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Ghana Bar Will Rather Talk About The Length Of A Woman’s Dress Than The Injustices In The System – Kwaku Azar

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Professor Stephen Kwaku Asare, also known as, Kwaku Azar has taken on the Ghana Bar Association for their seeming silence on issues of injustice in the country.

Backing a claim by business mogul, Sam Jonah that there’s a return to the culture of silence in the country, Prof Azar noted that institutions that are supposed to speak up on ills in the country have rather resorted to pursuing parochial interests nd only speak up when it’s most convenient to them.

“…..that there is injustice everywhere but the GBA is hardly heard from except occasionally when it opines on the length of women’s dress. That corruption is everywhere but it does not seem to find its way to the Christian Council’s agenda or pulpit.

“That the academy, which is given academic freedom to be the conscience of society, seems to be receding into oblivion in contradistinction to the military days when its members spoke words that penetrated the halls of power.,” he wrote on Facebook.

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Sir Sam Jonah is not saying we are not allowed to talk, or write on social media or have Good Afternoon Ghanafuo, etc. Rather, as I understand his culture of silence, he is saying that what we say or sometimes do not say is purely driven by convenience, parochialism, hypocrisy and lack of conviction.

In consequence, there is a proliferation of media but the media have become conveyor belts of political propaganda, petty gossips, sika gari marketing, etc. That there is injustice everywhere but the GBA is hardly heard from except occasionally when it opines on the length of women’s dress. That corruption is everywhere but it does not seem to find its way to the Christian Council’s agenda or pulpit. That the academy, which is given academic freedom to be the conscience of society, seems to be receding into oblivion in contradistinction to the military days when its members spoke words that penetrated the halls of power.

That the TUC that has played a historical and pivotal role in fighting for better working conditions of workers seems no longer interested in the plight of ordinary workers as they are abused by their employers, including foreign apampam stores. That Nananom seem unable or unwilling to protect our rivers and lands from those who seek to destroy them. That the NUGS, formerly revered by many and feared by the military, now seems to be a historical relic with today’s students less focused on idealism and more focused on finding political godfathers. That those who dare talk risk being mauled by paid attackers or serial callers whose sole function is to distract and to destroy, etc.

Fundamentally then, Sir Jonah seems to be distinguishing between a culture of noise, which focuses on non-issues or kills real issues, and a culture of silence that sweeps real issues under the rug and allows wrong doing to flourish. Under this distinction, the culture of noise and silence can coexist and grow simultaneously. In fact, often times the former is a strategy to activate the latter. So understood, it highlights that democracy is more than “kabi ma me enkabi”. Rather, it is a tool for solving group problems, such as WET, Galamsay, Corruption, road indiscipline, public health scare, etc. Democracy then is “kabi ma me ntie na yentumpon.”Sir Sam is correct! We must acknowledge that the culture of silence is here as a precondition to taming and arresting it.

There is silence when what we say or do not say is driven by the gun. Equally there is silence when what we say or do not say is driven by parochialism, convenience and hypocrisy. There is noise if those who should listen are not listening to those who are talking. And noise is not an antidote for the culture of silence.

#SALL is the cardinal sin of the 8th Parliament. It is Exhibit A of the culture of silence.Da Yie!

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Akufo-Addo Has Built More Factories In Less Than 5yrs Than Kwame Nkrumah Did In 9yrs – Gabby Otchere-Darko

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Gabby Otchere-Darko, member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) says President Akufo-Addo has beaten Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah in terms of industrialization drive in the country.

According to him, the President in less than five years has built more factories than Dr Kwame Nkrumah did in 9-years.

“Akufo-Addo has also embarked on an industrialization drive like never before. Yes, we always refer to the 1st Republic as the “golden age”. Nkrumah built 32 factories in 9 years, which became but a drain on the exchequer due to misalignment and mismanagement.

The truth is, far more have been built or fixed in 4 years under 1D1F under Akufo-Addo. More global automobile companies have set base in Ghana under Akufo-Addo than under any other Govt in our 64 years. There is more to come as AFCFTA takes shape and Ghana is at the centre of it.”

Your government is working but there is a lot more to be done to address mass poverty and mass unemployment and they admit to it and will do more and we must push them to do more, but we must do so with our memory and expectations in sync,” Gabby added.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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The 5 Major Events That Have Made Akufo-Addo’s Gov’t Unpopular In Its Second Term

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The second term of President Akufo-Addo has witnessed several protests from citizens who are not satisfied with how the affairs of the state are being handled.

Candidate Akufo-Addo had promised to among other things fight corruption, galamsey when given the nod but some say he is doing otherwise

The latest protest against the government that has gained momentum is the #FixTheCountry campaign, a move to get the government to deliver on its promise

After months of campaigning amid COVID-19, Ghanaian voters gave President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo a second term in office in December 2020 but nearly 130 days into the four-year tenure, the government has been plagued with what has been described as ‘abject hardships.’

Like the Israelites who cried to Moses that it would have been better to perish in Pharaoh’s Egypt than to die in the wilderness, it has gotten to a point where ‘the high cost of living’ has driven large sections of Ghanaians to regret their decision of maintaining the government in office.

It has been said by critical citizens that the New Patriotic Party, NPP government has been characterized by broken promises, gross conflicts of interest, economic hardships, non-accountability, among other un-democratic norms.

These events have somewhat triggered the measure and comparison of progress between the then John Dramani Mahama-led administration and the current Akufo-Addo government.

