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On Baby Jet, Astro Turf, and how to dash big money [Article]

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As a Ghanaian and a Bleeobi, I have nothing but respect, admiration, and appreciation for Asamoah Gyan for his generosity and civic responsibility to fund the Accra Academy Sports Centre (Shieeeeee, Astro Turf and things). To make lasting impact, however, his donation must outlive him. Will it? One Friday afternoon about three months ago, the security guard at a friend’s ...

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Down the drain? The economic costs of illicit financial flows in Africa’s extractive sector [Article]

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Resource-rich African countries are facing significant economic headwinds. Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer, depends on oil for over 90% of its foreign exchange earnings and three-quarters of government revenue. The slump in oil prices has adversely affected Nigeria’s economic prospects, pushing GDP growth into negative territory to -1.5% in 2016. Zambia, the second largest producer of copper in Africa, has ...

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Nsempiisms: Indiscipline or Deficiency? [Article]

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Yesterday at the Media Meet with the President, there was a display of an attribute that disturbs me.   The moderator, the Information Minister, set the ground rules for the Q&A time: one question per person, make it snappy.   Not a few of those who had the opportunity to ask questions decided to ignore the instructions totally, asking two ...

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Sergeant Lee and his 110 Corporals with the press [Article]

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Today marks the first ‘Meet the Press’ of Sgt Lee. So as to give vivid account to the press and the public, the corporals were assembled at a parade to brief him before the press arrived. Prelude In order not to fall into comatose in the comity of nations, I have travelled and sojourned the abrahamic length and breath to ...

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The obesity of a lean public purse [Article]

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If You are a Bachelor, Don’t laugh at your Neighbour’s fat wife “…instead of a lean government, we have lean kenkey at a higher price, these are the issues which the….government and its activists should be tackling instead of seeking to divert attention with threats, intimidation, assaults, car-snatching, seizure of lorry parks and toilet grabbing”. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, May ...

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Can current business model in banking support gov’t’s economic agenda? [Article]

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The fiscal targets of the current administration require new and innovative business models in banking that works hand-in-hand to drive growth and employment without sacrificing shareholder value as a result of systemic risks. Unfortunately, the traditional approach to banking, though responsive to risks in the business environment, may unavoidably work against the current economic growth agenda, which is creating a ...

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18 Questions Nana Addo must answer at Tuesday’s presser

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For the first time since his swearing in, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo will meet journalists and answer questions from them. It has taken the president six months to restart this age-old practice where presidents sit and answer wide-ranging questions about their performance from members of the media. Nana Akuffo-Addo came to the presidency on a huge mandate, one ...

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Having more MPs as Ministers undermines Parliament – Odekro

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Civil Society Group, Odekro has reiterated calls for a re-examination of Article 78 which compels the President to appoint majority of Ministers from Parliament. The group stands by its earlier position that such a move undermines the authority Parliament possesses. The statement below contains details of Odekro’s concerns on President  Nana Addo’s appointment   Press Release: The fallout from Nana ...

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Obrempong writes: Prestea; a town of gold with ugly roads

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The name Prestea sounds familiar right? Yea, it’s a long known town in Ghana for obvious reasons. It’s a land rich in gold. In this town and its environs are large scale mining companies such as [Golden Star Resources – Prestea]; small scale mining companies, and several youths engaged in illegal small scale mining. It’s a golden city where a ...

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Spate of crime in Wa – a trend that needs desperate solution [Article]

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One doesn’t need statistics from an empirical research to identify with the spate of crime in the Wa Municipality. In fact, observation and real life situations speak volumes than figures. Motorbike theft and burglary are the two main criminal activities in the Wa Municipality. The situation can best be described as the work of a syndicate especially with motorbike theft. ...

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