New appointments to revive SADA?

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Folks, President Mahama has appointed a new team to superintend the affairs of SADA in the hope that what got botched by the previous team will be tackled and the agency used to solve pertinent problems up north.

(See: http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=307835)

In principle, the SADA effort is laudable. But people living in narrow circumstances won’t eat principles, which is why President Mahama needs to exert much pressure for it to succeed. If for nothing at all, it will be a commendable legacy. Continue reading

Changes at National Security Set-up; Why not at the Ministries too?

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

My good friends, the news is that National Security Coordinator, Colonel Larry Gbevlo-Lartey (retired), has been removed from office by President Mahama and replaced with Yaw Donkor, former Director of the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), effective May 12, 2014.

A statement signed by Information and Media Relations Minister, Mahama Ayariga  said Col. Gbevlo-Lartey is to be re-assigned to a yet-to-be named designation.

It said President Mahama commended the out-going Security Coordinator for his “loyalty and dedicated service to the state”.

(Source: http://www.myjoyonline.com/news/2014/april-29th/gbevlo-lartey-removed-as-national-security-coordinator.php) Continue reading

Is the United States pushing itself too far into Ukraine?

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I have said several times already that Ukraine means more to Russia than it does the United States and its European allies, which is why the crisis unfolding in that country needs a level-headed approach than the militarism and empty threatening issuing forth from the quarters of the West.

Of course, only the Russians and Ukraine understand their own language (of diplomacy or coercion). Whatever happened to bring Ukraine under the flag of the erstwhile Union of Soviet Socialist Republics can be better understood by Russia and Ukraine, not the West whose posturing gave credence to whatever made it possible for the USSR to emerge with its Warsaw partners. Continue reading

Has Fear Gripped Akufo-Addo’s Camp Already?

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Even while vacationing in London for 6 months—allegedly seeking the face of God to tell him his future political direction—the NPP’s Akufo-Addo did not detach himself from Ghanaian politics or the NPP’s “book politics”. He said and did a lot to prove that he couldn’t do without partisan politics.

And when he returned to Ghana, he quickly indulged in acts that confirmed the impression that he won’t yield the flagbearer slot to anybody. He gamboled about, visiting Kumasi in the style of a head of state, relishing the open adulation given him, and declaring his intention after hob-nobbing with personalities that he interacted with.

Before the Tamale conference, he was really bubbling with everything to prove that he was the be-it-all-and-end-it-all for the NPP. Apparently, his henchmen in charge of the NPP had already declared him the de-facto flagbearer to boost his political posturing.

That was the gusto with which he entered Tamale for the national delegates’ conference—and he held himself up as such. No challenger!!

Come April 13 when the results showed that his henchmen had been jettisoned, the ominous suddenly took over. The Akufo-Addo camp knows the element of which Paul Afoko (NPP National Chairman) and Kwabena Agyepong (General Secretary) are made. Halt!! Continue reading

Ghana’s economy in a steeplechase race with itself?

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Folks, Ghana’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Seth Terkper, really has a tough skin. Never in our history have we had any government appointee of his calibre who could soak up so much pressure and still maintain his composure to do what he is in office to do and still be at post despite the onslaught of public criticism and intrigues from his own party. Continue reading

How does President Mahama want his own people to remember him?

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

My good friends, there is no gainsaying the fact that much water has passed under the bridge that President Mahama has erected for improving conditions in Northern Ghana (let alone the entire country).

His decision to establish the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) came across to us all as a laudable initiative to bridge the gap between the North and the South in terms of practical action to solve the problems that have forced our compatriots to migrate from the north to the south in chase of non-existent jobs.

Those of us who are familiar with the plight of those migrants can testify that their condition of existence in their communities is nothing to write home about. Continue reading

Has Alan found his mojo while Akufo-Addo becomes a submarine?

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My good friends, there is every indication that Alan Kyerematen has bounced into action, ratcheting up his political rhetoric to prove that he is on his feet to claim the slot as the NPP’s flagbearer.

And he is doing so more robustly after the NPP’s national delegates’ conference. Any bolstering of his confidence now that Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey and Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie (well-grounded Akufo-Addo supporters) have been kicked out?

Has Alan now found his mojo, especially knowing very well that his henchmen are now in charge of the NPP’s bureaucracy? Continue reading