Monday, October 24, 2016

Why Is The PPP Looking The EC's Gift Horse In The Mouth?

"Any one who has gumption knows what it is, and any one who hasn't can never know what it is. So there is no need of defining it."
      - Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942).

Sometimes one finds it hard to understand some Ghanaian politicians. Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom has been given a golden opportunity by the Electoral Commission (EC) to clean up our nation's politics.

Yet, it would appear that his party, the Progressive People's Party (PPP), does not recognise what is a godsend opportunity, for what it actually is.

They ought to be demanding that all political parties in Ghana should publicly publish the sources of their funding. Ditto tell Ghanaians that the PPP 's role in Ghanaian politics is to help Nduom bring the best Ghanaians to work together to make Ghana prosperous - irrespective of their political backgrounds.

The point needs to made, that unlike all the other parties, the PPP is not a political party seeking to rule Ghana exclusively.

So, in effect, trying to stop Nduom from running  for president, is tantamount to denying Ghanaians the opportunity to unite and work together, under a transparent leader heading a political party funded in transparent fashion, to transform their nation - which is why the party's members will not allow him to be denied the opportunity to run for president: as patriotic Ghanaians who love their nation.

And Nduom himself, should make that clear to the nation, at every campaign rally he attends - in his usual measured  and calm way of making points in debates.

Will that not contrast sharply with the strange silence - on that all-important issue of making public, the sources of their parties' filing fees and election campaign funds - by both President Mahama and Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo:  who dare not discuss such things publicly, ever?

Would that not show Ghanaians the difference between the transparently funded PPP, and the other opaque parties that prefer to hide where their funds come from - because doing so will reveal the vested interests they are beholden to: which fund them on a quid pro quo basis?

The question is: Is the opacity in the funding of political parties not a major reason why high-level  corruption still persists in Ghana?

Ghanaians now have an opportunity, through well-mannered advocacy by the PPP, to force the EC to get the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and the New Patriotic Party (NPP), to tell Ghanaians precisely where and how they obtained their candidates' filing fees.

The question there is: On what basis is the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) demanding to know the source of the PPP's filing fees for the party's presidential and parliamentary candidates?

Did the EC ask the EOCO to investigate the sources of the PPP's candidates' filing fees? If it did, then why did it not, and why does it not, do same, for all the candidates standing in December's presidential and parliamentary elections? The courts must force the EC to use that same yardstick for all the presidential candidates - or drop that criterion and reinstate Nduom and Hassan Ayariga.

The PPP ought to demand, on behalf of the good people of Ghana, that the EC must apply the same yardstick to every political party fielding candidates in the December elections. They must all tell Ghanaians where their candidates' filing fees came from. Period.

The PPP should also demand that the EC insists that a forensic audit ought to be conducted into the submitted accounts, of all the political parties participating in this year's elections.

That way, we can all be sure that there has not been any creative Kweku-Ananse-accounting, in the audited accounts that political parties have submitted to the EC.

Finally, the PPP should follow U.S. President Harry S.Truman's advice: "Speak softly but carry a big stick."

They must be cool, calm and collected: No one in the Ghana of today can destroy Nduom's business empire. That can never happen. The EOCO must tread cautiously - and be loyal to Mother Ghana in this instance: not to those now in power.

Ordinary Ghanaians will not allow Nduom's business empire to be destroyed, under any circumstances.  His talent for creating wealth, and his extraordinary  ability to create jobs in difficult economic conditions, have made him a folk hero, throughout our homeland Ghana.

Most Ghanaians  instinctively know that Nduom is the only political leader in Ghana, today, with the nous and gumption to actually transform their country into an African equivalent of the egalitarian societies of Scandinavia.

So, instead of endless rowdy demonstrations, which  might put some people off their party, let the PPP rather tie the EC up in the law courts, till it applies the same standards it applied in Nduom's case, to all the presidential candidates' of the other parties - especially those of the corruption-riddled NDC/NPP duopoly.

Above all, with respect, no matter how brilliant they might be as lawyers, it simply does not make sense to let lawyers who are staunch NPP members, to represent Nduom in this matter.

It is neither in the interest of the NPP, nor that of the NDC, that Nduom gets the courts to  force the EC to apply the same standards it demanded from him, to both those opaque political parties'presidential candidates - as their flagbearers would also then be disqualified from standing in the December presidential election.

The PPP must not look the EC's gift horse in the mouth. Let them rather use the opportunity it represents to force the NDC and NPP to publicly publish the sources of their election campaign funds - by demanding that of the EC and the two major parties on behalf of ordinary people.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Let Us Protect The Weija Water Reservoir Before It Is Totally Poisoned By Pollutants

A future catastrophe that will affect millions of Accra's residents is slowly unfolding. The Weija water reservoir serving Accra's residents is being polluted at an unprecedented rate.

By highlighting what is going on, this blog hopes that immediate action by the authorities to halt it, will be forthcoming - and that all the political parties will support it.

That it is occurring, at all, without causing widespread outrage - even though thousands of commuters daily use the Mallam-Kasoa highway, which runs beside the Ghana Water Company Limited's (GWCL) Weija reservoir  to travel to and from work - neatly sums up the nature of the mostly-apathetic society that has evolved in Ghana, since Nkrumah's overththrow in February 1966.

Precious few in this country now care about what happens to our natural heritage and to our public spaces. And not many take any notice of the few valiant individuals who risk their lives fighting to stop that canker-of-apathy from destroying our country.

Rivers and other water bodies, across vast swathes of the landmass of Ghana, are slowly being poisoned with heavy metals and toxic chemicals with impunity, by lawless individuals concerned only with their own individual well-being.

And at a time of global warming, even forests across the nation are being decimated by greedy criminals, who have grown super-rich from illegal logging -  in collusion with some of the very public officials paid to protect those forests.

Yet, today, self-seeking and dishonest politicians,  are busy fighting each other in endless propaganda battles on the airwaves of television and FM radio stations, for the opportunity to rule Ghanaians -  and doubtless have the power to dispense patronage in a corruption-riddled society: and send their own net worth to stratospheric heights, that way.

The question is: Why, in the face of all that apathy being shown by our selfish educated urban elites, are young people in Ghana, not rejecting both the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and the New Patriotic Party (NPP), which have superintended over this unfortunate state of affairs since the confounded 4th Republic came into being in 1992?

There is not a single Ghanaian, who truly loves this country, who does not often ponder over the question: Are the vast majority of our current crop of politicians, just  in politics merely to "Chop Ghana small" (to quote a pidgin English phrase of infamy, once uttered by a Lebanese crook, cocking a snook at Ghanaians, whiles ripping off Mother Ghana, through countless shady business deals)?

The encroachers that are gradually turning the edges of the Weija reservoir, into a shanty town straddling its shoreline, would never be allowed to put down roots there, in any serious country - where securing the future of coming generations, is a matter of some importance, to most ordinary people.

The question is: Who is actually responsible for protecting the sanctity of the borders of the Weija reservoir of the GWCL? Perhaps it is a matter that ought to be of concern to all of Accra's residents.

Surely, well-paid officials of that state-owned water company, ought to realise that it is vital that all those unauthorised structures and businesses along the entire shoreline of the Weija reservoir, are removed immediately?

We are lucky that Mrs. Rawlings, the former first lady's NGO, the 31st December Women's Movement, planted trees along part of the shoreline of the Weija reservoir years ago.

Without that tree cover, only heaven knows what would regularly happen to water levels in the dam, during today's extended drought periods, resulting from the weather extremes that are now the new norm -  as a result of global climate change.

Mrs. Rawlings and her 31st December Movement, clearly understood the need to protect the Weija water reservoir because of its importance in the provision of treated drinking-water for Accra's residents. All who live in Accra ought to be grateful to them for the foresight and love of country, which led them to undertake that conservation initiative.

It says a lot about those now in charge of the GWCL, that all manner of people can build unauthorised structures, and set up pollution-causing businesses, such as car repair workshops, as well as even the production of sundry concrete products, along the shoreline of that very important water reservoir for Accra's residents, with such impunity.

Do the management and workers of the GWCL not see the future catastrophe staring them in the face - with all manner of enterprises and entities in their supply chains catering to their needs, springing up along the reservoir's shoreline adjacent to the Mallam-Kasoa highway, as one approaches the road's toll booths from Mallam: especially as the situation now is that the Densu River is already polluted upstream before it gets to fill the reservoir downstream on its way to emptying itself into the sea?

Let them take immediate steps to remove all the encroachers along the entire shoreline of the Weija water reservoir - and do so before it becomes too late to save that vital asset of their company's all-important production department.

Every structure around the reservoir's entire shoreline ought to be bulldozed to the ground by the 48 Engineers Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces. Enough is enough.

There is far too much lawlessness in this country. How can we ever progress if there is no discipline in Ghanaian society?

Those recent developments along the reservoir's shoreline are simply intolerable. And we must all refuse to put up with the situation as it is at the moment. Those in charge of the GWCL must sit up.

They must not allow the Weija water reservoir to be poisoned yet further by dangerous pollutants released into it by those who have encroached on its shoreline. They must all go. Period.   

