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There is little time for Mr Mahama and the NDC to turn the economy around before the December 2016 presidential and legislative elections.

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The chairman of the National Peace Council, Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, has expressed worry over what he described as “entrenched positions” taken by some political parties on how to hold successful elections.

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Last week, the NPP led a brave charge for a new register at a public forum which I maintain was arranged to reject that very proposition. Leading the vociferous charge against disturbing the current register was the ruling National Democratic Congress, supported by parties, most of whom exist only on paper, but have reserved seats at the IPAC table.

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The new mayor of Accra has given street and pavement hawkers up to June 15, 2009 to relocate themselves to the appropriate spaces provided for them. The Mayor has committed several information vans broadcasting in various languages to the masses throughout the metropolis on his impending intention – RID ACCRA OF FILTH. Can he achieve it? That is the big question! So far, the response from the hawkers appears to be that of obstinate stubbornness – “we won’t leave the streets unless they provide cheaper and affordable spaces for us”. He certainly is not the first Mayor to attempt the feat but I think a clean Accra can be attained.
 
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.
Africa's spectacular growth jeopardised by rising inequality, new report warns
Africa's impressive growth during the financial and economic crisis of the last five years will be put at risk unless action is taken to combat rising inequality, according to the annual health check on the continent from a panel led by the former UN secretary general Kofi Annan. The report from the Africa Progress Panel found that African countries were growing consistently faster than almost any other region, with booming exports and more foreign investment.
Petitioners Accuse EC Of Forging List Of Foreign Voters
The list of the 705 voters submitted by the Electoral commission as being names of Ghanaians registered in various diplomatic missions abroad to vote in the December 2012 polls, “was actually forged and contained several instances of multiple names and fake identities.” This revelation is contained in the main affidavit of the petitioners in the presidential election petition challenging the outcome of the December polls as declared by the Electoral Commission.
The election petition proceedings were broadcast live for all to follow. The judgment though, has still raised several questions:· "Did a majority of the court say over-voting does not matter?· What is the difference between over-voting and ballot stuffing?· Did the court really ignore an entrenched provision of the 1992 Constitution?· Did the court say voting without biometric verification was okay?"All these and a host of other questions will be answered, at a symposium to be held at the National Theatre, tomorrow, Wednesday, September 25th from 5:30pm. Live on www.danquahinstitute.org
I'd intended to critique President Mills' 'State of the Nation Address' but was not so sure which part of the bacon to slice so went for a spot of foreign material that was at the very top, which reads: “Let me acknowledge our first President, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, that illustrious Founder of our nation. His selfless leadership serves as a point of reference in our determination to build a better Ghana. Incidentally, this year marks the 100th anniversary of Dr Nkrumah's birth and a as country we should commemorate the event in an appropriate and befitting manner. Among others, we intend to honour Dr Nkrumah's memory with a national holiday to be known as Founder's Day and we will be presenting legislation to Parliament to this effect.”In so doing, Prof Mills has found a 'neat' way to reward his own Nkrumaism but should this be done at the cost of a serious manipulation of history and disregard for Ghana's true story? Should we do so by ignoring the collective sacrifices of the many who fought this fight before and then alongside Nkrumah?
Status Of Electoral Reform In Ghana
In recent months, political parties including the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Convention People’s Party (CPP) and civil society groups such as the Let My Vote Count Alliance have made the case for urgent electoral reform in the lead up to the November 2016 elections.
Government’s decision to cut spending on capitation grant and other social interventions hurting education
The Danquah Institute is worried about the institutionalised nurturing of a future of hopelessness and uncertainties for an estimated 90 percent of Ghanaian children. The situation is being worsened by the policy decision of the current Government to slash funding in the critical areas of Capitation Grant, School Feeding, Teacher Training/Incentives, Textbooks, and the overall administration and investment areas of the Education Sector. The amount allocated under the new Social Intervention Programme (SIP) to Education of GH¢102.9 million is not enough to keep up with inflation. This would hurt the positive trend over the last six years or so which has seen more and more children from deprived backgrounds gaining access to education.
Structural Transformation of Ghana’s Economy
When approached by friends to give a presentation on Ghana, the initial idea was to shed light on the much heralded status of Ghana, joining the exclusive club of oil producers and what would be the development prospects for the country. However, realizing that Ghana being a developing country, perhaps it would be a better idea to present a broader picture of the development challenges facing the country, including how prudent the new oil revenue will be managed.
Danquah Institute Calls for Urgency in Local Content Policy for Oil Industry
The Danquah Institute, is unhappy in what it describes as “undue delay” in the making of a local content policy for Ghana’s oil sector. The fellows and researchers of the think tank have, notably, earned international recognition for publishing several insightful articles on the policy direction of Ghana’s oil sector. A press statement issued Tuesday by the think tank, expresses concern that, “Although the country expects to begin producing crude oil next year, the law or policy which should determine the level of participation of Ghanaian companies and individuals into the oil and gas sector is yet to be finalised. In fact there isn’t even an indication of a deadline on this. This we find very worrying.”