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What kind of people are we?

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Commercial motorbikes, popularly known as Okada, have unleashed terror on our roads and yet they are outlawed in our country’s statute books. They are totally out of hand now, doing all the unthinkable; breaking road traffic regulations and endangering lives and properties. Amazingly, new ones are being registered every day,...

A potpourri of Christian adulteration - who cares?

Opinions

Having ample time to myself to observe current happenings on our tv screens, I am compelled to comment on the influx of these so-called “most senior prophets, prophets, archbishops, right reverends (never left reverend), general overseers and others who have undergone three months seminary courses and graduated as pastors.

Lifting Ban on Small Scale Mining: Government Should Ensure Value for Chain. Image credit - Youtube

Opinions

Small Scale Mining (SSM) has evolved from the artisanal stage through the use of rudimentary equipment such as shovels, pick axes and sluiced boards to currently semi-merchandised operations involving the use of equipment such as excavators, bulldozers and Washing Plants.

Vesting management of Ghana bauxite under a Corporation: Its constitutionality. Image credit - Bloomberg

Opinions

There appears to be an issue with regards to the constitutionality of the management and utilization of bauxite in Ghana under Corporation which needs to be brought to the fore.

Will standards change the game for manufacturers?

Opinions

Although trade opening does not automatically bring growth, countries like Thailand and Singapore’s integration into the world economy, through conformity to standards, was followed by strong growth in manufacturing.

The writer - Ken Thompson

Opinions

Five had become one; UniBank, Sovereign Bank, Construction Bank, BEIGE Bank, and Royal Bank has been ‘consolidated’ to form a new entity after they, according to the Central Bank, failed to meet their liquidity obligations,...

Then Director of Communications for the White House Public Liaison Office Omarosa Manigault Newman listens during the daily press briefing at the White House,

Opinions

He added that Manigault Newman had top secret clearance at a minimum, and she may have broken the law by recording her conversation in the Situation Room -- what's supposed to be the most secure place in the White House.

The Doctor Burnout

Opinions

This is not the first time, you know the drill and are numb from years of heartache. You pretend it’s going to last and walk away.

How Dr Otabil and co "gang-raped" Ghana

Opinions

To those who stand by those involved in this shady deal, they should stand by them well. We cannot stand by people simply because they are men of God ....

Christ the Redeemer stands high on Corcovado mountain | ©Diego Torres Silvestre/Flickr

Opinions

Logic has been devalued in Christianity not because of Christ but because of ignoramuses parading as preachers. But you cannot be a follower of a highly logical person...

How long would it take Nana B to resign from NSS?

Opinions

It was expected that the NPP will use this directive as one of its qualifying guidelines for its internal elections but unfortunately, the party did not.

"So You Too You Stand With Otabil, Right?"

Opinions

The misconceived notion of the "church being under attack" is a product of the victim's complex, an old tactic to deflect responsibility.

President Akufo-Addo Mourns Kofi Annan

Press Release

I have directed that, in his honour, Ghana’s national flag will fly at half-mast across the country and in all of Ghana’s diplomatic missions across the world, from Monday, 20th August, 2018, for one week.

President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina eulogizes Kofi A. Annan

Press Release

He was a great personal mentor and father to me. His simplicity, decency, uncommon humility, selflessness and compassion made him a gem for humanity.

RE: CAPITAL BANK AND RELATED MATTERS - PASTOR MENSA OTABIL

Press Release

My position was a non-executive role. I was therefore not involved in the day-to-day management and operations of the Bank.

President Akufo-Addo Makes Changes To His Government

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President Akufo-Addo Makes Changes To His Government

President Akufo-Addo Relieves Minister For Energy Of His Position

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President Akufo-Addo nominates new chairperson, deputy chairpersons and member of the Electoral Commission

Press Release

NPP'S STATEMENT ON RECENT DEVELOPMENTS REGARDING POLICE-CIVILIAN RELATIONSHIP IN SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY

Press Release

The NPP is deeply concerned about the development which is increasingly becoming volatile. While commending and appreciating the efforts of government in electing to set up an independent committee to investigate the matter, ...

Press Release: Occupyghana Condemns Assault of Woman by Police at Midland Savings and Loans Company Premises

Press Release

We would however add other comments and observations on the matter, particularly on the role of the Midland Savings and Loans Company and its officers.

