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The Volta River Authority and Electricity Corporation of Ghana were set up about 50 years ago to support and power Ghana's economic and social transformation. The two entities were required by statute to serve as catalyst in the national transformation effort. It was anticipated that within 20 years after its inception they would have completely provided electricity to all areas of the territory of Ghana.
Instead after 50 years of operation the two entities are now engaged in what is now described in Ghana as "dum-sor" a deliberate policy of withholding electricity to Ghanaians households, children, women, and businesses.
Not only have the two entities abdicated their statutory responsibility but they also have colluded to undermine small and medium sized enterprises in Ghana. They have stifled over one million businesses from realizing economies of scale and in the process denied employment to youths, women and aspiring Ghanaians.
Over the last 50 years the two entities have not demonstrated any kind of advanced technological prowess that could be compared with similar entities of there caliber elsewhere. They have jointly violated the human and civil rights of over one million households through their "dum-sor' policy. The two entities have abdicated their statutory responsibilities to the people of Ghana. The VRA and ECG have rendered the political independence of Ghana meaningless through its electricity colonization.
The minerals and mining law is empowering only the Minister to sign a permit.
The Convention Peoples Party (CPP) strongly opposes the UPOV91-compliant Plant Breeders' Bill, currently before Ghana's Parliament!
UPOV 91 (International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants) is a legal convention that protects plant breeders when they create new varieties of plants. It does not protect the plants; rather it protects Intellectual Property Rights of the breeders.
International agribusiness corporations want countries to pass UPOV 91-compliant laws because it means huge profits for those companies.
Both the British and Ghana Exchange provide parents and students the chance to develop culturally and educationally to improve their understanding of different cultures.
Suspending the programs cheats students of the opportunity to dispel myths and stereotypes, and also hinders students global connections.
The President of the Republic of Ghana, late Prof John Evans Atta Mills died under some unclear circumstances.
The Ghana Medical Association made a request for a presidential enquiry into his death which has since not been carried out.
The president of Ghana John Atta Mills announced the week of may 21st 2012 that he will overturn a supreme court decision in the Jake Obetsebi lamptey bungalow case.
Do you think in a democratically elected president should be able to overturn a supreme court decision?
Cast your let your voice be heard.
His Excellency, President John Atta Mills,
The office of the Presidency
Dear Mr. President,
Members of United for Justice-Ghana (UfJ-Ghana), a Facebook pressure group composed of Ghanaians from home and abroad, hereby respectfully petition you, His Excellency John E. A. Mills, President of the Republic of Ghana, to ensure that the case involving the sexual molestation of Amina Haruna, the young lady that is alleged to have stolen items at the University of Ghana, by some students of Mensah Sarbah Hall is pursued to its conclusive end.
We are of the opinion that the repugnant incident where Amina was stripped naked, sexually molested, and the incident filmed and posted on the internet by students on March 31, 2011, is symptomatic of the utter disregard for the rule of law and the lack of confidence in the criminal justice system by certain Ghanaians.
Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) reports that according to the 1997 statistics from the Ghana Police, more than a thousand incidents were recorded as "mob justice" when suspected criminals were attacked and murdered by civilians. This is particularly disturbing given that “66.7% of the suspected thieves were not the real thieves,” reported Samven’s research, 2009.
By this petition, we call on the government of the Republic of Ghana and the Attorney General to institute concrete short and long term measures to
1. Ensure that University of Ghana authorities, in collaboration with the Student Representative Council (SRC) commit to a timeline within which to present to the public an action plan that will proactively address the upsurge of campus crime; curb mob justice; and educate students on the rule of law. In addition, other universities and educational institutions should also be asked to institute similar procedures and policies.
2. Build public trust in the Ghana Police Service by
a. Regularly broadcasting outcomes of criminal prosecution of offenders on radio, television, and the Ghana Police’s website;
b. Increasing police street patrols;
c. Establishing community watch councils (based on Section 3(3) of the Local Government Act, 1993) that can liaise with the Police to increase public safety;
3. Encourage active participation of the Ministry of Information, National Commission on Civic Education, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, District Assemblies, the media, relevant civil society groups, organizations, and international bodies in the education effort and fight against mob justice in Ghana.
It is our hope that the President and the Attorney General will be moved to prompt action by this petition in order to restore civility to University campuses and the nation at large.
