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The June 4 Purifying Fire Will

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 15, 2009

Blaze Till A Great And Strong Nation Is Built

But First let us set the records straight on: What June 4 Is Not

1. June 4 was not against the wealthy or the privileged. There were many wealthy and privileged people who were not touched by the fury of June 4

2. June 4 was not a mission of blind vengeance against people who did personal wrong things against us. Those who took advantage of the explosion and settled personal scores clearly fall short of its ideals and did not understand what the spirit of June was really about.

3. June 4 has never been about making all poor to become rich and every one equal. June 4 has never proclaimed as its goal the banishment of poverty from the land. What June 4 has done is to underscore the need for fairness, equity and the creation of opportunities such that all who truly aspire and apply themselves diligently and make a genuine endeavor can rise progressively out of the doldrums and show that individual and societal progress can be achieved by all classes of people regardless of birth, creed, ethnicity, social status or so called “privileged education”

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BNI and Power of Arrest and NPPUSA

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 15, 2009

During the NPP rule, the BNI had power of arrest, but now NPP-USA is arguing that it does not, even though that power of arrest has not been exercised yet under NDC rule. Where were the NPPUSA people when Selormey was arrested by the BNI in 2001? Even though Mpiani was invited by the BNI and he went on his own accord, NPPUSA wants everybody to believe that he was arrested. Also serious investigations do not last for a minute, and therefore using the duration of the interrogation as a grievance is not justified. However, if it is true that he was interrogated without the presence of his lawyers, then that is illegal, but that is what we are being made to believe by the NPPs whereas BNI is claiming the opposite. NPPUSA is now calling for the heads of Alhaji Mubarak and James Agyenim -Boateng, but where were they during Dr. Anane’s scandal? NPPUSA should have prevailed upon Kufuor to put friendship aside and not to reappoint Dr. Anane. Where was NPPUSA when the same BNI dragged Tatsu Tsikata from a church service? Where was NPPUSA when Edzumadzie was bullying the citizenry with his politically backed powers? It was utterly wrong for former MPs of the NPP to throng the premises of the BNI. This is childish and shows disregard for the rule of law by people who are our legislators and are supposed to know the laws of the land. They are all behaving as if they have some skeletons in their closets and are afraid of their own shadows. We should stop acts that will polarize our political atmosphere.

Kwasi Asamoah

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Mubarak and James Agyenim-Boateng Must GO

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 15, 2009

Since the inception of the Prof John Atta-Mills government, it is becoming increasing clear by the day that the President has been dithering over a number of issues. He has been dithering on key economic policy initiatives, over his appointments and matters relating to the security and safety of Ghanaians. Where there is the need for a clear policy direction, the Mills administration comes out with poignant explanations that leave more questions than answers. However, what appears to be apparent is that President J E Atta-Mills may be somewhat eager to do well. He thinks he can smile his way to a better Ghana. His message has always been the same whether he is talking to chiefs, NUGS executive, in London or in Bawku. He appears to only talk about the need for integrity and transparency and how public officials will be held responsible for their actions in his quest to build a better Ghana. We want to let Mills know that goodwill and pontification alone cannot lead to a better Ghana. President Mills must provide leadership and effective policies for Ghana to move forward. Again, it does not take a genius to work out that the NDC message, time and energy is principally directed at the previous NPP government though the NDC administration has consistently denied this. This obsession to pursue the previous NPP administration has paralysed the NDC administration into a state of comatose and ineffectiveness. The cabinet has become dysfunctional rendering the Prof J E Atta-Mills’ government completely dysfunctional. The government is falling apart in front of our very eyes.

Marlon Anipa

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Government announces fuel saving measures, CJA in Double Standards

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 15, 2009

Following upward adjustments in fuel prices on Friday June 5, 2009, Government has announced some measures aimed at reducing government’s spending on fuel for the Ministry’s Departments and Agencies (MDA’s).  According to details made available by Information Minister Zita Okaikoi, the measures will include a reduction in volume of the fuel allocated to the various MDA’s including Ministers and those who draw fuel from government’s depots. Government has also directed that all government vehicles are to be branded with the names of the owner –ministries departments and agencies. This measure among others, according to Zita Okaikoi, is aimed at checking the indiscriminate use of state vehicles that draw fuel from the state and ultimately help reduce the volume of fuel used by the MDA’s.

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Mubarak ordered to proceed on leave

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 15, 2009

President Evans Atta Mills has directed Youth and Sports Minister Alhaji Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak to proceed on leave pending the outcome of investigations into allegations of financial malfeasance made against him by Mr Adim Odoom, an accountant at the ministry.

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Piano prodigy from Ghana soaring in San Francisco

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 15, 2009

Thirteen-year-old Kofi Vordzorgbe sat at the piano, poised to play for the celebrities, dignitaries and heads of state who had come to Ghana in March 2007 to celebrate the nation’s 50 years of independence from British rule. Kofi, the son of a music teacher in Ghana, was introduced by singer and songwriter Stevie Wonder. As the strong-looking boy with the delicate hands began to play, the crowd went silent. Sitting in the audience was a pastor and former politician from San Francisco, a man who pledged to bring the prodigy from Ghana to the United States.

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Hole-in-heart child left to her fate

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 15, 2009

OVER TWO weeks after The Chronicle revealed the pathetic ordeal of little Sandiba Sambil, a 3-year-old girl child with hole-in-heart condition at the Tongo Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre, the child is still being housed at the centre because there is no money to take her to Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for a heart operation.

It could be recalled that on May 13 this year, the paper carried a story under the headline, “Hole-in-heart child cries for survival.”

When this Correspondent contacted the Talensi-Nabdam District Nutrition Officer, Madam Agnes Atayila, to find out whether or not the child had been taken to Korle-Bu for heart surgery, as she had been referred from the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital, he was told that there was no money, thus the child was still languishing in excruciating pain.

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The Credit Crunch at Akrantie BBQ

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 15, 2009

Okumkom is the proprietor of a Fufu and Akrantie BBQ (Exotic Ghanaian food) in Accra, Ghana.

Sales are low and, in order to increase them, he comes up with a plan to allow his customers to eat now and pay later.  He keeps track of the meals consumed on a ledger. Word gets around and as a result increasing numbers of customers flock to Okumkom’s joint. His suppliers are delighted and are very willing to sell more and more raw materials for the meals he prepares. He shows them his ledger of receivables and they extend him credit.  A young and dynamic customer service consultant at the local Sikaman bank recognizes these customer debts as valuable future assets and gives Okumkom a credit line and then increases Okumkom’s borrowing limit.

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Why waste our limited resources on an EX President?

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 15, 2009

As it has been established that Ghana spent US$60 million (GH¢60,179,481) in celebrating its 50th anniversary (Ghana@50) in 2007without achieving any significant outcome of universal improvement in key areas for example, sanitation, education, health, economy.  Reports from Ghana discloses that the nation still owes huge sums of money to Fairilopp Company, the motor firm that imported luxury vehicles for use during the celebration. Also within the government’s transition team disclosed to the Daily Graphic that five accounts, four at Prudential Bank and one at the Bank of Ghana, were operated by the authorities in the name of the project.

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NDC thugs seize Tamale NHIS, NYEP office

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 15, 2009

Thugs suspected to be sympathizers of the ruling National Democratic Congress on Tuesday raided the offices of the National Health Insurance Authority and the National Youth Employment Programme in Tamale.

They allegedly assaulted the workers of the two offices, threw them out and locked the office premises.

It is not immediately known what reasons account for the attack and seizure.

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