Friday, October 21, 2016

Is Hassan Ayariga's Doctorate Degree Worth The Scroll It Is Typed On?

According to an old wag I know, "Mr. Hassan Ayariga's arrogance, is so typical of many nouveau-riche Ghanaians." Indeed.

In one's humble opinion, he does have a point perhaps - up to a point: many of those boors have absolutely no class at all.

What true gentleman would ever insult any lady publicly - let alone a lady in the high position of Electoral Commissioner of the Republic Ghana?

Thank goodness that a remorseful Mr. Hassan Ayariga, who is the founder and leader of the All People's Congress (APC), redeemed himself in the end, after that particular spat with the Electoral Commission (EC), for disqualifying him from standing as a candidate in the December presidential election - by apologising publicly not too long after he egregiously insulted Mrs. Charlotte Osei in media interviews.

One wonders whether Hassan Ayariga's  boorish disdain for the chairperson of the EC, results from the fact that he probably thinks that having amassed  great wealth, somehow, that makes him a  very special and superior being - and thus entitles him to denigrate those who incur his displeasure.

In that sense, he is in the same bad-behaving, nouveau-riche super-league, as the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) uncouth Kennedy Adjapongs and Bernard Antwi-Boasiakos. Dreadful misogynists, to a man.

Alas, good breeding cannot possibly be purchased - unlike doctorate degrees from dodgy 'tertiary institutions' founded by narcissistic and super-greedy Nigerian mega-Church owners: selling 'degrees' at hefty prices to wealthy  and egoistical Africans in search of respectability.

It is a moot point as to whether or not  a 'doctorate degree' issued by a Niaja-degree-factory in Spain - founded by clever Nigerians to exploit a lucrative niche market pandering to the egos of rich Africans seeking social acceptance  - is indeed a genuine academic institution: merely because it has 'accreditation' from local authorities.

The question there  is:  What do well-respected academics from Spain's leading universities think of 'doctorate degrees' from Achievers International University College Institute of Religious  Studies and Management?

Unfortunately, one doubts very much, whether any of them have ever heard of Mr. Hassan Ayariga's Spanish online alma mater, with its brick-and-mortar "affiliate campus" apparently located in Valencia.

For the benefit of readers, including CID HQ investigators, we are posting two different culled sections from the content on the website of the Achievers International University College Institute of Religious Studies and Management (AIUC).

Mr. Hassan Ayariga may very well have been duped. His doctorate degree may not be worth the  scroll it is typed on, alas.

The aforesaid culled  two sections from the AIUC's website appear in all their glory below. Please read on:

 ''ACHIEVERS INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE INSTITUTE OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES AND MANAGEMENT                                                                               
Affiliate Campus of

                           To our Honored Guest:

On behalf of the Achievers Theological Institute and Ministerial Association an Extention Campus of Vision International University. U.S.A., let me welcome you to Spain, the home campus of Vision University and Achievers Theological Seminary.

Achievers University College and Theological Institute is approved and accredited by the Higher Education Board of Ministry for the training of men and women into the Ministry along with preparing individuals in secular studies as well.

Our students are drawn from Asia, Europe, Africa and U.S.A. We have a huge ministerial campaign in Philippines from where African and the Asian nationals hear the Word, train in the English Language, and preparing themselves to enter the business market, using what they have learned thru our curriculum in business (AIUTC).

Please let me again invite you to take your time, browse our website and see what God is doing in our ministry in our section of the world. If you have any question concerning our ministry please feel free to contact me at

Once again, Welcome to Achievers International  University College (AIUC). AIUC is a nondenominational, Bible-based, Christ-centered theological  distance learning institution, serving the body of Christ  worldwide.  AIUC offers quality, affordable, and self-paced education..."


The Great Achievers International Church Inc. (GAIC) is a Pentecostal and Charismatic oriented ministry with its headquarters located at Valencia, Spain. It is an international body of believers who have come together to seek out and practice the truth of the word of God, and worship God in spirit and in truth.

The Great Achievers International Church Incorporated was founded in the City of Aba, Abia-State (GOD’S OWN STATE Nigeria) on 20th April 2002 by Apostle Dr. Prince Nnams, who had a burning desire to spread the truth of God’s word across the world. He began a small fellowship in his home with his wife Ugoeze Deborah Nnams.Later in 2005 The Founder/ General Overseer, Apostle Dr. Prince Nnams Kalu and First Lady, Rev. Ugoeze Deborah Nnams shifted their based to Valencia in 2005, and in the same year they planted GAIC on 8th May 2005 in Spain. Bishop Dr.Prince Nnams was called in the ministry since 1988..."

End of the two culled sections from the inimitable website of the AIUC.

Poor Mr Hassan Ayariga. His vanity has led him to buy a worthless piece of paper - just so he can plaster the letters PhD after his name. Definitely not presidential timber, alas. Poor sod.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Turning The DKM Tragedy Into A Political Football Is Beyond The Pale

There are occasions when it is pretty hard not to feel contempt for some of our nation's politicians. Why are they so cynical sometimes?

The question is: Why are some politicians bent on exploiting the plight of the victims of the now-defunct savings and loans company, DKM, in the Brong Ahafo Region?

Why seek to make political capital out of  what are the personal tragedies of scores of vulnerable people, I ask?

The fact of the matter, is that victims of DKM  ought to be told bluntly that they allowed greed to cloud their judgement. So why are some politicians bent on making them think that somehow they are entitled to government bailouts for their own follies?

Is the concept of "moral hazard" not a key point in banking? We must not pander to their foolish disregard of even the most basic rules of personal finance: the importance of  avoiding investment products that offer super-high returns.

They got their fingers burnt making daft  investment decisions, which  no sane individual with a modicum of financial literacy would have contemplated, let alone acted upon.

They have no one but themselves to blame for their plight. Just where did they think DKM was going to generate the massive profits needed to give them the kind of la-la-land rates of return on the monies they were in vesting in the ponzi scheme it was in reality operating?

They got their just desserts for being so greedy. However, on a purely human level, and this being Ghana, the land of Fa ma Nyame, those DKM victims also  need to be reassured that a creative way to help them, will be forthcoming, after the elections.

What is needed, is for responsible and mature politicians to come up with a practical  solution, which will enable those who genuinely lost monies they actually paid to DKM, to recover some of that cash - without burdening hapless taxpayers.

Such a scheme must only benefit victims with a history of meeting their tax obligations - with cash held in verifiable accounts with that now-defuct savings and loans company: which operated mostly in the Brong Ahafo Region (and parts of the north one gathers).

Grandstanding for political advantage by raising the thorny issue of the DKM debacle during the campaign season  - when presidential and parliamentary elections loom large - is disgraceful,  cruel and monstrous.

It is giving false hope to DKM's victims. And those politicians doing so must bow their heads in shame. Are such ruthless and amoral politicians fit to be in government, one wonders?

Going forward, clearly, conventional thinking will not solve the problem - as the paltry amounts the official liquidators are  reported to be paying out to DKM's depositors, now confirm.

No politician should burden taxpayers by promising to repay DKM's victims, with taxpayers' money, should they win power after the December elections.

Since the vast majority of the members of our  nation's political class seldom do any original thinking, here is this blog's two pesewas - which they can chew on below.

Instead of playing Kokofu-football-politricks with it, why don't all the candidates in the presidential and parliamentary elections appeal directly to the banks in Ghana, to set up a fund, into which they should pay a portion of the cash they hold in dormant accounts that have remained inactive for a reasonably lengthy period, to be decided by the banking industry itself? Food for thought.

Above all, the Bank of Ghana (BoG) ought to show leadership by encouraging the commercial banks in Ghana to take that approach - and the banks ought to get tax rebates for so doing from the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) duly sanctioned by Parliament.

After all, those banks need the goodwill of the general public, now, more than at any period of their industry's history, thus far - as more and more of the disruptive  mobile  money products of the telcos gain in popularity.

Finally, it ought to be pointed out to those politicians making political capital out of what are the personal tragedies of real people, that their cynicism is beyond the pale.

Turning the DKM tragedy into a political football is disgraceful - and is totally unacceptable. And it is callous and inhumane to boot.  We rest our case.

Hmm, Ghana - eyeasem o: asem kesie ebeba debi ankasa.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Could Ghana's Illegal Gold Miners Evolve Into Allies Of Global Terrorist Organisations?

There is no question that illegal gold miners are a real threat to national security in our homeland Ghana. Ditto illegal loggers and illegal sand-winners.

That is why the wealthy criminal syndicates that sponsor the activities of illegal gold miners - as well as illegal loggers and illegal sand-winners - across the country, need to be monitored closely, by the leaderships of all the security agencies.

For example, if it is not checked, the pollution of the drinking-water sources of so many economically vulnerable communities, across vast swathes of the Ghanaian countryside, by illegal gold miners, could create humanitarian crises all over rural Ghana.

That is a potentially dangerous situation, which will doubtless not bode well for the long-term stability of our nation, and, in the long run, affect the overall viability of Ghanaian society - for it will directly affect the quality of life of millions of our people.

