The National Executive Committee of the NDC is itself undisciplined

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Monday, March 31, 2014

My good friends, when I heard that the NEC of the NDC had appealed to President Mahama to reinstate Gabriel Barima, popularly known as “DCE Tweaa”, I quickly concluded that the major problems confronting Ghana in this 4th Republic go beyond the incompetence displayed by the various governments that have ruled the country since January 7, 1993 (when the 4th Republic took off) to encompass gross indiscipline in the political parties.

No democracy that is designed to succeed has room for the kind of indiscipline that shot Mr. Barima out of political office.

In this 4th Republic, particularly, several instances of gross disrespect for the citizens have been displayed by those put in political office by the citizens. In fact, the government functionaries are guilty of disrespecting the citizens in many guises, insulting their senses and sensibilities, but getting away unscathed because the existing structures cannot be used to tame them. Continue reading

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The sell-out has begun: ECOWAS consents to EPA

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Folks, we are doomed already. Despite much public agitations against the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between West Africa and the European Union (EU), the West African sub-regional group ECOWAS says it is satisfied with it (the EPA).

The chairman of the Council of Ministers and the Chairman of the ECOWAS Commission (Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo) say they are “very pleased” with the agreement. Ouedraogo even believes that the agreement will be advantageous for the West African sub-region.

He did not tell us what those advantages might be. But we know that the opponents of the EPA have raised very cogent reasons and arguments to prove that the EPA won’t help us solve any problem. It will rather deepen our woes. Continue reading

Who goes for free Senior High School Education?

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Folks, there is some good news from the hinterland. I am happy at the news report saying that hitherto unregarded senior high schools have now performed so creditably as to topple the “traditional” big-shots as far as the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is concerned. Good news to celebrate by all accounts.

Congratulations to the students and authorities of these schools who have turned the table in their favour.

Those of us who attended rural secondary schools in those days (that had no electricity, potable water, means of communication, or other resources) but managed to enter those “traditionally respected” secondary schools see this new development as heart-warming.

It suggests that given the necessary impetus, schools anywhere in the country can spring surprises. That is why no politician should be allowed to do politics with the schools. All this talk of “free” whatever shouldn’t be allowed to dominate public discourse to the disadvantage of anything else that can be done to support the students.

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Fighting corruption in public office: What the United States teaches us

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Folks, a country cannot make the desired progress if its system of governance is crippled by bribery and corruption. It is as clear as daylight!

Bribery and corruption have only one effect: to undermine morality and impede good governance. In a democracy, the more prevalent the canker is, the better chances are that governance will be adversely affected. Ghana is a victim of bribery and corruption. Its democracy cannot mature on that score.

Although human beings are by nature fallible, their desire for progress in this mundane world cannot be achieved if they don’t put their house in order as far as moral decadence and irresponsible behaviour (translated into unbridled self-acquisition through fair and foul means, mostly through the latter) are not held in check. We have too much of the unbridled craving for ill-gotten wealth in Ghana, which is why our democracy isn’t growing to serve the needs of the wider majority of the citizenry.

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Ukraine begins the dance-of-death with a vampire

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My good friends, the people of Ukraine have already begun the dance with the devil (the most deadly vampire in the global financial sector: the International Monetary Fund). Most African countries have been engaged in that dance all these years with devastating consequences.

The new leaders of Ukraine will soon gain their composure as reality dawns. They will be jostled enough into realizing that they have entered into a “marriage of inconvenience” with the West whose consequences won’t be palatable.

All too soon, the West has opened the floodgates for their most-trusted vampire (the International Monetary Fund) to do their hatchet job for them. And the IMF’s notorious austerity measures bite deep. For Ukraine, the biting will begin being done all too soon.

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The President doesn’t pay tax? Oh, Ghana!!!

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Folks, I am really bent on taking on those who have (mis)led Ghana since the promulgation of the 1992 Constitution to establish this 4th Republic. I won’t regret at all for whatever I say about them here and how I say it.

By their own demonstration of greed, callousness, and plain insensitivity, they deserve whatever I will heap on them—and I expect readers too to splash much scum on them. They deserve it.

My anger was provoked by news reports that among the entrenched provisions in the 1992 Constitution on which the Constitution Review Implementation Committee (CRIC) has submitted a draft bill for amendment is that “the President of Ghana and others are to pay tax”.

Let me finish providing details before I plunge into the tirade that I have chosen as my response to the matter. Continue reading

As Ukraine burns, Africa vanishes from global political affairs!!

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

My good friends, the crisis deepening in Ukraine has attracted global attention because it risks sparking off a catastrophe that will belittle the first two world wars. Unless stemmed without any ill-thought-of use of military action by the United States and its European allies against Russia whose interest in Ukraine is beyond dispute.

Much hot air is being blown, even as diplomatic efforts falter because none of the interested parties will budge. While the US and its allies have begun imposing sanctions on Russia and threatening more wide-ranging ones, Russia has dug in and is determined to do what it seeks to ensure that Ukraine doesn’t fall into the hands of the US and is NATO allies. Continue reading