- At the national level, citizens are given the opportunity directly to elect the President. However, at the local assembly level, citizens are not the ultimate deciders of their leaders, in this case the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).
- To be able to achieve an information and knowledge based country, there is the need to establish the National Commission on Library and Information Services (NCOLIS) which will be an advisory and regulatory body by an act that will stipulate and provide the statutory framework for library and information services.
- Since then (143 ago), Easter has become synonymous with the Kwahus, and indigenes from both far and near make it a duty to return home during the period.
- When that Ghanaian finally arrived, things were not as easy as he had thought; the search for a job with good salary dragged for weeks. Out of desperation, ...
- Last year, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Creative Arts announced that Ghana would create one million jobs in tourism. That is easy to ...
- Possibly a joint honour with Kim Jong-Un `a la F.W.de Klerk and Nelson Mandela in 1993.
- Since 2007 when we last reviewed our curriculum, a lot has changed. Indeed, a lot has changed since 2012, when the next review should have been conducted. Unfortunately, our children ...
- For some, certain factors have made life in their homes unpleasant and uncomfortable.
- In Ghana, the offence of rape is gender specific. Thus, a man cannot be raped, not even by his fellow man. In situations like these, ..
- We condemn all such acts and call for the perpetrators to be brought to book and punished in accordance with the law.
- 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
- 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.
- The news broke the heart of the Yusifs, but it did not lessen their love for their baby boy.
- It is the bond of unity among the Asante with the Asantehene, the occupant of the Golden Stool to whom all the chiefs owe allegiance, at the apex.
- By 1:40, we began to sense that something was not right. By 2:36, no one was around to see us; and we waited and waited at the reception hall downstairs—without the decency of an explanation.
- The Upper West Region has now become a leading producer of charcoal in Ghana despite its desertification nature. Charcoal production has become a commercial activity of the youth in the communities and ...
- The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) estimates that during the 10-year period between 2005 and 2015, the volume of impact capital deployed in Ghana equalled US$1.69 billion.
- Annoyingly, these “Okada” boys have joined the new set of traders on the pavements making it highly dangerous for pedestrians.
- Unfortunately, there are children between the ages of eight to 14 who have never been to school. These children are in their formative years, ...
- Access to Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, among others, has been blocked and since the ban was implemented, the number of demonstrations has dropped and those that have gone ahead have seen smaller numbers.
- About 154 km from the capital Accra, Hans Cottage is a perfect substitute for nature lovers who cannot travel the 818 km drive to visit the Paga Crocodile Pond in the Upper East Region of Ghana.
- Our languages might be many, and, sometimes, there might be mutual frustration at having difficulty in speaking each other’s language, and no one feels that more than I do, when I stand here in Tamale, unable to speak Dagbani, ...
- The importance of roads is well appreciated, viewed against the backdrop that they link producers to markets, workers to workplaces, students to schools and the sick to hospitals.
- As if we were possessed then, all of a sudden we discovered all the causes and solutions to floods. We were overtaken by a certain powerful force to put measures in place to curtail once and for all the flooding menace.
- The death penalty has been justified by many, while it has been criticised by others.
- Since we ushered in the Fourth Republic in 1992, the activities of political vigilante groups have become an albatross around our neck and in some cases marred the beauty of democratic governance.
- It is important that as the country rolls out on the measures, drivers, particularly commercial drivers, also adhere to road regulations in order to prevent road accidents.
- It is a known fact that crime involving motorcycle has been on the increase and it is also true that many of those criminals escape arrest on their motorbikes.
- The voyage has been tortuous, with citizens over time getting frustrated and apprehensive and wondering whether the political class was committed to passing the Right to Information (RTI) Bill.
- FUND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WORK IN GHANA, IMPLEMENT THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACT AND RELATED LEGISLATION AND CREATE SEXUAL HARRASSMENT POLICIES IN SCHOOLS AND WORKPLACES IN GHANA
- The people of Tarkwa are suffering because of the very poor nature of the road on the outskirts of the municipal area from Tarkwa Senior High School to Wassa Agona.
- Please, brother, take a cue from the saying that “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” Right now you are in a hole but you don’t seem to realise it.
- 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
- 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 ...
- 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.
- But you Akosua Abebrese from a village which isn’t even shown on the map of Ghana think that because your father ...
- You cannot leave office, accept the retirement package and vie for the same office again. That is called ‘’double dipping’’ and it is illegal.
- I write to you today, forced into exile and no longer in Cameroon, nearly twenty-four years later with a heavy heart.
- 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?
- My chocolatier journey began when I came across the word “chocolatier” in a magazine. It piqued my curiosity, ...
- 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.
- 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?
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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,...
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fair play in competitive football is the needed hallmark or yardstick for all tournaments, whether at the sub-district, regional, national or international level.
- 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.
- I promised Cletus Ngaaso that I will mention his name more frequently in my subsequent write-ups after his complaint to me on Saturday 20th April 2019, ...
It is unfortunate that a respectable person like Cletus Ngaaso, refuses to thank God for his promotion to Senior Lecturer which materialized within six (6) months after he applied under Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni’s stewardship of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW).