Has the time not therefore  come for all the  political parties in Ghana, and members of our political class (from across the spectrum), to focus on the protection and preservation of what is left of our nation's natural heritage - particularly at a time when global climate change is negatively impacting Ghana and the rest of the nations in sub-Saharan Africa?

The worst aspect of illegal gold mining, in Ghana, today,  is that most of it is sponsored by super-wealthy criminals, who have become emboldened because they have errant members of the security agencies, dishonest officials from the regulatory bodies (both at district and national levels) and rogue politicians, all on their off-ledger-payrolls.

Is that not dangerous for the long-term stability of our homeland Ghana, I ask? Every Ghanaian who cares about the well-being of this nation, and all its people - including future generations -  must stand up against the rich criminals behind illegal gold mining, illegal logging and illegal sand-winning, across Ghana.

We all need to clearly understand that the wealthy criminals profiting from unlawful and environmentally destructive activities such as illegal gold mining, illegal logging and illegal sand-winning, could eventually  undermine the very foundations of Ghanaian society - if they are not dealt with effectively today.

In light of that latent threat they pose to Ghana's long-term stability, our ruling elites need to learn valuable lessons from the civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone, before the situation here gets out of hand too.

They must always remember that it was the rape of natural resources, such as diamonds and timber, by callous people driven by unfathomable greed, which fueled the brutal civil wars in those two sister West African nations of ours, for so many years.

Anyone who has had the misfortune of seeing up-close, illegal gold miners destroying forestland that has evolved over millions of years, which provide valuable ecosystem services for many communities across the nation, will not hesitate to condemn the present regulatory  system that grants permits to small-scale gold miners.

How can so-called small-scale  gold miners, be permitted to deploy  32-tonne excavators - which on the ground allow them to mine on an industrial scale - and still be expected to follow the rules and stick to mining just 25 acres, once they obtain permits from regulators? Amazing.

Clearly, that is not realistic: Not when they simply bribe officials sent to monitor their activities at mining sites, when concerned opinion leaders in affected rural communities lodge official complaints against illegal gold miners at district police commands, and petition officials at district-level offices of the regulatory bodies, as and when infractions of the Mining Act occur.

A case study that illustrates  the point made above, perfectly, reveals the myraid of egregious infractions of the Mining Act by Hagnela Mining Company Limited, and its super-ruthless assigns, at Akyem Juaso.

There, private freehold heavily-wooded forestland - which has  not been given out officialy as a gold concession by the Minerals Commission and happens to be far away from the area officially designated a concession for small-scale gold miners - is being unlawfully destroyed with total  impunity.

The criminals destroying that incredibly beautiful forestland,  where we grow cocoa organically, boast openly, that no one in Ghana can stop them - because they are prepared to bribe every official sent to stop them from mining gold in what is part of my family's freehold 14 square mile forestland, which they apparently claim to have paid my cousin, Kwame Thompson, and our former overseer, John Awuku (aka "Red"),  to mine gold on.

What escapes those greedy and visionless fools, and all those they claim to have paid bribes to, is that the GPS coordinates of the area in question, exposes them, and points to the fact that the documents they have been bandying about and deceiving officialdom with, are all fake ones.

Furtheremore,  the Anyiman District Police Command ought to know - if it is not already aware - that no private landowner is allowed to  give out his or her land to third parties to mine gold on in this country: as that power only lies with the Minerals Commission.

Consequently, the mere fact that the dishonest Kwame Thompson has a stake as a beneficiary in what is actually still legally part of the estate of the late P. E. Thompson, to which he does not have individual title to, cannot, and should not be used as an excuse by the Ghana Police Service not to arrest and prosecute him, Red, Rasta of Hagnela Mining Company, and his arrogant assigns.

In the meantime, as officialdom drags its feet, the brutal gang-rape of what is part of a designated Globally Significant Biodiversity Area (GSBA), which has been owned by my family as a registered  freehold forest property in the name of P. E. Thompson, since 1921, from the British  colonial era, goes on with impunity. Incredible.

That abomination - made possible by the thoroughly dishonest Kwame Thompson and John Awuku "Red" who I gather have apparently taken money from the CEO of Hagnella Mining Company Limited, and that company's assigns - is simply intolerable.

How can such lawlessness be allowed in a democratic nation in which the rule of law is said to prevail? What green impact investor will invest in a society in which rich criminals can get away with destroying privately-owned freehold  forestland that they want to turn into an ecotourism destination to give local people a sustainable future?

Incredibly, as we speak, I have actually petitioned the head of the BNI, the Director General of the CID, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, and the head of the Minerals Commisson - all of whom have dutifully sent investigators to the area in question.

Perhaps readers can better appreciate the magnitude of the travesty going on there, by looking at photographs of the area in question, if they  google and visit the "Akyem Juaso Nature-Resource Reserve Facebook page".

Unfortunately, it has not yet dawned on any of those officials sent to investigate the infractions of the Mining Act  - despite my protestations - that on the ground, in the real world, the said illegalities are actually occuring outside the officially designated area, allotted (and indicated on the Minerals Commission's cadestral map)  to small-scale gold miners as a concession.

The fact of the matter, is that their utter ruthlessness, total disregard for the laws of Ghana, and willingness to bribe public officials sent to stop their activities, have combined to make the wealthy  criminal syndicates behind most of the illegal gold mining that goes on in this country,  a law unto themselves. Literally.

Yet, potentially, because of their disregard for authority and lawlessness, they could become allies of global terrorist organisations - which are always on the lookout for new sources of funds: to enable them extend their global footprint.

If our nation's political class understood that illegal gold miners could easily evolve into allies of global terrorist organisations, perhaps they would take the security threat illegal gold miners pose to our nation, far more seriously, than they currently do.

Above all, instead of throwing up their arms in despair, over their continued inability to stop those behind illegal gold mining in our country, the authorities should adopt a creative approach, and  rather collaborate with local environmental activists, to stop all those in their communities who engage in illegal gold mining, illegal logging and illegal sand-winning

In the case of Akyem Juaso, for example, such an approach, in which a small detachment of military and police special forces are billeted locally, to work with the Akyem Saamang Unit Committee, led by the Assemblyman, Hon. Gyeatuo, will definitely stamp out the illegal gold mining and the illegal logging that funds it, very quickly.

It could then be replicated in other parts of rural Ghana affected by illegal gold mining and illegal logging, too - and save them from the pollution of their soils and drinking water sources that illegal gold mining leaves in its wake.

The question is: should society continue to tolerate an unlawful and destructive economic activity that only benefits a few wealthy Ghanaians, which also threatens the cocoa industry's long-term viability, specifically, and the farming-sector, generally?

For the sake of both present-day Ghanaians and future generations of our people,  illegal gold mining needs to be tackled effectively now - lest we end up with a situation in which global terrorist groups co-opt the criminal syndicates behind most of the illegal gold mining in Ghana: to enable them generate cash to fund terrorism across West Africa.

If current trends continue, this blog confidently predicts that the takeover of illegal gold mining in Ghana by terrorist organisations, will come to pass in the not too distant future, as sure as day follows night.

Those in charge of the regulatory bodies overseeing gold mining in Ghana must sit up: today society may be contending with ruthless foreigners driven merely by unfathomable greed to mine gold illegally here. But tomorrow those foreigners will be determined terrorists with an agenda of their own.

What ought to dawn on officialdom is that the wealthy criminals behind most of the illegal gold mining in Ghana, today, who get away with defying officials on the ground, in illegal gold mining sites across the Ghanaian countryside, couldy turn our homeland Ghana into a lawless society in which no one is safe and might is always right -  a perfect safe haven and lucrative dysfunctional source of funding for cash-hungry terrorist organisations.

Surely, all the relevant mining sector public officials who regulate mining in Ghana, have a moral obligation not to allow that to ever happen? Hmm, Ghana eyeasem o: asem kesie ebeba debi ankasa.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Cedi Redenomination: Ghanaians Need To Know That Dr. Bawumia Is Not A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing

As usual the Ghanaian media is doing a great disservice to Mother Ghana - by yet again ignoring (when it matters most) an important matter involving some members of our nation's political class: that needs investigating.

Surely, they must help clear the air over the cedi redenomination exercise - and establish that indeed Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia did nothing wrong in the redenomination of the cedi during the Kufuor era: before the December polls?

In any case, should journalists in Ghana not be interested in establishing the veracity or otherwise of allegations of impropriety by top officials and politicians, during the cedi redenomination exercise?

How much, for example, were the security printers  paid to print the redenominated cedi notes: and who were their local reps, here, if any?

Incidentally, was it De La Rue that printed them, or not? And more to the point, was it a fair deal - or was the Bank of Ghana (BoG) ripped off: because of the greed of officials and politicians?

It should definitely not be left to the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) Anthony Akoto Oseis to pontificate on the matter and tell us that in effect it is much ado about nothing. No. Certainly not.

If it wants to govern our nation, again, is it not in the overall interest of the NPP that the media  in Ghana thoroughly investigate the redenomination of the cedi - which occured during the golden age of business for the perfidious Kufuor & Co: particularly when suspicions are being raised in certain quarters about aspects of Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia's role in that exercise?

