Does Mahama deserve another term – Factual analysis of his first term


Since 1992, Ghana has had five different presidents, three of whom have had

two terms of four years totalling eight years each. Late President John Evans

Atta Mills had his first tenure truncated by nature.

Former President John Dramani Mahama took over the mantle of leadership and completed the remaining few months of the late President before winning the 2012 general election to assume his own mandate. However, he was denied a second term

by the electorates in 2016.

Former president Mahama is contesting again in the upcoming 2024 elections

hence, the need to analyse his first term to ascertain whether he deserves

another term or not.

This article analyzes former president Mahama’s first term based on secondary

quantitative data gathered from some relevant state institutions. Let’s start

with his challenges and how he dealt with them and analyze his achievements

based on the data if there were any.

Challenges Mahama faced:

Election Petition:

The first major challenge that confronted John Mahama
during his presidency

was the election petition challenging his victory. The then-opposition New

Patriotic Party did not believe John Mahama won the 2012 election; they

consequently filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the results. The

petition dragged on for about eight months before the court affirmed that he

won the election as declared by the Electoral Commission. Undoubtedly, this affected his presidency, as did the uncertainty of not knowing what the verdict would be.

Energy Crises:

Immediately after the election petition, former president Mahama was hit with

another major challenge. Between 2013 and 2015, there was massive energy

crises that affected businesses, productivity, and growth. The generational

reoccurrences of the energy crises were attributed to decades of lack of

investment in the energy sector.

The former president procured two major emergency power plants, i.e.

the Karpowership 450MW and the AMERI plant 250MW to address the energy

crises. Undoubtedly, businesse
s were hit by the energy crises, and jobs and livelihoods were lost, but the generational problem was eventually solved by the former president by the end of December 2015.

Mahama’s achievements:

Quantitative data gathered from the Ministry of Health website, Ghana

Educational services and other relevant sources revealed the following projects undertaken between 2012 and 2016.

The construction of Terminal (T3) of Kotoka International Airport, a 420-bed

Accra Regional Hospital, 617-bed Unit University of Ghana Medical Hospital,

Bank of Ghana Medical Hospital, Circle Interchange, Tamale Airport, Second phase of the Tamale Teaching Hospital Expansion Project, Kumasi Airport expansion, Ho Airport, Kejetia Market project between 2012 and 2016.

Moreover, between 2012 and 2016, Bolgatanga Regional Hospital had 160-bed

Upper West Regional Hospital and the 250-bed Ashanti Regional Hospital at

Sewua-Kumasi, 500-bed Afari Military Hospital Project in Kumasi, 104-bed

Police Hospital Project and 130-bed Maritime
Hospital in Tema constructed. The Accra Digital Centre (ADC), Kumawu Hospital, Asawase, Tafo, Krofuom, and Kotokoraba markets were also constructed between 2012 and 2016.

The Ghana Export-Import Bank (EXIM Bank), the Bukom Sports Complex,

Saglemi Housing Project, expansion of the Takoradi Habour and 124 E-Blocks

were constructed in John Mahama’s first term.

John Mahama also completed the Teshie desalination plant and the Kpong water

expansion project, the ATMA project to expand access to urban water supply

in Accra, the Wa water supply project, and the 3Ks project, covering Kumawu,

Konongo and Kwahu.

In the road sector, some of the major roads constructed during this period are:

Achimota-Ofankor, Awoshie-Pokuase, Sofoline, Tetteh Quarshie-Adenta, the

Kasoa overhead bridge, the Airport Hills/Burma Camp network of roads, the

37-El Wak-Trade Fair road and the continuation of the Eastern Corridor roads.

Economy:

By December 2016, the data indicates that 1 United States Dollar (USD) was

equal to GHC
4.1 (he inherited 1 to 2) and 1 Great Britain Pound Sterling (GBP)

was equal to GHC 5.90 (he inherited 1 to 3.2). The country’s Debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was 54 percent, the national debt stock had reached

GHC 122.6 billion.

The year-on-year inflation rate as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI)

was 15.4 percent in December 2016, down by 0.1 percentage point from the

15.5 percent recorded in November 2016.

Corruption:

Despite the allegations of corruption, in 2016, Transparency International’s

released their corruption perception index (CPI) and the NDC’s is their worst

performance of 43 since 2009, yet it was better than the NPP’s best CPI

performance of 41 in 2023.

