With the incessant calls on President Akufo-Addo to hurriedly implement and prove ways his administration would sustain the free Senior High School (SHS) promise that catapulted him into power, the founder of the Jesus Generation Ministries has called on those behind the calls to exercise restraint as the president builds his team to deliver his promise.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has assured that his government will fund the cost of public Senior High Schools for all those who qualify for entry from the 2017/2018 academic year onwards.
Although the president has given his assurance, Rt Rev Dr. Nana Anyani-Boadum, opines that the president, shouldn’t feel pressurize by the public to implement the free SHS promise.
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I am not a prophet of doom neither am I a clairvoyant to predict the outcome of the 2016 parliamentary and presidential elections but events foreshadowing the elections suggest that we are going to have a worrisome election as the time approaches.
People who feel overly desperate, for whatever reason, can do the most dangerous things.
When a person is so desperate for political power, that person has the tendency to act in ways that can undermine the stability of the nation.
Why is it that election periods in Ghana are always fretting times?
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.
“The wisdom of the few may be the light of mankind; but the interest of the few is not the profit of mankind.” – (James Harrington)
This above quotation underscores the essence of the Ghanaian populace working to protect its own interest, as against differing that to Political Parties.
And, in the light of growing tensions and liberal resort to violence by political activists at the least pretense due to misinformation, it is not preposterous to strongly recommend to the Electoral Commission (EC), as a matter of urgency, to take the position to make public, the decisions and summary conclusions of its meetings with the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC).
Originally Published, December 13, 2012
When the presidential candidates contesting the December 7, 2012, polls, signed a peace pact in Kumasi on November 27, 2012, pledging their commitment to peace and violent free elections under the auspices of the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG), the National Peace Council and the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Ghanaians were impressed not just by the aptness and timeliness of the initiative, but also by the file of eminent persons the organizers arraigned, as backers to the initiative. Their choice of persons was one that was froth with wisdom, boldness and leadership.
For many therefore, the peace pact represented an appropriate, tangible seal to the many efforts the peace-loving people of this nation had undertaken. Irrespective of the nature of our efforts, both at the individual and the collective levels, they all found expression in this single initiative which gave us the Kumasi Peace Pact.
Originally Published, November 2014
The election cycle just picked up in earnest with the Political Parties holding primaries and electoral conferences to select their candidates. It is to gear us up towards the 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary elections. And, already the functionaries and hopefuls are beginning to gain animation about what lies ahead.
The most vexing question, however, for most Ghanaians at this time is, whether come 2016, we can expect any changes in our living circumstances.
Original Published, November 2014
In the game of modern football, the goalkeeper acts as the last line of defence and at the same time initiates the attack. When the keeper is beaten the entire team is beaten. So also does the home function as a family unit, and whatever happens to the family affects every aspect of society. “When the foundation is destroyed what can the righteous do?”- Psalm 11:3
Not quite long ago, formation of human identities was determined by pre-established social roles and norms; and the home, functioning as a family unit, was the first school, the first church, the first mosque and the first government where the child had their orientation into public life. Society/neighbours and school were vital support systems to the family, but parents bore the ultimate responsibility of raising their children. That was then.