- From homes, school compounds, market places, the streets, the premises of state and public institutions, churches and mosques, to the beaches, all forms of waste is disposed of with impunity.
- The 1992 Constitution gives them no official role to play as such. But somehow they have managed to acquire for themselves massive and limitless powers.
- Presentations have become the de facto tool of communication across disciplines and boundaries; in other words, you not only tell your story – you show it.
- But clamoring for a giant factory in each district, with our current infrastructure base, to me sounds a bit quixotic, don't you think?
- Some prominent and well-meaning Ghanaians have expressed various opinions on the state of affairs in the country and some have even gone further to propose, what in their opinion will be an ideal form of government for the nation – a system of government that will bring
- But I am an incorrigible optimist. This is what we must argue for, fight for, “kill” for, and “die” for! Since 1992, the Ghanaian economy has stagnated at an average growth rate of five per cent. But we need to grow at a minimum of 10 per cent consistently for 10 years to transform our economy.
- Reminiscent of Athos frustrations, I also ask myself “why do we continue to do this? Why do we continue this? My beef has everything to do with an annual occurrence in this country. A google search on the number of schoolchildren fainting during the annual independence celebration on March 6 yielded interesting statistics.
- Originally, 10 candidates were given the award every year until 2001 when the Ghana Education Service (GES) suggested that the number be increased to 20 to make room for a boy and a girl from each region.
- Volta Delta is one of the small but unique deltas in the world with population estimates of almost a million people - could be located in the eastern part of Ghana’s coast, specifically in the lower Volta basin, and has huge untapped ecological and economic potentials and values.
- 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.
- When you go to Cape Coast, it's even worse. All the religious structures at the time were built close to the Castle, the seat of corruption, human killing and selling - Methodist, Anglican, just opposite the castle of murder. The Catholic Cathedral is a bit far away.
- It is important to note that extensive consultations were undertaken between the Office of the President, National Security, and the traders and artisans, before the implementation of this decision.
- The saddest part of the impudence is the fact that the political heads of the district in question, the region in trouble as well as the sector ministry on rampage "are" completely "unaware" of it. It is no surprise because our very own president is practically unaware of many things in his government.
- We are by this statement calling for a full scale investigation into the operation and the circumstances leading to the assault on the persons who were in charge of the vehicles at the time, the burning down of those vehicles and equipments, and the alleged confiscation of monies belonging to those who were brutalized.
- Press Release: Hearts appoint Mark Noonan as club’s Chief Executive Officer
- The President also indicated that he and the Minister for Monitoring & Evaluation would evaluate the performance of all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) and publish the results of their performance.
- In Africa, China is now the rising tiger. It has been building up its military presence and increasing humanitarian spending, though only countries that tend to vote with China in the United Nations seem to get an influx of aid. Puzzlingly, Tillerson gave a tough speech on China-Africa relations not to an African audience,...
- For a majority of migrants headed for the United States and North America, the remote Darien Gap is a required trek. This is where Abdul Majeed lay awake one cold January night this year, unable to sleep.
- In Ghana, the palm oil is laced with a food coloring called Sudan IV which is widely recognized as a carcinogen. In Uganda, formalin —an embalming agent—is used to keep meat and fish free from flies and seemingly fresh for days. Across Africa, there are incidences of plastic rice or nothing more than discarded rice chaff, packaged as high-grade rice, and corn powder dyed with Sudan IV, labeled as chili pepper.
- Its projected growth in 2018, between 8.3 and 8.9 percent, might outpace even India, with its booming tech sector, and Ethiopia, which over the last decade has been one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies...
- The cathedral will serve simultaneously as a religious and a cultural institution, a new national landmark and a community hub for gathering and learning. Although Ghana is officially a secular country, about 71% of its population identifies as Christian.
- Last year, at the 60th independence anniversary, I announced that, on my way here, I had cut the sod for the construction of a National Cathedral, which would serve as an inter-denominational place of worship for important national occasions. This year, I am happy to announce, that, on my way here, I have unveiled the beautiful design of the cathedral that has been done by the world-acclaimed Ghanaian architect, David Adjaye. God will see the project through for us.
- As I stated in my last article on the Togolese political crisis published in The Mirror (September 15-21, 2017), the endless political domination by a person or a political party in a country has, in modern political history, been a source of agitation and conflict – some endless and fatal.
- "Before I became their coach, the players see me as a role model has been a household name in Ghana. I have been telling them that the higher you go, the harder it becomes and the more humble you must be. I don't want it to get into my head, my phone is about to burst due to winning the Wafu tournament but I won't allow that get into my head," she continued.