The data indicate that John Mahama prosecuted his own appointees, which is

rare in Ghanaian politics. He prosecuted his appointee, the former Executive

Director of the National Service, Alhaji Alhassan Imoro, in 2015 for stealing

GHC100 million.

He also prosecuted his own party member and appointed Mr. Abuga Pele f
or

corruption, who was jailed for 6 years. Mr. Abuga Pele is the former NDC

Member of Parliament for the Chiana-Paga constituency, and the former head of

the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Agency (GYEEDA).

Facts:

There were allegations of corruption and economic challenges under his

regime. However, in four years of his presidency, he contributed to

the infrastructural development of this country than any other president since

1992. He has invested in the country’s energy, water, health, education, technology, roads and transport, economy, housing, and agriculture sectors.

Verdict:

Based on the facts derived from the relevant data on former president

Mahama’s first tenure, his contributions to infrastructural development in all

sectors are the highest since 1992, with 60 major physical infrastructural

projects in the country in four years. John Dramani Mahama deserves a second

term.

Source: Ghana Web

Late Ejisu MP laid to rest ?

The mortal remains of the former Member of Parliament (MP) of Ejisu, Dr John Ampontua Kumah, was on Saturday laid to rest at Onwe, his hometown, near Ejisu, at a solemn ceremony amid glowing tributes.

Dr Kumah, who was also a Deputy Minister of Finance, died on March 7, 2024, after a short illness.

The Vice President, Dr Mohamudu Bawumia, who led a government delegation to observe the final funeral rites, eulogised the late lawmaker for his contribution to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and to national development.

He recounted the support he received from Dr Kumah in his bid to become the flag-bearer of the NPP.

‘True to his public pledge, John supported me strongly, when I finally announced my decision to contest as flag-bearer of the party, campaigning with me at every nuke and cranny of the country,’ Dr Bawumia said.

‘He desired to see me win the December election and I pray that God will grant his desires for me and the party and the country.’

Born on August 4, 1978 at Ejisu Odaho in the Ashanti Reg
ion, Dr Kumah attended Opoku Ware for his secondary education.

He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with Philosophy from the University of Ghana and a Professional Law Degree from the Ghana School of Law.

He earned an a Master’s of Business Administration in Finance from GIMPA in 2009.

Dr Kumah was admitted to the Ghana Bar as a solicitor and legal practitioner in 2013.

He was elected as MP of Ejisu in the 2020 General Election and appointed a Deputy Finance Minister in April, 2021.

Tears and heartfelt tributes flowed at the burial service as family, government functionaries, and constituents poured their hearts out to the former Deputy Finance Minister, eulogising him for his contributions to the welfare of humanity.

Many commented on his remarkable legacy and achievements, even at age 45.

Among the mourners were MPs, Ministers of state, chiefs, party members, friends and sympathisers.

He was survived by his widow, Lilian, and six children.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Dr. Bawumia is a man who opens up to all regardless of religious affiliation – Coalition of Upper East Imams and Zongo Chiefs


The Upper East Regional Council of Imams and Zongo Chiefs has praised the Flagbearer of the NPP, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, for his compassion and openness to all, regardless of a person’s religious or political background.

In a citation presented to Dr. Bawumia on Friday, during a meeting with the NPP Flagbearer, the Council described Dr. Bawumia as “welcoming to everyone regardless of their political and religious inclinations.”

The Imams and Chiefs also commended Dr. Bawumia for keeping his promises, following the numerous supports he has extended to communities and individuals.

The citation also praised Dr. Bawumia for his work as Vice President, describing him as the best Vice President Ghana has ever had.

Below is the text of the full citation presented to Dr. Bawumia:

“Dr. Bawumia is a man who opens up to all regardless of religious affiliation” – Upper East Council of Imams and Zongo Chiefs

The Upper East Regional Council of Imams and Zongo Chiefs has praised the Flagbearer of the NPP, Dr. Mahamudu B
awumia, for his compassion and openness to all, regardless of a person’s religious or political background.

In a citation presented to Dr. Bawumia on Friday, during a meeting with the NPP Flagbearer, the Council described Dr. Bawumia as “welcoming to everyone regardless of their political and religious inclinations.”

The Imams and Chiefs also commended Dr. Bawumia for keeping his promises, following the numerous supports he has extended to communities and individuals.

The citation also praised Dr. Bawumia for his work as Vice President, describing him as the best Vice President Ghana has ever had.

Below is the text of the full citation presented to Dr. Bawumia:

“We, the coalition of Imams and Zongo Chiefs of the Upper East Region, do present to you this citation of honour in recognition of your immeasurable and valuable contributions to us and the region at large.

