to the House. When I told you I was in a hurry, you promptly rose to the challenge. You assisted me to appoint my excellent team of ministers, and constitute the government, in record time. I understand that, since the inception of the 4th Republic, this, the 7th, has been the busiest Parliament. You have had 140 days of sittings, and I am told no Parliament, in its first session, has done more than 130 days.
- Interestingly, the ruling NPP party led by President Akufo-Addo, in their 2016 manifesto promised a special cancer policy, the nation is yet to see any green light. The government in their manifesto also promised to recognize the increasing incidence of cancers (childhood cancers, breast cancer, cervical cancer, prostate and other cancers) as a national problem,...
- CHRAJ in its summary of key findings, at pages 133 and 134 of its report, noted several breaches of constitutional and statutory laws—as well as regulations and official guidelines—governing the issuance of bonds. . These findings include but are not limited to the following:
- A fearless man, he was self-assured, secure in his core. Such wonderful traits I learned to love about him. You don’t choose a mentor by his shifting postures! Mr Asante’s conviction to speak his own truth reminded me of the daring French philosopher, Denis Diderot (1713 – 1784) who wrote: “I press myself; I wrest the truth from myself. Then it seems to me that I have a gay soul, tranquil, honest and serene.”
- When I told him he didn’t have the right to, he responded with a smirk on his face “I can beat you if I want, my authority gives me that right and no one can do anything about it”.
- hey have come from the big cities of San Francisco, Chicago, and New York. Thousands of them. And many refuse to return.
- Young people got up at dawn, and formed long queues in stadiums and parks, in the hope of getting a job with the Ghana Immigration Service. I know it is not a new story. Some eighty four thousand (84,000) people applying for jobs, and over forty seven thousand (47,000) of them meeting the minimum requirements as advertised, and the organisation only looking for five hundred (500) people to hire.
- One non-governmental organization addressing the issue is the Ghanaian company mPedigree, which operates in several countries around the world. The company developed a mobile app...
- This crisis kills every passing second. It kills women, children, and men who have fled the violence, hidden in the forest or even further away, and have nothing left when they return. This disaster could soon claim between one and two million lives if humanitarian aid is not funded.
- Please next time you are in the spirit and God talks to you, I beg o, can you ask him to tell you how Ghana can fix the unemployment wahala.
- Mr. Ankomah, let us look at some of your specific arguments. I am sure our audience could pick one or two things from it. You said that whether a woman works outside the home or not, she must make sure the house is cleaned, food is cooked and served you, clothes washed etc. When I asked you what your reason for such an argument was, you said that there are roles specific to men and women. So I asked another question: "does your wife use her vagina to cook?"
- In your verdict on Casely Hayford vs. GIJ students, you stated that clearly “Sydney Casely Hayford does not owe the GIJ students an apology". I am sure, senior, that when we summarize your arguments and place them in the context of the specific discussion, you may understand, or at least appreciate our reaction.
- Only the heavens can tell how many of such folks you and other doctors and nurses have had to go an extra extra mile for, to change their lives and restore hope.
- Every day, the poorer people in the church are reminded of the reasons why they are poor; they don’t give enough, they don’t pray enough, they don’t sacrifice enough for the church, yet the rich ....
- Like I said earlier, we either evolve or die, let’s not aggravate our ‘shitholean’ status.
- Based on the positive performance of the economy, it comes as no surprise that economic growth increased from 3.6% percent to about 8% last year. Continuous growth is needed to ensure economic stability and tremendous improvement in the welfare of the people. As a result of the solid micro-economic fundamentals, the economy has been described by many local and international experts as fast-growing.
- Last month, at least ten students of the Gyamaa Pensan SHS in the Ashanti Region were hospitalized when they sustained injuries during a demonstration against the headmaster of the school. The aftermath of the demonstration was the vandalisation of school property, including the headmaster’s residence and the assembly hall.
- The Presidency spent over $6 million dollars on its fleet of vehicles. The money is right here. Our problem is priorities - what to spend the money on and that hasn't changed much. In fact the government insists that it can survive without aid, so no need to quibble over what development partners are spending their money on.
