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Nationwide Demonstration By Organised Labour

Ghana's democracy and indeed government's tolerance passed the test when thousands of workers poured out onto the streets across the country to protest the dwindling economic fortunes of the country without any mishap. The demonstration which took place simultaneously throughout the country was to draw government's attention to the ever - spiralling inflation causing the cedi to fluctuate making the cost of doing business in Ghana extremely high. Indeed every Ghanaian heaved a sigh of relief when the demonstration passed off peacefully given past experiences like the Kume Preko demonstration which claimed some lives.  
Government itself acknowledges the challenges facing the economy so much so that, the Finance Minister had to go before Parliament with a mid- year review budget statement and economic policy,  and to request for more money.  There are a number of factors militating against Ghana's economic growth critical among which are the continuing sho…

2nd Anniversary of Late President John Evans Atta Mills

This country was given the shock of its tortuous history in the death, the first, of a reigning president Prof John Atta Mills, two years to the day today; and for once in a long agonizng while, the jolt united a politically split down the middle country over par on football. It was just the man Atta Mills.

Thus the sobriety accompanying his remembrance as scheduled. The harmful threatening trip wire against that is the trade unions'walk off work which gives nothing back to the economy to justify pay rise at the end of the interruption.

The same though would also ask questions about the relevance of organised labour in any economy today for as long as strike-mania militancy stays central in their core value-themes, having ostracised in other continents.

Up to date not much thought appears to have gone into why Prof Atta Mills and the few of his likes were thrust into politics by successive military and civilian leaders of the country from the past.

A few can be recal…

Political Polarisation And Its Impact On Development

This year 2014, marks 21 years since constitutional rule was restored in Ghana.

During this period, the country has held six successful competitive multi-party elections. Although these elections have been adjudged to be generally peaceful and relatively credible, multi-party  politics in Ghana continues to be plagued by challenges such as incumbency abuse, bitter and highly acrimonious governance and policy making, among others.

The party in government and its counterparts in opposition are  constantly engaged in brinkmanship, which often compromise unity, peace and national development.

Countries in West Africa have, in  fact, undergone several political transitions; from multi-party  democracy, through one- party rule and military dictatorship, and then back to multi-party democracy. Ghana as a country has undoubtedly attracted the admiration of the global community as a result of the gains made in her constitutional democratic evolution since 1992.

This was further exem…

Ebola Disease In the West African Sub-Region

The World Health Organization (WHO) from July 2 to 3, 2014 convened an emergency meeting in Accra after it had declared the West Africa sub-region as Ebola endemic, following the death of over 518 people from 844 recorded cases since the epidemic began in February 2014 in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

At the meeting, participants, who  included health ministers and health officials, reviewed the current epidemiological situation and considered that the scale of the current Ebola epidemic was unprecedented.

Following this crucial meeting of  health ministers and experts was the reported case of an American
citizen on July 06, 2014 with symptoms suggestive of Hemorrhage fever who was transferred to the Nyaho Medical Centre by the West African  Rescue Association (WARA) for clinical observation.

Indeed specimens were taken from the patient and sent to the Noguchi Memorial Institute
for Medical Research (NMIMR) and all the four laboratory tests proved negative.

Even t…