PRESS RELEASE: GHANA POLICE ORDERS ARREST AND PROSECUTION OF CORPORAL GODZI FREDERICK AMANOR FOR BRUTAL ASSAULT ON WOMAN

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President Akufo-Addo Removes EC Chairperson and two her two deputies from office

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Press Release: Tiger Eye PI calls out Kwesi Nyantakyi on $150K bribery claim to quash video

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Press Statement By Kwesi Nyantakyi On The Investigative Report By Anas Aremeyaw Anas And His Tiger Eye PI Team

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Press Statement By Kwesi Nyantakyi On The Investigative Report By Anas Aremeyaw Anas And His Tiger Eye PI Team

Speech By President Akufo-Addo, At The Opening Of The 2018 Synod Of The Global Evangelical Church

Features

I am not at all against the building of magnificent cathedrals or mosques. After all, I am committed to building a national cathedral. Indeed, I believe they definitely have their place in our towns and cities in a religious nation like ours;...

Remarks By President Akufo-Addo, At The Swearing-In Of The Chairperson, Deputy Chairpersons, And Member Of The Electoral Commission

Features

You, Madam Chair and your two deputies, have come to office at a time when there is considerable anxiety in the nation about the work of the Commission.

President Akufo-Addo speaking at the investiture of Mrs. Mary Chinery-Hesse.

Features

I pray the University of Ghana has a very happy 70th anniversary celebration, and long may it continue to proceed in truth and integrity to make our nation proud.

Chairman of UBI Group Salma Okonkwo.UBI GROUP

Features

Okonkwo is building Ghana’s biggest solar farm, called Blue Power Energy, slated to open in March 2019 with 100 megawatts of energy. It’s set to be one of the largest in Africa.

Minister of Energy, Boakye Agyarko

Features

For the 15 years deal Mytilineos will be paid $75 million every year. This will amount to $1.125billion over the period. This translates to $825 million gains...

Gov’t adopts double intake system for new SHS entrants

Features

In my considered view, this mindset is essentially our problem as a country. We reduce everything to political point scoring and cheap partisan shenanigans. This must explain why a Government which is conspicuously suffocating and at its wits end...

Once in a while, someone comes along who manages to leave an indelible imprint on his generation and humanity as a whole. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the man whose birth one hundred years ago we celebrate today, is surely one such person.

Abel Manomey with family members by his side after his operation at the 37 Military Hospital.

Features

In the Ghana Premier league, Gideon Baah and Jackson Owusu suffered the same injury, breaking their tibia and fibula bone in 2010 and 2016 respectively, as they featured for Asante Kotoko. After undergoing a successful surgery, they are now playing football again, stronger than ever before and their careers are blossoming.

Mr Atsu Latey, founder, MindIT Service

Features

Access to mental healthcare facilities is one of the major challenges, as there are only three referral hospitals — the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, the Ankaful and the Pantang hospitals.

File image - Godwin Attram. Image credit - S. A. Adadevoh/@images_image

Features

For the opportunity to play my first Premier League match, bringing out the best in me, challenging me to higher heights, reminding me every day that humility, selflessness, and hard work is what I need to fight the storms of life, I am ever grateful.

Teni Agana, sandwiched between President Akufo-Addo and Mr. Patrick Awuah (R), founder of Asheshi University.

Features

As a student, she served as a Mathematics tutor with the Berekuso Maths Project and Class tutor for Kayacare, an initiative that provides safe spaces for children of female porters in Accra’s marketplaces.

THE HOLY-EVIL KETA BASIN PETROLEUM EXPLORATION AFFAIRS - Radio Ghana Investigates

Features

The main Contractor undertaking the exploration works in the basin, Swiss African Oil Company however termed the project as “good and holy” and has the potential of transforming the local economy if oil is discovered in commercial quantities. Minimum expenditure for the initial three years exploration period is about forty-eight million dollars.

The man who's awaken the world about Congo

Editorials

Behind the figures, it is about humanity. It is challenging our hearts and willingness to deliver solidarity on a global scale. This is the unbelievable story of fifteen million people whose villages have been burnt down, ...

File image: Samy Badibanga, former Prime Minister of DRC

Editorials

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.

Kwesi Appiah’s confidence must translate into results

Editorials

Vigilante Groups In Politics – Rule of Law Must Prevail

Editorials

Pra River (Photo: K. Amigosten Amoah)

Editorials

Dangme News

Editorials

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.

An open letter to Ghana from a non-Ghanaian perspective

Letters

Then came a news story that made me wonder: does Ghana even know what a patriot looks like? Did colonialism so deeply penetrate your psyche that you distrust and attempt to destroy any good thing that comes from your homeland?

Open letter to President Akufo-Addo - Kobby Gomez-Mensah

Letters

However, despite promising to turn our country into something never imagined in our history, power and those around you seem to have clouded your understanding of the plight of the people, most of who remain in some awe of your person.

File Image: Launch of 2017 Ahanta festival. Photo credit- Ghanabusinessnews

Letters

Today, Ahanta (Ayinda) lies in desolation and we are sharply divided among ourselves because every Ahanta (Ayinda) chief wants to have his own paramountcy, supremacy and create his own identity, forgetting that strength lies in unity.

Mr President, the double track system will collapse Senior High School

Letters

You fell short of mentioning where else this system operate successfully and additional statistics. But of course I cannot begrudge you, you didn't have all the time to make this disclosures.

Ghana Athletics Team captain - John Ampomah

Letters

However, Mr. President, today you reinstated two individuals who were believed to have taken part in the scandal without mentioning to Ghanaians and fans of our sports who the actual culprits were.

President Akufo-Addo of Ghana.

Letters

Only birth certificate and passport are required for obtaining Ghana Card. How many Ghanaians have passports or birth certificates? It is also ironical for a government produced by Voter ID card holding Ghanaians to be refused the Ghana Card. The agenda of the NPP is very clear.

The author, Abel Manomey

Letters

I saw the joy on your face, when you received the WAFU Cup, which was won by our gallant local based footballers, when Ghana hosted the tournament in 2017.

A Letter to Hosanna Louisa Carol

Letters

It is heart-rending to read such statements from people who are the direct beneficiaries of the toils of our party footsoldiers.

A letter to Nana Appiah Mensah on Zylofon Cash

Letters

A $10million Premier League sponsorship is a great mistake. I have been wondering why the league wasn’t sponsored by MENZGOLD. If it’s possible to change the name of sponsor, I’ll urge you to do so immediately because the rewards may be more beneficial with MENZGOLD.

An open letter to the President of Ghana and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo - Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

Letters

Mr. President, as a longtime political activist (for which you earned the “yenim no fri titi” accolade) and a celebrated serial organizer of demonstrations including those of the “Kumipreko” and “Siemipreko” fame – I am sure you will be the first to admit that the several thousands of Ghanaians who participated...

Open Letter to Paul Adom Otchere - Hanan-Confidence Abdul

Letters

When did "Good Evening Ghana" become "Majority Caucus" on Joy News; a program that affords the host and guests of a ruling party an unregulated gang-bang of their political opponents.

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

Meet Farida Nabourema, Togo - Photo courtesy of Farida Nabourema.

Interviews

Full interview: President Akufo-Addo talks about Africa, political instability, homosexuality in Ghana, and more with Jane Dutton

Interviews

Kofi Amoah Amigosten

Interviews

Marricke K. Gane

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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A First Taste of Life After Neocolonialism

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Of course, no way would a Western Aid Agency have allowed the amounts of money paid out to the likes of Woyome (a self-proclaimed “financial engineer” who was paid $32 million by the Ghanaian State for raising a phantom billion euro facility from Austria...

Many Ghanaians may not be aware, but their country is actually going through a second “decolonisation” phase right now.

Ibrahim Mahama ‘Caught Pants Down’

At Large

It is apparent that, Ibrahim Mahama is hiding behind the Veil of Incorporation to perpetuate gargantuan fraud on some financial institutions in this country.

Ibrahim Mahama and his lawyer, have both put out statements to the effect that, Dzata Ltd, a Company that Ibrahim Mahama is a Director and Shareholder, played no part in the collapse of UT Bank.

The Agyarko-Ameri Affairs - Did the President have an option?

At Large

The NPP in opposition naturally talked of how they could get Ghanaians a better deal and also how the NDC in government was ripping off Ghanaians and mismanaging their taxes. Immediately the NPP won the 2016 elections, there was one thing on the minds of many –

This week, the unexpected happened. The President dismissed his Energy Minister over the controversial Ameri deal. Not many expected to see this day. I say unexpected because he was one of the most experienced appointees of the President.

Governor of the BoG, Dr Ernest Addison

At Large

Suffice to say with all these categories of checks, balances and people who were supposed to ensure a duty of care towards us, one thing runs through all - GREED!

I have seen the eruption, I have heard the anger, I have viewed the various insightful angles that the banking crises has been looked at and without doubt it's a big issue.

The Adventure in Futility by Prof. Avoke and his Bandwagon at the Cape Coast High Court

At Large

I challenge Prof. Raymond Atuguba, to quote the law that provides that the current Governing Council of UEW, has no legal authority.

On the advice of the Supreme Court in its judgment on the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) in December 2017, Supi Kofi Kwayera (applicant), returned to the Winneba High Court and commenced proceedings against the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), and others.

Actually - Nana Yaa Ofori-Atta

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I am also wondering if a certain Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, got it totally wrong, misspoke or was misinformed. Or perhaps, he took pleasure, in deliberately winding up the Minority. It worked. After he posted his mid-year budget predictions,...

On Thursday, July 19, 2018, in presenting his mandatory mid-year review to Parliament before the House rises - this Friday, July 27, 2018 - for recess, the Minister of Finance (MoF), Ken Ofori-Atta delivered a slow timed curveball. After having themselves recently failed to balance the budget, people who ought to know better should not formulate and froth, prematurely and in public on economic analysis, lubricated by social media. Actually. With that seemingly casual barb, the MoF presented Presbyterian Shade. You messed up and I am sorting out the distasteful remains. By His Grace.

Former president John D. Mahama

At Large

Ex-President John Dramani Mahama has reportedly expressed his regret at the Constitutional removal of Charlotte Osei as the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission. Mahama has no remorse and regret for the removal of Mrs. Osei and her two deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwaa, because they are not NDC sympathisers.

Lance corporal Godzi Frederick Amanor, popularly known as Skalla. Image credit - news wires.

At Large

As usual, committees etc. will run etc. and end and blah blah blah. But at the beginning and end of all these occurrences is - QUALITY OF OUR HUMAN ASSETS, DUTY OF CARE AND PROFESSIONALISM

A lot of outrage has poured out, a lot of institutions have poured statements of condemnation, investigative committees have been set up (as usual), many opinions have poured out, the matter dissected from different angles, donations made to victim etc....... All in REACTION to the customer by the name of Patience Osafo who was caught on video being assaulted by a police officer stationed at a bank. REACTION is the word, not response.

Mourning in celebration of lives lost

At Large

It is a wonder why we choose to describe the funeral of a person who has lived life to the full as a celebration, but perhaps this is what makes us 21st- century Ghanaians because it is relatively a recent phenomenon.

By the time you get to read this column today, one important thing which has seized public news space would have been decided one way or another.

To Daddy

Here And There

There is a finality that it has, at least on earth, on this side of heaven. A certain abruptness that hits hard, no matter how old the person is. No matter how many times it seemed like he was going, and yet survived.

One week after Father’s day, on Sunday morning, I lost my Dad. I got in in time to see him alive. Just in time. But it was like arriving at 11.01 for the 10.59 train. Seeing it pulling away, and standing powerlessly. Seeing all the glory of an express train, with no possibility of touching it, being on it, experiencing it.

In life there are journeys to be traveled so life is better for posterity. Journeys that are long and arduous. Long enough to get lost in. And it is the fathers in my life who have given direction.

Here And There

I know enough about the defeats I have had, to understand the influence of guidance. It is a tragedy to be fatherless. It is that fatal mix of directionless existence that cements underachievement. Look at any life that has no substance, and somewhere hidden in the entrails of untouched dreams, is the lack of guidance, encouragement and vision.

On father’s day, my Dad was unwell. I am far away from home and praying. These are not good times to be ill in my country. I am sure this has been a day for him to think about his children. I have been thinking about mine. I am separated from my kids too. Along a journey that has gifted me with good fathers at every step.

Shifa Amankwa-Gabbey, winner of Ghana’s 2018 National Spelling Bee contest sandwiched between Raj Thakwani and Akshaya Janikiraman, both from DPS International Ghana at Tema.

Here And There

She will be the toast of a few radio stations for a short time. She will recount her experiences and sometimes those who listen will rejoice with her, and some won’t. She will inspire some, and discourage some. And then she will disappear into some obscurity. Into the system of education which do not exactly produce more people like her, or schools like hers.

I have been thinking about Shifa this week. One lone Ghanaian voice on the international spelling stage. Counting herself among the spellers who have come together in Washington to celebrate knowledge. She did not win, but that is not the important thing. She has traveled the road that many great people have traveled before her. Now it is completely up to her, to make this count in her future.

Cry Freedom

Here And There

I have read some of the comments that have been made by people after the statement by the health minister about government bearing the cost of training specialists. Some break my heart. That a country should come to the point where it wants doctors to pay for specialist training is unthinkable in the first place.

Broad Street in Philadelphia is this wide swathe of black, running through its middle. A black big motoring vein with asphalt tributaries emptying cars, and people, milling restlessly with a tenacity that hardly ever changes. The City Hall punctuates it, splitting the broad street flow with its imposing gravity defying white columns hewn out of stone. Intricate sculpted masonry from another time, that remains beautiful in these days of glass and steel. The statue of William Penn looms blackly atop the tower, keeping perpetual watch over the city of brotherly love. The city that he, and his fellow freedom dreamers birthed.

To Mother. Image credit - face2faceafrica

Here And There

Motherhood is the one relationship that this socialization does not extend to. Suddenly it is a different set of rules. The mother cannot think about self, because there is another human being to take care of.

I spent a lot of time on the road with my mother as a kid. The road to the hospital. I was a frequent flyer along that route. Usually, it did not take long for any virus or malaria parasite to find I was a willing host. By the time I was 12 I had accumulated a significant number of flyer miles, to various hospitals, and also mother-son hours. I remember her basic message then, because it has never changed over the years. A week ago, the kids went to visit her, and as I debriefed from far away, my daughter said she had a message for me from my mother. She asked for the phone to be brought closer to her so she could relay it with satisfactory gusto: Work harrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd!

On Service. Image credit - cityofhemet

Here And There

There is a paradox that continues to strike me in my homeland. The expectation of a community without a culture of service, of our leaders to serve us when they get our vote. How do we expect them to suddenly start serving others, when they have been groomed in communities peopled by self-serving individuals?

I am convinced that service is key to our purpose as human beings. The whole reason for life is service. The highest form of living is service. To serve, is to put effort and time at the disposal of another.

Small Beginnings

Here And There

For the bodies in charge of health in our country to plan strategically, they must have strategic thinkers. Strategic thinkers do not just progress up public sector rank and file and then become heads of departments. They are head hunted, assessed, groomed,..

Something momentous happened in health last month. Most of its importance was covered by the inevitable ordinariness of a group of foreign doctors doing outreach surgery in the name of a non governmental foundation. I was on the inside however, and saw perspectives that would not be immediately obvious.

Invisible blessings

Here And There

I could not tell him that it was because he had been brought to the hospital too late. I could not tell him that if there had been someone in a local hospital to do the surgery that he needed a few days earlier, he could have left hospital the day after.

When I heard the voice on the phone I did not recognize him. I assumed he was one more person wishing me a happy new year, until he mentioned his name. I stopped everything I was doing at the time and just sat down, and savored the experience of hearing him speak. His name was singed into my memory. I had looked after him, on the same bed, every day, for a 3 month period.

File image - Independence Day celebration in Ghana, March 6th, 2018, Ghana’s Vice President, Dr. M. Bawumia (1st left), Nigeria’s President, M. Buhari (2nd left), Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo (M) with First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, and Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Ocquaye.

Here And There

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.

Ageing and Healthcare: A Dystopian Ghana

Thoughts From Afar

This coupled with a fluctuating Cedi and inflation puts many at the risk of destitution in old age. Ironically, the current financial sector mess makes it even less appealing to suggest otherwise to those who fail to save.

Ray Bradbury, in The Illustrated Man, explains, “We’re all fools,” said Clemens, “all the time. It’s just we’re a different kind each day. We think I’m not a fool today. I’ve learned my lesson. I was a fool yesterday but not this morning. Then tomorrow we find out that, yes, we were a fool today too. I think the only way we can grow and get on in this world is to accept the fact we’re not perfect and live accordingly.”

Decoupling Healthcare Financing From Excessive Donor Dependence. Image credit - AAA Business

Thoughts From Afar

Also, healthcare donor funding directly fuels corruption. There are many anecdotal reports of funded projects being completed by bureaucrats with data riddle with forged documents and ghost name payments with the bulk of the funds sleazed by those at the top.

Dambisa Moyo in Dead Aid opines, “Africa is addicted to aid. For the past sixty years, it has been fed aid. Like any addict it needs and depends on its regular fix, finding it hard, if not impossible, to contemplate existence in an aid-less world. In Africa, the West has found its perfect client to deal with.”

Mental Health in Ghana; The Parable of The Good Samaritan. Image credit - Samaritas

Thoughts From Afar

Whilst at it, he solicited the help of other drivers, all of whom drove past. Amongst them was one in a shirt marked with the inscription, “Greater Works,” he drove past too, and so did a police vehicle.

“A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.  A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.  So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.”

Hawkers and traders ply their business in and around traffic on a daily basis.

Thoughts From Afar

For me, two interconnected paradigms stand out; the lack of political will and threats by the citizenry of electoral consequences should the status quo be disturbed.

 “We’re kidding ourselves if we think we can opt out of these decisions. Every policy the government adopts, and every individual choice you make, implies that a valuation has been made, even if no one has been honest enough to own up to it or even admit it to themselves.”  Tim Harford in “The Undercover Economist.”

Traditional medicine under the microscope. Image credit: Africa Research Institute

Thoughts From Afar

The laissez-faire attitude with which herbal medicines are advertised on electronic media with claims of one product treating multiple diseases states some chronic and others infectious is known to us all.

“My love affair with nature is so deep that I am not satisfied with being a mere onlooker, or nature tourist. I crave a more real and meaningful relationship. The spicy teas and tasty delicacies I prepare from wild ingredients are the bread and wine in which I have communion and fellowship with nature, and with the Author of that nature.” Euell Gibbons

From Paper to Practice: The Lacuna of Ghana’s Health Policy Implementation

Thoughts From Afar

The time to prioritise state ahead of self-interest in our policy formulation and to use quality indicators to monitor their success whilst holding policy implementers accountable for lack of buy-in and implementation failures is long overdue.

For years we have behaved as though we dwell in the realms of stress and darkness. In our world we have learnt to identify the questions which are unanswerable knowing perfectly well we have no plans of answering them. Some may find this view of mine outlandish and strange but are they really?

Healthcare In Ghana: The Numbers Game

Thoughts From Afar

“A complete stranger has the capacity to alter the life of another irrevocably. This domino effect has the capacity to change the course of an entire world. That is what life is; a chain reaction of individuals colliding with others and influencing their lives without realizing it. A decision that seems minuscule to you, may be monumental to the fate of the world.”

Ghana currently has approximately 3,200 doctors and a doctor to patient ratio of 1: 9043. For us to half our current doctor to patient ratio and bring the figure to 1 doctor to 5000 patients in five years will require a lot of policy planning and strategic thinking. Using the current population of 29 million, this will mean we will need a doctor population of 5,800 in 5 years assuming none of the current stock is lost through, migration, ill health, death or career change. If attrition is factored in at 10% it implies our current stock of doctors will shrink to 2,880 leaving a training requirement 2,920 over five years or 584 doctors yearly assuming none of the newly trained doctors is lost to attrition yearly.

A Barrier or Opportunity in Health Access Improvement? Image credit - Ted Eytan

Thoughts From Afar

On a webinar this week about health policy in the developing world, I was asked what I envisaged healthcare in Ghana will look like in 15-20 years. I was initially pensive...

James Allen in As a Man Thinketh argues, “A strong man cannot help a weaker unless the weaker is willing to be helped, and even then the weak man must become strong of himself; he must, by his own efforts, develop the strength which he admires in another. None but himself can alter his condition.”

Honouring our Parents Memory by Upholding their Principles of Life whilst Questioning their Beliefs

Thoughts From Afar

Some have even averred that in times of crisis they will rather be treated on the floor than be turned away due to, “a lack of beds.” Forgetting that, just finding a place in emergency care is one thing but without oxygen, defibrillators, nebulisers and other basic critical care equipment, any health facility that just gave you a furniture space may actually be doing more harm than good...

“For the most part, people strenuously resist any redefinition of morality, because it shakes them to the very core of their being to think that in pursuing virtue they may have been feeding vice, or in fighting vice they may have in fact been fighting virtue.” - Stefan Molyneux

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.