Is he not a potential vice president of Ghana - with presidential and parliamentary elections due on 7th December: less that two months hence?

For all we know, it might actually be the case that in  reality Bawumia has absolutely nothing to hide over his role in the redenomination exercise - because he did nothing wrong at that material time.

However, that must be established independently by the media - not by the NPP's Anthony Akoto Osei. Was he not a deputy finance minister at the time, I ask?

What if some partisan-cynic suddenly alleged that somehow some government members benefited from that exercise during what was after all a golden age of business for Kufuor & Co - and that the Akoto Oseis, pretty well-connected A-lister-insiders,  were aware of that?

On their part, we must ask whether or not the media have forgotten the fuss that people like Mr. Aggudey made, on the airwaves of Radio Gold FM, for example - when a South African entity was apparently given the contract to handle the transportation and distribution of the new cedi notes that were replacing the old cedis being withdrawn from circulation.

The question there is: Who actually gave that contract to the South African company - and what was it worth exactly? Were they aware that Aggudey's Gocrest, and other private Ghanaian security companies, could provide the same tracked logistics service the South Africans were offering the BoG?

And was Aggudey targeted by the system for complaining publicly about the contract being given out to a South African entity - because it was thought by the powers-that-be at the time that his complaints would raise suspicions in the minds of ordinary people: that the regime's powerful kleptocrats had profited from the cedi's redenomination?

And who were that particular South African company's Ghanaian contacts/partners that secured them the lucrative contract, if any? Are they people who are close to Dr. Bawumia and the NPP, one wonders?

Above all, was the transportation and distribution of the new cedi notes across the country put out to tender - or was it sole-sourced? And if it was sole-sourced why was that the case?

Luckily for Mother Ghana, not all ordinary people in this beautiful and peaceful country, wear blinkers on a permanent basis and belong to the naive-school-of-thought - many members of which seem to believe that somehow Ghanaians  will  experience rule by saints, when the NPP comes into power, after the December elections. Heaven help us.

Surely, it is important for Ghanaians to know whether or not some of the politicians then in power at the period in question, profited personally from the cedi's redenomination - and whether or not that resulted from insider information? Who was their go-to BoG pointman? Hmm, Ghana - eyeasem o.

Let no one in this country forget that despite the endless allegations of corruption they constantly  level at the Mahama administration, the NPP and its leading lights, are dead-set against either publicly publishing the sources of the party's election campaign funds, or committing to publicly publishing the assets of all their candidates and their spouses, before this year's presidential and parliamentary elections.

Furthermore, since many in the Ghanaian media are also alleged by some politicians to be corrupt, should we also not therefore ponder why journalists in Ghana have not bothered to find out the net worth of employees of the Bank of Ghana (BoG) including even lowly-placed ones such as cooks - prior to the redenomination exercise: and in its immediate aftermath?

Did the media never hear any bush telegraph stories at the time, about the sudden riches some BoG employees were said by neighbours to have started displaying, after the cedi's redenomination?

Or have Ghanian journalists all simply forgotten that there were rumours circulating at the time that withdrawn notes - destined for incineration at the BoG's facility off the Spintext Road - were finding their way back into the system and enriching  some Ghanaians: including fattening the election campaign war-chests of some politicians?

This is a far more serious matter than many think it actually is. That is why the Bawumias must not make light of it.

For their own good, Bawumia & Co need to end the speculation about the exact roles they played, in the redenomination of the cedi - by directly addressing the issues raised by their critics and political opponents: and establish the fact that indeed there was no impropriety on their part whatsoever in that exercise.

Ghanaians need to know that a potential vice president of the Republic of Ghana - who is forever alleging corruption by his political opponents is not actually a wolf in sheep's clothing himself.

After all, it is possible that he could be sworn in as vice president of the Republic of Ghana, on 7th January, 2017, by the Chief Justice. Let no one forget that.

Hmm, Ghana - eyeasem o: asem kesie ebeba debi ankasa.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The NPP's Decent-Minded Silent Majority Must Change The Antediluvian Mindsets Of The Powerful Closet Tribal-Supremacists Who Dominate Their Party

An irate caller telephoned me yesterday to berate me for the "biased anti-New Patriotic Party (NPP) rubbish" I write. The irony is that he spoke English with a northern Ghanaian accent.

Poor man - too blind to the see the elephant in the room: If only he knew how contemptuos of northerners the real 'owners' of the NPP were, he would probably never support that party, and would campaign vigorously  to stop all northerners from supporting it too. Poor sod.

Did he not hear the tape-recording of Yaw Osafo-Marfo's egregious and tribalistic cat-out-of-the-bag Koforidua-effusions? And if he did, what exactly did he make of it, one wonders?

Do such naive people not realise that in reality the NPP is dominated from the shadows by a few powerful, closet Akan tribal-supremacists of the very worst kind?

That is why it is the considered view of some of us that as presently constituted, if the NPP's leadership do not commit to publicly publishing the sources of their party's election campaign funds, as well as their own assets, and those of their spouses, and commit to doing so again after the end of their tenures - should they win power in the 7th December elections - theirs is not a political party that deserves to govern our country.  Hmm, Ghana - eyeasem o!

For the benefit of those who think that one is anti-NPP simply by reading one piece  from one's  copious writing over the years - which is a complete falshood because one is only against tribal-supremacists from all Ghana's ethnic groups: who incidentally exist mostly in Chiefs palaces across the entire country, if truth be told - one will recount some of the reasons behind one's loathing of all tribal-supremacist politicians from across the spectrum.

As it happens, when I was growing up, I had the misfortune  of overhearing some of the dinner-table and radio telephone (the Telefunken brand!) conversations, of a number  of the historical figures of the first two regimes that came to power, after the overthrow of President Nkrumah's Convention People's Party (CPP) government in 1966.

Even as a young boy in my early teens, and though of Akan heritage myself, I felt revulsion against some of the things I overheard in the conversations of some of the leading figures in  the National Liberation Council (NLC) military regime, and the Progress Party (PP) government,  which followed it when constitutional rule was restored in 1969.

Naturally, as those historical figures are no longer alive to speak for themselves, one cannot possibly reveal their identities - as that would be unethical and unfair to their memories: and uncharitable to their living blood relatives.

I remember some of the conversations generated by the attempted 17th April, 1967, military coup, by Lieutenants Arthur and Yeboah of the Ghana Armed Forces - the failed coup that resulted in the killing of General E. K. Kotoka. Lieutenants Arthur and Yeboah were later executed after their court martial trial.

The telling ingratitude that remarking in Twi that (to paraphrase in English) God had stepped in to save us - because the Ewes would have been a stumbling block to our plans - represented, was not lost on my fourteen-year old mind: which felt revolted by the calculation and hypocrisy it represented. It all sounded so unfair to Ewes I felt.

Any self-respecting Ewe, who now supports the NPP, would likely also feel outraged, if like me they too knew the reaction of some of the progeny of the Busia-Danquah political tradition - who were then in the NLC military government - to the killing of General Kotoka.

I also vividly recall the hubris surrounding the attempt to weaken and destroy the Trades Union Congress (TUC), including seizing its national headquarters building.

Again, even at age 14, or thereabouts, I wondered how it was possible for supposedly avowed believers in democracy to be so capricious and vindictive.

The same sense of outrage was my felt reaction to the arrogant, Akan-triumphalist conversations around the passage of the Chieftaincy Act (1971), during those selfsame years.

As regards the continued existence of that disrespectful law,  it is essential, for the sake of the cohesion of our homeland Ghana, that that abomination is  quickly repealed by Parliament - and replaced with a new law that treats all Paramount Chiefs in Ghana equally and with respect.

Indeed, so deeply etched in the inner recesses of my subconscious was that revulsion against the narrow-minded, tribalistic and arrogant conversations I often overheard,  that it led to a lifelong determination never to allow myself to be boxed-in by the straightjacket of stereotypes that underpin prejudices such as tribalism, in my interactions with fellow Ghanaians.

I have stuck to that commitment, till date, thus far. That is why Kofi Thompson happens to be a totally detribalised Ghanaian. Ditto the reason for one's loathing of NPP politicians of the ilk of the Yaw Osafo-Marfos - and their fellow-travellers in the other political parties in our multi-ethnic country.

It is also the reason why I despise those hypocritical Ghanaian politicians, who in reality are closet tribal-supremacists, but like to pretend that they are not tribalistic at all when engaged with others in the public space - whatever their ethnic backgrounds happen to be.

Above all, in my humble view, it is important that all politicians on the continent of Africa, understand clearly that in 21st century Africa, no  tribe in the continent, is inferior or superior to another. The NPP's Yaw Osafo Marfos need to come to terms with that reality. Their NPP would be far more attractive if that sea-change occurs.
Finally, if they want their party to remain relevant in the long-term, the NPP's decent-minded silent majority, must change the antediluvian mindsets of the few powerful, closet Akan tribal-supremacists, who currently dominate their party so completely, from the shadows - and end their baleful influence over the affairs of the NPP once and for all. We rest our case.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The NPP's John Boadus And Freddie Blays Must Beware: God Does Not Like Deceptive African Politicians

A number of the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) leading lights, regularly invoke God's name, during their party's election campaign rallies across the country.

