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.

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Budgets have become annual rituals and have defined the directions of the economy. It therefore does not evoke the level of interests it did in the past. However, the last two Budget Statements of the Government of Ghana have been significant for two reasons.

First, the introduction of oil revenues to the budget has raised expectations of Ghanaians for improvement in their living conditions and whether oil could provide that boost is a function of its management which the Budget has responsibility for.

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It features Nana Akufo-Addo, John Atta Mills, Jerry Rawlings, John Kufuor, Afari-Gyan, Kwesi Pratt, Hannah Tetteh, Rojo Mettle-Nunoo and Kwabena Agyepong, among others, and it has received great reviews across the globe, with the Los Angeles Times describing the documentary feature film as “the gripping examination of Ghana's 2008 presidential contest on display.”

It is a movie, which is likely to reignite the kind of sensation that gripped the nation after the cable releases from Wikileaks.

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2011 saw dramatic changes in Africa’s governance landscape. Unprecedented popular demonstrations in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya led to the overturning of a century of autocratic rule in North Africa.These protests, demanding greater political freedom, economic opportunity, and an end to systemic corruption, have resonated deeply across Africa, sparking calls for change throughout the continent.

Already home to more of the world’s democratizing states than any other region, even modest reverberations from the Arab Spring on Africa’s democratic trajectory will have implications for global governance norms, stability, and development.

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Mills and Democracy
Unfolding events in neighbouring Ivory Coast are clear manifestations of forebodings of what could happen in Ghana after Mills and his NDC have lost in the Parliamentary and Presidential elections in 2012. Mr Emile Short earlier registered his thoughts and on these likely premonitions in Ghana during and after 2012 with worried reference to events that happened in Rwanda; indeed John Mills and his government’s reactions on the Ivorian situation are clear confirmation of what everybody feels about Ghana during and after 2012.
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
Re: Gov't demands retraction, apology from Gabby over 'chop chop' allegation
My attention has been drawn to a statement issued by the Government of the Republic of Ghana “demanding an immediate substantiation or a retraction and apology from the NPP’s Gabby Okyere Darko [sic] who said in an interview on Joy Fm on the evening of Thursday 25th August, 2011 that ‘some people who arranged it [the loan] will have access to $30 million when the $3billion loan is approved by Parliament.” The statement from Government added that in the said interview, “Mr Gabby Okyere Darko impugned corruption when he made the following remarks: ‘Why is this so called Master Facility Agreement before Parliament because it doesn’t automatically lead to the project being funded? It doesn’t.
Constitutional Review Process is Flawed
Early this week (1/11/10), President John Evans Atta-Mills inaugurated a 9-member Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) charged with making relevant suggestions and recommendations to the Ghanaian president for possible implementation in the offing. Indeed, it can hardly be gainsaid that after 18 years of field operation, Ghana’s 1992 Republican/Democratic Constitution may well be due for a critical reexamination and operational streamlining or overhaul. Many critics among members of the general public, for example, have in recent years vehemently inveighed against what they term as the “unconstitutionality” of several salient aspects of the Fourth-Republican Constitution, especially with regard to the so-called Indemnity Clause which has enabled such “giant” political criminals like Mr. Jeremiah John Rawlings to legitimize his criminality into “revolutionary acts of probity and accountability” and thus also permissible acts which lie well beyond justiciable acts pertaining to human rights violation. Consequently, it would be quite intriguing to witness what the commission returns, by way of a verdict in between 12 to 18 months hence.
Press Release: Govt Should Stop Creating ‘Propaganda Jobs’ and Focus on Real Job Creation
In his State of the Nation address this year, President John Mills admitted that his administration was yet to make any impact in the jobs market but expressed optimism. “As the measures we took to halt the decline in the economy last year such as lower interest rates and increased credit to the private sector begin to translate into a much more conducive employment generation environment, we expect a turnaround in the jobs market. Meanwhile I have directed all sectors to mainstream job-creation into their programmes and Ministers are required by the middle of the year to produce sector blueprints for the creation of jobs.” Yet, his Information Ministry has gone as far as to tell Ghanaians that the turn around in the jobs market has already begun in a big way even before the Government’s concerted policy on job creation has been formulated.
GHANA’S TROUBLED ECONOMY Where are the remedies?
On Tuesday, March 5, 2013 the Minister of Finance came to Parliament to deliver the NDC administration’s Budget Statement and Economic Policy for the 2013 financial year. It was a hogwash of assorted patchworks and propaganda. But it was presented as a set of remedies to give the nation a breakthrough, a new beginning and to provide a bail out from the myriad of problems including the huge public debt; the lamentable fiscal deficit, the humongous arrears, unbridled overspending, worsening unemployment, deteriorating utility services, and failing social services. Somehow, government managed to hope that the 2013 budget statement and economic policy would propel real national development in the various sectors.
Is the Constitutional Review Commission Constitutional?
Two USA based Ghanaian constitutional scholars have questioned the constitutionality of the on-going constitutional review exercise. In an article to appear in African Journal of International and Comparative Law, the scholars argue that (i) the President has no power to appoint a commission to review the Constitution; (ii) only Parliament has the power to amend the Constitution; (iii) that any and all initiatives to amend the Constitution must originate from parliament; and (iv) a wholesale review of the Constitution by a Commission, as is currently being done, is alien to the Constitution. The scholars conclude that the current constitutional review exercise set a dangerous precedent and, therefore, calls for the immediate dissolution of the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC). more >>>
Africa's spectacular growth jeopardised by rising inequality, new report warns
Africa's impressive growth during the financial and economic crisis of the last five years will be put at risk unless action is taken to combat rising inequality, according to the annual health check on the continent from a panel led by the former UN secretary general Kofi Annan. The report from the Africa Progress Panel found that African countries were growing consistently faster than almost any other region, with booming exports and more foreign investment.
Obama's Africa Policy
Africans regard the American president very much as one of their own. That much has been evident ever since Barack Obama, the American son of a Kenyan, emerged as a presidential candidate in 2007. And President Obama, to his credit, has a good feel for the Africans. He should. This son of an American-trained African academic spent a lot of vacation time visiting with his Kenyan family long before it became clear that he had eyes for the American presidency. Those visits enabled Obama's African relatives to adjudge him a fine human being for his down-to-earth ways and how easily he adapted to their simple ways.It is perhaps not surprising, therefore, that Africans hung so much of their hopes on Obama and greeted his election, in November 2008, as the first African-American president of the United States of America, with pride and euphoria and great expectations. A continent blighted, since the middle of the 20th century, by repeated setbacks resulting from poor governance, corruption and underdevelopment saw possibilities of rescue in the election of President Obama.
Dr Bawumia is Special Guest of Honour at DI Election Petition Symposium
“Did a majority of the court say over-voting did not matter? Did the Court say it was ok to vote without biometric verification? Did the Court really ignore an entrenched constitutional provision? Have the public being helped to understand the decision and what it means for 2016 and other future elections?” These and many more will be answered tomorrow at the National Theatre where the Danquah Institute’s symposium on the Presidential Election Petition judgement takes place.