“You conf or what?” This was the half-jovial, half-mocking reaction I got from a friend when I switched from French to Literature in the term before my final year at the Presby Boys High School, Legon.
I was really dumbfounded by the content of a speech delivered by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Legon, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, on the propriety and public usage of honorary degrees early this week in spite of all the problems facing the university and Ghana as a whole.
My recent column, ‘In the headlines: contrasting images of Ghana youth’ (October 26), has generated a very thought-provoking response from a reader, Gabriel Dei Yeboah. Mr Yeboah’s letter to the Editor follows:
Over 90 per cent of women contribute to the agricultural sector of Burkina Faso. However, the increasing effects of climate change; resulting in adverse drought during the dry season in the West African country, forces farmers to rely on diesel-powered water pumps for irrigation.
It occurred to me as I sat down to write that this week may turn out to be the most important in the life of the current administration, starting last week Thursday when the Finance Minister, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, delivered the 2019 budget in Parliament.
Imagine having to walk 12kilometers daily to a farm, to produce food to feed your family and many others. This notwithstanding, the biggest challenge is having to look for money especially during the dry season, to hire a petrol or diesel-powered water pump to irrigate your crops.