It is July again and students are already on long vacation. The question is, what can the system help them do profitably with their time, especially those 18 years and above? It is at times like these that perhaps some of us should be appreciating more the opportunities the system presented us on a silver platter while we were growing up as citizens of this dear country.
Today, July 24, marks exactly one year of the demise of President John Evans Atta Mills, three days after celebrating his 68th birthday. His shocking death occurred at a time political parties were preparing for the December 2012 general election.
Maame Esi Abrobra sat in front of a public toilet, slitting newspapers into various sizes. Her dark brown eyes were fixed on the written contents as she carefully slit the papers but her mind was closed to the carefully written features and news articles from the country’s renowned journalists and writers.
In a matter of weeks, if not days, the Supreme Court will opine on the validity of the election of John Mahama as the President of Ghana, as it is empowered to do under the Constitution. The Court's opinion will be the last word on the outcome of the December 2012 elections; is binding on all parties to the election dispute and must be accepted by everyone in the country. What can the Court say and how should the parties react?
Folks, as is to be expected, the prophets of doom are doing overtime as part of their politico-religious Ministry to create needless panic and fear among peace-loving Ghanaians. They are not satisfied that Ghanaians are living their lives in some measured comfort after Election 2012 and are stoking the fire to suit their political agenda, hiding behind their calling as Men-of-God and their veil of Christianity.
A writer, a philosopher, a scientist, a politician, a patriot, an inventor, publisher, and a founding father of the United States of America, Benjamin Franklin, once observed that “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”
Ghana’s children are on the streets selling pure water and many other odds and ends. When I was growing up, hawking was a casual sporadic enterprise of a few. Then, it was not a full-scale career for young people. But now, hawking has become the thing to do—for a lifetime. The children of the poor under-privileged, who live on the fringes of this society, are likely to end up as hawkers on the streets.
Nearly a century after Tetteh Quarshie had introduced cocoa into the country; the cultivation of the crop became the major economic activity of the people of the forest areas, especially the Eastern Region.
There are as many opinions as there are people. It will, therefore, seem unnecessary to respond to an opinion, since it represents the author’s view on a fact. But although it appeared in the opinion column (page 10) of the Wednesday, July 17, 2013 issue of the Daily Graphic, the above article by Gloria Mintah contained factual errors that need to be corrected for the sake of the general public.