One-District-One-Factory: ‘a work of parts’

A UK newspaper ‘The Sun’ on Friday May 6, 2011 had a two-paragraph story titled ‘Dismantled Camera – Work of Parts’ by Kate Jackson.

The story was about an artist, Todd Mclellan who carefully takes apart everyday items and snaps the components. He called his activity the Disassembling Project.

One of such projects was a Dismantled Camera which had photographs of all the parts and his conclusion was that “A camera lies in hundreds of master pieces”.

Going by the Disassembling Project process, the One-District-One-Factory policy or initiative can only be achieved if all the parts connected to it are well and properly organized, trained and led to the pursuit of its goal.


The Ministry of Trade and Industry which is the sector ministry in charge of the One-District-One-Factory must step up a little more than what it is doing now to bring ordinary Ghanaian traders to accept to build the factories other than receiving first class Business Plans from the current ‘elite’ companies within and outside the country. Conscious effort should be made to organize the locals to team up for setting up companies in various sectors and this can take the form of shareholdings.

Consultants can be engaged to plan it properly so that most of the companies can be owned by Ghanaians. It can begin ordinarily from collecting data from potential shareholders on areas they will want to invest, no matter how small their monies may be. This can go on and on to other levels.


Those who express interest in the ownership of such factories should receive specific training, aimed at equipping them with necessary skills to pursue the goals of the initiative. The more skilled, knowledgeable and capable the potential owners, the better they will be able to contribute positively towards the achievement of the goals set out in the policy.

I participated in the Entrepreneurship Summit organized by Constellar Institute for Creative Studies this week, and I was impressed by the passsion of the organizers in ensuring that the initiative comes to fruition. My hope is that they will continue to provide specialized training to participants to prepare them for the task ahead.

These participants if specially trained can help establish and grow the kind of companies the government intends for the country.

Through such training, other professionals can be engaged to be on stand-by to act as consultants for the project on specialized areas as accounting, marketing, procurement, inventory management, information technology, legal and human resource and many more.


Participants and those who have expressed interests in working in this area either as owners, executives (suppliers, consultants, etc) should be given very clear leadership roles so that the dream of One-District-One-Factory can be pursued to its logical end where the expected results will or can definitely be achieved.

Clearly defined leadership roles will help interested persons know specifically the way to go, from one point to the other.


Great is the idea of One-District-One-Factory and great is the work of a partner like Constellar Institute for Creative Studies; but greater it will be if the participants get the savoir faire and directions to make the initiative a reality

Source: Ghana |  Louis Atta Poku


Mahama asks: Africa’s 830 million young people by 2050; Promise or peril?

Last month, Spanish charity workers rescued 167 migrants arriving from Africa aboard a small boat. 2016 was the deadliest for migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean, with at least 3800 deaths recorded. Most know the dangers they face on the route, yet still choose the possibility of death in overcrowded and unseaworthy vessels over the hopelessness of life in areas they reside.

Consider this. Every 24 hours, nearly 33,000 youth across Africa join the search for employment. About 60% will be joining the army of the unemployed. A report from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees released this month claims that seven in ten of those heading for Europe are not refugees fleeing war or persecution, but economic migrants in search of better lives. 12 August 2017, is International Youth Day.

Africa’s youth population is growing rapidly and is expected to reach over 830 million by 2050. Whether this spells promise or peril depends on how the continent manages its “youth bulge”. According to the World Bank, 40% of people who join rebel movements are motivated by lack of economic opportunity.

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres noted, “The frustration generated in young people that have no hope in the future is a major source of insecurity in today’s world. And it is essential that when Governments plan their economic activities, when the international community develops forms of cooperation, they put youth employment, youth skills at the centre of all priorities…” Some estimates indicate that more than half a million Africans migrated to European Union countries between 2013 and 2016, adding to the millions flowing in from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghnistan and parts of Asia.

