The European Union has moved to check emigration from West Africa by voting to invest 1.15 billion euros in aid for West Africa through to 2020.

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President John Dramani Mahama has, in accordance with Article 70(2) of the 1992 Constitution, appointed Mrs. Charlotte Osei as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana.

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Ghana is likely to clear the first review of its $918 million programme with the International Monetary Fund and secure a fresh disbursement of funds aimed at stabilising its economy.

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The Danquah Institute wishes to register its disappointment with the intransigent response that the Castle, the Office of the President, has given to a suggestion from a leading member of the Opposition that the President should engage its leaders in a dialogue to seek to address the concerns that have been catalogued by the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party.In responding to the suggestion by the Communications Director of the NPP, Nana Akomea, MP, the President’s men, Alex Segbefia and Nii Lantey-Vanderpuye, Deputy Chief of Staff and senior Political Aide to the President, respectively, have both dismissed the offer of dialogue with the excuse that Nana Akufo-Addo does not deserve an audience with the President of the Republic!
Financial Times on Nigeria: SEC interview transcript
As Nigeria’s new securities regulator, Arunma Oteh has a tough task ahead of her. Africa’s second-biggest stock market is struggling to recover from a crash that has wiped $50bn off its market capitalisation from its March 2008 peak. Allegations of foul play abound – to be probed in the investigation Ms Oteh has ordered. In her first interview with a foreign media organisation since taking up her post as director general of the Securities and Exchange Commission at the start of the year, Ms Oteh tells Tom Burgis, the FT’s West Africa correspondent, of her “transformation agenda”. more >>>
World Bank offers guidelines against “White Elephant Projects”
The World Bank has urged Ghanaians to expand public discussions on the controversial record loan facility from China to focus more on interrogating the efficient use of the funds and the nature and scope of the projects selected in order to achieve the desired national development results. Speaking at a public forum on the $3 billion Chinese Development Bank loan for infrastructural development, organized by the Danquah Institute, the resident Chief Economist of the World Bank, Sebastien Dessus, has called for a competent assessment of infrastructural projects to ensure that Ghana consistently gets value for money and that such investment spending does not disturb future national budgets and the country’s ability to pay off its debts.
The modern state of Ghana was formed in 1957 from several territorial units administered under British colonial authority. These included the Gold Coast Colony, the traditional state of Ashanti, the Northern Territories Protectorate, and the Trust Territory of British Togo land. Early nationalist movements were active primarily within the Gold Coast Colony, which had achieved some measure of indigenous participation in governmental organs by 1946. Prominent in the movement for self-government was J.B. Danquah, instrumental in the founding of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) in 1946 and Kwame Nkrumah, who formed the Convention People's Party (CPP) two years later.
Supreme Court Will Not Tolerate Cross-Examination Method Of Tony Lithur
The President of the presidential election petition panel, William Atuguba JSC, has directed that the court will no longer accept the cross examination method of Tony Lithur, lawyer for John Mahama, stating emphatically that Mr Lithur should list all the pinksheets he has issues with and say their effect on the numbers and this must be done "forthwith" before Monday. A letter dated 19th April 2013, titled “The mode of continuation of cross-examination of 2nd Petitioner on pink sheets” and signed by Justice William Atuguba, himself, was sent to all parties by in the Supreme Court case, where the petitioners are challenging the outcome of the 2012 elections.
Dr, Joseph Kyeretwie Boakye Danquah - A Tribute by Atta Akyea (MP)
On the 4th of February 1965, exactly 45 years ago, in a little cell at the Nsawam prisons, you departed for eternity. Why Nsawam prisons and not your comfortable bed? What was a thoroughbred son of Okyeman and Asanteman, a UK trained lawyer and philosopher doing in prison? It is because you did not believe in tyranny and resisted the oppressor’s rule. With your asthmatic and hypertensive condition in that foul environment, it was as if your death had been teleguided by those hiding behind the pernicious Preventive Detention Act. Your family saw death in those hostile circumstances as an eventual inevitability.
Ghana: Assessing Risks to Stability
Ghana's prospects for long-term stability are being undermined by important structural weaknesses. the political system is highly centralised, the executive is excessively powerful, and patronage politics is corroding public institutions. Social pressures are building due to the slow decline of the country's agricultural sector and its inability to provide jobs for its growing workforce. In the next 5 to 10 years, the main threats to Ghanaian stability will stem from the social and macroeconomic impact of its new oil export sector, the influence of drug trafficking on its political system, and youth unemployment. more>>>
Defending a negative highlights a negative, but character is key
In the 2008 general elections Nana Akufo-Addo had to do four things, two positive and the other two negative. On the positive side, he had to campaign on President Kufuor’s record to justify why the NPP had to be allowed to continue ‘moving Ghana forward.’ Also, he had to tell Ghanaians what his message for the future was -- what he intended to do if given power. Here he had to be careful and avoid charges like why the NPP did not do what he is promising to do in the nearly eight years that it had been in power.
Calling Danquah a spy is insulting to the memory of Ghanaian Nationalists
In his book, “By Nkrumah’s Side”, Tawiah Adamafio, a former confidante of Dr Kwame Nkrumah and Information Minister of the Convention People’s Party administration, who was later on to be tried and convicted for the Kulungugu assassination attempt on the life of Ghana’s first President, wrote of the nature of the CPP at the time: “I knew their intrigues and jealousies, the vicious whispering campaigns and the rumour mongering, the deliberate name-smearing and wicked mud-slinging, the character assassination, the interminable inner party struggle, the incompetence and greed, the bribery and corruption.” more>>>
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.