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.


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.


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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Highlights of 2012 Budget Statement
The present number of unanticipated events and further deterioration of the global economic environment could have substantial spillovers to the Ghanaian economy; Preliminary results from WAMI’s half year surveillance report indicates that the overall economic performance in the WAMZ remained strong with real GDP expected to expand by 8.0 per cent in 2011, compared to 7.7 per cent in 2010. Click here for highlights
Danquah Institute Holds Conference on Biometric Voter Registration and E-Voting
The Danquah Institute, with support from other civil society groups, Development Partners and the Electoral Commission of Ghana, will on Monday, organise a 2-day seminar to interrogate the viability of Electronic Voting and the challenges and advantages of a biometric voter register in Ghana for the 2012 general elections and beyond. It will be the first of Danquah Institute’s Annual Governance & Development Dialogue Series. The two-day conference takes place at the Alisa Hotels, North Ridge, Accra, Ghana, on Feb 8-9, 2010. The first day will be devoted to Biometric Voter Registration; with Day 2 probing the question whether or not e-voting could work in Ghana and if so which model(s) would suit our environment.
The paper presents a base case economic analysis of the current East African regional integration processes. The fast track political federation processes which started in 2004, establishment of East African customs Union (EAC-CU) in 2005, and the recent 2008 renewed African Economic Community initiatives are part and parcel of the third generation regional integration economic and political reforms pursued by the partner states, and aimed at fostering both national and regional competitive social economic capacities. The paper notes that East African economies are small, but with regional integration, there is a possibility for opening up new business activities, markets, access to finance and technology. These aspects are crucial for maximum utilization of natural and human resources for sustainable economic growth and reduction of poverty. Also, the paper finds that standards of living in these East African countries are similar, below average African continental standards and declining in many areas. more >>>
Kofi Abrefa Busia: Man with a distinct vision
The Ghana Political Tradition and the Men who made it- Kofi Abrefa Busia: Man with a distinct vision Abena Kwatemaa Offeh-Gyimah It is important to discuss Kofi Abrefa Busia in examining the Ghana political tradition. Busia was a Ghanaian political leader, an intellectual in politics, a man concerned about the Ashanti political system but most importantly, a man with a distinct vision for Ghana. Busia was born in Wenchi, in July 11, 1913. He completed his elementary education at Wenchi Methodist School then proceeded to Mfantsipim College at Cape Coast. He trained as a professional teacher between 1931 and 1932 at Wesley College in Kumasi. Later, he became a teacher at Achimota Secondary School from 1936 to 1939 during this period he did a corresponding course to gain a first degree with honors from the University of London in History.
How Ghana must utilise its new strategic importance
With the discovery of significant oil potential offshore, Ghana has not only new international importance – we also have cause for greater confidence and strength in our global interactions. The increased interest of both China and the United States in Ghana can add extraordinary oomph to Ghana’s development – but this can only happen if we become smarter, more strategic and more assertive in our dealings with these two powerful nations.
Required proof for criminal allegations in election petitions
It is elementary, yet fundamental, that every criminal allegation must be proved beyond all reasonable doubt to earn a conviction. This much is at the heart of developed theories of criminal justice in many cultures. However, England’s William Blackstone was quoted to have said, “better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer”. Lord Sankey, of the English House of Lords, subsequently summarised the core postulation through his famous ‘Golden Thread’ speech that, “Throughout the web of the English Criminal Law, one golden thread is always to be seen, that it is the duty of the prosecution to prove the prisoner’s guilt…If at the end of the case, there is a reasonable doubt created by the evidence given by either the prosecution or the prisoner,…..the prosecution has not made out the case and the prisoner is entitled to an acquittal. No matter what the charge and where the trial, the principle that the prosecution must prove the guilt of the prisoner is part of the Common Law of England and no attempt to whittle it down can be entertained” Woolmington v DPP (1935) AC 462.
Full 2012 Budget Statement
Madam Speaker, I beg to move that this august House approves the Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government for the year ending 31st December, 2012. Today, I humbly stand before you to present the fourth Budget Statement and Economic Policy on behalf of the President, His Excellency, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills in accordance with article 179 of the 1992 Constitution. Click here for full budget statement
Suspicious bank accounts to be frozen — FIC
The Head of the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) at the Bank of Ghana, Mr Samuel Essel, has hinted that there are moves underway to freeze the accounts of certain individuals who have lodged huge sums of monies in separate accounts of banks in the country. He said the move has become necessary in view of the inability of the owners of the accounts to disclose the source of the monies.
EC Addresses to Supreme Court of Ghana
In the matter of a petition challenging the validity of election of John Dramani Mahama as President of the Republic of Ghana pursuant to the Presidential Election held on 7th & 8th December, 2012
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.