Many of Africa’s young people remain trapped in poverty that is reflected in multiple dimensions, blighted by poor education, access to quality health care, malnutrition and lack of job opportunities. For many young people–and especially girls– the lack of access to sexual and reproductive health services is depriving them of their rights and the ability to make decisions about their bodies and plan their families. This is adversely affecting their education and employment opportunities.

According to UNDP’s Africa Human Development Report for 2016, gender inequalities cost sub-Saharan Africa US$ 95 billion annually in lost revenue. Women’s empowerment and gender equality needs to be at the top of national development plans.

Between 10 and 12 million people join the African labour force each year, yet the continent creates only 3.7 million jobs annually. Without urgent and sustained, the spectre of a migration crisis looms that no wall, navy or coastguard can hope to stop. “The future of Africa’s youth does not lie in migration to Europe, but in a prosperous Africa”, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, has said.

Africa’s population is expected to reach around 2.3 billion by 2050. The accompanying increase in its working age population creates a window of opportunity, which if properly harnessed, can translate into higher growth and yield a demographic dividend. In the wake of the Second World War, the Marshall Plan helped to rebuild shattered European economies in the interests of growth and stability. We need a plan of similar ambition that places youth employment in Africa at the centre of development.

For example, one sector that Africa must prioritise is agribusiness, whose potential is almost limitless. Makhtar Diop, World Bank Vice President for Africa Region has said, “We cannot overstate the importance of agriculture to Africa’s determination to maintain and boost its high growth rates, create more jobs, significantly reduce poverty….”. The World Bank says African agriculture and agribusiness could be worth US $1 trillion by 2030.

Agriculture can help people overcome poor health and malnutrition. Given the importance of agriculture for the livelihoods of the rural poor, agricultural growth has the potential to greatly reduce poverty – a key contributor to poor health and undernutrition.

In the meantime, the aging demographic in many Western and Asian Tiger economies means increasing demand for skilled labour from regions with younger populations. It also means larger markets for economies seeking to benefit from the growth of a rapidly expanding African middle class. Consumer spending in Africa is projected to reach US $1.4 trillion in the next three years and business-to-business spending to reach $3.5 trillion in the next eight years. Whether the future of Africa is promising or perilous will depend on how the continent and the international community moves from stated intent to urgent action and must give special priority to those SDGs that will give the continent a competitive edge through its youth.

The core SDGs of ending poverty, ensuring healthy lives and ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education all have particular resonance with the challenge of empowering youth and making them effective economic citizens. As we mark International Youth Day, there is hope. Many young people in Africa are taking charge of their futures. There is a rising tide of entrepreneurship sweeping across Africa spanning technology, IT, innovation, small and medium enterprises. They are creating jobs for themselves and their communities.

The African Development Bank is working on creating 25 million jobs and equipping at least 50 million youth to realize their full economic potential by 2025. The African Union established the theme for 2017 as “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend Through Investments in Youth.” This will determine Africa’s enormous promise to realise its economic and social potential as well as reap a demographic dividend.

Source: Ghana | John Dramani Mahama| Former President of Ghana

The struggle for independence and the unique role of UGCC

The independence of Ghana, appeared to be a mirage, until the United Gold Coast Convention was birthed on August 4, 1947 at Saltpond; thankfully, its formation became the springboard towards our attainment of Statehood. The independence of Ghana was not realized on a silver platter; as a matter of fact, it took years of struggle, pain, disappointment, betrayal, and even deaths before we were able to gain freedom from our colonial overlords—the British. The patriots, who sacrificed their energy, resources, and lives deserve commendation and must be celebrated.

Long before the attainment of independence, some of our patriotic forefathers in the Gold Coast decided to take a keen interest in the affairs of the country by ensuring that the interests and property of the people are protected. For instance, in 1897, the Aborigines Rights’ Protection Society (ARPS) was formed to protect the indigenes of their land right. Thus, when the colonial government introduced a Forest Ordinance in 1911, the Aborigines’ Society led the agitation to stop the foreign interference in the affairs of the people, which they considered to be the indivisible right of the indigenes. The Society was able to prevent the colonial administration from passing the ordinance until 1926. Although, the ARPS was not a political party, but a pressure group, its activities, especially the resistance to the passage of the Forest Ordinance was very important in the fight for self-determination.

