It’s been 26 years since Yaw died of malaria, but the circumstances of his death remains a daily reminder for his parents. This was more so for his father, Uncle Kobena. Anytime Uncle Kobena came across children he reckoned were his son’s age mates, his mind raced to memories of his deceased son.
Early and accurate diagnosis either by microscopy or Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) has been recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) globally for all patients with suspected malaria before they are given treatment.
At long last, on February 15, the long awaited, historic announcement came from the World Trade Organization: “The General Council agreed by consensus to select Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria as the seventh Director-General.”
Following the adoption of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement(ACFTA), it would be advisable to expedite action on African trade agreements with other free trade areas or partners, to ensure the continent derives maximum benefit and collective strength from them.
The country has been rocked by another judgment debt. The International Court of Arbitration has awarded a total judgment debt with interest and legal fees of about $165 million against the government for the cancellation of a power contract agreement with GCGP Limited.
For close to 30 years practising as a journalist with the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), which practice officially ends on May 3, 2021, I have engaged and interacted with different people with motley backgrounds: politicians, presidents, presidential candidates, ministers of state, members of parliament, as well aspirants, businessmen, etc.
Following a week of rigorous vetting of ministerial nominees appointed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to occupy various portfolios in his second term, the Minister designate for National Security, Kan-Dapaah; Communications Minister designate, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful; Information Minister designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah; Gender and Social Protection Minister designate, Sarah Adwoa Safo; Minister designate for Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, and Energy Minister designate, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, have all taken their turn at the vetting, awaiting approval from the committee.
I do not say it is unconstitutional or unlawful for an MP to be a regional minister at the same time, but as the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:23: “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.”
Good news, as the world works progressively towards COVID-19 vaccines and their administration. Currently, the global figures, one year since the outbreak of the disease, is reportedly a little over 110 million cases of which close to 62 million have recovered and about 2.44 million have died.
The 2020 Presidential Election petition between John Dramani Mahama the Electoral Commission and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo continue to produce a humorous moment, one of which arose when the wig worn by Mr. Akoto Ampaw (Esq.) attracted a jovial comment from the Bench.