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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>>

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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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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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>>

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Hope and Experience: Election Reform through the Lens of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project
The American electoral system is in many respects an outlier among the world’s democracies. The indirect election of its president through the casting of electoral votes by the states, with no federal constitutional standing for the popular vote, is perhaps the most peculiar. Another is the extraordinary range and frequency of elections, matched only by Switzerland’s system. In the realm of election administration, two characteristics stand out: the highly decentralized nature of the system and the oversight and control of the election system by partisan elected officials. more >>>
What the Supreme Court said on Dual Citizenship: Prof Kweku Asare vs The Attorney General
In modern times tthe courts have shed much of their conservatism in the construction of statutes. The purposive role of construction is now the dominant rule for the construction of statutes. This in effect gives reality a triumph oveer dogmatic theories of law. Click here for Justice Atugubah's ruling Click here for Justice Date-Bah's ruling Click here for Justice Sophia Akuffo's ruling
What happens to Africa after the mud walls of dictatorship come tumbling down and the palaces of illusion behind those walls vanish? Will Africa be like Humpty Dumpty who “had a great fall” and could not be put back together by “all the king’s horses and all the king’s men”? What happens to the dictators? When the people begin to beat their drums and circle the mud walls, Africa’s dictators will pack their bags and fly off like bats out of hell. Some will go to Dictators’ Heaven in Saudi Arabia where they will be received with open arms and kisses on the cheeks (Ben Ali of Tunisia, Idi Amin of Uganda, Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan found sanctuary in Saudi Arabia, as will Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Omar al-Bashir of the Sudan and soon.) Others will hide out in the backyards of their brother dictators (Mengistu Haile Mariam of Ethiopia has been holed up in Zimbabwe for the last 20 years; Hissen Habre of Chad remains a fugitive from justice sheltered in Senegal; Mohammed Siad Barre of Somalia lived out his last days in Nigeria as did Zaire’s Mobutu Sese Seko in Morocco). The rest will fade away into the sunset to quietly enjoy their stolen millions. But few will meet the fate of Jean-Bedel Bokassa, the self-proclaimed Emperor of the Central African Republic (CAR) who found sanctuary in France only to return to CAR, face trial and be convicted of murder; or Charles Taylor of Liberia who found refuge in Nigeria before he was handed over to the International Criminal Court and is now standing trial for crimes against humanity and war crimes.
Lately some elements within the NDC who lack simple knowledge of the history of Ghana have been peddling some revisionist ideas about the reasons and causes of terror during the first republic and completely misinforming unsuspecting Ghanaians while at the same time covering up for the terror that their predecessor the PNDC unleashed on Ghanaians during the 1980s. Following on from the propaganda that was fed to Ghanaians by the then CPP government, which tactics the P/NDC have adopted since 1981, these elements within the NDC are determined to rewrite the history of Ghana but the facts and court proceedings are too strong to give them the credit they are desperately seeking. In this article I intend to set the records straight by giving them an idiot’s guide to the terror history of Ghana.
Supreme Court corrupted the Constitution
The Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, Mr Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko says he does not intend to apologise to the Supreme Court for his description of the Court’s election petition verdict as ‘corrupt’. The comment which followed the verdict that upheld the validity of President John Dramani Mahama’s election in the 2012 presidential election, has widely been deemed contemptuous.
Ghana pays a premium as it sells $750 mln 10-year Eurobond
Ghana sold a $750 million 10-year Eurobond on Thursday in its second foray into international bond markets but paid a premium to investors wary of its fiscal and current account deficits.The West African producer of cocoa, gold and oil issued the bond at a yield of 8 percent. The order book was $2.2 billion, around three times the issue size, Finance Minister Seth Terkper told Reuters.
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Mr. Chairman, (Dr. Charles Mensa) thank you, it is a real honour to be given this opportunity to contribute to the William Ofori-Atta Centenary Celebration Lectures to honour a truly outstanding Christian Statesman and patriot – Paa Willie. A man described as the best president Ghana never had; a righteous man, my hero and my hope that through his legacy and inspiration we can as a people be committed to establishing a prosperous society in our generation, which he defined in his political party’s (United National Convention) one year anniversary message in January 1980 Read More
Africa Human Development Report 2012 - Towards a Food Secure Future
Africa has seen an extraordinary rebound in economic growth over the past decade. Some of the world’s fastest growing economies are in Africa, and they have expanded even during the ongoing uncertainty in the global economy. This has brought a much-needed reduction in poverty in the region and a renewed sense of optimism about its future. There is no doubt that economic growth is critical for human development, and it is imperative that growth be sustained. Click here for full report
BBC World Service Survey
The most talked about global issue in Ghana is unemployment, mentioned three times more frequently by Ghanaians than the global average (49% vs 16%). Corruption is the second most discussed issue (42%, twice as many as the global average) and is also the most serious global problem, rated as veryserious by 77 per cent of respondents. Extreme poverty (65%) and the spread of human diseases (58%) are ranked second and third respectively, and are rated comparably with the global averages (69% and 55%, respectively). Click here for further findings
Justice Atuguba Weeps For Legal Aid In Ghana
Majority of Ghanaians are practi- cally denied access to the justice sys- tem because of dire economic needs, and many suspects languish in cells and jails, some as long as 10 years for lack of legal representation. This gloomy picture was painted by Supreme Court Justice William Atuguba, Chair of the Ghana’s Legal Aid Scheme in “A conversation of Access to Justice in Africa: The ex- perience of the Legal Aid Scheme in Ghana February 21 at the Fordham University School of Law, Manhat- tan New York. He conceded that he knew very little of the Legal Aid Scheme until he assumed its chair- manship in 2010. Justice William Atuguba was appointed to Ghana’s Supreme Court in 1996 and is cur- rently the head of the nine-member panel of justices deliberating the landmark electoral lawsuit brought by the main opposition New Patri- otic Party against the Electoral Com- mission. According to Justice Atuguba the Legal Aid Scheme, constitutionally created in 1987 to benefit citizens