In fact, before the First World War, it was hardly to find any African in the British Colonial Empire thinking or even dreaming of independence from their colonial masters. It was during and after the First World War that the consciousness of emancipation became alive among the people. The people had realized, though sadly, that their relationship with the British was one of servitude and not of dignity, and it was time they fought for their own destiny—one that will make them own their country and not ruled by aliens. According to Ofosu-Appiah (1974, p.23), the indigenes “began to realize very vividly that the relationship was a slave-master one which had replaced chattel slavery, and that, far from being British subjects, they were what I would call British objects! For the Britons were grade one citizens who, in emergencies, were called upon to exercise arbitrary authority over the natives.”

Another major determinant of the journey to freedom was the formation of the West African Conference in 1917, which later became the West African Congress in 1920. It was formed by J. E. Casely-Hayford, who hitherto, had accepted the certainty of colonial domination. The aim of the congress was to invite the West African colonies under the British to demand “self-determination” and “no taxation without representation.” Three of their most significant demands are that: self-government should be implemented to enable peoples of African descent to participate in the government of their own country, elective franchise should be granted, the system of nomination to the Legislative Council should be abolished because it is undemocratic (Ofosu-Appiah, 1974). Although the Congress disintegrated eventually, it should be stated emphatically that its formation and aims were very critical in the geopolitics at that time and contributed to the fight for freedom.

Again, the vibrancy of the media in the 1930s was a crucial landmark towards our attainment of independence. Upon returning from Britain after obtaining his B. A. Honours in Philosophy, LL. B, and Ph. D in Law and the Philosophy of the Mind, Dr. J. B. Danquah, established the first daily paper in the country in the 1900s. The paper was established in 1931 and was called the Times of West Africa. Due to the quality content of the paper, it was widely read across the colony, especially in Nigeria and Sierra Leone. By 1933, there were three papers in the country—The Times, The Spectator and The Gold Coast Independent. These papers provided the platform for intellectual discussions in the colony, and contributed to national consciousness or awakening among the people, especially the intelligentsia.

The vibrancy of the media within the period, led to K. A. B. Jones Quartey referring to that era as “The stormy Thirties of Gold Coast Journalism.” It must be noted that it was through the efforts of the journalists that enabled the people to demand that a delegation of chiefs and the people be sent to protest at the colonial office in London over the Criminal Code (Amendment) Ordinance, popularly referred to as the Sedition Bill, and the Water Works Ordinance of 1934. Dr. J. B. Danquah led the delegation as the secretary, and apart from the two demands stated above, they also, among others, wanted an increase in the number of Africans on the Legislative Council, the election of the provincial council members for the Eastern Province by the Whole Provincial Council, and non-chiefs becoming provincial members. Sadly, only the last request was granted.

The Big Six

The Idea to form a political party was conceived by J. B. Danquah and Mr. George Alfred Grant, who was a wealthy businessman living in Sekondi. In February 1947, J. B. Danquah visited him to pay his respects whilst attending High Court. Mr. Grant was not happy about the socio-economic problems at the time and said to Dr. Danquah, “Danquah, the country is slipping down the hill, and what are you doing about it?” Dr. J. B. Danquah replied, “I am in your hands, Sir.” This interaction led to a meeting among Dr. Danquah, Mr. F. Awoonor-Williams, Mr. R. S. Blay, and Mr. Grant. It was at this meeting that Mr. Grant revealed that he had had discussions with the leadership of the Aborigines Rights Protection Society—Mr. W. E. G. Sekyi, Mr. George Moore, and Mr. R. S. Wood, about the formation of a national movement. At the meeting which was held at Saltpond in April 1947, it was agreed that the Gold Coast People’s Party would be formed at Saltpond in August 1947.

