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With the assurance and support from her lovey husband and his family, Hannah launches the ‘Hannah Amankwah Child Foundation’ to bring smiles on the faces of street children

She looks forward to a brighter future…

Ms. Veronica Aban had contacted Hannah and given her updates about the case. Upon several interrogations,Mr. Azibah confessed to have had sexual relations with Esiko many times. Now , he was in police custody and would be arraigned before court very soon on the charges of rape and child abuse. 

Rev Albert Ocran

Features

It’s easy to despise the day of small beginnings. Small beginnings often come with hard work and little help. Small beginnings usually offer tall resistance and modest encouragement. Small beginnings typically see limited budgets and abundant setbacks.

Organisations invest a lot in hiring CEO but 50 per cent may leave within the first 18 months

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Organisations invest a lot of time and money in hiring the right CEO or senior executive to set a vision and make the changes in their company. Yet within the first 18 months, there’s a 50 per cent chance the executive will leave the organisation.

poor sanitation condition in Ghana

Features

The rains have once again brought to the fore the insanitary conditions in Accra. It brings back the question of whether Accra will ever overcome its sanitation challenges.

Many diseases, some of which have led to deaths, are linked to insanitary conditions. Cholera is one of such diseases.

Ebo Crentsil (PhD)

Features

As noted in the previous publication, valuation models play an influential role in meaningful and productive investment decisions of governments and their agencies, managements of corporate bodies and investors.

Minister of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto

Features

The key monetary aggregates recorded slower growth in 2016 in line with the tight monetary policy stance. The broad money supply growth, including foreign currency deposits (“M2+”), declined in year-on-year terms.

The fight against galamsey must continue in order to halt the destruction of our environment

Opinion

The popular definition of democracy is ‘government of the people by the people for the people’. I like the way the Akans put it – ‘’Ka bi na menka bi,’’ which literally means, speak your mind, let me speak my mind.

It would be difficult to embark on slum transformation or clearance without political will

Opinion

Located on the outskirts of the Central Business District of Accra, along the Odaw River and Korle Lagoon, Old Fadama is home to more than 80,000 people. Regarded as the slum capital of Ghana, the settlement is characterised by dilapidated housing, overcrowding, conflict, poverty and social vices.

The Theatre after the explosion

Opinion

For many outside the city and certainly the United Kingdom, the name Manchester conjures images of the most successful football club in the history of the English Premier League.

All diabetics must have hearing test annually

Opinion

Diabetes Mellitus (DM) has been noted for its numerous effects on the body. Its effects on the heart, kidneys, eyes and other organs are well documented. However, its relationship with hearing loss has been less trumpeted.

A statue of Dr Kwame Nkrumah in front of AU office in Ethiopia in Addis Ababa

Opinion

As we mark African Union day on Thursday 25 May 2017, I had the urge to visit the AU Square in Accra Wednesday morning. 

This monumental square used to be the icon of Africa’s quest of forging ahead to become a united continent. 

It would be difficult to embark on slum transformation or clearance without political will

Opinion

Located on the outskirts of the Central Business District of Accra, along the Odaw River and Korle Lagoon, Old Fadama is home to more than 80,000 people. Regarded as the slum capital of Ghana, the settlement is characterised by dilapidated housing, overcrowding, conflict, poverty and social vices.

 



 

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Elizabeth Ohene - The Writer

Elizabeth Ohene

It used to say on my passport in the profession column that I was a Journalist. Now it says WRITER. The change from journalist to writer occurred in the early 1990s. The world had suddenly changed from the innocent place I had known where we journalists wore dust jackets with PRESS emblazoned on them as a form of protection in dangerous areas, to journalists becoming deliberate targets.

Elizabeth Ohene

Elizabeth Ohene

There are many things I want to write about today. The vetting by Parliament of nominated Ministers of State, the one-upmanship of the committee members is very much in your face. It does seem we must give them a crash course on how to conduct interviews to get something useful and interesting out of the nominees.

An IT system cannot add or deduct from votes obtained at the polling station and recorded on pink sheets

Elizabeth Ohene

I have toyed with transferring my vote to Ayawaso West Wugon which is the constituency in which I live in Accra. But somehow I haven’t summoned the courage to transfer my vote from Abutia which as the whole world knows, is my home town.