You have shown us over the years that you are indeed a man of action, one who delivers on his promises and is welcoming to everyone regardles
s of their political inclination, religious, or tribal background.

These qualities have added to the reasons why you have been the most effective and impactful Vice President ever in the history of Ghana’s politics. It suffices to say that you have brought respect, recognition, and intellectual discourse into Ghanaian politics and that you have become a model for many in our Zongo communities, for which your political contributions thus far have made your name (Bawumia) indelibly written in our Zongos.

Just as your digitalization agenda is felt by the young and old in the country, so are your various personally financed projects in the Zongo communities of the Upper East Region.

You are not only an asset to the NPP and Zongos but a national asset and one that must be jealously guarded. We wish you Godspeed and pray for Allah’s guidance and favour on you. We pray to Allah to let your campaign messages be understood and accepted by the Ghanaian electorate and grant you your utmost desires to ascend beyond wh
ere you are. Peace be unto you.”

Source: Ghana Web

ECG working to fix storm-affected cables at Yilo Krobo

Mr. Christopher Apawu, the Krobo District Manager of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), has given assurance to residents that staff of the company are working assiduously to restore power to places that were affected by the rainstorm.?

A rainstorm that occurred on Thursday, May 16, 2024, caused havoc to some of the cables providing power to areas such as Kpogunor and Somanya, leading to the curtailing of power supply.

Mr. Apawu told the media that some stakeholders on the company’s stakeholder WhatsApp platform immediately shared the issues of the fallen cables, leading to the faults and maintenance team of the ECG Krobo District going to work in a bid to fix all the anomalies and restore supply to customers.?

He said they were hopeful of restoring power to all affected areas, indicating that some of the issues had already been solved while work was still ongoing to supply power to the other affected areas by Sunday.?

He advised the general public to ensure their safety during storms, as a number of
ripped roofs, uprooted trees, fallen billboards, and poles had been recorded in recent times.

‘The public should endeavour to stay away from broken cables at any point in time and also please inform the power distributor to fix them to avoid any devastation from possible electricity-related causes,’ he said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Eric Tetteh, the Yilo Krobo Municipal Chief Executive, has appreciated the staff of the ECG Krobo District for their swiftness and dedication to restoring power supply after the rainstorm.

Mr. Tetteh, who had witnessed one of the fault teams working throughout Friday and on Saturday to restore power, said, ‘It was yesterday that I appreciated the work of ECG in earnest. The tragedy at my stretch was devastating. ECG boss and your team, ayekoo.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

Family converges at cemetery to invoke curses on Nana Agradaa over alleged gold theft, assault


Following a series of public demonstrations at the Parliament House and other institutions against Evangelist Patricia Asiedua for allegedly taking possession of her pot of gold, a woman named Sarah, accompanied by her relatives, has resorted to spiritual methods in an attempt to reclaim their asset and curse the self-proclaimed Evangelist.

It can be recalled that Sarah and her daughter were seen at the Parliament House, fervently protesting against Evangelist Asiedua, popularly known as Nana Agradaa.

Sarah accused her of stealing their pot of gold and engaging in an assault that involved an acid attack on her daughter.

Yet, their endeavors to recover the gold have remained unsuccessful. In a new development, they have been captured at a cemetery engaging in rituals and invoking curses on Nana Agradaa.

Adorned in garments of black and red, Sarah and some members of her family were seen pouring libation and chanting incantations against Nana Agradaa in their Nzema language.

A video circulating online capt
ures these family members as they invoke Nana Agradaa’s name and vehemently bestow curses upon her.

The Earlier Street Protest

On Thursday, May 16, 2024, Sarah, aged 30, and her daughter took to the streets to protest against Rev. Patricia Oduro Asiedua, also known as Nana Agradaa, the General Overseer of Heaven Way Chapel.

Sarah alleged that Nana Agradaa was involved in the theft of gold, fraud, and an acid attack on the young girl.

Police sources confirmed receiving a notification of the protest from Sarah Abraham, who also expressed her intention to submit petitions to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and other relevant bodies seeking justice.

According to those close to Sarah, her determined pursuit is to recover the gold and secure justice for her daughter, who is believed to have been the victim of an acid attack, a repercussion of the ongoing battle over the treasured metal.

Her notification of protest to the police stated, “We write to notify the Police of our intention to hold a peaceful t
wo-person protest on Thursday, May 16, 2024, from the hours of 9:00 am to 11:00 noon.