However, on August 4, 1947, the United Gold Coast Convention was finally adopted as the name of the party. This day, unarguably, represents the most important step towards the attainment of independence in the Gold Coast. At the inauguration, Mr. Grant was elected the chairman for the occasion, and Dr. J. B. Danquah delivered the inaugural address. The address was so potent to the extent that it was able to create a national awareness, and a soul, yearning for freedom. After the speech, which was greeted with applause, Mrs. J. B. Eyeson mounted the podium and indicated, “Dr. Danquah, we had in the past given enthusiastic support to the cause of the Church. Today it is the cause of the nation. Women of the country are behind you.” (Ofosu-Appiah, 1974, p.52, 53).

It must be said without any equivocation, that the advent of the UGCC prepared the grounds for our independence. As the first political party in the country, their intentions and subsequent activities brought the attainment of independence within reach. It was the executive committee of the UGCC, upon the recommendation by Mr. Arko-Adjei that led to the invitation of Kwame Nkrumah to become the secretary of the convention. They paid his passage, and he arrived in the country on December 10, 1947. Again, he was the only person among the executive committee who was put on monthly salary. The decision to bring Dr. Nkrumah to help in the emancipation process underscores the significant role of the UGCC towards our independence.

After the 1948 riots—that led to the death of Sergeant Adjetey, Corporal Atipoe, and Private Odartey Lamptey, J. B. Danquah, a member of the executive committee of the UGCC wrote a long telegraph message to the Secretary of State for the colonies in the United Kingdom demanding the recall of Governor Creasy, the dispatch of a special Commissioner, the establishment of an interim government to be run by the UGCC, and a Constituent Assembly. Excerpt of the telegraph message states, “Unless Colonial Government is changed and new government of the people and their Chiefs installed at centre immediately outraged masses now completely out of control with strikes threatened in police quarters and rank and file police indifferent to orders of officers will continue and result in worse violent and irresponsible acts by uncontrolled people.”

Of a truth, the arrest and detention of the big six (J. B. Danquah, Edward Akufo-Addo, Ako-Adjei, E. Obetsebi-Lamptey, William Ofori-Atta and Kwame Nkrumah) made the Convention a nationalistic one with popular support across the country. Although, the objective of the Convention was the attainment of self-rule in the shortest possible time, it was steadily moving in that direction until Kwame Nkrumah broke away to form the Convention People’s Party—which had formed the government when independence was attained on 6th March, 1957.

From the above, it is clear that the independence struggle was both a process and struggle; it took patriotic Ghanaians to fight to win us the battle of freedom from colonial domination. Those persons who led the charge, especially the leadership of the UGCC deserve our commendation and respect. But, for patriots like Mr. Alfred Grant and Dr. J. B. Danquah, who came together to form a political movement to salvage the country from economic quagmire, and push for her eventual independence, and their invitation of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah to be part of the preparation towards independence, probably, 6th March, 1957 wouldn’t have become a reality.

The birth of UGCC is significant in our lives even today. It offers us the opportunity to live their dream—a dream of selflessness, patriotism, respect for the rule of law and personal liberties, freedom of speech and association, self-determination, and love for our country. We don’t have any other choice than to live this dream; it is a noble one, that when pursued, will lead to the progress of our nation. Our forebears laid the foundation, we have to build and make them proud in their grave. On the occasion of the 70th year anniversary of the UGCC, I join the numerous patriots of our time to applaud their memories, and never dying souls.

God bless Ghana!

Source: Ghana | Dr. Kingsley Nyarko | Executive Director, Danquah Institute

Why there must be a special prosecutor – and quickly, too!

Ideally, a change of government in a country should not bring about any recriminations and retributions.

People in the government become members of the “loyal” opposition. Their experience is useful to the country, because having just emerged from running things at the practical level, they can point out the loopholes in the proposals – usually conceived from a theoretical background – of the former opposition politicians who are now running the government.

But alas, that’s not the situation that this country is facing at the moment. One hears too many stories about the shameless pilfering allegedly carried out by some members of the past government who have become the new opposition.

