The Executive Director of the Danquah Institute Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko is mocking government’s attempt to reverse the falling standards in education. Results released by the West African Examination Council show that over half of the students who sat for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Exams failed and could not proceed to the Second Cycle Education.

It is reported to be the worst performance in 13 years.

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THINK OF the revolutions in the Middle East as Act 1 in a five-act play that may not conclude for a generation or more. Nearly a year since protests in Tunisia ignited a regional wave of reform and revolt, the euphoria and hope of last January has turned to frustration and cynicism as Egyptians battle their military government in Cairo and sectarian war in Syria intensifies.

The Arab world may be heading for an unpredictable and violent Act 2 in 2012.

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An Accra High Court (Cocoa Affairs, Court 11) presided over by His Lordship Patrick Baayeh has handed down a heavy judgement on the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) and Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) in a case in which three plaintiffs accused the NPAand TOR of inflating fuel prices and using the money for hidden purposes. more>>

The Constitution Review Commission (CRC) has recommended that the presidential and parliamentary elections be conducted in November in subsequent election years after 2012 to facilitate smooth transitional processes.

The commission further proposed the expunging of the indemnity clauses of the 1992 Constitution which provide coup makers immunity from prosecution.

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Results from the AFROBAROMETER Round 5 Survey in Ghana
The Afrobarometer (AB) is a comparative series of public opinion surveys that measure public attitudes toward democracy, governance, the economy, leadership, identity, and other related issues. The AB is an independent, non-partisan, African-based network of researchers. The first round of surveys took place in 1999-2001 in 12 countries. The Network is now conducting “Round 5” surveys in up to 35 countries during 2011-2012. Click here for full report
Election 2012 petition verdict: Judgement of JSC Ansah
The facts surrounding this suit have been fully played out in near epic dimensions before the public. However, there is no way this suit can be seen as a likeness of the numerous cases on various aspects of our 1992 Constitution. Indeed, I venture to say it cannot be compared to any of the cases touching on various aspects of all our previous Constitutions.
U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, gave a prophetic advice to Middle East leaders gathered in Qatar for the Forum of the Future on January 12 that their regimes should adapt or die. Reform or deform. A few days later, Ben Ali fell and, and scents from the Jasmine Revolution filling the air ofEgypt, with Hosni Mubarak, misreading the mood and sacking his government and promising to step down at a future date when the demand of the masses are simply: ‘go and go now!’. What is happening in the two Arab nations has been compared to the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovokia in 1989 and its domino effect in shredding to pieces the iron curtain, which led to the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe and the subsequent dominance of multiparty democracy in bothEurope and Africa.
I would like to thank all of you for making the time from your busy schedules to be present at this year’s Ferdinand Ayim Memorial Lecture. This is my first major public statement since being selected by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (with the support of the National Council of the NPP) as his running mate for the December 2012 Presidential elections. I want to take this opportunity to express my profound gratitude and appreciation to Nana Akufo-Addo for the honour of reaching out again to select me to serve as his running mate, and Insha-Allah, as the Vice-President of the Republic, under an Akufo-Addo presidency. Click here for full speech
This short overview report presents the main findings and recommendations of a larger study, prepared in early 2013, that is to be released shortly. We believe that it will help bring about policies and decisions that will ensure that Ghana’s emergence as a middle-income economy is not held back by the energy sector, as at present. We recommend that Government make a concerted effort to ‘think big’ and provide more direct and proactive leadership to the energy sector, given its centrality to boosting economic growth. The report was prepared during a period of electricity shortages and rolling power blackouts. The current power shortfall is particularly serious for two reasons: the frequency of these episodes is increasing – the previous one was just 5 years ago – and the economic damage inflicted is greater, because Ghana’s economy has evolved to become ever more dependent on reliable electricity supply. This review identifies three themes that are common to Ghana’s power and petroleum sectors.
DI Proposes Electoral Reforms
The Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, at symposium organized by the think tank to critique the Supreme Court judgement in the election petition, has proposed at number of reforms aimed at improving the Electoral Laws of Ghana ahead of the 2016 elections and subsequent elections. Mr Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, who was a speaker at the symposium, stated that there is an urgent need for a constitutional review of the Electoral Commission with regards to the appointment process, the tenure of appointees of the officers of the Electoral Commission, the composition of its membership, and the accountability mechanisms of the EC.
Ghana Gas Company operating ‘illegally’
The Danquah Institute has stated that Ghana National Gas Company, headed by Dr George Sipa-Yankey, is operating illegally as it was not created by an Act of Parliament and currently appears to be breaching the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation Act, 1983 (PNDCL 64), which set up the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation. The Executive Director of the Danquah institute, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko made this known at a press conference organised by the Institute and held at the Ghana International Press Centre on Wednesday 21st December 2011.
Electoral Commission Puts The Brakes On Ghana's Democracy Project
The belief in the power of institutions as a check on individual excesses, especially in the domain of politics goes back to antiquity. This is Brutus on the occasion of the coronation of his best friend, Julius Caesar: Crown him that, and then, I grant, we put a sting in him, That at his will he may do danger with. The abuse of greatness is, when it disjoins Remorse from power; and, to speak of conscience, Caesar, compassion I have not known when his affections swayed more than his reason.It is this same belief in the power of institutions as opposed to individuals in enhancing democratic governance which led President Barack Obama to admonish the Ghanaians during his visit to the country to strive to build stronger institutions to safeguard our nascent Democracy which was at that point becoming the envy of the world.
A payments scandal hits the NDC government
President John Atta Mills is coming under fire for a payments scandal involving a supporter of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC). The saga revolves around the revelation in the local press that the government had paid GH¢58m (US$35m) to a Mr Alfred Woyome, in a judgement payment relating to the termination of a construction contract by the government for stadium refurbishment in the run-up to the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations (Coupe d'Afrique des Nations, CAN).
Bernard Anbataayela Mornah vs The Attorney-General
The plaintiff has brought this action invoking the origional jurisdiction of this court The reliefs sought are: i, A declaration that on a true and proper interpretation of Articles 133, 157, 93(2) and 11 of the 1992 Constitution, Rule 71B and part of Rule 69C(5) of the Supreme Court (Amendment) Rules, 2012(C.I.74) are unconstitutional and must be declared null and void of no effect. ii, Any consequential orders the Supreme Court may deem meet Readmore >>