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Member of Parliament for Ledzokuku constituency in the Greater Accra Region, Mr Bernard Okoe Boye, cutting the tape to inaugurate the resource centre

Features

The Teshie Nungua Area Women’s Ministry of the Church of Pentecost in the Greater Accra Region has inaugurated a resource centre to train and equip young women with employable skills.

The centre, constructed at  the cost of GH¢ 420,000, has a training centre for beautification services, hair dressing, fashion design and catering.

CAF boss Ahmed Ahmad’s reforms does not address some of African football’s real challenges

Features

CAF has made the radical decision of AFCON expansion and changing the African football calendar, all to be implemented by 2019. But not everyone is happy about it or supports the move.

March 16, 2017 was deemed a great day for African football. Change had finally arrived after many years of stagnation and regression. Issa Hayatou’s three decade stay as president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), had come to an end. Hayatou came to power in 1988 and strived to remain there, probably, for life. During his lengthy tenure as the head of African football he had only defended his seat on two occasions. Malagasy’s, Ahmad Ahmad is the man who finally usurped the Cameroonian.

• Dr Richard Amponsah, Managing Director of ACARP

Features

The Accra Compost and Recycling Plant (ACARP) is well positioned to make government’s dream of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa a reality, the Managing Director, Dr Richard Amponsah, has said.

The writer (right) and Joe Lartey

Features

When it comes to running commentary in this country, be it political or social, especially football commentary, the venerable Joe Lartey stands tall among his peers. He certainly is one of the very best to have come out of this country.

Recently, precise on June 6, 2017, good old Joe Lartey turned 90. Friends and well-wishers from Atinka Fm, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) and Viasat One organised parties for him to celebrate the occasion. The Prudential Bank, Accra Branch, his bankers, also sent him birthday presents. So did other friends and family members.

• An illegal sand winner captured bagging sand at the beach. Pictures: Timothy Gobah

Features

One practice that is fast destroying the ecology of the coastline, stretching from Moree, Cape Coast, through to Elmina, is sand winning.

The hitherto attractive sandy coast which the region prided itself in as a tourist attraction is being eroded as a result of sand winning. Recent studies show that up to eight tipper trucks loaded with sand leave sites that have been identified along the coastline as being devastated by the activity, with some of these areas recording in excess of 70 tipper trucks liftings each day.

Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyeman Badu

Features

Dormaa-Ahenkro does not have a lengthy history with elite football, neither does the traditional area’s team, Aduana Stars, formerly called Dormaa United, having been in existence since 1985. However, their great ruler, Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyeman Badu has ensured that Aduana Stars have carved a niche for themselves and after 18 years at that job, he can beat his chest with pride that he has been successful.

Until Osadeeyo ascended the Dormaa stool in 1999, Dormaa United were only good enough to play in the lower divisions of Ghana football, but realising the potential of football as a powerful tool not only to rally people around and get them united, but also provide employment, Nana, known in private life as Daniel Mensah, a lawyer and now a Justice of the High Court, set himself the task of making the team great at least among its peers.

Some known rural communities and settlements which were in existence a couple of years ago have suddenly turned into large towns and cities because of increased population, expansion of homes and technology. The effect of this rapid expansion is felt on the family, especially children in their formative years.

Ms. Charlotte Osei, EC Chairperson

Opinion

There are for me two distinct issues. The Electoral Commission (EC) as an institution and Mrs Charlotte Osei, the EC’s current Chairperson. The two are distinct and at the same time, mutually related.

Ms. Charlotte Osei — EC Chairperson

Opinion

There are for me two distinct issues.  The Electoral Commission (EC) as an institution and Mrs Charlotte Osei, the EC’s current Chairperson.  The two are distinct and at the same time, mutually related.   

Parliament has summoned the Chairperson of the EC to render accounts on how much the institution collected and what exactly it did with monies they charged and received from replacing lost voters identification cards.  Members of Parliament would also like a detailed explanation for how much money was collected when the EC, under this Chairperson, took the extraordinary step of charging journalists for accreditation to cover the December 2016 elections.  This is process and proper. 

The tap on my shoulder was gentle. When I turned, I was welcomed by the broad smile of Prof. As he extended his hand, I instinctively stood up for a warm handshake. As though acting on a cue upon seeing what transpired between us, the chairman asked the new arrivals to do a self-introduction.

Prof.’s introduction was simple - “My name is Kwame, and I taught this General.” The applause was spontaneous.

Configuring a robot as President

Opinion

I have been toying with the idea of a robot President since the news item in early July of a pilot project of the BBC and Google to create robot journalists.

The initiative, with a grant from Google’s Digital News Initiative (DNI) fund is investing €150 million (£132 million) over a three-year period to "stimulate and support innovation in digital journalism across Europe's news industry".

Seth E. Terkper, former Finance Minister

Opinion

The ongoing discussions about the next steps after ending the current Extended Credit Facility (ECF) programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is very important.