- I have got infinite ‘gears’, and all along, the position of my gear stick, has been neutral. Am now contemplating engaging first gear, ...
A former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, once described the Ugandan Railways, as the ‘Lunatic Railways’. Therefore, in line with Churchill’s methodology, nothing stops reasonable members of society from describing the recent press statement of the dismissed and disgraced Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), Prof. Mawutor Avoke, as a ‘Lunatic’ Press Statement.
- Now I know that a word can be stretched while in use to mean things it was never meant to convey but it seems to me now the use of the word ultimatum has gone way beyond proper usage in our country.
There is a word that now features so frequently in the public discourse of our country that I have had to go and make sure the word means what I thought it did.
Every day in the newspaper and on the radio, someone or some group is giving the government an ultimatum.
- Staff promotions delayed on average of 3 years under the grisly administration of Prof. Avoke. However, under the proactive leadership ...
Right thinking Ghanaians are not surprised at the dismissal of Prof. Avoke as Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the University of Education, (UEW) by the Governing Council. For instance, Prof. Avoke:
- That woman is a representative of the one million Ghanaians who piss around anywhere.
I saw a GTV news item in which a woman who was arrested for openly defecating behind the Cape Coast Castle some time last year, looked (and sounded) offended.
According to figures and definitions being shared across Ghanaian media platforms, the Ghana Statistical Service, the Ghana Habitat for Humanity findings, UN-Habitat Factsheet 21, UN-OHCHR, research publications by Ghanaian and non-Ghanaian academics, we have a pervasive homeless and housing problem in Ghana that has been a ticking time-bomb since the early 2000s.
- The Tamale Interchange is the headline item on the first phase of what we are calling the Sinohydro projects.
If all goes according to plan, the President of the Republic will be in Tamale this morning, Wednesday, to cut the sod for the construction of an interchange in that city.
- But as the NPP used to say from opposition, sleeping in the dark is not a pleasant experience, neither is it now.
I was all set to write on two or three of our daily living problems such as ‘dumsor’, cleanliness and waste disposal last Wednesday morning when my memory pricked me that was exactly the time Vice-President Bawumia had planned to hold his town hall meeting in Accra.
- And so, we are left with the burden to carry on. Because once we are alive, morning turns to evening, and evening to morning, and the cycle continues. And it will not stop, until we do.
The flowers are beginning to flash their color here again. The birdsong announces the waking hours. The sun stays longer in a brighter sky every day, as spring beckons. But this has been a month of death.
- In 2019, if offices still use messengers to transfer messages, and websites for whole governmental arms, do not function when shall the epilepsy end, and the production begin?
Epilepsy is a devastating disease. In our part of the world it is more prevalent. It is a tragedy to see the most complex interconnected unit in the universe, pulverizing itself into uselessness. Neurons that are built to share information with each other, relay implosions of electric impulse that orchestrate brain malfunction.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- When the Ghana Government plays “pilolo” with us.
In George Bernard Shaw’s view, “the reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
- Many seem to confuse healthcare cost with the amount of money they need to pay out when they have an episode of ill-health and fail to have an idea of what the true cost of ill health is.
“In order to get a holistic explanation, anthropology often has to upend common sense and question what gets taken for granted. Anthropology prompts us to reconsider not only what we think we know – what it means to be affluent, why blood matters, what constitutes reason – but also the terms by which we know it.” -Matthew Engelke
- How can it be that infant deaths have been cut by over 70% and the population growth rate is 2.2% but our population profile has virtually stagnated? The answer lies in a critical look at ...
“Without realizing that the past is constantly determining their present actions, they avoid learning anything about their history. They continue to live in their repressed childhood situation, ignoring the fact that this no longer exists, continuing to fear and avoid dangers that, although once real, have not been real for a long time.” - Alice Miller
- To start with, public nursing training is reliant solely on government funding and thus numbers are determined by budgetary allocation ...
“All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.”
- “the government only does the private nurses favour by employing them, so they should desist from giving unnecessary pressure.”
In “Life and Letters”, Thomas Henry Huxley held this view; “sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. I have only begun to learn content and peace of mind since I have resolved at all risks to do this.”
- However, in my view, the story must be told. According to the Dialysis Service Foundation (DSF), on average 12,000 kidney failure cases are detected among Ghanaian patients annually.
In Alan Watts’s words, “we seldom realize, for example, that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.”
- Sadly, we seem to be accepting of our situation in a manner that the user of the public toilet becomes accustomed to the fragrance of its surroundings. This for me is the sequence that needs to be broken ...
“When an incidental colour or a random fragrance takes possession of our imagination, we can unexpectedly blossom into a new entity as it gives us wings and enlightens our horizon, just like canary birds that feel stimulated and start singing as soon as they sense the radiance of the sun through the reflection of the skylight.”
- Having been shown to reduce cases of malaria by up to 50 per cent when used in combination with other malaria control measures, the potential benefits of Mosquirix to the Ghanaian economy kept me positive.
“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.” C. JoyBell C.
- The relatively high cost of health and the tediousness of the process has resulted in the proliferation of unauthorised practitioners like quack doctors and drug peddlers with health regulators struggling woefully to curtail their activity.
“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?” John Lennon.
- 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.