Signed by UfJ -- Ghana Administrators on behalf of all members:
1. Emmanuel Bidi
2. Dr. Brenya Twumasi
3. James Attoh
4. Amma Baffoe
5. Michael Tontoh
6. Brian L. Aeoah
7. Dzifa Gladstone
8. Donna Akuamoah
9. Yaw Adu-Gyamfi
*Hon. Martin Amidu, Minister for Attorney General and Justice
*Hon. John Tia Akologu, Minister for Information
Hon. Ofosu Ampofo, Minister for Local Government and *Rural Development
*Mr. Paul Tawiah Quaye, Inspector General of Police (Ghana Police Service)
*Acting Commissioner (Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).
The scourge of armed robbery which has plagued Ghana over the past few years is now out of control and innocent citizens have lost their lives or are living in fear for their personal safety and security.
A member of the Kaneshie community of the Accra Metropolitan Area, Mr. George Brown, was recently brutally stabbed and hacked to death in his home by an armed robber. Several innocent Ghanaians have already lost their lives due to the brutal activities of armed robbers.
We the mobile telephone consumers of Ghana have embarked on a demonstration to protest the sub-standard services being offered by the mobile telephony companies in Ghana. This demonstration has become necessary because these companies have turned deaf ears to numerous complaints from individual consumers and the collective voices through the Consumer Protection Agency (CPA).
The time has now come for consumers to demonstrate and send a clear signal to the mobile companies that Ghanaians will no longer tolerate the shoddy services by these companies. By this petition we are inviting the Government through the Ministry of Communications and and the National Communications Authority to swiftly intervene to ensure that the following cocktail of consumer complaints are addressed without further delay;
1. GHANAIANS DEMAND PORTABILITY NOW BUY NOT IN 2 YEARS AS ANNOUNCED A FEW MONTHS AGO (right to switch between networks & still keep our numbers)
2. GHANAIANS DESERVE LOWER PHONE RATES AS PERTAINED IN THE HOME COUNTRIES OF THE TELEPHONY COMPANIES
3. GHANAIANS ARE TIRED OF LOW-GRADE SERVICE SUCH AS CALLL DROPS, OUT OF COVERAGE AREAS, REPEATED UNINITIATED TEXT MESSAGES, ETC.
4. GHANAIANS ARE SICK OF PHONY PROMOTIONS THAT ARE NOT MONITORED AND AUDITED BY THE NCA.
5. GHANAIANS ARE FATIGUED OF BEING OUT OF COVERAGE AREA WHEN THE PEOPE YOU CALL HAVE THEIR PHONES SWITCHED ON, AND IN FACT ARE AROUND THE CORNER FROM YOU.
6. GHANAIANS MUST BE PROTECTED FROM THE INDISCRIMINATE CONSTRUCTION OF MASTS THAT MAY BE HAZARDOUS.
We, the undersigned, believe that the decision to punish the Togo Football Team for withdrawing from the recent Cup of Nations to be a highly insensitive one that shows no respect to natural justice.
We understand that the reason for the ban and fine is the interference of the Togo government which did breach CAF regulations, but we believe that given the exceptional circumstances of the attack on the Togo Team bus, and the responsibility of the Togo government to the safety of its people, that the breach of the regulations on this occasion was wholly understandable.
We also note the failure of the CAF to provide adequate security to a team partaking in their tournament.
This petition was a collaboration of the following organizations:
CSUN, African Students Organization.
Friends of the Congo
Mothers for Africa
President Barack Obama
Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton
Office of Budget and Management
Peter Orszag, Director
Rob Nabors , Deputy Director
Deputy Director for Management
Jeffrey Liebman, Executive Associate Director
Department of the Treasury
Office of International Affairs
United States Congressional Representatives
Since 1998 there have been over two million orphaned children, over seven hundred thousand women and children rape survivors and almost six million murdered from war related conflict and according to the latest estimates fifteen hundred people die each day making this one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.