The President will, therefore, more than necessary need the total support and collaborative effort from all his nominees to get Ghana working for her people.

Civic Realities

One of the pillars of the country’s democratic governance is  the creation of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs). As an important state institution under this current Fourth Republican dispensation, their functions and roles in the good governance process cannot be questioned or underestimated.

Already, the new AMA Chief Executive, Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah, has promised to make Accra a sustainable smart city devoid of chaos and filth.

Civic Realities

The capital city, Accra, is positioning itself to become the cleanest and smartest city  on the continent at least within the next four years.

When President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recently signalled his resolve to make the city the cleanest on the continent within the next four years, many were the doubting Thomases who laughed off the great intention.

Without mincing words, it has taken too long to redesign and build effective storm drains. We are still constructing open drains instead of covered drains

Civic Realities

Frankly, anytime it threatens to rain, particularly in the capital city of Accra, our hearts never cease to beat unbearably. This is because of the fear of the unknown.

The capital city is always overwhelmed and simply not ready for the rain, be it small or heavy.

Ajoa Yeboah-Afari

Native Daughter

Is our country to accept notoriety as a land where the customer is always wrong? Sometimes it looks, and feels, that way! Even when one has been badly treated by staff of a service organization, usually there is no one to complain to; or one complains but there is little or no satisfaction.

Why do so many places in Accra look like they are part of an official project to grow and export weeds? Do the city authorities not care that Ghana’s capital is looking so unkempt? Clearing hawkers from the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange as the Accra Metropolitan Assembly did last week is good, but what about the filth and the weeds all over the city?

Last month when President Nana Akufo-Addo said that his aim is to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa, some people might have thought he was being too optimistic. 

Ajoa Yeboah-Afari

Native Daughter

It is interesting that to mark the 25th anniversary of the birth of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, the National Commission for Civic Education has given this year’s Constitutional Week the significant theme, ‘ Restoring the Ghanaian identity:  Our values, our passion’.

The C.E.O of the mental Health Authority Dr Akwesi Osei

Voice from afar

I was persuaded by an article about mental health in the Daily Graphic to write about normal behaviour.  I believe we all go “crackers” now and again: when that pattern of behaviour continues for some time and becomes somewhat habitual we question the mental state and regard the person concerned as mentally ill.

The ownership of land is an emotive subject.  We do not have to go far to encounter land problems which have led to war and civil strife.  Right now land disputes have led to fights and loss of lives in some regions.  The ownership of land should, therefore, be carefully determined and its administration carefully conducted.

A Ghanaian leader once asked “who brought land into Ghana?” The question was brushed aside as a typical outburst.  But it was pertinent and meant to bring thinking to bear on emotions.

Our high personalities should not rely on diplomatic passports to enjoy the privileges of their status.

Voice from afar

Mr Martin Amidu is right in asking that the MPs who are reported to have engaged in fraud with the help of their diplomatic passports should be dealt with according to law.  It was unfortunate that the British High Commissioner wrote to the Speaker about the matter.

We should thus all work towards ensuring that justice is done and not just seen to be done.

Thinking Aloud

One sage has remarked notably that “there is no saint without a past and no sinner without a future.” This is a fact that our politicians must learn in their dealings with the general public.  They must know that our people have matured in their political decision-making processes.

I consider it a great honour to have been identified by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to represent him on the commission

Thinking Aloud

The lips of the righteous know what is fitting. But the mouth of the wicked, only what is perverse. — Prov 10:32. Dr Martin Luther King has noted that one of the banes of humanity is looking for all the good things for ourselves and selfishness.

He notes, “We all want to be important, to surpass others, to achieve distinction, to lead the parade…. Adler came with the new argument saying that this quest for recognition, this desire for attention, this desire for distinction is the basic impulse, the basic drive of human life — this drum major instinct.

The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority must ensure that Ghanaian languages are used alongside English in domestic flights.

Thinking Aloud

There is a saying that when you are in Rome, you must do as the Romans do. It, therefore, means that there is the need to follow functional traditions in all the things that we do. That is why I would want to suggest to our local airlines to use some of our languages as part of their in-flight communication.