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Preparations Before And After Supreme Court Verdict

Preparations being made by the Security Agencies to enforce peace in the country before and after the supreme court verdict on the December 2012 election petition are in order. Last week, the National Security Coordinator, Lt. Colonel Larry Gbevlo Lartey, met the hierarchy of the two leading political parties embroiled in the Supreme Court challenge. The meeting focused on how to curb troubles at potential flash points and the parties’ collaboration with the security agencies in envisaged challenges. The IGP, Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan has over the past three weeks been touring the regions to assess their preparedness for any eventuality after the verdict. Not only that, the Ghana Armed Forces and other Security Services recently went on route marches in Accra and the Regions as part of their routine training to enhance operational readiness, foster inter-service cooperation and espirit-de-corps as wel…

Supreme Court Judgment and Lessons After

August 29 is Ghana's Political Judgement Day. And as uncertainty swirls around who eventually carries the day, it is certain that the effects of the sentence imposed on the two NPP strongmen will ripple far and wide in the country's political square. The party's General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly called Sir John was yesterday convicted by the Supreme Court of criminal contempt and fined five thousand Ghana cedis. He was also bonded to be of good behaviour for six months and to retract and apologise for his contemptuous words on Oman FM. Hopeson Adorye, a member of NPP's Communications Team was also convicted of criminal contempt for a similar offence and fined two thousand Ghana cedis and bonded to be of good behaviour for three months or in default face three months imprisonment. 
The spectacle in the Supreme Court was as serious as dramatic. The Supreme Court President, Justice William Atuguba unleashed the full force of his legal Sledge…

Sustainability Of The Single Spine Pay Policy

Perhaps the greatest news that emerged from the National  Forum on the sustainability of the Single Spine Pay Policy in Ho was the fact that government had no intention to scrap the policy which to all intent and purposes had brought some sanity in the administration of public sector pay.  President Mahama who gave the keynote address at the opening of the two day forum made it emphatic that government intends to go along with the policy and therefore charged the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and the Management Development and Productivity Institute to collaborate with stakeholders to undertake a market survey for effective implementation of the nagging issue of market premium.  
The Single Spine Pay Policy was initiated by the erstwhile Kufuor Administration  to help minimise disparities and distortions that might have hitherto bedeviled the Public Service Salary administration system.  In effect the policy was meant to attract, retain and motivate public sector …

Developments In Ghana’s Fishing Industry

Fish provides a good source of high quality protein and contains many vitamins and minerals which are good for growth. Research over the past few decades has shown that the nutrients and minerals in some fish, particularly the Omega 3 fatty acids, are heart-friendly and can ensure improvement in brain development and reproduction. It is against this background that one finds recent developments in the fish industry extremely worrying, In today's edition of the Ghanaian Times newspaper, Ghanaians are being cautioned against the fish they consume because according to the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Nayon Billijo, with the exception of fish from the coast of James Town in Accra, all others are contaminated with chemicals and as such not good for consumption. According to the story, a recent test by the Ghana Standards Authority on samples of fish along the fishing communities from Half Assini to Aflao f…