Foreign companies are profiting from unregulated mining and selling of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) vast mineral deposits such as diamonds, gold, copper, cobalt and coltan. Congo holds 80 percent of the world’s reserves of coltan, a heat-resistant mineral ore widely used in cellular phones, laptop computers, video games, jet engines, rockets, cutting tools, camera lenses, x-ray film, ink jet printers, hearing aids and many other electronic devises. The DRC is the richest country in the world with the poorest people. Foreign multi-national corporations have benefited tremendously from the exploitation of coltan in the DRC. The coltan mined by rebels and neighboring countries ( Rwanda, Uganda & Burundi ) is sold to these foreign corporations.
This exploitation of the DRC has fueled human trafficking, rape, death and forced labor of innocent people on their own land. The rape of these women is brutal; rape victims range from one to eighty years of age. The rebel solders (rapist) insert foreign objects inside the women such as knives, staffs, and rocks. Sometimes the women are even shot inside their vaginas causing them to seek reconstructive surgery. Pregnant women are usually disemboweled and venereal diseases are rampant and sometimes boys and men are raped if not killed. Some women walk over twenty miles or up to three months just to get to a clinic and when they arrive the clinics often do not have pain pills or even a band aid and the women have to wait days or months to receive treatment.
The United States has given millions of dollars to the Rwandan and Ugandan armies in military training and arms. The United Nations reported that the following companies serve as the engine of the conflict in the DRC.” Cabot Corporation, Boston, MA; OM Group, Cleveland, Ohio; AVX, Myrtle Beach, SC; Eagle Wings Resources International, Ohio; Kemet Electronics Corporation, Greenville, SC; and Vishay Sprague, Malvern, PA. The coltan is then processed and sold to companies such as Nokia, Motorola, Compaq, Alcatel, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Lucent, Ericsson and Sony for use in a wide assortment of everyday electronic products.
We the undersigned hereof state our demand that:
• The United States ceases the allocation of military aid in any form, including the distribution of armaments and military training to both countries of Rwanda and Uganda.
• Adopt policies toward Rwanda that promote security, freedom, and democracy in the Great Lakes Region particularly in both the Congo and Rwanda.
• Urge the Rwandan government to implement an inter-Rwandan dialogue and a democratic process that provides political space for opposition parties.
• Support the Extractive Industries Transparency Disclosure Act (H.R. 6066 and S. 3389) to promote policies and corporate responsibility in the fight against corruption and poverty.
• Support the International Violence against Women Act (IVAWA) (S.2279, HR.5927) which would consistently incorporate solutions for reducing violence against women into U.S. foreign assistance programs.
• Put pressure on the documented atrocities by the United Nations, United States based companies to stop buying conflict coltan and to make it a requirement to label there source of coltan.
• The United States of America became a member of the Kimberley Process, government industry and civil society initiative to stem the flow of conflict diamonds through the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS).
We all cannot afford blood diamonds, but we all have access to coltan. Please let’s make a collective effort to stop these atrocities.
Thank you. www.MothersforAfrica.org
June 10, 2006
The Da Vinci Code movie presents as the historical Jesus someone who is not recognisable in the Biblical record.
In essence, it is attempting to undermine the authenticity of that very record, and the judgement of those who received it. Remarkably, the Graeco-Roman dominant Church of that day elected to view itself as descended from the 'barbarian' heritage of Israel rather than from its own European heritage.
Just as Marcion sought to establish a Euro-centric canon of Scripture by excluding texts which he saw as full of 'barbarian' (non-European/Hebrew) influences, so the Da Vinci Code is a neo-Marcionite attempt to promote the Euro-centric (Hellenist rather than Hebrew) neo-Gnosticism that is always fashionable among those who consider themselves the children of Athens rather than of Jerusalem.
The true message of the canonical Gospels is that Jesus Christ is at once God and Man, eternal and temporal. A Gnostic faith may indeed deny the significance of the temporal in order to excuse deeds done in history that orthodoxy would label as sins. St. Paul addresses this matter in Romans chapters 5 through 8.
It seems as though the Western world is seeking some kind of metaphysical ground for what it has already accepted in practice: freedom from the bounds of the moral wisdom that has been promoted in the church for centuries.
The goverment of Ghana has allowed hawkers on the street because of "votes" and this is posing danger to both the hawkers and drivers alike.
I would be glad if the goverment will listen to the masses for once.
These hawkers were allowed back to the street during the bye-election, thinking they will win the election but unfotunately they lost the election.
Also there are too many accidents on our roads, and most of these accidents are caused by over speeding. So please help check these situations.