- Professor Allotey, the child prodigy, started his public life well before he even reached adulthood and started his university studies. Whilst a student at Ghana National College, he established a school at Saltpond called Fante State College. He was the first Principal and taught General Science, Latin, Mathematics and English.
- 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,...
- 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.
- How could one be made to pay between 150-300% of the value he purchased a car for abroad with embedded tax components like NHIL, EXIM, and other dubious levies?
- The thieves at all government ministries, agencies and departments, who allow the "wind" to blow away people's very vital documents that arrive on their tables for attention, unless such people put a "stone" on the documents to prevent the wind from blowing them away are part of the problem. The car park attendant,...
- 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.
- 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.
- And while it is a known fact that gender parity in every society won't happen overnight, the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day-by-day. Plus, there's indeed a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support.
- 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.
- Aside this, the Police lack basic equipment, logistics and materials to carry out their operations. In a highly digitized technological world, Police intelligence should take over from the old fashioned and archaic method of Policing.
- The very words (almost) that used to ring out of Bawumia’s well researched good intentions before the elections. Why are we being fed the same recommendations one year after Bawumia is now in the economic planning saddle?
When I saw the Executive Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), Professor Newman Kusi, making a presentation on ‘Ghana’s growing public debt-implications for the economy’, at a roundtable discussion last Monday, I blinked. I thought I was seeing Dr Mahamudu Bawumia as the presenter.
- What is without doubt, is that Nkurunziza, the son of a Member of Parliament who was a provincial governor with royal links, has abbreviated himself, his credibility and the image of African leaders in the 21st century even further. Ghana is talking trade, not aid, this brother is talking forever.
I have not seen the Black Panther film and I don't plan to. Who needs Hollywood's stylised fiction about a non-existent African country when there are 54 to 56 (give or take) real and gripping national stories on this continent to marvel at?
- The problem stems from the difficulty of true multidisciplinary thinking. To project well into the future, one needs to understand a vast array of disciplines, scientific and humanities-based, and deeply grasp how findings in one field impact and grow atop developments in other fields ensuring some degree of harmony in technological advancement.
The critical flaw at the heart of all visions of the “future of work” in which artificial intelligence makes most professions obsolete and drives billions out of work may be summed up in the phrase, “internal anachronism”.
- In the wildest dreams of the interdicted VC and his scoundrels, they are the only persons qualified to hold public office in Ghana, which I honestly agree with. This is why 'Fool Professor' Avoke, is still the interdicted VC of UEW. There is no question about that.
Pleading guilty or accepting that one is at fault at the earlier stages of a trial, in some instances, usually attracts a lesser punishment or sentence. Even though the current litigation in the law courts involving the legally interdicted VC of UEW ('Fool Professor' Avoke), and others hasn't blossomed into a criminal trial yet, it is foreseeable that at every stage of the case, the interdicted VC will continue to live in his state of denial until a Court of Competent Jurisdiction orders that he joins Abuga Pele and Assibit to compare notes.
- Fortunately we have Development Partners who like to collect data, with approximations. A report published in 2016 by the World Bank, ‘indicated that about 48 percent of the youth in Ghana, between 15 and 24 years, did not have jobs.’ Today, it is entirely and dangerously possible, that half of the potentially economic active population of Ghana is functionally at an increasingly frustrated stop.
Never mind what the hard skills of the apparent qualifications are. The real requirement for the successful applicant who bags the advertised role for Government Statistician, will be his/the ability to count, backwards.
- The Ag. VC position at UEW at the moment, and in the foreseeable future, is for no other person other than Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful Broni (the name that sends shivers down the spines of 'Fool Professor' Avoke and his 'foot soldiers'). If anyone objects to this position, they should head to court and provide evidence as to why the position is theirs.
It wasn't falsehood that kicked the most corrupt Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) ('Fool Professor' Avoke) out of office, but solid and incontrovertible evidence regarding blatant violations of the Public Procurement Act 2003, (Act 663) as amended, and having initially derived his mandate as VC, from an illegal Council.
- Domelevo has been directly adviced. Speaking at the 8th annual Accountability Lectures held in Accra, on Monday, February 25th, 2018, the Vice President, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia announced that the Audit Service will see an increase in its budget allocation up from Ghc19 million up to Ghc35 million. Presumably, the almost 100 percent increase is this government's going rate for a good job done.