The last few months have presented interesting political gymnastics on the continent. We crowned a legend of the continent as President while his predecessor, despite losing local favour earned global glory.
- Dr Atuguba analysed the voting pattern of Ghana’s Supreme Court judges from 1993 to 2018 by taking political 100 cases and looked at the judges who sat on them and the extent to which their loyalty to the appointing authority, in this case, the President, influenced the outcome of their judgements. Essentially, Dr Atuguba sought to test the so-called “loyalty effect” or “judicial partisanship effect” akin to the work of Segal and Cover (1989),..
Renowned legal scholar and academic Dr Raymond Atuguba, an Associate Professor of Law and Development at the University of Ghana speaking yesterday (16 February 2018) at the second annual GIMPA Law Conference is reported to have sought to create a link between voting trends by judges of the Supreme Court and the political party that appointed them into office.
- In Ghana, this profession has, since 1992, become the surest way to fortune, power and a meteoric rise in social standing. Politics is the easiest means of acquiring a taxi, “tro-tro” or hairdryer. Just go to the Microfirance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) with a party card. The only misfortune is when the party loses the next election.
Some time in the late 1980s, a headline appeared on the front page of the then ‘Weekly Spectator’ that announced in bold capitals: “ONLY 11 PASSED” It was the result of that year’s Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) final examination for candidates who wanted to practise Accountancy. Against the resultant uproar and condemnations, the ACCA exam organisers came out with an explanation that was as simple as it was sweet: quality control.
- The manipulation of news for crass political advantage had begun earlier last week with the return of Vice- President Mahamudu Bawumia from ‘medical leave’ in Britain, according to official, formal and government sources. What does ‘medical leave’ mean? Of course, I agree that the whole circus was provoked by the handling of the sickness of the late President Mills, but that is precisely the reason that critics of his handling should perform better when they get the chance.
Written By Colin Essamuah - In spite of everything that has transpired during the week, I must begin this column today with an obituary.
- A certain Ayine, entered into the proceedings as amicus curiae, a friend of the court who offers up an unsolicited opinion on a matter before the court. Look up this friendly man's resume. He knows his way around. Ayine has advised on tariffs and anti dumping measures for the Ministry of Trade and Industry and sat on the Tender Review Board of the Ministry of Works, Housing and Water Resources. A graduate of Stanford University, this law lecturer at the University of Ghana,...
It has taken a while to establish the trend but in the silver jubilee year of the 4th Republic, many roads now lead, thankfully, to court.
- In a previous column, “Suffer the little children to come unto me,” (December 14, 2015), I noted that it was difficult to forgive the absurd reasons I heard when discussing (on radio or TV) the issues of school discipline with panels of grown-ups who should know better than hurt children.
Written By Anis Haffar - The invitation by the Tema International School (TIS) Amnesty Club to be the guest speaker and launch their campaign (January 2018) against corporal punishment in schools took my mind back to my own childhood, to a gory incident, which I shared with the audience.
- On the strength of these covenants, Columbus was soon installed at the head of a petty, and utterly vicious, despotism in Hispaniola (present-day Haiti and the Dominican Republic). By the time petitions and pleas forced the Iberian State to intervene, recall and imprison him, the man had basically wiped out the indigenous races on the Islands. Was this exactly Iberian foreign policy? Very doubtful. At least at that time. The State will learn over time the lucrativeness of colonial brutality, but only because they had such fine teachers in “privateers” such as Señor Columbus.
In a recent debate on Facebook about the propriety or otherwise of the highly indebted Ghanaian state building and running factories (something not on the immediate policy agenda but frequently demanded by the country’s residual Marxist intelligentsia), a number of my sparring partners brought up, as expected, the ascendant theory of the “developmental state”.
- No way can a government that fails to create an environment for flourishing private enterprise do better in the same environment running businesses that the private sector is failing at. But if the private sector is flourishing in a sector then what is the point of government intervention there? Why not just take 25% of what they make as taxes plus the payroll taxes as well?