Apart from blatantly taking huge sums of money out of the coffers of the state, some are alleged to have used their positions to acquire enormous plots of land, some of which used to belong to state institutions. Even individuals are alleged to have been were cowed into accepting the forceful of their legitimate properties, because they feared to go to court to incur the wrath of powerful members of the government.

One hears these stories and one asks: “But did the members of that government not know that they could one day be exposed?

And the answer comes out: “They never thought they would lose the election!”

And one sighs. For that explains a lot! Otherwise, how could sane people be unaware that it is dangerous to be so insensitive to public opinion?

Some formerly highly-placed persons are credited with so much alleged land-grabbing and property acquisition as make one ask: did it matter to them that they were embarrassing their entire administration by being so greedy?

And the answer is this: “When a human being becomes greedy, there’s NO LIMIT to where that greed can drive him/her!”


For even if one is not fearful of embarrassing oneself, one should take care not to embarrass one’s friends, relatives or business colleagues, for after all, one owes them some affection, if not respect.

By the way, it isn’t only in Ghana that people do not scruple to embarrass their friends in power by unduly tapping into political influence to enrich themselves. South Africa is currently in the throes of the ‘mother of all scandals’, arising out of the relationship between President Jacob Zuma, his son Duduzane and two Indian brothers, the Guptas. The inroads the Guptas have made into state businesses have reached such a stage that the phenomenon has been dubbed ignominiously as “state capture” (no less)!

Now, the South African economy is not child’s play, so when “state capture” is mentioned, it takes one’s breath away. We’re talking of billions of dollars made from contracts involving EKSOM (the state-owned electricity company); the South African Defence Force (warships and military aircraft that cost the earth); and so on.

From the proceeds of corrupt contracts, the Guptas have allegedly bought a magnificent edifice for Zuma in Dubai. They also bought air tickets and arranged for luxurious accommodation abroad for certain Cabinet Ministers, including the Minister who granted them South African citizenship with extraordinary speed.

Of course, the Guptas never thought they could ever be exposed. Nevertheless, they did take precautions to whitewash their image in South Africa: they hired a notorious British public relations firm called Bell Pottinger, to carry out “black operations” in the media on their behalf. This entailed (1) Bell Pottinger bribing South African journalists to carry out “soft” interviews with the Guptas, in which the Guptas would be allowed to deny any rumours about themselves and their relationship with the Zumas and other Ministers, without being seriously challenged and (2) using social media to blacken the names of those who opposed their relationship with members of the Government.

The clever term Bell Pottinger coined to malign those opposed to the cabal was an emotive one, namely, “white monopoly capital”! They knew that opposition to “white monopoly capital” was widespread within the ruling ANC and that ANC people would, by knee-jerk reaction, rally to defend the Zumas if they were convinced that “white monopoly capital” was indeed after their blood!

However, South African society is much more sophisticated than the Guptas bargained for: intimate Gupta emails, detailing their dealings with all manner of people, were leaked!

How devastating the exposure has been is revealed by one journalist, Justice Malala, who wrote that there was no use the Guptas denying the authenticity of the emails because “I am in them!”

Malala disclosed that Bell Pottinger had approached him to do an interview with the Guptas (!) and that he had insisted on certain conditions with which the Bell Pottinger contact person would not agree. The implication in Malala’s disclosure was that other journalists, unlike him, might have taken the Bell Pottinger shilling and “co-operated” in carrying out their black propaganda project.

In Ghana, we have not as yet had any leakage of emails (so far), but I am sure some are on the way. Certainly, the talk about dirty business deals engaged in by members of the previous government grows by the day. The troubling question is: what can be done about those corrupt deals?

If too much noise is made about the iniquities of the past administration, people have the right to ask, “Are they too not Ghanaians? Is what they did not Ghanaian in character? In making all this noise, are you not going to blacken the name of all Ghanaian politicians — and associates of politicians — and thereby create the harmful impression that businesses cannot be run successfully in Ghana without political patronage?”

