Today, March 9, 2021, is exactly one week since the Ghana government started vaccinating its citizens against the COVID-19 disease. As a physician that consults at the LEKMA Hospital, I joined the queue on the first day of the national exercise of deploying the vaccines.
On March 6, 1957, this country stood on the brink of a new dawn heralding a freshly minted independent Ghana, following Dr Nkrumah’s rousing proclamation at the Old Polo Grounds in Accra earlier at midnight. The Gold Coast had given way to Ghana.
I remember vividly how my mother had to struggle to raise funds for me to attend a Scripture Union (SU) Camp in Jasikan during the mid-90’s. Even though I was young, I appreciated her efforts and her determination to ensure that I participate in the Scripture Union Camp to build and align myself to the teachings of the Gospel.
His Excellency Mr President and our honourable parliamentarians,
When we agreed to undergo the democratic system of governance, we agreed as per the Constitution, to be bound by all the laws we have in the statute books, and also to safeguard our sovereignty and identity as a people distinct from all other people’s groups.
Today, March 6, 2021, Ghana’s 64th Independence Day should have seen the nation in celebratory mode, with parades nationwide, with the spotlight on smartly turned out school children and security services personnel, as seen every year.
The ever-lingering question of ‘Who Is A Ghanaian’, which over the years has refused to go away, has come back to the fore in recent times, especially following the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s inaugural address at his swearing-in in January 2017.
“The periodic Indoor Residual Spray exercise is very good because it helps to kill the mosquitos and we are comfortable with it. Although the bed net is very effective in preventing mosquito bites, I feel discomfort when I sleep in it.” These are the words of Mrs Ayishetu Alhasssan, a resident of Gbimsi in the North East Region.