Should the government build factories? Or invest in business ventures In Ghana?
It is one of the abiding mysteries of the contemporary society that government ownership and management of business ventures are seen as ideological, whilst support for the conduct is seen as “pragmatism”.The truth though is that the pragmatic position would be to oppose direct government investment in business ventures, at least in Ghana, on grounds of common sense.
- Will a government that respects or fears the people import terror into Ghana? That is exactly what our government did when, in 2016, it allowed into the country, two known associates of the dreaded Osama Bin Laden, namely Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, after being held for 14 years at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in the south of Cuba.
It was Genevan and British political theorist, Jean-Louis de Lolme (1740 – 1806), who in criticising what he observed as excessive powers of the British Parliament, wrote that "Parliament can do everything but make a woman a man and a man a woman".
- Sometimes, when I think about the fact that we are more than 24 million, and adding more, I wonder about our physical states. Our general physical states. I wonder how many of us are walking around with problems that will only reinvent themselves, because the diagnosis was wrong,
There is this German car I fell in love with as a child. I sat in one as the car door was shut, and that was it. I just kept wondering how a door could shut like that, and make one feel so secure. I never really lost my first love. I have kept going back to that car. It just happens that I live in a country that may never produce such cars, and my salary may never allow me to afford a new one.
So I have kept my dream alive in second hand versions, inflicted the Ghanaian roads and flood riddled large pathways on the various models I have been blessed to have, and tried to feel a bit of what those engineers want one to feel. Tried to rediscover that contentment of a child awed by the wide back seat of a big car, and the sudden quietness imposed by the shut car door.
- Secondly we would rather put other people’s money into health, than our own. It means submitting to other people’s conditions, and fulfilling other people’s mandates in addition to our own. I have seen how money has directed programs in directions which were not exactly in sync with the needs on the ground. Just going for money for health, because it is cheap, and available, does not translate into providing health care for the people.
Our family dog and I have a special relationship, forged by years of her being the only awake being in my house many nights a month, when I return from work. I can always count on the wagging tail behind the gate as I unlock it, as I totter closer to sleep after a long day. And there are quite a few long days in a month. It does not matter that the health care system is subpar. One must do what one has to do.
- And who am I To belittle a little child’s dream When life makes so much possible And places no limits On achievement,..
My son asked me to pray for him
To be an astronaut when he grows up
He talks about it all the time
So I stop myself thinking all the time
That he is too far away from where
The astronauts come from
To become one
- It is dehumanizing to accept mediocrity. It is a living death to accept an inability to be the best we can be. It is worse than colonialism.
I was standing in the hospital lift, when she was wheeled in. The porter was behind her, and her left leg was outstretched on the improvised splint extending from the ravaged wheel chair seat. She was in a regular shirt and jeans, which had been ripped with surgical accuracy to expose the fractured leg. The skin was broken. The blood was all over the blue jeans, and the white bandage was dirty red. It was obvious this was not what she had planned when she left home that morning. I said hi, she said hello with an attempt at a smile. I asked what had happened. She said she was at the National Service Secretariat. There had been an incident.
- I still drive home bumping along the laterite ravines that rain and sun have carved in the large paths which have not grown into streets.
I was walking along the bank of the river Volta with my son, when he noticed that the green patches in the river were moving. I had described them to him as islands, so he shouted that the islands were moving! The one he pointed out was a big ‘island’… so I did not believe him at first, but lo and behold, it was really moving.
When I stopped at the traffic signal, I noticed him immediately. He was waiting for the light to turn green, on a motor bike, like all of us. Waiting while other riders just whizzed by nonchalantly. He was in a helmet, unlike other riders. I wondered whether he could withstand the pressure of everybody just passing by and making the most of the time. He did. He moved just ahead of me as the light turned green, leaving me with something to think about.
Every November I remember my family in the diaspora. I have been really blessed with love in different places along my journey of life. My love line runs through West Africa, through East Africa, to South Africa, and then through the Middle East, right across Europe, and into North America. In special homes in each of these regions, I have the privilege of being loved by family that only God blesses with.