Another question is this: “Will you not, by prying too much into the affairs of the past administration, be carrying out a witch-hunt? Isn’t the fear of witch-hunts one of the main reasons why governments in Africa take every precaution not to give up power? Isn’t that why there are so many totalitarian regimes on the continent”?

But that last question must be answered with another question: so, because we fear that investigating the crimes of corruption by a past administration can be misconstrued as a witch-hunt, we must allow blatant corruption to go unpunished?

Must the laws we have ourselves enacted, prohibiting –and punishing – corruption, be ignored, then? Isn’t every investigation of a crime a sort of witch-hunt? If you’re going to ignore some laws because applying them can be misinterpreted as a “witch-hunt”, then where will you draw the line?

Ther police want to check the papers of commercial vehicles to see whether they are insured or have passed a test for road safety?


Communities catching lazy people who steal other people’s plantain and/or goats?


Trying book-keepers and accountants who indulge in false accounting and fraud?


Yes – it’s as absurd as all that. Corruption is every bit a crime as those that have been sketched above. But it is worse, in that its effects are more widespread than is immediately apparent.

Corruption in awarding contracts for road construction, for instance, forces some contractors to cut corners and giving us dangerous roads. Dangerous roads, of course, kill people.

Corruption in the sale of public utilities ends up giving us utility companies that do not take the public interest into account when deciding on their charges. After all, the utilities must make profit in order to recoup any bribes they might have paid in obtaining their licences! Ask this: who in Ghana is satisfied with the charges levied for electricity today? Charges for mobile phone usage? The reach of potable water distribution – and its price?

No! We must eschew loose thinking. If no serious attempt is made to eliminate corruption, we shall be voting money for social development and not getting any social development whatsoever because the money does not go to provide development but is spirited into – private pockets!! And that will destabilise our society because the lack of development inevitably creates political discontent.

It is in consideration of the above facts that we must speedily create the office of a Public Prosecutor who will use a team of experts to investigate and publicly prosecute crimes associated with using the governmental machinery corruptly to make money.

The people who fear a witch-hunt must allow thenselves to be assured that the Public Prosecutor will carry out his/her duties in the public arena – i.e. before the open courts – so every evidence he/she unearths against accused persons can be seen and analysed by the general public, as well as by the courts. Witch-hunts, on the other hand, are usually carried out in secret by cults and/or cabals of exorcists!

Ipso facto, bringing evidence in court – publicly – against corrupt ex-officials (irrespective of the positions they formerly held in government) cannot amount to a witch-hunt.

The description of such a public process as a witch-hunt is therefore merely self-serving and has no merit. It should be dismissed with contempt.

Therefore, the Public Prosecutor Bill should be enacted with all dispatch.

Thereby, we shall make a beginning in trying to cut off the head of the corruption serpent.

We may not succeed completely, of course (because to fail is human.) But at least no-one can accuse us of not attempting to succeed!



**This article first appeared on Myjoyonline

The political lawyer: who is that? – Sampson Lardy

Lawyers are prohibited from instigating litigation, being controlled on how a case should be prosecuted, soliciting or hiring people to find them cases. They are also prohibited from and subject to punishment for professional misconduct if they share their fees with others.

It is difficult therefore to appreciate why a lawyer hired by a group of persons to prosecute the possible removal of a holder of office of an independent constitutional body is accused of doing a political hatchet job for his party.

If you have evidence of violation of the rules of professional conduct, why not produce same before the disciplinary body for investigations for possible sanctions?

The lawyer Maxwell Opoku Agyemang felt compelled to react that the law “had refined me filling me with maturity the temperament and comportment needed for this high risk profession.

Let me say that like that Gospel singer I was nobody but the Law made me somebody. That being the case like Job I take the assets and liabilities of the Law’s blessing.

The fruits of the spirit of the law [are] not vengeance, cronyism and emotional effusions but consummate professionalism to help and act for all manner of persons without fear, favour or ill will. The shepherd of the law should lay down his life for his clients against all odds as that is very pleasing to the master above.”

