As a normal Ghanaian, I have since the death of H.E. Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, former Chairman of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council, former Chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) and former President of the Republic of Ghana, been wondering if I could also be able to write something for the impact he made, might or could have made on my simple life.
The recent advice by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for governments to “spend as much as (they) can and then spend a little bit more” to deal with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is a welcome departure from the fund’s traditional prescriptions of austerity in the midst of economic crises.
By 1998, I had practised as a journalist for about eight years and travelled extensively around the country. Most of the travels were on official assignments, while the rest were either through my own initiative or my father’s. As a public servant, he was transferred from one place to another, and that afforded me the opportunity to visit all those places as well.
This week, my guest columnist is the freshly-minted Member of Parliament (MP) for Kwesimintsim, Dr Prince H. Armah, who is also the immediate past Director-General of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA).
I can’t believe that it’s already a year since the world got to know about COVID-19; one year since Wuhan went into lockdown mode, introducing a strategy since being copied worldwide to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
In the newsroom of the Ghanaian Times, in the mid-1980s, every journalist knew the maxim: when in doubt, leave out! We did. The news editor controlled the use of one of only two telephones with a direct dial (the other one was in the editor’s office).
While enjoying my conversation as a young Captain with my senior colleague neighbour at his car port, as was our Saturday morning routine, his six-year-old son Kofi, came running and crying, with his mother in hot pursuit.