With that being said, GhanaWeb has compiled a list of the top incidents that have made Akufo-Addo government unpopular in its second term.

Dumsor

It seems consumers of electricity across the country who have been grappling with prolonged and intensified power outages over the past few months have become fed up.

Although the incessant ‘dumsor’ challenges have been attributed to transmission and distribution challenges, the government has been accused of deliberately destroying the legacy of former President John Dramani Mahama whom according to some Ghanaians left behind a stable energy sector.

It has gotten to a point where the Electricity Company of Ghana has published a load management timetable to manage what has been termed a ‘temporary load shedding’, an explanation many find unconvincing.

Culture of silence

After Sam Jonah’s speech which triggered a national debate on the culture of silence in the coutry, a wide section of Ghanaians including the opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC and others have decried what they term as the return of a ‘culture of silence’ under President Nana Akufo-Addo.

They have described as astonishing how a large number of individuals and civil society organizations that used to speak up against social ills have all gone mute under President Nana Akufo-Addo despite the rising cases of corruption, killing and torturing of journalists, and worsening economic downturn in the Ghanaian society.

According to them, the attacks directed at people who share views that do not favour the sitting government have necessitated ‘the silence’ in recent times.

Auditor General’s retirement

President Akufo-Addo have been accused of forcibly retiring former Auditor-General, Daniel Domelovo, to cover up certain corrupt deals.

Domelovo was retired by President Akufo-Addo almost two years after an Auditor General’s findings in 2019 accused the government of paying a private firm, Kroll and Associates US$1 million for no work done.

Domelevo during his tenure indicted the Ministry of Finance and the Senior Minister, Mr. Yaw Osafo-Maafo accusing them of contracting Kroll Associates in 2017 to recover assets from identified wrongdoers; investigate allegations of wrongdoing among others. They are said to have paid the company an amount of US$1 million (equivalent of GH¢4,890,000), yet there was no evidence of work done.

Following what has been termed by many as a ‘premature retirement’, some section of Ghanaians believe that government deliberately pursued Domelovo and ousted him from office after he exposed corrupt deeds in government.

FixtTheCountry protest

The #FixTheCountry campaign which started on social media commenced abruptly against economic hardships in Ghana.

With the main aim of holding politicians to account, angry young citizens who are of the view that the change they voted for has not materialized, took to social media to vent their spleen on the Akufo-Addo led government.

Protesters nationwide cited inconsistent power supply, lack of water in some parts of Ghana and the damage to our water bodies because of galamsey activities, economic hardship and other good governance and accountability demands as the drive of their campaign.

Galamsey

The small-scale illegal mining practice that has left the country’s land and water resources destroyed, has been of great concern to Ghanaians in recent times.

With many accusing government of doing little to resolve the situation, others believe that the future of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government will heavily depend on their success with the current fight against galamsey.

It can be recalled that some ‘big men’ from the ruling New Patriotic were indicted in the ‘galamsey’ business which is allegedly destroying the natural environment all in the name of finding gold.

This was displayed in a viral video days after some 500 excavators seized by the Operation Vanguard team were reported missing.

It is in this light that Ghanaians have mounted pressure on government to find all means possible to combat ‘galamsey’ which has intensified in recent times.

Source: GhanaWeb

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We Will Not Allow Any Religious Group To Plunge Ghana Into Chaos – Muntaka Slams Christian Council

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The Minority Chief Whip and Leader of the Muslim Caucus in Parliament has cautioned that they will not watch on for any religious group to plunge the country into chaos.

Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak on JoyNews’ PM Express on Monday expressed his frustration that the Christian Council and the Catholic Bishops Conference had thrown their support behind the Methodist Church and Wesley Girls’ SHS decision not to allow Muslim students in the school to observe the Islamic ritual of fasting.

The Asawase MP said, the act has exacerbated the situation.

“We won’t allow any Imam or any pastor to lead this country into chaos. This is a country for you and me. We must speak out. We won’t allow any disintegration, whether coming from the Christian, Muslim or Buddhist communities.

“We are one unit within a unitary state. We all subscribe to live by the Constitution of Ghana so we must respect it. Let us try to dialogue and cool the temperature in our country,” he stated.

The Muslim Caucus in Parliament has been engaging in a series of dialogue with the Methodist Church and the Ministry of Education to resolve the matter.

Meanwhile, a Ghanaian US-based Attorney and an Old Student of Wesley Girls’ SHS, Samira Sulemana has revealed that not only is her former school barring Muslim students from fasting, she alleges that the school does not allow them to observe their five daily prayers-Fajr (sunrise prayer), Dhuhr (noon prayer), Asr (afternoon prayer), Maghrib (sunset prayer), and Isha (night prayer).

“The issue these girls are facing goes beyond just the fasting. I am surprised that all that is being talked about is the fasting. They [Muslims] are not allowed to pray, they are not being allowed to even talk to each other as Muslims.

“And so the concentration on only fasting kind of baffles me. Wesley Girls’ has never given due recognition to Muslim students,” she stated.

But in a spirited defense, immediate past National Vice President of the Old Girls Association of the School, Harriet Wereko-Brobby says her Association is troubled that the School’s name is being dirtied over its decision.

She maintained that the decision of the School not to allow fasting is not a religious decision but one borne out of previous experiences regarding students suffering health conditions after doing so.

Source: MyJoyOnline

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