The purpose of this protest is to draw the public’s attention to Rev. Patricia Oduro Asiedua, the General Overseer of the Heaven Way Chapel, known in public life as Nana Agradaa and Evangelist Mama Pat, on an alleged criminal gold theft and acid assault.

The protest will start from the Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange in Accra, and the petitions to the Inspector General of Police, the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), the Speaker of Parliament, the Chief Justice, and Peace Watch Ghana will be presented afterward.”

Source: Ghana Web

MOJAGD, ActionAid Ghana hold National forum on UN Legally Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights

The Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Department (MOJAGD) and ActionAid Ghana have held a national stakeholders forum on the United Nations Legally Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights (UN LBI).

The Treaty, among others, is to advance the fundamental principles of human rights within the context of business practices towards fostering a more just and equitable society.

Following an intersessional meeting held in Accra in 2023, the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice is preparing to attend the 10th session in October 2024 to discuss further the position of the African region on the UN LBI.

As the lead institution in the negotiation of the Legally Binding Instrument on Business and Human Rights (LBI) for Ghana and the African state, the MOJAGD held the national forum to solicit the views of key stakeholders.

The views elicited would be collated to form Ghana’s opinion in the upcoming meeting to negotiate the text of the treaty.

In June 2014, the UN Human Rights Council to
ok steps to elaborate an international legally binding instrument to regulate the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises.

Mr Alfred Tuah-Yeboah, Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Minister of Justice, speaking at the opening of the national forum, said the meeting was particularly relevant as Ghana considered the draft legally binding treaty and made inputs to it bearing in mind the peculiar circumstances of Ghana and its challenges.

Pertinent among them, he said, was the application of the future Treaty and that for the Treaty to make any meaningful impact, there needed to be an insistence in line with Resolution 26/9 to regulate the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises which were transnational.

‘It should also cover all activities along the value chain of these businesses. This must of necessity include all companies that contribute to the transnational corporations’ operations, as well as contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers of go
ods and digital and non-digital services with which the parent company has formal or informal business relations.

The Deputy Attorney General said investors, shareholders, banks, pension funds, and other financiers of transnational corporations could also be held responsible for human rights violations committed by the transnational corporations they financially supported.

Mr Tuah-Yeboah said it was important, thus, to consider that the Treaty must establish clear and direct obligations of transnational corporations to uphold human rights and must establish strong and effective provisions to guarantee the rights of those affected by activities of transnational corporations.

‘We must not forget that the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment is a human right and that environmental crimes are intrinsically connected to human rights violations,’ he said.

He further stated that transnational corporations were the biggest contributors to environmental pollution and the destruction of biodiversi
ty, harming both people and the ecosystem and that all that needed to be protected under the Treaty.

The Treaty, the Deputy Minister of Justice said, must also prevent corporate capture, and that through corporate lobbyists and associations, transnational corporations had been given privileged access to multilateral decision-making spaces, thus influencing outcomes.

‘The rights of people are thereby sacrificed on the altar of greedy commercialization. The Treaty must address this injustice,’ he reiterated.

Mr Tuah-Yeboah said the Treaty must also include provisions on criminal, civil, and administrative liability and that references to domestic law being superior to the draft Treaty must be eliminated in order not to render the Treaty ineffective.

Mr Joseph Whittal, Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), said the development of a legally binding treaty (LBI) on BHR was a good move which the Commission strongly supported.

According to him, a binding treaty would
challenge all State parties to do everything possible to protect BHR and ensure compliance by businesses. With that, he said a binding treaty will come with reporting obligations and possible sanctions.

The CHRAJ Commissioner said it was important that Ghana took a national position on some of the provisions and pushed it forcefully, and that the national stakeholders should facilitate consensus on a national position on the draft Convention.

Mr John Nkow, Country Director, ActionAid Ghana, said the national stakeholder’s forum held particular significance for ActionAid, which advocates for the rights of marginalized communities and vulnerable populations, especially women and children.

For ActionAid, he said, the need for a legally binding treaty on business and human rights was not merely a matter of policy but a moral imperative.

‘Too often, we have witnessed first-hand the devastating impact of corporate activities on the lives and livelihoods of those least able to defend themselves. From forced evic
tions and environmental degradation to labour exploitation and land grabs, the violations are manifold and egregious.’

In its recent climate change campaign #FixTheFinance, ActionAid is calling on financial institutions to invest more in agroecology to save the environment and mitigate the effects of climate change rather than fossil fuel explorations by transnational corporations.