Naturally, in a superstition-riddled nation - in which  many so-called Christians secretly worship at the alters of traditional deities such as Tigare and Antoa Nyame, and seek their protection, whiles publicly posing as "born-again Christians"  - stating that "The battle is the Lord's" at election campaign rallies, will obviously resonate with millions.

Alas, the point that clever Ghanaian politicians miss, however, when they say their battle is the "Lord's," is that God does not favour African politicians who refuse to publicly publish their assets, and those of their spouses, before presidential and parliamentary  elections, and before assuming office. Ditto doing so again immediately after their tenures' in office end.

That is the conundrum the NPP faces. They cannot have it both ways: Endlessly criticising the Mahama administration for being corrupt, whiles adamantly  refusing to take the most effective single measure against high-level corruption in Africa today - the public publication of the assets of politicians and their spouses - themselves: by publicly publishing their own assets and those of their spouses, as proof of their good intentions in seeking power. Extraordinary.

Perhap, secretly, the attitude of the John Boadus  and Freddie Blays, is probably that they are of the considered view, that, basically, most of their die-hard Ghanaian supporters are too stupid to understand the real significance of the refusal by politicians in an African nation afflicted with the dangerous and nation-wrecking virus of endemic high-level corruption, for the NPP to have to worry about any blowback from the point-blank refusal by most of that party's bigwigs to countenance the public declaration of their assets and those of their spouses, under any circumstances. Cheeky sods.

Be that as it may, although clever politicians might succeed in fooling the vast majority of the good people of Ghana into voting them into power, having invoked God's name to trick their way into power, however - if that is actually the case that is - could end up having disastrous consequences for the NPP:  in terms of the party's continued viability and ensuring its long-term survival.

Of course, we must not discount the real possibility that it might very well be that secretly, in fact many politicians in Ghana, might also be worshipping at the alters of the cults of the Antoa Nyames and Tigares - but pose publicly as Christians and Moslems, of good standing, in order to gain acceptability socially and politically.

For all we know, perhaps some of them even doubt God's very existence. Who knows? Otherwise, why would politicians running opaque political parties, who are beholden to the very vested interests draining the lifeblood out of our country, take God's name in vain - when that has dire consequences?

Be that as it may, yet still, the sly John Boadus and Freddie Blays - as well as their other colleagues in the upper echelons of the NPP - had better beware: In the very serious matter of publicly publishing the assets of African politicians, and their spouses, as an anti-corruption measure - and proof of their good intentions in seeking power - the Lord God does not like deceptive politicians at all. Not one bit.

Hmm, Ghana - enti yewieye paa enie? Asem kesie ebeba debi ankasa.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Should Pastor Mensah Otabil Apologise To Ghanaian Farmers?

Not having much confidence in the objectivity of the mostly-unethical  and largely-unprofessional Ghanaian media, naturally, I find it hard to believe recent news reports about  Pastor Mensah Otabil's purported views on farming in Ghana.

He is reported to have said words to the effect that he did not like to see brilliant young people going into farming in Ghana. Amazing.

What an extraordinary thing for such a highly-intelligent gentleman to say - if  true and accurate, that is: and so incredibly pregnant with meaning too.

Are we to assume, for example, that Pastor Otabil is implying that farming in Ghana should be reserved for only dunces? That is hard to believe.

And if the words attributed to him are true, then it is most unfortunate that  Pastor Mensah Otabil - who incidentally is a gentleman I have a great deal of respect for - publicly expressed such odd views.

Is he implying that intelligent people should not become farmers in this country, and that somehow farming is a commercial undertaking in a vital sector of the national economy, replete with not-so-intelligent people? Incredible.

Apparently, Pastor Mensah Otabil also feels that it is somehow an aberration that agriculture employs nearly 70 percent of Ghana's total working-age population - when that figure ought to be more in the region of 3 percent in his view.

In the developed world today, pop-up businesses and Uber-style gig local economies - in which many people can only find employment of a temporary nature and constantly face uncertainty and job insecurity - are fast becoming the new norm.

In light of the growing trend of local gig-economies in which employment is of a temporary nature,  without job-security and benefits, if 70 percent of Ghana's working-age population are engaged in farming, is that not a blessing for them?

Actually, surprising though it might be to some well-off Ghansians, we happen to be talking about the life-chances of real human beings, some of them desperate for regular work - to enable them earn decent incomes.

That is a very serious societal problem that has led to social unrest elsewhere - which eventually resulted in the removal from office of very powerful and well-entrenched leaders. The removal from office of Tunisia's ex-President Zane al Abidine Ben Ali, is a case in point.

With respect, this is not an abstract discussion in which smug well-off individuals, bandy about statistical figures - and use them as talking points.

Well-off people in Ghana - such as wealthy motivational speakers grown super-rich from mega-church-preaching to maleable souls who are happy to part with their hard-earned cash for empowerment in the "spiritual realm" - ought to be careful not to cause offence to the farmers who help feed our nation.

Why  make disparaging remarks about the IQs of farmers: or their lack thereof? Given the difficulties some emerging nations, such as our homeland Ghana, are going through, should we not rather be grateful to God that as many as nearly 70 percent of the total working-age population can earn a living on smallholder farms across rural Ghana?

What that means, does it not, is that we could make smallholder farming families prosperous simply by introducing a new paradigm - in which all land held by Chiefs in trust for their people is taken over by the state, and redistributed to landless smallholder tenant farmers?

Will that not immediately empower a majority of the 70 percent of that demographic, which some well-off  Ghanaians apparently feel ought to be employed in other sectors of the national economy - where jobs are practically more or less nonexistent (it ought to be noted)?

Naturally, compensation for Chiefs holding land in trust for their people, whose lands are taken over by the state, will be paid compensation - with long-term government paper that they can always discount for cash.

That new paradigm created by the empowerment of landless tenant farmers, will see the banning of all imported agricultural produce that can be grown here - to spur the production of locally grown produce.

That could be transformational - especially if interest-free loans to pay for the digital mapping company, LandMapp, to map and register title to previously-landless smallholder tenant farmers' newly-acquired farmlands, are advanced to them - could it not, I ask? In effect that 70 percent of the total working age population employed on smallholder farms across rural Ghana are an asset we ought to value, not disparage.

Incidentally, just where else exactly, does Pastor Mensah Otabil think those in the demographic that he complains contains a rather high percentage of Ghana's total working-age population, could possibly find employment, if they were not farming? Puzzling.

Is this not a stubbornly  import-crazy-country, whose hard-to-change citizens would rather buy what other nations' manufacture in their factories, and grow on their farmlands - than opting for the wiser nation-building,  patriotic alternative of purchasing their Ghanaian produced equivalents instead?

With respect, intelligent young people currently unable to secure jobs, should ignore Pastor Mensah Otabil's absurd strictures - and, if they have the temperement for it, look to farming as an alternative lifestyle choice that could also provide them with a viable and valuable source of income.

There are many fantastic opportunities available for those engaged in farming in Ghana - and clever educated young people can live well producing food both for the local market and for export markets overseas.

This blog, authored by someone whose family has farmed in various areas in the Eastern Region of Ghana since 1915, from the colonial era,  till date, will always encourage clever young people in Ghana, who are unable to find well-paid jobs in urban Ghana, to venture into farming instead. They will never regret doing so. Ever.

On the contrary, they will find that it will enable them earn substantial incomes - if they use their fine minds to farm their lands as well-run and well-organised business entities.

For example, they could develop niche markets farming in harmony with nature - using sustainable organic farming and permaculture methods.

That will enable them produce high-quality,  synthetic-pesticide-free and synthetic-fertilizer-free agricultural produce - and do so all year round if they are clever enough to quickly learn to harvest rainwater: and provide the infrastructure for it.

Surely, they could target markets such as the well-heeled demographic, which includes the possibly health-conscious Pastor Mensah Otabils, in our midst? Food for thought.

Indeed, one does not doubt that many from that particular demographic (from the top strata of Ghanaian society no less) would  rush to buy organic fruits and vegetables produced by those highly-intelligent and well-educated young farmers: for their families and friends.

For the information of those bright young minds that Otabil apparently does not want to venture into farming, this is just one statistical figure from the GhanaVeg initiative, of the many possibilities open to them as well-educated and highly-intelligent  young farmers: Ghana imports as much as US$80 millions worth of onions alone, per annum.

Some of those onions are imported from even frequently-parched sister-nations of ours, such as Burkina Faso and Niger - and from as far afield overseas as the Netherlands.

Could clever young farmers throughout the country, not replace those imported onions worth US$80 millions with onions grown locally - and earn very good money making Ghana self-sufficient in the production of onions?

Perhaps Pastor Otabil ought to speak to East-West Seeds' reps in Ghana, Tikola Ghana Limited, about the silent green revolution its "Prema" variety of hybrid seeds is bringing about, in the Upper East Region, and elsewhere in Ghana.

