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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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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Apart from the $3 billion China Development Bank (CDB) loan approved last August, the Mills administration has lined up some 30 fresh loan agreements for parliamentary approval before the 2012 general elections.

Analysis done by The Globe newspaper puts the total value of these new loan facilities at more than US$ 4 billion.

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DI holds Press Conference on gas infrastructural project
The Danquah Institute is organising a news conference at the International Press Centre, Ridge, Accra, on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 11am prompt. The Danquah Institute will raise issues about the apparent lack of transparency in the Sinopec agreement for the gas infrastructural project, and its implications to the $3 billion CDB loan facility, and an estimated billion dollars of income losses to the state in oil and gas production as a result of policy decisions and inertia.
HON. OSEI KYEI-MENSAH-BONSU TO ADDRESS 3RD LIBERTY LECTURE
The Danquah Institute will on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 hold its 3rd edition of its flagship event, the Liberty Lecture, with the Minority Leader in Parliament, Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu delivering a paper on the theme “The Deficit in Parliamentary Scrutiny in the Fight Against Corruption”. The lecture takes place at the Auditorium of the British Council at 5:00pm.
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Election 2012 petition verdict: Judgement of JSC Atuguba
Although the petitioners complained about the transparency of the voters’ register and its non or belated availability before the elections, this line of their case does not seem to have been strongly pressed. In any event the evidence clearly shows that the petitioners raised no such complaint prior to the elections nor has any prejudice been shown therefrom. Indeed even in this petition the petitioners claim that the 1st petitioner was the candidate rather elected, obviously upon the same register. So also their allegations that there were irregularities and electoral malpractices which “were nothing but a deliberate, well-calculated and executed ploy or a contrivance on the part of the 1st and 2nd Respondents with the ultimate object of unlawfully assisting the 1st Respondent to win the 2012 December Presidential Elections.”
My take on Arthur K's Elephant book
I decided to purchase a copy of Dr Arthur Kennedy’s book to find out what the entire furore had been about. The book is largely a recount of his experiences as part of Nana Akufo-Addo’s presidential campaign and his input into a campaign that narrowly failed to retain power for the NPP.Throughout the book, one can see that Dr Kennedy is influenced to a large extent by US political practices. This can be seen from the quotations he uses at the beginning of each chapter and the justifications he gives for some of the recommendations he made to the Akufo-Addo campaign. The American influence is so pervading that in quoting from Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of blood’ speech, he described him as an American Conservative Politician instead of a British one. Enoch Powell’s speech in 1968 was considered racist and no one, certainly in Britain, would consciously quote from it. It was a speech that finished Powell off as a politician.
Akufo-Addo condemns coup in Mali and calls for firm ECOWAS action
As the Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party of Ghana, I am deeply concerned by news of the purported overthrow of the Government of the Republic of Mali, led by the elected President, H.E. Amadou Toumani, on March 22, 2012, by a group of junior officers led by Captain Amadou Aya Sanago. To allow this coup, taking place just over one month before a presidential election, to succeed in a democratic state like Mali would be a major setback for Mali, in particular, and Africa, generally.
Increase Local Procurement in Mining to Promote Growth in Africa, says World Bank Study
Mining companies can boost economic growth in West Africa by purchasing more equipment, supplies and services from local companies, says a World Bank report released today. The study, Increasing Local Procurement by the Mining Industry in West Africa, shows that raising the share of local procurement by mining companies would spread the benefits of mining more evenly across a countrys economy, creating jobs and stimulating the sustainable development of local enterprises.
$1.5BN STX DEAL: WHO IS THE LENDER?.....Joe Ghartey asks, 'Is it a Khebab Seller?
After five postponements since it was first introduced to Parliament on May 4, 2010, the controversial $1.5 billion loan agreement was finally debated in Parliament on Wednesday, July 14. The Minority punched a lot of holes in the agreement which showed that Government and STX had been most incompetent in presenting the deal for approval.
DI: $265m STX Insurance is a Rip-Off, Gov’t Can Save $200m with MIGA
Thursday, July 29, 2010:- This week, the Ministry of Finance & Economic Planning submitted, what it termed, “Revised Memorandum to Parliament” and a revised supplier’s credit financing agreement between STX Engineering & Construction Ghana Limited (as ‘Supplier’ – not ‘Lender’) and the Government of Ghana in relation to the $1.5 billion financing of the Security Services Housing Project. In a press statement reacting to this new development after the agreement was withdrawn from the floor of Parliament recently, the Danquah Institute limited its comments to the fees and insurance premium, which it has condemned as “a total rip-off”.
'Let My Vote Count Alliance' Still defiant…. As Madina Police grants them bail
Members of the ‘Let My Vote Count Alliance’ have insisted they will continue with the group’s crusade and activities to educate Ghanaians on the high profiled petition at the Supreme Court involving a challenge of the election of President Mahama by Nana Akufo-Addo and Co. This is in spite of a recent invitation by the Police after the groups hugely attended rally at the Taifa Noway park.