Ladies and Gentlemen, let me add a few words to the erudite case just made for scrapping the current register and compiling a new one for the 2016 polls.

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Ghana's national development planning commission has begun preparations for developing a 40-year plan that seeks to outdo political, ethnic and geographical aspirations of the country, and to bind successive political leaders to following its implementation.

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The Governing Board of the Danquah Institute announces the appointment of Nana Attobrah Quaicoe as the new Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, effective September 1, 2015.

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US President Barack Obama is prepared to broker peace and power-sharing agreement in South Sudan.

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Yileh Chireh’s Strike Against Ministerial Responsibility
Wednesday, sounding rather frail, the absentee Minister of Health, gave interviews to say that no, he had not gone on leave to campaign in his constituency. He was only there to ‘interact’ as part of his medical leave. Joseph Yieleh Chireh was reacting to a report in the Chronicle that while patients were suffering under the doctors’ strike, the minister responsible was campaigning in his Wa West Constituency, Upper West Region.The Chronicle said “Mr Yieleh Chireh was at the Dabu Electoral Area in the Upper West Region on Tuesday, holding meetings with NDC executives in the constituency, in a bid to retain him to contest the [parliamentary] elections” next year.
Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu (1933-2011)
General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu died last weekend. His death brings to a certain climax the drama of a true, modern Nigerian epic. Olusegun Obasanjo was right this time in describing Ojukwu’s death as “the end of an era.” At the passing of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu described Zik as “the Alpha and the Omega of modern Nigeria,” just as he characterised Obafemi Awolowo as “the best President Nigeria never had,” thus melding paradox with hyperbole in an equal alchemy of mystery.
Budget swerves health workers on Single Spine
Yesterday, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Kwabena Duffuor, read his Mid Year Review of the Budget Statement and Economic Policy when he presented his Supplementary Budget for the year. Out of the GH¢1.46 billion additional spending he presented to Parliament for approval, only GH¢177.6 was for salaries and wages, increasing the pay budget for 2011 to GH¢3.91bn. However, this is bad news for a high number of public sector workers because it does not even take care of existing salary arrears, let alone take care of the migration of one of the largest public sector employees, health workers.
Vote NPP for better life; not because I’m a northerner – Bawumia
The Vice-Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, has stated that politicians who resort to the politics of divisiveness, ethnicity and sectionalism are those that have lost touch with the problems of the Ghanaian and who have no plan to make Ghanaian earn a decent living whether they live in the North, South, West or East. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia made the comments in Zangum, a community in his home constituency of Walewale in the Northern Region on Thursday.
The Mind of Empire: China’s History and Modern Foreign Relations
With an economy and population that dwarf most industrialized nations, China is emerging as a twenty-first-century global superpower. Even though China is an international leader in modern business and technology, its ancient history exerts a powerful force on its foreign policy. In The Mind of Empire: China’s History and Modern Foreign Relations, Christopher A. Ford expertly traces China’s self-image and its role in the world order from the age of Confucius to today. Ford argues that despite its exposure to and experience of the modern world, China is still strongly influenced by a hierarchical view of political order and is only comfortable with foreign relationships that reinforce its self-perception of political and moral supremacy. Recounting how this attitude has clashed with the Western notion of separate and coequal state sovereignty, Ford speculates–and offers a warning–about how China’s legacy will continue to shape its foreign relations. more >>>
Global Economic Positioning
As Ken Ofori-Atta of Databank stated at Chatham House recently, “We have not seen such massive destruction of wealth in the history of modern civilisation and I might add also such rapid recreation of capital in the past year. Africa is truly astounded at how quickly the West can mobilise to save their companies when a fraction of those amounts could reinstate the impressive growth trajectory which Africa had achieved.”
President Obama’s Shadow on Ghana’s Elections
Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country U.S. President Barak Obama visited in July 2009. He selected Ghana because it was a “model of good governance, democracy and strong civil society participation.” Kenyans were miffed that he did not visit his fatherland and the Nigerians smelled a rat: That his visit to Ghana was an insipid conspiracy to destabilize Nigeria. But Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka disagreed: A visit by Obama would have sanctified the putrid mess called Nigeria. He threatened to have Obama stoned if he stepped foot in the country. Mercifully, President Obama wasn’t stoned in Ghana.
STX housing project limbo
Standard Chartered Bank Ghana remains neutral as to whether it is leading a syndicate to contribute to raising US$1.5 billion to fund the STX Housing projects in parts of the country. Last week the Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Mr. Alban Kingsford Sumana Baggbin, claimed that two large banks, Standard Chartered Bank and another bank in the United States of America (USA), had committed to releasing funds for the project. He will not state how much each of the banks will be releasing, but named the banks as Standard Chartered Bank, Ghana, which he said was leading the syndicate, He also named the Bank of America, which was prepared to release some amount in support of the project. When reached for further details on the syndication, officials of Standard Chartered Bank in Ghana were tight-lipped on the role of the bank in the STX Housing project.
2012 Supplementary Budget
Madam Speaker, it will be recalled that I had the honour on behalf of His Excellency, President John Evans Atta Mills in presenting the 2012 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of Government to this august House on 16th November, 2011, based on which an Appropriation Act was passed. It has become necessary for me to appear before this august House once again to present a Mid-Year Review of the performance of the economy and a Supplementary Estimate of Government in accordance with Article 179 (8) of the Constitution and Standing Order 143 of Parliament. Click here for supplementary budget statement Read highlights of the budget statement
Obama's Africa Policy
Africans regard the American president very much as one of their own. That much has been evident ever since Barack Obama, the American son of a Kenyan, emerged as a presidential candidate in 2007. And President Obama, to his credit, has a good feel for the Africans. He should. This son of an American-trained African academic spent a lot of vacation time visiting with his Kenyan family long before it became clear that he had eyes for the American presidency. Those visits enabled Obama's African relatives to adjudge him a fine human being for his down-to-earth ways and how easily he adapted to their simple ways.It is perhaps not surprising, therefore, that Africans hung so much of their hopes on Obama and greeted his election, in November 2008, as the first African-American president of the United States of America, with pride and euphoria and great expectations. A continent blighted, since the middle of the 20th century, by repeated setbacks resulting from poor governance, corruption and underdevelopment saw possibilities of rescue in the election of President Obama.