THE COST OF INDISCIPLINE

Originally Published, December 6, 2012

                                                                            
I dedicate this article  to H. E. Alhaji Aliu Mahama,  our former vice president, a disciplined politician with no vile in his mouth, a noble and selfless statesman who passed away on the 16th, November, 2012 for his stand against indiscipline in every sphere of our national life.  May the Angels of Mercy lead you on Papa. Rest in perfect peace.

Launching a strategic plan to campaign against indiscipline in May 2002, to eliminate unruliness from all spheres of our society, he was of the conviction that Ghana could on only achieve socio-economic progress if Ghanaians adopt positive attitudes and behavior. Aliu Mahama added to the thinking of the nation’s development by his quest for a disciplined society. Ten years down the line, what do we have to show in terms  cleaner environment etc etc.
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HOW WOULD YOU BE REMEMBERED? Tribute To Prof. Atta Mills

Originally Published, August 14, 2012

The greatest tremor to have hit Ghana in recent times is the demise of His Excellency Prof. Evans Atta-Mills the President of the Republic. As a sitting President his death left the country in a state of shock and bewilderment.  

In that state, it was most heartening however, to observe the entire nation take   time off to mourn the departure of this one- of–a-kind leader and to extend our deepest condolences to the widow, the former first lady; Dr. Naadu Mills and the son.

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WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF POLITICAL HAWKISHNESS?

Originally Published, June 13, 2012

National Aspirations

Dominant attitudes in all pervading cultures have ways of signalling whether the society is growing, declining or self-destructing. When we assess our political behaviour and practice from 1992 to date, within the general context of our political milieu, the question must be asked, what society are we seeking to leave behind for the next generation? Are we fostering the building of a cohesive society based on unity and trust or a society that lives in suspicion and fear of each other?  Do we have people with true democratic mindset to be in charge of this country, Ghana?

The actions and utterances of politicians who seek to rule this country, must always personify the aspirations of our country, like education, provision of electrical energy to power our economy, modernization of the economy, science and technology, the fight against ignorance, the need to overturn the human resource deficit in our medical and educational institutions,  and manage public expenditure in a more prudent manner by eliminating waste and corruption in the civil service. Political parties as civil society organizations are engineered for this purpose.

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EDUCATING POLITICAL CAREERIST – THE ROLE OF POLITICAL PARTIES

Originally Published, June 11, 2012

Election periods within the sub-region are always fretting times, because of warped electioneering activities by Political Parties and their politicians. The period is always marked by unsavory utterances, trickery, provocative communication, and all kinds of activities that have the tendency of sparking mayhem in our society.

Today, as we stand at the brink of another National Election, it is not surprising that the euphoria of the times should, once again, usher to the forefront, the important question as to whether the people of Ghana are advancing and will ever achieve the full benefits of the political system we have adopted for ourselves; having experimented with multi-party parliamentary democracy for the past two decades or so? The demise of socialism as a world system together with the other types of dictatorial governments around the globe, have confirmed multi-party parliamentary democracy as the most viable form of governance; one with the capacity and clout for meeting the needs and key aspirations of the peoples of any nation.
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FACILITATING PUBLIC POLITICS – THE ROLE OF THE MEDIA

Originally Published, June 10, 2012

Nurturing a strong democracy needs the presentation of opposing viewpoints in a balanced and proportioned way. In this regard, the media in Ghana has a very significant role in facilitating public politics by setting an agenda based on issues of national interest rather than becoming a conduit for misleading and manipulating public minds by politicians.

The tensed political landscape in Ghana characterised by greed, corruption, disrespect for the presidency and disrespect for the honourable members of the House, sheer lies, personal vendetta, insults and rumour peddling can be partly attributed to the fact that, when it comes to the role of the media in politics and nation building, the political landscape is overly tilted in favour of the political media segment.
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GHANA’S OIL REVENUE-SPENDING OPTIONS

Originally Published, January 27, 2012

Governance and the distribution of wealth of a country are the two sides of the same coin. Among other things, the key function of governance has to do with creating and sharing wealth common to the people. Against this backdrop, revenue from natural resources of the country should be managed in transparent, inclusive and sustainable ways.

The horde of natural resources Ghana is endowed with; make our present economic plight indefensible. The country holds large reserves of a variety of minerals. The extractives sector of Ghana has been dominated for centuries by mining. Gold, diamonds, bauxite and manganese are commercially exploited, along with substantial resources of iron ore.
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MEDICAL EFFECTS OF HOMOSEXUALITY

Originally Published, December 21, 2011

“Time have changed so the church must review its position as far as it’s views of homosexuals are concerned… especially as a doctor, I don’t know whether there is a biological basis for it, a psychological basis for it, or simply a persons choice. I don’t know.”

This is the reaction of Prof. F. T. Sai to comments made by Rt. Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Martey of the Presbyterian Church- Ghana, who described homosexuality as unbiblical, un-African, abnormal and filthy.
Prof Sai, challenged the basis of the Reverend Minister’s assertion, as inconsistent with biblical doctrine. (source:myjoyonline.com 24th June 2011)

(Prof F.T Sai is a population and Sexual Health Expert, former Chairman of the Ghana Aids Commission, former President of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, and one time adviser to former president of Ghana, J.A. Kufuor on sexual health issues.)

When it comes to advising the public appropriately on which particular behaviours and attitudes to be promoted in reaction to health issues like homosexuality, we should not behave as if its net debilitating effect is inconsequential or a fad in a season.

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