Opinions vary as to whether or not the rich should pay for their children under the free Senior High School (SHS) programme. Obviously, those who are advocating that the rich should pay for their children are worried about sustainability which, no doubt, is a genuine concern that must be addressed realistically.
Is it true that the Circuit Court at Mpraeso in the Eastern Region has ordered the release of mining equipment and other exhibits seized from some illegal small scale miners to the eight accused persons arrested on Wednesday, September 12, 2018?
Conversations at social gatherings almost always end with the concern that Ghana has become sharply divided, intolerant and polarised, especially around the two dominant parties and individuals who lead them.
Ghana has had several bitterly fought general elections since independence. Indeed, even before independence, each of the 1951, 1954 and 1957 elections came with its own drama, with the Convention People’s Party (CPP) winning all three.
One controversial issue that keeps emerging from time to time is the readiness of the sugar factory at Komenda to begin operations in response to self-sufficiency in sugar production and also in line with the interest of desperate jobseekers in and around Komenda area in the Central Region.
‘Public opinion is a compound of folly, weakness, prejudice, wrong feeling, right feeling, obstinacy and newspaper paragraphs.’
— Robert Peel, former British Prime Minister
Way back in say, the middle of 2015, just a year to the general election which resulted in the victory of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), any person who dared question the existence and activities of the Invincible and Delta forces as a clear and present danger to national peace and security would have been met with the stock reply from the then opposition NPP that the party set up those groups to protect its members because the NPP, then in opposition, did not trust the police to guarantee the safety and peace of its members. The reason for this is that our police were being controlled by the then ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and, ipso facto, cannot, and will not be fair to members of the NPP.
One of the most shocking statistics I have come across in recent times is that as many as over 7,000 public schools in Ghana have no toilets. Thus, when in need the children, and presumably the staff too, have to go into nearby bushes!
The Urban Roads Department and the newly created Ayawaso West Municipal Assembly seem to be looking on unconcerned while the roads and gutters in Dzorwulu and surrounding areas deteriorate from potholes into the proverbial manholes.
The Member of Parliament for North Tongu in the Volta Region and a Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has written an open letter to the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare asking for an update on the temporary foreign travel ban imposed on ministers of state and other government appointees.
Just before I wrote this article, I decided to recheck the meaning of the word “prize” to be sure if its meaning had not changed. To my relief, the meaning remained the same. The Oxford dictionary defines “prize” as: “A thing given as a reward to the winner of a competition or in recognition of an outstanding achievement.”