The Auditor General (AudG), Daniel Yaw Domelevo must begin to practice his small talk. He announced earlier this month in Accra, that his Office had investigated and subsequently issued Disallow and Surcharge certificates for Ghc5.4 billion cedis worth of public goods and services. Some were found to have already been paid and had unilaterally chosen to reappear like the seasonal rains, some were not properly contracted for, others transactions were over priced and in some cases, the contract simply did not exist. That statement was the curtain raiser. Act II came a few weeks later - the virtual shoe in to Office by Parliament of Martin Amidu, Ghana's first Special Prosecutor.
- For as long as universities exist to train curious minds, there will always be the Atuguba’s, as there always will be a Kwabena Mensah-Bonsu to discover a missing Page 28 from the judgement of a Chief Justice I.K. Abban.
In academic circles, all research is scientifically obtained - not because they are the outcome of work done in a physics, chemistry or biology science lab.
They are scientific because they are the result of empiricism, governed by strict rules of conduct. The rules are such that any other researcher using the same hypotheses, sampling principles, sample size and methodology, must arrive at the same conclusions, with a margin of error not too significantly below and above the sample statistic in a confidence interval.
- 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.
- He has been in Europe 20 years, but Nigeria still runs in his blood. Nothing about the Western world was going to diminish his Ibo soul. He was worried about what the West African environment would do, with its priorities, and lack of planning for health, education, posterity. He was worried about how...
On Independence Day, I was sitting in an Uber being driven by a (now) Dutch Nigerian Ibo man, stuck in Central London traffic. He was excited to meet someone he could freely call Charley, and be hailed Oga kpata kpata in response. In what ended up being a 3 hour ride, we talked about many things. He had a sense of humor that kept me laughing, and almost forgetting about my diminishing bank balance as the pound denominated tariff massacred my poor Cedis.
- And as long as more private money goes into funerals, and mortuary fees than into education and health, we will not win the battle against death. If it is easier to get a loan for a funeral, than for education or for treating a patient on admission, then we really should not be surprised that death is so unstoppable. We have beautiful hearses, elaborate (dancing) pallbearers, custom made funeral cloths, beautifully printed funeral booklets, and 4-day funeral weekends. And we have no working ambulance system,...
We were doing a morning round in a hospital far away from mine when I first saw it. Well, I heard it first, an electronic female voice warning me that it was coming. Then we almost run into it, but it stopped, a red light blinking. It waited for us to pass, bleeping green and red, and then once we passed I heard the quiet whir as it went its way down the beautifully lit hospital corridor.
- 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.
We were walking along one of the many green parks of Adelaide when we met him. He gestured to my friend, pointing first to his own arm and then pointing to my friend from Nigeria.
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.
- The situation is even worse when it comes to health. In a world where advances in science and medicine have been accepted as one of the main drivers of increased life expectancy; we have neglected the obvious, resorting rather to prayer camps and faith healers.
Shannon L. Alder argues, “The more you talk about it, rehash it, rethink it, cross analyse it, debate it, respond to it, get paranoid about it, compete with it, complain about it, immortalize it, cry over it, kick it, defame it, stalk it, gossip about it, pray over it, put it down or dissect its motives it continues to rot in your brain. It is dead. It is over. It is gone. It is done. It is time to bury it because it is smelling up your life and no one wants to be near your rotted corpse of memories and decaying attitude. Be the funeral director of your life and bury that thing!”
- Their warped logic is further entrenched by many faith practitioners who advertise their ability to cure diseases, many of which medical science and research can only manage. Even more intriguing is the fact that, some of these men and women of faith are middle-aged adults too and are often afflicted by chronic diseases.
“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation -- either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.” Martin Luther King Jr.
- By this time it was clear all three were disgruntled with the situation they found themselves in but they were far from finished. Out of the blue one of them quipped, “Recently there was a call within the service for people who wanted to work with the MTTU. Even those in charge of arms in my office left." In a trance, I exclaimed really? Then another continued, "Nobody wants to die. These are the reasons everyone wants to work with the trotro drivers; it is safer and more rewarding too.”
Raymond Chandler in The Lady in the Lake argued, “Police business is a hell of a problem. It’s a good deal like politics. It asks for the highest type of men, and there’s nothing in it to attract the highest type of men. So we have to work with what we get...”
- If you are reading this and are currently in public office, please be mindful. The era when we gratified riches irrespective of how they were obtained is slowly coming to an end. You are in office to serve and not to loot. I agree with Martin Amidu (SP) that Ghana is not a milk cow. My only advice will be to keep your fingers in your pockets and out of the exchequer's coffers.
“The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd - The longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are.”
- 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."
- 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.