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The whitewashing of Atta Mills will not wash [Article]

At a dinner months before the late President John Atta Mills was elected as President of Ghana in 2008, I told a group of Nigerian senators that I believed he might win, but it won’t be because he had a message. It would be because folks were tired of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). I voted for him. I thought ...

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MPs’ “NO” to Nov 7: Can they change their minds? [Article]

This year’s Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Ghana are no later than five months away. And, on Thursday, Ghanaian lawmakers voted to reject a crucial bill which sought to amend a clause in the 1992 constitution ahead of the polls. Speaker Edward Doe Adjaho called the much-anticipated vote after a heated debate on the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The report ...

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Card Banking: All you need to know [Article]

BusinessDictionary.com, a web based dictionary defines a Bank as ‘‘an establishment authorized by a government to accept deposits, pay interest, clear cheques, make loans, act as an intermediary in financial transactions, and provide other financial services to its customers’’. Banking dates back to 2000 BC and has since metamorphosed into brick and mortar banking (branch banking). In recent times, with ...

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30 astonishing questions Turkey coup attempt leaves us with

1. There is no precedence in history of a coup which was done by blocking bridges. Rather than closing the Bosporus Bridge, the coup-plotters could have used the same military force to prevent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim from making statements on television channels. Why didn’t they do it? 2.There is no military coup in the ...

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Gov’t lying about state of public finances – Bawumia [Article]

A few months ago, during a lecture I gave to students at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), I made a statement that the supposed fiscal consolidation that the government claims to be taking place, following the implementation of the IMF program over the last two years is not credible. Developments since then have only reinforced this ...

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IGP’s ban threat proves our lack of understanding of social media [Article]

So yesterday on my way home back from work, I overheard on the evening news that the Inspector General of Police; John Kudalor has reiterated his decision to BLOCK all social media platforms during election day. In as much as I was marveled at the low understanding of what social media represents and the good it can do from the IGP, I wasn’t ...

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Tackling unemployment: Can YEA or YES restore hope to the jobless?

Out of the 13,908 prisoner population in 2013, 45.13% were youthful (18-35yrs) according the 2013 annual report by Ghana Prisons Service. In terms of their educational background, JHS students constituted 47% (highest) while SHS was 15.3 % (3rd highest) with offences such as stealing (40.8%) and robbery (8%). The problem of youth unemployment is not just a central policy issue. ...

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I wasn’t looking for palava sauce recipe when I said hello on Facebook [Article]

Has this ever happened to you? You send a message to a young lady you came across on Facebook. You do so because she has caught your eye. She seems like a cool person to know. Of course, you have no clue what her situation is and you want to find out. You say hello to her respectfully through messenger. ...

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Was Turkey’s coup attempt fake?

I was surprised when I heard of the coup attempt Friday in Turkey. Who was left in the ranks of the officer corps, I wondered, to mount a coup? Turkey’s president and sultan wannabe Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had already purged the military of officers who were disloyal; who did not buy into his dream of a revived Ottoman Empire. Now ...

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Should we really feel sorry for victims of investment scams? [Article]

Last week, about two hundred people hit the streets of Ghana’s Volta Regional capital Ho. They were very furious. They chanted and cried. Their problem? Some investment companies have bolted with their investments! The companies had apparently made mouthwatering promises to these investors; I will rather not refer to them as unsuspecting. Reports say people who invested between 380 and 450 ...

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