The arrest last Monday of three foreign nationals with explosives believed to be hand-held grenades, among other offensive weapons, has sent shivers down the spines of many Ghanaians. The worst part of the situation was when the news went viral on social media that one of the suspects was affiliated to the radical Islamist group, the ISIS.
Unexpectedly, Mercy Tagoe Quarcoo, who was appointed the assistant coach of the senior female national team, the Black Queens, has been entrusted with the job, albeit temporarily, following the departure of her boss, Masa Ud Didi Dramani, to take up an offer in Denmark.
‘Tradition’ is defined by the Thesaurus as the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, information, etc., from generation to generation, especially by word of mouth or by practice. It is a known fact that traditional practices have helped to shape the lives of millions of people and also enabled them to uphold their identities very strongly.
For instance, in Japan, China and other parts of Asia, tradition as per their style of dressing, the drinking of herbs, among other things, has given the people a strong identity.
Another year has come to an end and, as is usual, many people have made resolutions which they intend to follow to make life better and more comfortable for them in the new year, although in many cases such resolutions are forgotten within a few weeks of the year.
The year 2017 was eventful. It was the year in which Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo, after three attempts, was sworn in as the fifth President of the Fourth Republic, with its accompanying excitement and challenges.
Ghana has seen a high level of stability since the return to constitutional rule in 1993, with four smooth transitions, all to the admiration and envy of many countries especially in Africa. Indeed, the country has been a good example to others and many political experts point to Ghana as a classic and promising democracy in Africa.
The successes we have chalked up can be attributed to the people’s understanding of the benefits of democracy, the organisation of political bodies and, above all, the supervisory role of the Electoral Commission(EC), the body set up by law to oversee elections in the country.
Last Friday, The BEIGE Bank (TBB) officially became the 35th universal bank in Ghana.
It is an institution that has played at the lower echelons of the banking sector for just over 10 years. The growth attained by the indigenous company from a savings and loans company to a universal bank is laudable and adds to the growing list of Ghanaian business success stories, especially in the banking sector.
One of the major decisions affirmed by the Extraordinary National Delegates Conference of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) held yesterday is the resolution passed by the party’s National Council that requires all serving metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs) who wish to contest as parliamentary candidates where the party has sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) to resign their positions three years before the national elections.
This is a landmark decision that will ensure that MMDCEs who wish to remain so will continue to work as such, without any divided attention and without being seen as threats to sitting MPs. At the same time, it will enable sitting MPs to concentrate on their work as legislators and allow for the proper separation of powers at the grass-roots level.
The use of motorbikes for bussiness and especially transportation has become popular in Accra and some parts of the country.
Patronage in the national capital is huge because in a city where traffic congestion is unbearable and a number of roads are in a deplorable state, the motorbike becomes a convenient means of transport for many people.
Dr Emmanuel Evans-Anfom, one of the oldest living medical practitioners in the country, has advised medical doctors to choose credibility and integrity over money in the practice of their chosen profession.
Speaking when the management and students of the Family Health University College Medical School paid a courtesy call on him at his residence in Accra last Thursday, the 98-year-old surgeon urged doctors to serve their country with the best of dedication.