And there are many agro-industry value-chain opportunities for farmers too: with some farmers currently suppling breweries in Ghana with sorghum and cassava, for example, as we speak.

What is also wrong  with venturing into rice-farming - and profiting from helping to reduce the over US$ 600 millions spent importing rice into Ghana, I ask?

One could go on and on. In any case, the young farmers I know personally, are all comfortably well-off.  And they are very well-educated, and highly intelligent, too, as it happens.

If Pastor Mensah Otabil encouraged some of the young graduates from the Central University he founded, who are unable to find work, to go into farming, would we not have less unemployed graduates in this country? Eeebeii.

And  would they all not have a much better quality of life too living and farming in rural Ghana - free from the polluted air that those living in large towns and cities are forced to breathe (because of the scandalously high levels of sulphur allowed in fuel imported into Ghana)?

To use a pidgin English phrase: "As for this one paaa, Pastor Otabil did not try, koraaa!" Haaba.

Perhaps an apology from the good pastor to all Ghanaian farmers would be in order, one wonders?

What he is reported to have said about intelligent young people and the business of farming is an insult to Ghanaian farmers - who after all help to feed this nation.

Finally, if what he is widely reported to have said was not taken out of context, by the media, and is indeed an accurate rendition of what he actually said, then Pastor Mensah Otabil definitely ought to apologise to farmers in Ghana. He most definitely owes us one. Period.

Hmm, Ghana - eyeasem o: Enti yeawieye paa eniea? Asem kesie ebeba debi ankasa.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Why The Hypocrisy And Intellectual Dishonesty Of Bawumia & Co Rankles

Why is it that a President whose National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration has undertaken so many important infrastructure projects across the nation - which are all vital for the long-term future of our country - appears to be on the verge of losing power in this December's polls?

It must rankle with President Mahama's supporters that he could lose power to an opaque political party, the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), many of the leading lights of which, although forever alleging corruption by government appointees, are, significantly, themselves dead-set against the public declaration of assets by politicians and their spouses: although that is the most effective antidote to widespread corruption in Ghana. Odd, that.

It is incredible that the Ghanaian media overlooks that. Why? Do they have no sense of  patriotism at all? Have they forgotten their watchdog role in Ghanaian society? Ditto that they are the 4th arm of government whose job it is to protect Ghanaian democracy - by shinning the spotlight on the other three arms of government and scrutinising them in microscopic fashion?  Amazing.

Unfortunately, President Mahama has no one but himself to blame, if he loses power to the equally corrupt NPP, despite his administration's many achievements. If he does not win re-election, it will be because he failed to understand that to be a successful leader of Ghana, he had to always deal ruthlessly with errant members of his administration.

President Mahama is paying the ultimate price  for tolerating and sheltering errant Machiavellian appointees - such as Stan Dogbe at the presidency - when he should have fired them ages ago.

That that genius has been able to stay on at the presidency - despite his unspeakable transgressions of the bounds of common decency in his interactions with a number of journalists, and the unpardonable shame his inactions brought on the nation, in the form of the shabby "Brochuregate" scandal that occurred at this year's Independence Day anniversary celebrations at the Independence Square - confounds many well-meaning and open-minded Ghanaians.

It has lost President Mahama the support of quite a few of them - all of whom wonder what hold exactly Stan Dogbe has on the President of the Republic of Ghana that makes him an apparently  "untouchable" appointee: whom the president is either unwilling or unable to discipline, and thus can get away with literally anything he does.

Does that not breed impunity in any administration?  How many independent-minded, discerning and patriotic Ghanaians would want to see such a regime re-elected to power to govern the nation again, I ask?

And it did not help the President's cause that he caved in to pressure to free the so-called "Montie 3" -  when it would have been far more prudent to make them serve out their sentences: and, instead, rather looked to wealthy party backers to pay their families generous amounts of cash to support themselves, whiles the Montie 3's served their terms of  imprisonment in full.

Did it escape the President, a student of history, no less, that those abominable threats  issued by the Montie 3, coincided with the anniversary of the painful and terrible deaths of three high court judges and  retired military officer, who were brutally murdered a little over three decades ago (in 1982)?

Judges are human too - and can also experience fear like the rest of us. What signal exactly was the President sending the judiciary when he freed the Montie 3?

And why did it not occur to him that in the final analysis, all troublesome and irresponsible party members, such as the Montie 3, will at best only appear as mere footnotes in Ghanaian history - when his legacy as Ghana's leader is judged by posterity: and must therefore always be given short shrift by him when their actions besmirch his administration's image?

Ghana is a nation that demands strong and tough-minded leaders - not "nice" leaders who never want to cause offence to anyone. Mahama's attitude in that regard, is in sharp contrast to that of President Rawlings, who was blunt in making it absolutely clear to his family and friends that if they messed up, they had to understand that he would never come to their rescue.

It made a huge difference - for they all knew that they  would face the consequences of their actions and inactions on their own: despite their relationship with Rawlings. Mahama has only himself to blame that some of his appointees only think of saving their own skins even when that fuels the perception that the president is unable to sack those who behave irresponsibly in his administration.

Be that as it may, if it is any consolation to his supporters, in time, President Mahama will become a much-loved former head of state - and will always be loudly applauded whenever he appears at public functions by ordinary people.

He will also be accorded great respect by even those who abused him personally for political reasons - the most implacable of whom in reality  envy him and have never really forgiven him for ending up as Ghana's President after Mills' death, if truth be told.The verbally-aggressive and uncouth Bernard Antwi-Boasiakos and others of their ilk readily come to mind.

Yet, it could have all been so different, if he had listened to those of us who wished him well when he was thrust into the presidency by  the sudden demise of President Mills - and wrote articles advising him to immediately publicly publish his assets and those of his dear wife Lordina Mahama: to enable him assume the high moral ground in Ghanaian politics and put clear blue water between himself and his political opponents.

We actually prophesied that if he failed to do so his ruthless and amoral opponents would seek to destroy his administration's achievements by the use of vile propaganda. Alas, it has come to pass: the hardliners in the NPP ratcheted up their sabotaging of the nation-building effort immediately after Mahama was sworn in as Ghana's new president.Indeed, it still continues even as we speak.

Today, the Bawumias, who were used by others to enrich themselves when the currency was redenominated during the golden age of business for the perfidious Kufuor & Co, are heroes to many  gullible and politically-blinkered Ghanaians: despite the unpatriotism that deliberately talking down their own country for personal political advantage, at a difficult period in Ghana's history, represents.

Bawumia's sin is that he knows perfectly well that Mahama has done a yoeman's job despite the near-impossible task of building a solid foundation for future growth in a nation in which millions evade taxes - and which foolishly spends nearly 70% of the taxes it collects to pay frequently-striking public-sector employees: many of whom are unproductive and in any serious country would be sacked from their jobs.

Bawumia's astonishing,  irresponsible and cynical promise to restore the allowances of students in some tertiary institutions - forgetting that society was forced at a point in time in our history into asking certain categories of tertiary students to take out student loans  precisely because allowances paid to such tertiary students had become unsustainable as their numbers increased - illustrates his nauseating dissembling, perfectly.

In one breath he proposes tax cuts - and in another promises endless spending in empty promise after empty promise. What perfidy. Who does not see the obvious  contradictions, I ask? Incredible.

BlackRock's Larry Fink's advice to governments around the globe, in the culled piece by Nathan Rieff, which we are posting below today, show clearly that President Mahama was right strategically to focus on infrastructure projects, to enable Ghana build the foundation to enable it become a middle-income country.

For all his efforts on their behalf, this blog predicts that the clever and sly individuals who are now exploiting Bawumia from the shadows, to enable their party to come to power again, will make him the most miserable vice president ever, in the history of the 4th Republic, if their party emerges victorious in the December presidential and  parliamentary polls and assumes power in January 2017.

It will be at that stage that they will begin to show him their true tribal-supremacist colours - and start treating him with utter contempt.

We also predict that despite Nana Addo Danquah's undoubted incorruptibility, his New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration will become the most corrupt regime ever to rule our benighted country.

In our view,  BlackRock's CEO's advice  to governments around the globe, show clearly that President Mahama's long-term strategy for the national economy is sound - and will benefit Ghana in the end.

On balance, on the economic front, President Mahama has worked hard for Mother Ghana, during his tenure as president. That is an undisputable fact. Ironically, it is the next NPP regime - should the party return to power again - that will reap where it has not sown.

The question President Mahama must ponder as he faces possible defeat in the December polls is: What use have the Stan Dogbes been if  many Ghanaians neither feel the undoubted  energy Ghana pulsates with, nor see  the amazing progress being made in some critical sectors of the real economy - with many new privately-owned and public-sector projects such as schools, hospitals, government office blocks, markets, affordable housing, hotels, roads, etc., etc., being executed all over the country?

In failing to deal with the corrupt and irresponsible elements in his regime President Mahama dug his own political grave. Pity.

Anyway, some of us look forward to those who engaged in the gang-rape of Mother Ghana during Mahama's tenure being exposed and paying for that egregious crime. Hopefully, they will end up in jail for causing financial loss, to the Republic of Ghana.