Yesterday, a good friend of mine, Gary Nimako Marfo, was in court fighting government (the interior minister and head of immigration) over the deportation of a foreigner. An officer of state in the well of the court remarked “but isn’t this lawyer the one who has been representing the NPP and Delta or Invincible forces?”

A judge recently said if you are in public office and have decided to personalise that office, too bad for you. I say if you are in public office and have decided to politicise it, very bad for you.

I represented youth employment staff perceived as NPP and handed a raw deal when the NDC assumed office in 2009. In 2017, I am representing youth employment staff who believe they are perceived as NDC and are being wrongly dealt with. Which party lawyer am I?

The NPP and NDC are not criminal organisations. So it is not a crime to belong to either party. A lawyer who is NPP is not expected to refuse to represent a person or entity only because that person or entity is NDC and vice versa.

In fact, that rather would be unprofessional as it also alters and limits the constitutional right of citizens to lawyers of their choice.

It is said that a truest test of maturity is the ability to disagree with someone while still remaining respectful.

Let’s built Ghana with good conscience, principle and conviction for right following law and due process in the national interest.

Source: Samson Lardy ANYENINI

** This story first appeared on Myjoyonline 

A patriot’s love for the Supreme Law – Samson Lardy

Today, in honour of a most consistent inspiring and illuminating irritant of the republic’s love-hate patriot of a one man think-tank journalist of every documents interceptor, I share just a couple of his favourite verses of the Ghanaian Constitution. Yeah, I just got to know on Thursday, during the CDD’s 13th annual Kronti Ne Akwamu lectures that Abdul Malik Kwaku Baako and I have special love for same portions of the country’s Supreme Law. I read out the following with little or no commentary, and invite you to pay close attention for one may be just all you need to quicken the true Ghanaian spirit in you for service to God and Country:

Article 1 (1) – The Sovereignty of Ghana resides in the people of Ghana in whose name and for whose welfare the powers of government are to be exercised in the manner and within the limits laid down in this Constitution. So you see, the power is yours.

He enjoys what article 3 charges us to do when a person or persons who commit high treason and by violent or other unlawful means, suspend or overthrow or abrogate the Constitution or any part of it. Clause (4) All citizens of Ghana shall have the right and duty at all times – (a) to defend this Constitution, and in particular, to resist any person or group of persons seeking to commit any of the acts referred to in clause (3) of this article; and (b) to do all in their power to restore this Constitution after it has been suspended, overthrown, or abrogated. The beauty of this is that if you killed to resist an unlawful disruption of the constitutional order, you commit no crime. In fact, you will be rewarded by the state.

Article 35 (1) – Ghana shall be a democratic state dedicated to the realization of freedom and justice; and accordingly, sovereignty resides in the people of Ghana from whom Government derives all its powers and authority through this Constitution. Again you see, the real power resides in you.

Article 15 (1) – The dignity of all persons shall be inviolable. (2) No person shall, whether or not he is arrested, restricted or detained, be subjected to – (a) torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; (b) any other condition that detracts or is likely to detract from his dignity and worth as a human being. Please do always insist on this your God-given birth right to be treated with dignity.

Article 41 – The exercise and enjoyment of rights and freedoms is inseparable from the performance of duties and obligations, and accordingly, it shall be the duty of every citizen – (f) to protect and preserve public property and expose and combat misuse and waste of public funds and property. Kwaku says thumbs up to the new movement of intellectual citizen activism as demonstrated by OccupyGhana, CitizenGhana et al who go to court to compel the state to do right by the citizens.

Article 162 (5) – All agencies of the mass media shall, at all times, be free to uphold the principles, provisions and objectives of this Constitution, and shall uphold the responsibility and accountability of the Government to the people of Ghana. The job of journalism is an enormous task.

Article 296 – Where in this Constitution or in any other law discretionary power is vested in any person or authority – (a) that discretionary power shall be deemed to imply a duty to be fair and candid; (b) the exercise of the discretionary power shall not be arbitrary, capricious or biased whether by resentment, prejudice or personal dislike and shall be in accordance with due process of law.

