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‘Operation Vanguard’: Ghana is not at war

Dominic Nitiwul

Following the Government’s resolve to stamp out illegal mining, also known as ‘Galamsey’ it has launched “Operation Vanguard” (OV) to deal with the symptoms of the problem. As tempting as it may seem to support the Government on this, something tells me we could be headed in the wrong direction. Let us be clear that Ghana is not at war. ...

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One dead as ‘Operation Vanguard’ forces clash with stone throwing miners.

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The anti-illegal mining task force dubbed Operation Vanguard clashed with some illegal miners in the Ashanti Region, leading to the death of a small-scale miner.  Major Gariba Pabi, the Public Relations Officer of Operation Vanguard, said there was an altercation between small scale miners and personnel from Operation Vanguard forces in the Ashanti Region. The force was confronted by stone-throwing ...

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Ghana’s criminal justice system needs an overhaul

Ghana’s criminal justice system needs an overhaul

A friend of mine recently invited visitors to his Facebook page, to provide three suggestions to help halt a run-away problem emerging in Ghana: “What are your top 3 ideas for addressing the problem of mob (in) justice and extra judicial killings?” He specifically said that he didn’t want people to simply click “like” or “don’t like”, but concrete suggestions ...

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Lessons on Elections in West Africa

ECOWAS

Genuine, inclusive, free and fair elections are an indispensable component of democratic governance, rule of law and respect for human rights alike. While it is true that West African States have achieved great strides of progress in the last decades, challenges still remain and cases of human rights violations leading to violence and potentially destabilizing tensions make the headlines on ...

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What happened to the Constitutional Review?

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Ghana’s fourth republic came into being to succeed a long period of military regime. Transition from military regime to constitutionally elected government is totally different a normal succession of constitutionally elected governments following one another. The path to the fourth republic and its specifi-cities lie at the root of many of the problems the country goes through today. Thanks to ...

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Fidel Castro: A lesson for African leaders

Namibia is the only African country that conferred upon Castro its highest national hoznour. This is a big shame for Africa. Castro personally and the people of Cuba made great sacrifices for African liberation. The African Union should honour Castro and deliberately seek to deepen ties with the Cuban people. It is not too late for African leaders to show ...

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Lands Minister promises to reverse the decline of the forest and wildlife resources

Peter Amewu

The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon  Peter Amewu, has admitted that the forests in Ghana are facing numerous challenges. In his maiden meeting with the management and staff of the Forestry Commission recently, Mr Amewu, acknowledged that the forestry sub-sector is one of the key sectors that has a huge potential for driving the economic development of this ...

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Rural-Urban Migration has dual effects on migrants – Study reveals

Rural-Urban Migration has dual effects on migrants – Study reveals

A research has indicated that rural-urban migration has both positive and negative effects on the migrants in terms of marriage, child birth and education. According to the research, migrants gain the respect of their families and friends because of financial transfers and investments in their villages. The research conducted by the Migrating out of Poverty, (MOOP) Research Programme Consortium, Centre ...

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Preventing election violence in Africa

Preventing election violence in Africa

It’s a busy time for elections in Africa, with countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Zimbabwe and Kenya gearing up for the polls. And as elections increasingly become the legitimate way to acquire political power on the continent, winning votes has become a matter of life and death for the political elite in many countries. Contentious election ...

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Why SADA needs a Strategic Master Plan

SADA has until recently been in the news for all the wrong reasons due to some faltering steps at its inception. However, the new management of SADA under Mr. Charles Abugre, the Chief Executive, took a different trajectory based on past experience and the need to refocus SADA in a direction that would deliver results, ensure transparency and accountability and ...

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