And if Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo becomes president, we intend to criticise his new NPP regime mercilessly too, whenever the need to do so for the sake of our beloved homeland Ghana, arises - regardless of the consequences for us personally. We fear nothing - and fear no one. Never have done.  And never will. Ever. We are serving them notice, in other words.

The question is: Does Larry Fink's views on the global economy, not confirm the viewpoint that despite the turbulent global economic climate - aggravated by the shortcomings of his administration - essentially Ghana has been on the right path under President Maham?

The effort being made by Bawumia & Co to give the world the impression that Mahama has destroyed the national economy is intellectually dishonest. It is rather their confidence-sapping, self-serving criticisms that have created a crisis of confidence in the economy in the minds of most Ghanaians.

History will judge Bawumia & Co harshly for adopting that negative strategy to enable them win power. The plain truth is that the NPP's hardliners have sabotaged the nation-building effort ever since their party went into the political wilderness, in January 2009. It is their scorched-earth tactics that nearly derailed the national economy - but Providence saved it. Shame on them.

For their information, what is actually in the national interest, is that the hypocritical John Boadus, Sammy Awukus, Bernard Antwi-Boasiakos,   Asare Otchere-Darkos, Kwamena Duncans, Kwesi Oppong Nkrumahs and the selfsame Bawumias - who talk endlessly about high-level corruption in the Mahama administration - all publicly publish their assets and those of their spouses: as proof to the world that they have no hidden agenda to amass wealth at our nation's expense.

They must also give written undertakings that if appointed into office as ministers, they will publicly publish their assets and those of their spouses immediately after leaving office. This  blog knows that they never will - because many of them have  hidden wealth-creation agendas of their own too: similar to that of the hardline NDC babies-with-sharp-teeth. The NPP's Freddie Blays and the rest of them are just so obvious in their real intentions.

Finally, in case it escapes those genuises, not all Ghanaians are children and not all of them can be fooled at the same time always: the plain truth about our nation's current difficulties is that - to use a pidgin English phrase - "Massa, today, nowhere cool in this world!"  Hmm, Ghana - eyeasem o: asem kesie ebeba debi ankasa.

Please read on:

''BlackRock's Larry Fink Gives This Advice to CEOs, Governments

By Nathan Reiff

Larry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock Inc. (BLK), has a reputation for making his opinions known. The leader of one of the largest asset managers in the world, with $5 trillion invested in a huge array of companies, sent a letter to the companies that BlackRock invests in that urges leaders to change their approach to management. Fink believes that a long-term strategy will facilitate better growth. In a recent speech, Fink expanded his comments on the state of affairs to include governments as well as business leaders. Here are some of the highlights of his argument. (Related: Investors Need to Heed Climate Change.)

Don't Punish Those Relying on Banks

Fink believes that governments around the world have increasingly passed along the duties involved with growing economies to their central banks. In turn, central banks have exhausted strategies for healthily growing economies by running out of room. Over the past eight years, Fink believes, central banks have increasingly relied on low or negative rates of interest in order to stimulate the associated economies. Unfortunately, he feels, many lower-income families around the world have suffered as a result, as they largely rely on bank deposits or government bonds in order to successfully save money. This is part of the reason, Fink feels, that the middle class around the world has failed to see its wealth increase, as the rich have had greater success.

Economic and Political Unrest Follows

When families with smaller levels of wealth observe the rich getting richer, it can lead to unrest, which has manifested itself in elections around the world and in the Brexit vote in the U.K., among other things, Fink believes.

Infrastructure is Key

According to Fink, the single best area of focus for governments in order to support their economies is infrastructure. The BlackRock CEO feels that governments must regain economic control from central banks and that they must invest heavily in infrastructure. The results would be longer-term and would include greater numbers of jobs being created, and, eventually, higher interest rates. In turn, private investment will increase, with corporations likely interested in capitalizing on new developments. Fink cited a public walkway in Chicago, built with a federal loan, which ended up driving many new private real estate development projects as a result.

Single Driving Factor

Critics may see Fink's solution as focusing too much on a single factor: the development of infrastructure across the country and abroad. However, in a time in which political acrimony in the United States is running high, infrastructure spending is a key area in which many different political views tend to agree. Perhaps that influenced Fink's decision to focus so much of his attention on this area, in which it may be more likely that progress can be made in the near future."

End of culled  piece by Nathan Rieff.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

"Worm Farming - Artemisia Afra & Malaria - Mobile Phones - Pumpkins"

Today, we are sharing an email from a dear online friend from the UK, Graham Knight (, whose generosity and desire to empower  bottom-of-the-pyramid demographics in the continent, have won him tens of thousands of friends across Africa.

Hopefully, all the political parties vying for power and campaigning across the nation for the December presidential and parliamentary elections, will take a look at the many simple poverty-eradication ideas available at: - and use them to help transform rural Ghana into a prosperous part of our homeland Ghana.

Suffice it to say that some of us would take the loquacious Mahamadu Bawumias more seriously, if they committed their parties to taking away all land held by Chiefs in trust for their people - and pay compensation for same with  long-term government paper which can always be discounted for cash by those Chiefs - for a nationwide land redistribution initiative to alleviate rural poverty and boost agricultural production in Ghana.

Those lands would  then be parcelled out to landless families across the country, who either currently farm other people's lands as tenant farmers,  or want to start farming on their own lands but cannot afford to purchase land because they are poor.

Farmers would pay for such land in kind painlessly, simply by supplying public educational institutions, government hospitals, the military, police and prisons with foodstuffs at mutually agreed affordable prices, for say twenty years.

Is it not instructive that our nation's educated urban elites never talk about taking over and redistributing land held in trust for their people by Chiefs so that all landless  Ghanaians desiring to farm can do so without having to pay upfront for such land?

And if interest-free loans are given to farmers to have those newly-acquired lands mapped and formally registered  for them by LandMapp (+233 (0) 30 397 6152), would that not provide them with secure titles to those lands?

Is that not a far better way to spend some of our oil revenues, instead of frittering it away by dishing  out a million dollars to each district annually - which will only end up in the pockets of well-connected greed-filled crooks - as some politicians are threatening to do if elected to power in the December polls?

Would previously poor and landless farmers owning  land with land title certificates not truly  transform Ghanaian society - by alleviating rural poverty and making it a more egalitarian country in the process, I ask?

Is that not a far better way to utlilise our oil revenues than allowing designer-suit-wearing thieves-in-high-places to purlion that too from the national treasury - in order to send their already sky-high net worth into the stratosphere? Hmm, Ghana - eyeasenm o: asem kesie ebeba debi ankasa.

Please read on:


We now have a long list of people interested in starting a worm farm.
This is easy in some SSA countries and very difficult in others!
Send a message if you want more info.



Seeds of A Afra have recently been posted to several people.
Remember sometimes packets take several weeks to arrive.


This message below reminded me to mention that smartphones
are now getting quite cheap!

I bought a small smartphone directly from Aliexpress for about $30!
Almost perfect! Even with import duty it might not cost much more?

Ask for info

"Dear Graham,

 I would like to say "thank you" for introducing me to farm radio

In their recent articles I have enjoyed going through Bamboos in Zimbabwe and Mobile phones used in soil fertility testing communication via SMS.

I am laughing at myself as I can see that at times we lose opportunities. If bamboos can grow up to 20 m/yr in Kenya then our regions could look different by now even if they would grow 3 m high/ yr.

The soil testing app in the Mobile phones is another step to making agriculture easier for a common man. I hope this will reach my country soon. Good health.

Nelson Moyo, Anamed Malawi."

But soil testing needs a proper organisation!



Growing Pumpkins on a commercial scale is slowly becoming popular among farmers in many parts of Uganda.

Traditionally, almost every househol has one or two pumpkin plants in the backyard, mainly for domestic consumption.

Pumpkins are grown across the country mainly for domestic use with the balance being sold for cash.

Varieties of Pumpkin

There are over seven varieties of pumpkins in Uganda. The common ones

 * Sweet Cream
* Bala
* Dulu
* Sugar Pie
* Anderina

Uses of the Pumpkin

 * The young leaves make tasty vegetables when steamed.

 * The fruit can be prepared in a number of ways as food or sauce or soup.

 * Pumpkins can be processed into both fresh juice and wine.

 * Pumpkin seeds are also said to be natural aphrodisiacs for both men and women and they promote prostrate health among men. They reduce digestion disorders and stomach acidity.

* Young pumpkins are effective in de-worming children and also help in fighting malnutrition.

 * They can serve as animal feeds.

 * The seeds can be roasted like groundnuts and seasoned with Salt.

 * The pumpkin flesh can also be processed into flour that can be used to make cakes and other confectionery products.


Pumpkins can be grown in almost any part of Uganda.

 * Growing Pumpkins requires a space which receives direct sunlight forat least six hours daily in order for them to do well.

 * A single trailing plant can grow as long as 30 feet, sending out many vine shoots all along the way.

 * While Pumpkins usually keep low to the ground, they grow where other plants might never venture.

 * The huge leaves of the pumpkin plant can serve as floating mulch that holds down weeds and keeps the soil moist.