In that context, the Country Director said, the textual review of the draft treaty assumed paramount importance.

He urged the stakeholders to scrutinise the proposed language, identify potential gaps or loopholes, and advocate for amendments that strengthen protections for human rights, particularly women’s rights, and enhance mechanisms for accountability.

‘Only through a robust and comprehensive review can we ensure that the final treaty reflects the aspirations and demands of those most affected by corporate misconduct,’ he advocated.

‘The rights of people are thereby sacrificed on the altar of greedy commercialization. The
Treaty must address this injustice,’ he reiterated.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana has truly become a two-nation state, one for the rich and one for the poor


We all know Ghana is currently in crisis. You can blame it on whatever you want: COVID-19, Ukraine, Israel, Trump, the world’s economic situation, El Nino, climate change, our economic management team, President Akufo-Addo, former President Mahama, free senior high school education, overborrowing, etc. Each politician will explain the trouble we are in in his/her own way.

But honestly, I really don’t care anymore whose fault it is. What I care about is the result of the policies of the last 15 years, and especially the last seven years. Two different political areas with two different policy lines and mostly with the same results: corrupt government officials and employees.

Born a Dutchman, I often use Dutch sayings and one of them is: ‘It doesn’t matter if you are bitten by the cat or the dog; both hurt.’.

I remember how former President Mahama was completely destroyed by the media for his perceived corruption. And I see exactly the same happening today with President Akufo-Addo’s government.

Who is bad
and who is worse depends on who you speak to. To me, that’s a very difficult subject because how do you quantify the bad, worst, and worst? By money per transaction? by total amount missing? by the number of corrupt acts? or by the number of people who get caught (and left of the hook)? Corrupt people don’t keep accounts; that’s why even being not corrupt is not easy to prove (ask Cecilia Abena Dapaah).

Let’s stick to the ‘two Ghanas’. Where Palestinian people would have been very happy with a two-state solution in what we call today Israel, I am not pleased with two Ghanas within our borders.

Let me clarify who I am before stating why I am not happy with two Ghanaian borders. I am a profound liberal, and in my native Netherlands, liberalism is represented by the VVD (translated to the People’s Party for Freedom). The VVD is a party on the right side of the political arena and just like NPP, it is united to a worldwide federation of liberals. Most of these parties follow stricter fiscal rules and are on the
conservative side.

The main reason for Kwame Nkrumah to break with the UGCC was that his ideas were more socialist than conservative and although CPP is still claiming to be a socialist-based party, NDC is also a party based on (at least pragmatic) socialism.

Some of the main ideologies of socialism-based parties are: We are all equal and we are all important in life. Every person should have access to the same possibilities in life, etc. Unfortunately, that hasn’t worked under CPP, NDC, or anywhere in the world.

Leftist governments in general tend to do more for the poor, and rightist governments make sure the rich don’t get poor.

In Ghana, it doesn’t always work like that. The NDC won the elections with a sympathy vote for President Mahama after the death of Prof. Atta-Mills, and the NPP won the election with free education, which in the ‘real world’ would be a leftist subject. But it worked, and the NPP and President Akufo-Addo consequently won the elections, laying the foundation for the bankruptcy of
Ghana. In other countries, free education is paid with tax money. In Ghana, people who have never paid tax and will probably never pay tax now enjoy no tax and no school fees.

Let’s get back to two Ghanas and why I am not happy with that.

In the last seven years, the rich have grown richer and the poor have become poorer. The only ones who can tell me if that is by mistake or well-planned are the current people in government.

So my question to all the MPs of the NPP, deputy ministers, ministers, Vice President Bawumia, and President Akufo-Addo is: is the creation of ‘two Ghanas,’ one for the rich and another for the poor, a deliberate plan or an undesirable consequence?

I am not poor and not rich; I don’t have millions in the bank; I don’t drive Range Rovers and Mercedes; and I don’t have a penthouse in London or Dubai. But I have a great life in Ghana and don’t need all of that to be or feel rich.

I noticed that so-called rich people in Ghana are looking down on poorer people and avoiding contact with t
hem if they are not their workers, nannies, drivers, or security guards. Ghana’s elite hangs out with Ghana’s elite at places where the elite, rich, and wannabe rich are hanging out.

In the past, in Ghana, it was to stay with your race and your tribe. Today, stay with your class. High-class and perceived-high-class people bring their children to high-class schools, have private doctors visit private hospitals, go to high-end churches, shops, events, restaurants, and hotels, and go on holidays to high-end destinations.

