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I have been asked to try and answer two questions as part of my contribution to the subject we are examining today. The first question is:

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The independence of Ghana, appeared to be a mirage, until the United Gold Coast Convention was birthed on 4th August, 1947 at Saltpond; thankfully, its formation became the springboard towards our attainment of Statehood. The independence of Ghana was not realized on a silver platter; as a matter of fact, it took years of struggle, pain, disappointment, betrayal, and even deaths before we were able to gain freedom from our colonial overlords—the British. The patriots, who sacrificed their energy, resources, and lives deserve commendation, and must be celebrated.

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The Executive Director of Danquah Institute (DI), Dr. Kingsley Nyarko, on Tuesday, 1st August, 2017 called on His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor, the Former President of Ghana at his official residence at Airport West, Accra to officially introduce himself to him as the New Executive Director of the Institute, seek his blessings and also to pay his respect to him as one of the strong pillars of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia tradition.

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Akufo-Addo jabs Mahama over unemployment
The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party says the government’s record on job creation over the last four years is not the least but impressive. Nana Akufo-Addo said the president and his team of ministers by announcing phantom jobs only add insult to injury of the many unemployed youth who are desperately looking for jobs.
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In 2009 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution agreeing to hold the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in 2012 in Brazil. The General Assembly called for effective preparations for the conference at all levels. The Rio+20conference seeks to achieve two objectives, namely to: secure renewed political commitment to sustainable development; and assess the progress and implementation gaps in meeting already agreed commitments and address new and emerging challenges. Click here for full report
DI laments Government decision to stop Ghana’s multi-billion off-shore banking
The Danquah Institute has described as “very unfortunate” and “loss of a multi-billion dollar opportunity”, the decision by the Mills administration to discontinue with the arrangement by the previous government to make Ghana an offshore banking centre. Nana Attobrah, Head of Research, DI, made this known when he addressed the press Wednesday on the growing multi-million dollar trade in illegal international transfer of money to Ghana.
12 Questions from DI to IMF
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A victory for Fraud?
Unlike Nana Akufo-Addo, I am not the least bit disappointed that our Supreme Court would affirm the fraudulent declaration of Mr. John Dramani Mahama as winner of the 2012 election. (See "Akufo-Addo: 'I Disagree with SC's Verdict but I Accept'" Ghanaweb.com 8/29/13).I am not disappointed because I am also not the least bit surprised. For going into the Election 2012 Petition, I emphatically stated that unless the panel of jurists adjudicating the petition were drawn from outside Ghana, I did not see much by way of a favorable ruling for those with the most forensically sustainable evidence. And so in quite a practical sense, I have been vindicated in my prediction.
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Spilling our Oil Revenue over NHIS Seas
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