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Archive for September, 2008

Goodbye Koforidua, ‘Au Revoir’ Boti Falls

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 27, 2008

Whether you come by the Nsawam-Suhum road or through the Akuapim hills, as a first time visitor to Koforidua, the amazing sight of Obuotabiri Mountain (the rock of Tabiri) greets you, and in seconds as you enter the city by car, you see streetlights and the beautiful dual carriage that ushers you into this beautiful city.  Located at the confluence of the basins of the Densu and the Pawn-pawn in the New Juaben traditional, Koforidua lies between latitudes 6o and 7o North and between longitudes 1o30’ West and 0o30’ East. The youth affectionately call it ‘Koftown’ and it is shortened K’dua for the loveliness of its name. The city prides itself among cities of equal in Southern Ghana and as such, its residents are proud of announcing themselves as coming from Koftown.

By Carly Ahiable

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Fire in Toronto, Ghanaian youth mowed down mecillessly

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 27, 2008

In the jungle world of guns, sex, booze, and drugs, death often comes, suddenly in a brazen hail of bullets in dark alleys, in forgotten and forbidden places, where only the brave can tread. The victims and killers often know each other pretty well; your very friends. They would take you down to what police calls, drug call down. Drug call down is a call to death, often tricked and taken there by one of your trusted friends, simply because you might have broken some of the codes of the drug trade, sealed and signed by blood. You die if you rat or snitch to the police. You die if you refuse to push some drug. You die if you dilute the drug. You die if you are tardy in drug payment. And you die if you bed the girlfriends of your friends behind bars. Hard to imagine such low lives have such strong codes of conduct. This is the minefield some Ghanaian youth have fallen into.

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Finance minister Baah Wiredu dies in South Africa

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 27, 2008

Ghana’s minister for Finance and Economic planning, Hon. Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu, passed away in a South Africa hospital yesterday.

“The government announces with deep sorrow and shock the death of Mr Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu, minister of finance and economic planning,” Kwadwo Mpiani, Ghana’s minister of presidential affairs, said in a statement.  “Mr Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu passed away today after a short illness in a South African hospital,” the statement said. According to a source, in J’burg, he died suddenly while attending a conference. Another source claims he died after a short illness .

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Ghanaian-Australian shot dead in Ghana

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 24, 2008

No one leaves their country of birth to seek greener pastures if their country is economically sound.  Our motherland Ghana has always been a developing third world country and is no where close to breaking that barrier due to corruption, crime, inflation and rising unemployment rate prevailing in our Country.

Ben was a loving, caring, personable, just, hardworking, approachable person and would not hurt a fly. His beautiful smile said it all. I haven’t seen a picture of him without a smile. Oh! What a peaceful and calm person.  It tears me to bits to dissolve the news of the murder of our beloved Ben Owusu Boakye and the fact that he was shot 7 times in the head alone.

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Corruption and the fabric of our Existence

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 21, 2008

By Mike Mensah-Bonsu, former National Chairman of PNC and staunch Nkrumahist

I think we shall be doing our country a great disservice if we single out Mr. J.J. Rawlings as a ‘betrayer’ of his own rules.

Similarly, I do not agree with the imprisonment of Mr. Tsikata on the basis of corruption even though “there may be” clear proof of wrongful doing.

My comments are in no way intended to defend or attack these gentlemen in question. However, I firmly believe that vindication can never be the best form of justice and of resolving problems in our society, otherwise we may have to ‘get rid’ of many people – we have far too many corrupt men and women in Ghana – singling out “scape goats” is not the answer. The killing of the Honourable Judges, Afrifa, Kotoka, Achampong, Akuffo, Yaw Boakye, Felli, etc., etc., is still haunting the Nation – the result of vindication.

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Rawlings too is Corrupt

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 21, 2008

The former Senior Minister Mr. John Henry Mensah has stated that former President Rawlings has no moral right to accuse the NPP government of corruption when he and the PNDC government did worse things. “If the former President is not corrupt, then how come a whooping sum of $7 million went missing under his supervision,” he asked. According to him, Mr. Rawlings owes Ghanaians an explanation as to how $7 million cash got missing from a total of $10 million, secured by the government of Ghana for the refurbishment of Tema Food Processing Factory.

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The Benefits of Dual Citizenship

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 21, 2008

By Maame Ama Djaba, BA Hons, LLB Hons, LLM, London

Dual citizenship or dual nationality refers to an individual being a citizen of two countries or a legal status by which a Ghanaian becomes a citizen of two countries. Dual citizens have two passports and essentially live and travel freely within their native and naturalised countries without immigration constraints.

According to Ghana’s Citizenship Act of 2000 which went into effect in July 2002, “A citizen of Ghana may hold the citizenship of any other country in addition to his citizenship of Ghana.” Citizens who lost their citizenship as a result of the previous law which proscribed dual citizenship can regain their Ghanaian citizenship by applying to the Ministry of Interior for reinstatement.

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I am a Little Confused

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 21, 2008

I’m a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight…..

If you grow up in Hawaii , raised by your grandparents, you’re “exotic, different.” Growing up in Alaska eating mooseburgers and going aerial shooting for wolves in the winter; a quintessential American story. If your name is Barack you’re a radical, unpatriotic Muslim. Name your kids Willow , Trig and Track, you’re a maverick. Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable. Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you’re well grounded.

If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate’s Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran’s Affairs committees, you don’t have any real leadership experience.

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Rawlings Goes After Npp

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 12, 2008

accuses them of stockpiling arms

By Richard Attenkah, Ashiaman

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has accused the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) of stock piling arms and ammunitions, especially automatic weapons in certain localities of the country, to intimidate the electorate during the electioneering period. He said that because NPP had committed so many atrocities against the good people of this country, they are therefore, afraid to leave the scene.

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Ghana Trade Fair sold?

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 12, 2008

Report reaching the offices of The Statesman has it that the Ghana International Trade Fair, the Only International Market Centre in the country has been sold to the government of Dubai, of the United Arab Emirates.  The deal is to enable the government of Dubai which has secured about 80% stake in GTFC rebuild, modernize and transform it into a state of the art International Trade fair city; first of a kind in West Africa.

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