Last year, I was privy to informal discussions at high levels on the matter—within the context of the impending Fourth Review of the ECF Programme and Article IV Consultations in 2017.

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The development team behind the satellite

Elizabeth Ohene

We do not like science very much in this country.

We prefer to ascribe spiritual and miraculous explanations to all things that happen in our lives. Accidents, deaths, ill health, passing and failing exams, finding a partner, wealth, poverty, good fortune - none of them have scientific explanations.

The rest of the world has probably heard that Ghana has successfully launched its first satellite into space. It certainly made headlines on the BBC, but you would have missed it completely if you were depending on the news outlets in our country.

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.

President Akufo-Addo

Civic Realities

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is speaking so well, tough and good. Since his inauguration on January 7, 2017, the President’s pronouncements are always on point and resonate so well with the citizenry.

It was precision l­­­­eadership on display when the President addressed the traditional authorities last week with a bold pledge to stop the ‘galamsey’ (illegal mining) menace ruining national development efforts. He even went a step further with a public declaration that he is prepared to put his job as President of Ghana on the line to safe-guard and secure the nations’s interest and future.

Ghana’s law-making body, Parliament, is under siege and going through an intriguing phase. The corruption tag, perceived or real, which is currently hanging on the legislative body is most worrying and becoming embarrassing each passing day.

Since the Seventh Parliament was inaugurated on January 7, 2017, it has been embroiled in a number of challenges, key among them being allegations of corruption, some of which have proved not to be true, while others are under investigation or remain to be investigated.

Former President J.J. Rawlings

Civic Realities

Like a river which starts in its youthful stage, flowing slowly from its source then at its middle stage is full of force and works ferociously towards its old age before ebbing slowly into the sea, what are you going to do at age 70 and thereafter?

There is a question that has been agitating my mind for some time. Perhaps it’s a naïve one, but I will pose it just the same: why are they not being exposed, those at the other end of the galamsey scourge, the dealers who buy the gold for which the illegal miners risk so much?

Again, who are the people, or agencies, behind the scenes who evidently guarantee a ready market for those with illegal gold to sell? Surely, that must be the reason they appear to be in the grip of gold fever, determined to continue, no matter the danger to themselves and the communities?

Earlier this week, a news item about a workshop on the teaching of Ghanaian languages excited me because it coincided with an online communication I had just had with daughter No. 2, resident abroad. Our WhatsApp chat had ended with me making the humorous comment: “some of you need Twi lessons!”

Her equally light-hearted response: “Twi on social media is freestyle!” She had added: “You will collapse if you see how people write Ga!”

It’s that time of the year again, the seventh month, when the nation salutes its Senior Citizens on July 1, to mark Republic Day. Now dedicated to Senior Citizens, the highlight of the Day is lunch with the President for a selected number of them. But how I wish that in addition to that honour, there could be one additional demonstration of the nation’s appreciation!

The extra ‘thank you’ gesture to SCs from the President on behalf of the nation is something which has been in my thoughts for some time: the urgent need to reduce the medical bills of the aged.

There is nothing wrong with borrowing if what is borrowed is used to generate income to pay for the borrowed money and to make life more comfortable. The problem with Ghana’s borrowing is that, we confuse it with begging. 

The begging mentality has become so ingrained that we tend to confuse borrowing with hand-outs which are traded off with obsequious behaviour.  I was, therefore, more than pleased when The Vice-President, Dr Bawumia, said the delegation which visited China recently was charged by the President “not to beg” but to negotiate with the Chinese as equals. 

University of Education

Voice from afar

The best compliment that one can pay to a friend is to be candid with him. Anonymous

There are some who hold the view that the law at times is an ass, especially when they find decisions of the court unfavourable.

The reality, however, is that it is when we refuse to act in accord with decisions of the court that there is disorder. Indeed any decision of the court, no matter how absurd, can be resolved through the judicial process for as long as we uphold the rule of law.

Ghanaians in the diaspora can contribute a lot to development now

Voice from afar

No new laws or changes in the laws are necessary to enable Ghanaians in the diaspora to contribute to the economic and social development of the country. Not long ago, Ghanaians in Europe and America formed associations of people from their hometowns and neighbourhoods to contribute to education, social and enterprise development at home. Many built houses in their hometowns to indicate that they would return. I do not know whether the practice still continues but I thought the practice indicated commitment to the progress of Ghana.

We shall steer safely through every storm so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast and our trust fixed on God
-- St Francis de Sales.

•Dr Kwame Addo Kufuor (left) in a handshake with Mr Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh

Thinking Aloud

On July 1, 2017, my mother was buried and the funeral rites were very successful thanks to the support I received from a large section of people. In such situations, it becomes difficult to show appreciation to all those who sacrificed to be there to mourn with me. However, in every situation there are exceptions. It is on this basis that I want to single out certain individuals for mention. There may be some who did far better than those I have named but if I had not named you, it does not mean that I did not appreciate your sacrifices.

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.