Author: Baffour Ennin

Tax them yet provide no services. “Colonialism was

Friday, April 17, 2015
Ghanaian politicians' penchant for new taxes is legendary. Their ingenuity in coming up with new taxes is matchless. Do you see the politicians' uncanny ability to conjure up new taxes in the budget every year? At independence, we had absolutely no national debt. The tax regimen was minimal at best. ...

PV Obeng’s Death And Ghana’s Sordid Emergency Care System

Monday, May 26, 2014
PV Obeng's death, reminded me of my own brush with death at my home in the Washington, DC suburbsome time ago. Unlike, PV Obeng, I was not bundled into a taxi and whisked to a hospital. Unlike PV, I had a first class emergency treatment during my health scare. Unfortunately, in our beloved ...

Is There Any Hope For Obuasi After The Mine Closure?

Thursday, January 23, 2014
The Chronicle in the January 17, 2014 issue, reported of the decision of Anglo Gold Ashanti (AGA) to close down the Obuasi Mine within two months. The decision has alarmed the citizens who are understandably fearful and panicky. When did AGA know that it was going to close down the mine? Was the ...

The Demise of Ghanaian Exceptionalism

Sunday, February 5, 2012
Today, Ghanaian Exceptionalism is on its last throes. This uniquely Ghanaian political ethos that sets us apart from the rest of the West African sub-region is breathing its last breath. The proverbial Ghanaian hospitality, the oasis of stability in the West African landscape of conflict and civil s ...

Tilapia, Drugs and Toys- The dangers of the Made in China label

Sunday, May 2, 2010
Ghana like the rest of the world has become the dumping ground of cheap Chinese imports. These Chinese imports include food, drugs and electronics. Of these cheap imports, food and medicine have been my objects of worry. Recently, I added electrical products to that list when investigators zeroed in ...

Planning For The Next Big Earthquake In Accra- Lessons From The Haiti Tragedy

Sunday, January 31, 2010
Ghana s Earthquake History Although Ghana with a moderately active seismicity, shares no proximity to the major earthquake zones, historical records show that Ghana is prone to earthquake calamities. There are historical records of earthquakes dating back to 1615 with magnitude greater than ...

Oil + Tribal Bigotry + Hegemonism-a recipe for civil war in Ghana

Saturday, January 16, 2010
Tribal Cancer There is a cancer eating into our national fabric. It is the cancer of tribalism. There are elements in Ghana especially the so-called opinion leaders whose incorrigible mindset of tribal bigotry would derail any inter-tribal harmony and pacification efforts in Ghana. It seems our na ...

Mike Tyson, Magic Johnson, Dubai Inc. & Ghana’s Oil Revenue

Sunday, December 6, 2009
In the dog eat dog world of professional sports in the US, it s commonplace to see boxers spending their retirement years in abject poverty- penniless and broke. Have you wondered why Mike Tyson is broke and Magic Johnson (former Lakers basketball player) is a successful businessman even though Mag ...

Ghana on the brink of anomie

Monday, June 8, 2009
President Mills tooted his own horn regarding the achievements of his administration in the first 100 days of his presidency. When the NPP won the 2004 elections I wrote about the danger of relegating the opposition NDC to the dustbin of history. I wrote then that not only was a viable opposition ne ...

Reflections on a recent trip to Ghana –Part II

Saturday, November 5, 2005
Clearing goods at Tema Harbor Have you ever cleared goods from any of the two Ghanaian ports? Did you ever have to deal with a clearing agent or a customs agent? I hope you had a pleasant memory. My first brush with the nightmare that our ports have become was in 1983. On a private visit to the Net ...

Reflections on a recent trip to Ghana –Part I

Monday, October 17, 2005
Corruption, Dishonesty and Con-Artists On my most recent four week trip to Ghana, I noted that behind a façade of a seemingly booming economy and unparalleled freedom of speech, lurked the age old Ghanaian disregard of the law. Ghana has become a country of lawlessness, con artists and crooks. The ...

Is the Kuffour Administration driving the NPP into oblivion?

Tuesday, June 14, 2005
As a republican (US), I m a firm believer in the unspoken word of US republican politics, the so-called eleventh commandment, thou shall not speak ill of a fellow republican . Today, I m breaking this unspoken vow to lambaste the Kuffour administration. NPP Credentials I consider myself an arden ...

What next NPP?- A Note to the President and Parliament

Monday, December 27, 2004
I congratulate all Ghanaians who participated in the just concluded elections for a job well done. Kudos to all the political parties that participated. The NPP won the election fair and square, the nonsensical protestations of ex-President Rawlings to the contrary notwithstanding. The NPP has the m ...
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