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.

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Madam Speaker, thank you for this opportunity to contribute to the motion on the Budget Statement for 2012. The budget is the most important document that governments produce. It is a powerful tool in influencing economic and social development. The budget determines whether there is equitable access to services by different groups of the population such as women, children, the disabled, the poor and other minority groups. more>>

Before I walked into the conference room of The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) that afternoon, I knew very little about the biometric system and its implications for Ghana’s 2012 elections. And though I learnt a lot that day, I am still not one of the self-proclaimed experts of the biometric voter registration system who shout themselves coarse everyday on our airwaves.

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Elections are around the corner in both America and Ghana and the airwaves are filled with spin. In the United States, former pizza mogul Herman Cain’s campaign is over due to accusations relating to womanizing and harassment.

Here in Ghana, every few days, there are accusations about the moral failings of one candidate or another. There are charges of womanizing, homosexuality, drug use and lack of smarts.

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Azikiwi's tribute to J.B Danquah
By the death of Joseph Boakye Danquah, the world has lost a valued ally in the crusade for human freedom and African has lost a great champion of fundamental human rights. It is not universally appreciated that Dr. Danquah was probably the first West African to obtain the doctorate degree in philosophy from a British University, When his dissertation on Akan Law and custom was accepted for the Ph.D. Degree by the University of London in 1927-28. As a journalist, Dr. Danquah was proprietor and editor of what is assumed to be the first daily newspaper in Ghana, which he christened Times of West Africa. This was in 1932 and under the pen-name of ?Zadig?, he maintained a column which he used to expose cant and criticize the hypocritical practices of his day.
“….What do we have now? A thieving political and business elite who have not raised a dime of their own capital conniving with our civil and public servants to steal Ghana’s scarce resources under all sorts of rotten deals.….” I am constrained to cite these concluding lines from my tribute to B.A. Mensah because quite a few people, including two anxious Professors from the UDS I met at the funeral of the academic and (not-greedy) asute businessman and friend, Sam Aboah at Adukrom urged me to write an article premised on these lines. That paragraph forms the basis of this attempt to discuss the insidious matter of unashamed and barefaced thievery going on in Ghana.
Reconsider the 4-Year Senior High School
The theory of evolution by Charles Darwin teaches us about natural selection—i.e. survival of the fitters. We can survive as a nation when we have established a strong and solid educational system. It is a solid educational system that can deliver the country from abject poverty to economic freedom. It is a shame to witness the way we address issues of education in the country. It appears populism and political showdown have been the rationale behind addressing educational issues in the country instead of allowing ourselves to be informed by evidence on the ground.
$600 Million pumped into election 2012
As Ghana nears the 2012 General Elections, the political discourse appears to have been enriched with the general citizenry pitching their voices on matters that concern them. On TV, Radio and Online, the cry for responsible and accountable leadership is dominating political discussions with people from all walks of life- getting involved through interactive media, texts and phone-ins.
Accra, September 21, 2009 – Today, the World Bank Ghana Office joins the Government and people of Ghana in commemorating the 100th birthday of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.The vision for a better future developed so eloquently by this great son of Africa still drives this nation’s work, and ours, today. His words of wisdom remain alive with meaning and urgency:
Akufo-Addo's proposal on NDPC lauded
Policy Analyst at Ashesi University, Lloyd Amoah, has lauded the proposal by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, to put his vice president in charge of the National Development Planning Commission, in the event of assuming the nation’s presidency on January 7, 2013. President John Dramani Mahama sought to make the nation believe that there was “confusion in the mind of” Nana Akufo-Addo when the NPP leader made the proposal at Tuesday’s presidential debate organised by the Institute of Economic Affairs at Tamale.
Mitt Romney's poor judgment is already undermining his candidacy
Finally, Obama's opponent has been confirmed, but can the Republican nominee mount an effective challenge? I doubt you will ever find a politician more desperate to believe Nietzsche's aphorism that whatever doesn't kill us makes us stronger than Mitt Romney. With former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum announcing that he is suspending his presidential campaign, it ensures what many political observers have assumed for quite some time – that Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee for president this autumn.
How can one define a ‘democratic election procedure’ in the light of proposals to introduce Remote Voting by Electronic Mean s (RVEM)? Are there any general characteristics of an election procedure which define it as democratic?The central question is quite separate fr om ‘how can one define a democracy?’ A crude definition of a democracy is a state in which the rulers are chosen by the people and exercise power with their consent. 1 More sophisticated definitions require, at least, a definition of ‘people’ , ‘ruler’, ‘power’ and ‘consen t’ and it would seem that a number of politically acceptable definitions of each of these terms exist in the world or even within a single polity. For example, there is no single defi nition of ‘people’ in the United Kingdom which takes into accoun t the different groups who may, or may not, vote for representatives in the various tiers of local government, the Westminster Parliament, the Scottish Parliament, th e Welsh Assembly, the Northern Ireland Assembly and the European Parliament. 2. Within the electorates for those bodies there are a number of differing qualifications to be registered as a voter and the methods of election differ one from another. Read More >>>
The promise to teachers, and soon to nurses, doctors and other civil servants of seeing a substantial increment in their take-home pay as promised by the Mills-Mahama led NDC administration seems to be little more than a pipedream. The Independence Day promise that ‘this Government will not shortchange teachers’ could be described as just another in the litany of broken promises. Documents and analysis made available to the New Statesman reveal that there is no extra money for the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure. In fact, the money made available to extend the SSSS to both education and health workers this year is nearly GH¢2 billion short. Thus to pretend to implement it and offer promises of allowances to keep aggrieved workers calm will only amount to shortchanging them.
The Danquah Institute is organsing a symposium at the University of Ghana on Thursday, 17 September. The theme of the symposium is: Has Ghana a Founder or Founders? The symposium is part of DI's mission to enhance today's generation of Ghanaians' appreciation of the country's history as an essential part of efforts towards nation-building. The symposium is being organised in conjunction with the national secretariat of the Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG). It will take place at 4pm at the conference hall of the Kwame Nkrumah Complex, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra and feature speakers and historians from different ideological traditions.