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Hold political leaders personally accountable for vigilantism – Prof Adei

Prof Adei

The Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) has called out political leaders amid the negative effects of actions of political vigilante groups. Prof Stephen Adei told Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Tuesday that political leaders should be held personally accountable for the actions of these groups. He explained that unless the political leaders including John Mahama, President Nana Akufo-Addo and ...

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NPP, NDC Must Halt ‘Verbal Violence’

Ever since former President John Dramani Mahama made his infamous “boot for boot” comment to caution the National Security to be fair to all political actors in the country, I have been wondering whether such mantras win political power. Hear the former President in his reaction to the violence that rocked the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency by-election last week: “We ...

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Constitution Day: Ghana needs African Democracy embedded with cultural values

Mr Eric Oduro-Osae

Dr Eric Oduro-Osae, a Local Governance Expert, has advocated an African type of democracy, embracing traditional values and customs, with traditional rulers playing prominent roles in its implementation. Dr Oduro-Osae, also the Dean of Studies and Research at the Institute of Local Government Studies, said the current democratic system adopted “blindly” from the Western world would not help the cause ...

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Creation of new regions: Police issue security alert in Oti

The Police in the Volta Region has cautioned persons, particularly journalists within the Oti area to be extra vigilant following threats by some alleged opponents of the proposed Oti Region. According to the police, they have picked intelligence suggesting that the opponents of the region have planned to disrupt the referendum. The warning was given through the Volta Regional Chairman ...

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Ghana’s democracy widening poverty gap – Oduro-Osae

The Dean of Studies and Research at the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS), Dr Eric Oduro- Osae, has said Ghana’s democracy is failing deliver on its true tenet. “Democracy on its own is good but the checks and balances in Ghana’s system are not working unlike our traditional system where a chief would be removed by the council of ...

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A dying civil society in the midst of national crisis

Recently, following the attack on a woman in a Midland Bank premises in Accra (August 2018), the journalist, the Journalist, Linus Atarah posed the question, “where the women’s organisations in Ghana are?” That set me thinking. My mind went back to the 1990s when civil society, not for profit and non-governmental organisations were active in national life and led advocacy ...

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Ghana’s Marine Drive Project – A looming threat or planning opportunity

On Friday December 15, 2017, the President Nana Akufo Addo cut sod for the commencement of work on the Marine Drive Project in Accra, at a ceremony attended by chiefs, political leaders and the business community.  The project, which is estimated to cost about US$1.5 billion, is a Public-Private Partnership project expected to transform the beachfront stretch from the Osu ...

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Unleashing the Power of Women and Girls

“Women’s history is women’s right” declared Gerda Lerner, considered the “mother” of Women’s History Month.  “It is an essential, indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage and long-range vision.”  Thirty-eight years after President Jimmy Carter drew on Lerner’s words in his proclamation establishing the original Women’s History Week, I ask us to consider:  How are we doing, ...

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Africa march towards democracy

Madam Charlotte Osei, EC Boss

While pontificating at length about democracy, participation and the rights of people to choose their own destinies, the West has shown once again that its own interest overrides those legitimate concerns of others. This has to be emphasised time and again to enable the youth of Africa to learn that the salvation of this continent lies in Africans ourselves. What ...

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Nana aba – paradise regained or paradise lost?

Nana Akufo Addo

A year has just passed since the nation voted the New Patriotic Party (NPP) into political office, with Nana Akufo Addo as President. On reaching Kumasi on my way to my village, around this time last year, the euphoria in Kumasi about the victory   of the NPP was so electric that bakers had special bread made which the street vendors ...

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