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Need To Remain Security Conscious At All Times

In a comprehensive sense, meaningful security in a country implies the assurance that any person or a group of people, including foreigners, found in any part of a country can have a peace of mind that they deserve to co-exist with one another and contribute their quota to the country’s socio-economic development. In this connection, it is essential for all residents in the country to view security matters within the context of the level of care a nation gives to them rather than over-blowing any one-off or a few incidents out of proportion to exaggerate the reality of the situation. When the report about the three, now four, missing girls in Takoradi came out, painful as it was and it is now, it was politicised to create the impression that the security apparatus in the country was not working as expected. However, this cannot be said to be the case in view of the fact that the security agencies carry out effective operations in different parts of the country to ensure the safety of…

84th Anniversary Of Premier League Club Asante Kotoko

August 31st is exactly 84 years the fabulous club, Kumasi Asante Kotoko was founded. The formation of the club was engineered by one Kwasi Kumah, an Ashanti from Nyankyerenease near Kwadaso, a suburb of Kumasi. He was the chauffeur of an English soldier Colonel Ross in the colonial days. Soccer historians give Kwasi Kumah credit for having returned from Accra to begin Ashanti United in 1924, which was later renamed Kumasi Titanics. The team was to an extent handicapped because most of the players worked in government institutions and were transferred from Kumasi to other areas. In 1934 Titanics had a new name, Mighty Atoms. Still the club did not see much progress and in 1935, J.S.K. Frimpong, then a teacher of the Kumasi Government School organized some boys from his school and proposed a name change from Titanics to Kumasi Asante Kotoko Football Club. Permission was then sought from the Asantehene because the name “Kotoko”, meaning “Porcupine” is the official symbol of the Ashanti …

Air-Pollution Situation In Ghana And Its Negative Impact

According to the World Health Organization, through the Environmental Protection Agency’s report on Global Environment Day, close to three thousand people died in 2015 within three Metropolises in Greater Accra, as a result of air pollution. This situation should be of much concern to every individual, the regulatory agencies and government in particular. Air pollution is basically the process by which the healthy air we breathe is contaminated through human activities. These include, emissions from vehicles and heavy duty machinery, welding activities, fumes from burning of plastic materials, dust from saw mills, quarries and construction sites, smoke from industries, residue from substances such as paints, cigarettes, narcotics, odors from poorly designed air vents from septic tanks, liquid waste discharged from drains, factory wastes, open defecation, leaked liquefied gases from homes and fuel stations, bush burning among others. These hazardous environmental practices, according …

GBC At 84, Challenges, Achievements And Prospects

The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, GBC, the nation’s state broadcaster, is 84 years old and as per its tradition a lecture has been organised to commemorate the milestone. It was a real diagnosis of the institution, by way of its relevance, prospects, leadership, and challenges. A renowned Communications professional, one-time Director General and Board Chairman of the GBC, Professor Kwame Karikari made fascinating revelations and recommendations as to the way forward for the state broadcaster. The topic under discussion “The State of the State Broadcaster” was key because this is the exact time for the GBC to tread in a well-defined route of effective public broadcasting to the nation as per its primary objective. GBC had over the years enjoyed absolute monopoly on the airwaves until the early 1990s when it was faced with severe competition. Competition we say is very good. It provides avenues for quality and excellent production and provision of highly qualitative content for the …

Significance Of “Watch Your Mouth” Campaign

Democracy requires that issues of national interest are freely discussed by people so as to create understanding, harmony and socio-economic development. This implies that people must feel free to contribute to issues of national importance and generate consensus for the good of the country. Democracy and freedom do not imply unnecessary attacks on others as well as insults that could lead to confusion and fighting in society. When utterances are negative, they result in disillusionment, dissatisfaction and needless fighting among members of society. On the other hand, positive utterances encourage various sections of society to live in peace and social harmony. Ghana is a beautiful country that must be valued by all its nationals so that this can lead to rapid socio-economic and political development. When people keep away from rancor and bitterness, and concentrate on matters that lead to peace and social harmony, the result will be an increase in investor confidence. It is in the …

Lessons From Just Ended NDC Parliamentary Candidates Election

“How are the mighty falling in the midst of battle” is a popular bible quotation which can aptly describe the situation that befell about nine members of Parliament of the NDC in last Saturday’s primaries held in 157 constituencies in sixteen regions. The likes of Ras Mubarak, MP for Kumbungu, Joseph Yieleh Chiereh, former Health Minister and MP for Wa West, Daniel Ashiamah MP for Buem, Matthias Ntow, Aowin in the Western Region and Nii Okai Laryea, Mp for Amasaman among others unfortunately lost seats and would eventually bid Parliament farewell in 2020. Fortunately for the NDC majority of its sitting MPs who contested the primaries were retained by their constituents.  It will be in the interest of the party if the remaining of the 70 who will be contesting in the next round of primaries will pass the test. This is because experience counts a lot in the law-making House. It is against this background that we commend MPs like Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, John Jinapor, Alhassan Sahiyini,…

Killings of Personnel of The Ghana Police Service

There is a saying that, “if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?” This can be paraphrased to mean if the criminals are killing the security personnel, what will happen when they mean to kill civilians? Yes, it is a very important question to look at as the odds are severely against the citizens of this country in respect of safety and security. With the rising number of killings of police personnel in this country recently, it appears that the safety and security of the citizenry appear very gloomy but the security experts say it is not that bad. What makes the situation bothersome is the fact that, the very security personnel who are supposed to provide security to the citizens are themselves not secured. In Akan, there is a fascinating adage which literally means, when a naked person promises you clothing, listen to his name. The killings of the police, these days are becoming one too many and such situation creates the impression that the…