Low-class (sadly called) people, but actually meaning being poor, have poor friends; their children go to government schools, go to cheap drinking spots, go to simple churches, and remain in their circle of “poverty.’. Maybe that is how it has always been, but I have noticed a significant change over the last 5-6 years.

I often move between Aburi, where I live, Cantonments, where I work, and Dzorwulu, where I have a guesthouse. I pass through Airport Residential, Labone, Accra Mall, and Legon
. All are so-called high- or upper-class neighborhoods, and if you only frequent them, you might think Accra is looking good.

But I also move through and inside Madina, Labadi, Osu, Teshi, Korlegonu, Latorbiokorshi, and others like them, and they look worse than ever.

I like the company of my ‘high-class’ and well-educated friends, but I also love to get my Tuo Zafi at one of the illegal shops at the airport railway, which is more than overpriced sushi for the upper ten in Accra. I appreciate my large Club beer at my drinking spot in Osu more than my mini Club in one of the upmarket bars and restaurants. My khebab from Alhaji, a street vendor behind the Bank of Ghana, has more taste than a copy of European food in any upper-class, overpriced restaurant in Accra.

But the main reason I love to go to all those kinds of places is that I, just like my wife, love interacting with ordinary people, the normal mainstream of Ghanaians. Kwame in his wheelchair is a good friend; Yaw is always begging for a beer as wel
l; another interesting friend who comes to my house always needs transportation; and at my spot in Osu, I have my sober and almost always drunk friends to talk to. Whenever we have a party or celebrate a birthday, my mason, carpenter, and workers are always present.

While doing that and driving to our rich and poorer neighborhoods, I noticed that roads in the earlier-mentioned high-class areas have newly laid asphalt, and in the poorer areas, potholes are growing bigger by the day.

In the rich areas, luxury apartments are shooting up by the day, and there is zero investment in social housing for the poor. Simple people around Accra are paid peanuts for their land to build closed communities for the rich.

More international schools and universities are opening, but education in the rural and poor parts of the cities is completely neglected.

Salaries of government employees, led by the Bank of Ghana, are going up while others are prepared to work for accommodation plus whatever you are prepared to pay.

Ren
al patients are suffering and dying whilst our rich fly to the UK and Turkey for a Brazilian butt. Airports are shooting up around the country, whilst the vast majority of Ghanaians will probably never sit in an airplane. Tax holidays are given to Ghanaians who are rich, while the poor have to stay quiet when they see how much tax is being withheld from their desperately needed salary. The group in the middle, the average middle class (like me), is starting to feel the pain as well, and I wonder where this will end.

Ghana has truly become a two-nation state, one for the rich and one for the poor.

Source: Ghana Web

Chiefs urged to lobby for employment for youth

Chiefs in Ada have been urged to lobby the government and companies to provide jobs for the teeming unemployed youth within their localities to help develop the communities.

Mr. Christian Lawerh Anim, a legal practitioner, said providing the youth with employment would also help maintain peace and tranquilly in the communities, especially as the general elections approach.

Mr. Anim described the high unemployment rate among the youth as a dangerous phenomenon and a time bomb, which explosion could cause dire consequences to society; hence, the chiefs must make the effort to get their subjects jobs.

He made the call when speaking at a royal conference on the theme: ‘the role of chiefs and queen mothers in restoring the lost glory of the state and their communities.’?

He made a presentation on the threats and challenges faced by today’s youth and the roles of chiefs and the church in fostering development.

He noted that chiefs receive greater recognition from politicians who could facilitate youth admissio
ns into tertiary schools, nursing training, and other industries, but the traditional authorities often failed to use that advantage.

He indicated that about 1.5 million Ghanaian youth were unemployed because authorities failed to pay close attention to them in the communities.

The lawyer emphasised that many youth, therefore, harbour some resentment towards chiefs, suspecting that they might have diverted funds meant for community development to live in luxury.

He stated that most cases of robbery and other heinous crimes stem from unemployment, adding that the unemployment situation could drive desperate youth to sell their organs and semen for money.

He claimed that these organs and semen are sometimes used in rituals for others and could have some spiritual effect on the donors.

Mr. Anim noted that research had shown that there was a heightened danger posed to society when people go hungry, as hunger could drive individuals to engage in abnormal behaviours.

He appealed to the chiefs to develop cordi
al?relationships with the youth and assist them in solving some of their problems.

Source: Ghana News Agency