There you have it – only aspects 6 of the 299 articles.

Yesterday was your special day – Happy Birthday Abdul Malik Kwaku Baako.

Source: Samson Lardy ANYENINI

Jerry Rawlings: A mystery, historic and controversial leader

He ruled this country for 19 years amidst controversy. Jerry John Rawlings however, had his good sides despite the negative stories that characterised his rule, both as a military leader and later a civilian ruler.

Born on June 22, 1947, Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings is arguably the most popular ruler Ghana experienced apart from Kwame Nkrumah. He is also the youngest Head of State the country ever had.

At 32, the young military officer burst onto the political scene after leading the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) made of young military officers, in a coup d’état on June 4, 1979, that saw the overthrow of the Supreme Military Council (SMC II), another military regime led by General Fred Akuffo.

He initially handed power over to a civilian government headed by late former President Dr. Hilla Limann on September 24, 1979.

Rawlings later took back control of the country on December 31, 1981, as the Chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) and ruled the country for 11 years.

The charismatic ruler retired from the army in 1992, and formed the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on whose ticket he stood for president in the 1992 general elections and won with over 58%. He went on to win another election in 1996 and retired in 2000 after the constitution barred him from standing for a third term.

70 years, yet relevant

As the fascinating Ghanaian leader celebrates his 70th Birthday today, Thursday, June 22, 2017, two of his former subordinates –Nana Ato Dadzie, former Chief of Staff and Brigadier General Joseph Nunoo Mensah- have been sharing their experiences on the Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, about the man Jerry John Rawlings.

“He is an enigma; he is a historic person who is also controversial. I can’t believe that he is 70 years,” Ghana’s longest-serving Chief of Staff told host of the Show, Kojo Yankson.

 Nana Ato Dadzie

For Nana Ato Dadzie, Rawlings is “like a moral compass; you may agree with him [and] you may disagree with him but…that is Mr. Jerry Rawlings for you”.

Paraphrasing a quote from one of the books of Ali Mazrui, a famous African writer, the former Chief of Staff described Rawlings as:”The man who started as the greatest dictator but ended up delivering the greatest democratic assets to the whole of the [African] continent.”

According to him, the ex-leader was seen among his people as “a wonderful man and a light-hearted person”.

“I didn’t see him as a bully that people claimed he is; I didn’t see him as undemocratic as some people thought of him,” he said.

Even at 70, the Rawlings factor is still relevant in Ghana’s political history and he continues to make his voice heard on issues of morality, corruption and injustice to the extent that some persons in the NDC prefer he limits his criticism of the party he founded.

“Why should he keep quiet? He is a Ghanaian [and] he has constitutional rights,” said Nana Ato Dadzie.

Brig. Gen. Nuno Mensah 


To Brig. Gen. Nunoo-Mensah who is also a former Chief of Defense Staff, Jerry Rawlings is simply “a unique man”. “We don’t have anyone like him. In this country, I will mention Nkrumah and Jerry Rawlings. You will never have their kind in a century,” he declared.

Brig. General Nunoo Mensah revealed how ‘Chairman Rawlings’ cleverly surrounded himself with highly qualified and knowledgeable persons who helped him manage affairs of the state at the time after realizing he lacked the capabilities to govern the country when he took over as military ruler.

“Rawlings knew he was not competent enough to run a government so he called us and many others to come and help [him].”

Anger of society

He said the former head of state did not hide his anger at certain ills that had taken over the Ghanaian society and “he is still angry with society” as many people who commit crime are left to go unpunished.

Jerry John Rawlings

“After all these years, Ghana is getting worse…those days nobody got away with a crime. And still we haven’t changed; we are more criminal than in those days,” remarked the former National Security Advisor under the government of the late President John Atta Mills.

“He is a kind, sympathetic, humble [and] respectful,” he said of Mr Rawlings.

Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline