Opinion

Will the NDC survive its 2nd ‘Swedru Declaration’?

Events in the NDC today bear an uncomfortable resemblance to the events of the late 90s that eventually led to the party’s first political defeat. Once again, we are witnessing a battle for the soul of the party between the Executive or Bureaucratic Tendency (BT) which believes in a top-down paternalistic approach and prefers to subordinate the masses to the ...

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SHS/JHS infrastructural challenges – a bane to equity, quality [Article]

Education is a human right. Schools are the platforms for which this right is enhanced. A school is capable of facilitating this right when adequate infrastructure are available – libraries, classrooms, dining halls, laboratories and workshops, furniture and other teaching and learning materials. On the contrary, across the length and breadth of this country schools right from the kindergarten to ...

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Governors and the governed – ‘patrimonialism’ or constitutionalism? [Article]

The relationship that exists between governors and the governed should be symbiotic. At no point in time should the interest of the governor be at variance with that of the governed; neither should there be a situation where a section of the governed are favoured above others. His Excellency George Ayisi Boateng, High Commissioner to South Africa is the butt ...

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Of political vigilantism and the police [Article]

Since the early part of this year, there’ve been reports on the activities of vigilante groups across the country. It’s either the members of the vigilante groups are attacking a nominee or appointee of the President, or they are locking up a particular office, or they are releasing their colleagues from the police custody. The recent violent activity of vigilante ...

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Sanitation in Ghana – A blight to our development

The axiom that cleanliness is next to Godliness is mostly an espoused and used phrase by most Ghanaians in their daily lives.  It has also been said many times that sanitation is a shared responsibility. The sense in this axiom is that as a people we have a role to play to ensure that every part of this country is clean. ...

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Obrempong Writes: My secondary school struggle; and Free SHS now

I have been known first, throughout my primary school in the Central Region, (The village of Odonase) in the Abura Asebu Kwamankese district as Samuel Acquah. Today, I am known by others as Obrempong Yaw Ampofo. My schoolmates George Baffoe, and later Edmond Baidoe were the big brains I had to work hard to beat in class. I was selling ...

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Umaru Sanda writes: The untold story of ‘enslaved’ Fulani herdsmen

I am Ghanaian and a Fulani. I needn’t mention my ethnic group because the 1992 Constitution which we subscribe to in this land does not attribute citizenship to ethnicity. However, in recent times, the word Fulani has been used as a synonym for various types of crimes. News headlines are awash with stories about crimes attributed to Fulanis. I see ...

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The 1.7 million units housing deficit: Myth or reality? [Article]

Since the early 2000s, stakeholders in the housing sector have accepted without much question the notion that the nation faces a housing deficit of about 1.7 million housing units. This has been quoted so often both in the media and academic publications that it appears to have been cast in stone and become an incontrovertible truth. It is, however, curious ...

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Open letter to the President

Was the president misled in the appointment of Mr. Eugene Ofosuhene as acting controller and accountant general? Ghana has witnessed tremendous progress under the Presidency of Nana Akufo Addo within this short period of time. The president completed the appointment of his ministers and other high-profile appointments within 6 weeks of coming into office. He tasked all ministers to declare ...

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10 reasons digital address system is flawed [Article]

1. Citizens participating in the creation of an official national address system wrong Perhaps the most fundamentally important aspect of creating a national address system is the expected confidentiality and authority which drives the entire concept. It has never happened anywhere in history that citizens are allowed to play a role in establishing a national address system. It is and ...

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