For most of last month, there was a bed I always stopped at on my morning rounds, I continued stopping there, until he finally left the hospital. Initially it was for his sake, then it became mostly all for mine. There was something about this great person that I needed, to keep me going for the day. He did not need say much, it was just his smile, and his circumstance, and the bravery that put these together in the grimmest of places.
- We complain about policemen taking bribes and kickbacks in our state institutions, don't we? Have we ever stopped to think about who the givers of these bribes are or those in positions of trust taking the proverbial "10%"? Clearly, these are the same doctors, lawyers, pharmacist, engineers etc. These are the same people who belong to our professional bodies and are responsible for these bodies having corrupt members. These citizens are not multi-faced in life and will show the same behaviours irrespective of where they find themselves.
Stephen King in his book, The Stand, argues, “Show me a man or a woman alone and I'll show you a saint. Give me two and they'll fall in love. Give me three and they'll invent the charming thing we call 'society'. Give me four and they'll build a pyramid. Give me five and they'll make one an outcast. Give me six and they'll reinvent prejudice. Give me seven and in seven years they'll reinvent warfare. Man may have been made in the image of God, but human society was made in the image of His opposite number, and is always trying to get back home.”
- In the end, when tragedy strikes, we have a litany of jokers parading in the name of the anointed, lining up to remind us of their premonition. The effrontery is that these supposed anointed see all the recklessness and lawlessness that fuels their trade but do precious little to remedy the situation, knowing perfectly well that these death traps if remove would almost render them jobless.
Novelist Steve Goodier, rather candidly opines, “I have not always chosen the safest path. I've made my mistakes, plenty of them. I sometimes jump too soon and fail to appreciate the consequences. But I've learned something important along the way: I've learned to heed the call of my heart. I've learned that the safest path is not always the best path and I've learned that the voice of fear is not always to be trusted.”
- Clearly, the discussion surrounding the release of health information relating to public office holders is not new. The rapid dissemination of updates concerning the health of a "public person" is now available to a wide audience through Internet communication and social media systems. The "appetite" of the public at large to obtain "breaking news" on medical topics of interest involving recognized political figures, needs to be carefully weighed against the current laws intended to protect the privacy of individuals.
According to Glenn Greenwald, “The way things are supposed to work is that we're supposed to know virtually everything about what they [the government] do: that's why they're called public servants. They're supposed to know virtually nothing about what we do: that's why we're called private individuals.”
- For a start, most of the population have been brought up in a way that “speaking truth to power” has been labelled as disrespectful. In our homes, schools, churches and mosques; the archaic perception that the adult is always right has dwarfed the development of discerning minds.
Judith McNaught in “Remember When” argues, “There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it.”
- There are times that my belief wavers and often it is not because of what the outsider says but what we do internally. I see more working against us that is self-inflicted than...
I am no fan of Donald Trump. In fact, I was baffled when he was elected. As I was going through the motions with his electoral success, I came across this quote by H.L. Mencken, "As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."
"We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backwards, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations."
Roy T. Bennett in The Light in the Heart argued that "attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely."
H.L. Mencken in a rather sarcastic tone argued. "In the present case, it is a little inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favour of common sense, common honesty and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for any public office of trust or profit in the Republic. But I do not repine, for I am a subject of it only by force of arms." He had a real point then and continues to do so now. There are many in this land who are by default ineligible for any public office. They are because they have refused to be part of the status quo and go against the norm.
Giulia Enders, in Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ opines, “The aim of cleaning, then, should be to reduce bacteria numbers—but not to zero. Even harmful bacteria can be good for us when the immune system uses them for training. A couple of thousand Salmonella bacteria in the kitchen sink are a chance for our immune system to do a little sightseeing. They become dangerous only when they turn up in greater numbers. Bacteria get out of hand when they encounter the perfect conditions: a protected location that is warm and moist with a supply of delicious food.”
- 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,
- 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.