 * A farmer can sow four to five seeds and space them. One can soak the seeds for a night before planting and this will soften the outer shell and make sprouting easier and faster.

 * When they are two months old, the plants are pruned of any excess leaves. In case they are attacked by pests, a mixture of red pepper, tobacco and animal urine can be applied. Animal urine is more potent if it is kept for a fortnight before use. Options for artificial pesticides include durbsban 4E, cooper fungicide, indofile m45 and UREA.


Harvesting starts 90 to 120 days about three to four month from the date of planting. The harvested Pumpkins can be stored for between eight to 36 weeks if they are not disposed of immediately.



Ask for pumkin seeds!

Graham K

We now have a long list of people interested in starting a worm farm. This is easy in some SSA countries and very difficult in others! Send a message if you want more info.



Seeds of A Afra have recently been posted to several people. Remember sometimes packets take several weeks to arrive.


This message below reminded me to mention that smartphones pare now getting quite cheap!

I bought a small smartphone directly from Aliexpress for about $30!
Almost perfect! Even with import duty it might not cost much more?

Ask for info

"Dear Graham,

 I would like to say "thank you" for introducing me to farm radio network

In their recent articles I have enjoyed going through Bamboos in Zimbabwe and Mobile phones used in soil fertility testing communication via SMS.

I am laughing at myself as I can see that at times we lose opportunities. If bamboos can grow up to 20 m/yr in Kenya then our regions could look different by now even if they would grow 3 m high/ yr.

The soil testing app in the Mobile phones is another step to making Agriculture easier for a common man. I hope this will reach my country soon." Good health.

Nelson Moyo,

Anamed Malawi.

But soil testing needs a proper organisation!



Growing Pumpkins on a commercial scale is slowly becoming popular among
farmers in many parts of Uganda. Traditionally, almost every household
has one or two pumpkin plants in the backyard, mainly for domestic

Pumpkins are grown across the country mainly for domestic use with the balance being sold for cash.

Varieties of Pumpkin

There are over seven varieties of pumpkins in Uganda. The common ones

 * Sweet Cream

* Bala

 * Dulu

 * Onziga

* Sunfish

 * Sugar Pie

 * Anderina

Uses of the Pumpkin

 * The young leaves make tasty vegetables when steamed.

 * The fruit can be prepared in a number of ways as food or sauce or

 * Pumpkins can be processed into both fresh juice and wine.

 * Pumpkin seeds are also said to be natural aphrodisiacs for both men
and women and they promote prostrate health among men. They reduce digestion
disorders and stomach acidity.

 * Young pumpkins are effective in de-worming children and also help in
fighting malnutrition

 * They can serve as animal feeds.

 * The seeds can be roasted like groundnuts and seasoned with Salt.

 * The pumpkin flesh can also be processed into flour that can be used
to make cakes and other confectionery products.


Pumpkins can be grown in almost any part of Uganda.

 * Growing Pumpkins requires a space which receives direct sunlight for
at least six hours daily in order for them to do well.

 * A single trailing plant can grow as long as 30 feet, sending out many
vine shoots all along the way.

 * While Pumpkins usually keep low to the ground, they grow where other
plants might never venture.

* The huge leaves of the pumpkin plant can serve as floating mulch that
holds down weeds and keeps the soil moist.

 * A farmer can sow four to five seeds and space them. One can soak the
seeds for a night before planting and this will soften the outer shell
and make sprouting easier and faster.

 * When they are two months old, the plants are pruned of any excess
leaves. In case they are attacked by pests, a mixture of red pepper,
tobacco and animal urine can be applied. Animal urine is more potent if
it is kept for a fortnight before use. Options for artificial pesticides
include durbsban 4E, cooper fungicide, indofile m45 and UREA.


Harvesting starts 90 to 120 days about three to four months
from the date of planting. The harvested Pumpkins can be stored for between eight to
36 weeks if they are not disposed of immediatel



Ask for pumkin seeds!

Graham K

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Avoiding Potentially Harmful Effects Of LED Street Lights In Ghana

When President Mahama was in New York City to address the U.N. General Assembly meeting recently, he took time off to visit the city's traffic management system's  headquarters building, to see how technology is harnessed to track and manage that great city's traffic.

It is important that when they travel abroad, our leaders take an interest in how other nations manage various aspects of their systems - and adopt best practice they come across to improve our system.

To help cut down on energy consumption in Ghana, some local authorities are installing high-intensity LED street lights. From the point of view of energy conservation it is a wise decision for which they ought to be commended.

However, recent research in the U.S. has revealed potentially harmful effects on people living in areas where LED street lights are used. It is an unfortunate development that ought to be taken cognisance of by the authorities here: and measures taken to protect the general public.

Hopefully, today's culled article  by Stateline's Michael Ollove, will alert the authorities in Ghana, and lead to swift action being taken to protect Ghanaians from the potentially harmful effects of LED street lights.

Please read on:

"Some cities are taking another look at LED lighting after AMA warning

 By Michael Ollove.

If people are sleepless in Seattle, it may not be only because they have broken hearts.

The American Medical Association issued a warning in June that high-intensity LED streetlights — such as those in Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, Houston and elsewhere — emit unseen blue light that can disturb sleep rhythms and possibly increase the risk of serious health conditions, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. The AMA also cautioned that those light-emitting-diode lights can impair nighttime driving vision.

Similar concerns have been raised over the past few years, but the AMA report adds credence to the issue and is likely to prompt cities and states to reevaluate the intensity of LED lights they install.

Nearly 13 percent of area/roadway lighting is now LED, according to a report prepared last year for the Department of Energy, and many communities that haven’t yet made the switch plan to do so. LEDs are up to 50 percent more energy-efficient than the yellow-orange high-pressure sodium lights they typically replace. They last for 15 to 20 years, instead of two to five. And unlike sodium lights, the LEDs spread illumination evenly.

[Blue light from electronics disturbs sleep, especially for teenagers]

Some cities say the health concerns are not convincing enough to override the benefits of the first-generation bright LED lights that they installed in the past three to eight years. New York is one of them, although it has responded to resident complaints by replacing the high-intensity, white LED bulbs with a lower-intensity bulb that the AMA considers safe.

Scott Thomsen, a spokesman for Seattle City Lights, which is responsible for the city’s exterior illumination, dismissed the health concerns about bright-white LED lights, noting that they emit less of the problematic blue wavelengths than most computers and televisions.

After a year and a half of discussion and sampling, Lake Worth, Fla., is replacing its sodium streetlights with about 4,150 LED lights with an amber glow. “We found a color that made sense for the health of our city, and we’re proud of the choice we’ve made,” Michael Bornstein, the city manager, said.

Mark Hartman, Phoenix’s chief sustainability officer, said the city might go with a mix of the intense lights for major intersections and ballpark areas that need very bright light and a softer light for residential areas. He said the city would consider the health arguments, although he too mentioned the glow from computers and televisions. “Nobody says don’t watch television or use your computer after 9 p.m. because of blue lights,” he said.

The first generation

Almost as soon as outdoor LEDs were made available, the federal government encouraged states and municipalities to use them, calling LEDs highly efficient for applications such as traffic lights and exit signs. But critics say federal authorities were too quick to endorse LEDs.

[What you need to know about OLED lighting]

The Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency “put a lot of push into them,” said Michael Siminovitch, director of the California Lighting Technology Center at the University of California at Davis. “I call it a rush.”

Siminovitch said the light from early-generation LEDs “really negatively impacts people’s physiological well-being.”

Lighting is measured by color temperature, which is expressed in “kelvin,” or “K.” The original LED streetlights had temperatures of at least 4000K, which produces a bright white light with a high content of unseen blue light.

Now, however, LEDs are available with lower kelvin ratings and roughly the same energy efficiency as those with higher ratings. They don’t emit as much potentially harmful blue light, and they produce a softer, amber hue.

When 4000K and 5000K LEDs were installed, they drew mixed responses. Police and traffic-safety officials and many motorists liked them because they created a bright light that sharply illuminated the ground they covered.

But in many places, including New York City and Seattle, residents complained that the bright white light they emitted was harsh, even lurid. People described them as invasive, cold and unflattering.

Even before the AMA warning, some researchers raised health concerns. Some noted that exposure to the blue-rich LED outdoor lights might decrease people’s secretion of the hormone melatonin. Secreted at night, melatonin helps balance the reproductive, thyroid and adrenal hormones and regulates the body’s circadian rhythm of sleeping and waking.

“As a species, we weren’t designed to see light at night,” Siminovitch said.

Meanwhile, the “dark sky” movement criticizes LEDs as a major contributor to what it calls the “light pollution” that humans cast into the night sky.

Effect on sleep cycles

In its warning, the AMA cited the melatonin issue, noting that studies have linked bright LEDs to reduced sleep time, poor sleep quality and impaired daytime functioning.

It referred to evidence that exposure to high-intensity light at night might increase the risk of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. And it cautioned that intense LEDs have been associated with “discomfort and disability glare,” which might impair nighttime vision for drivers.

[Nobel Prize in physics goes to three men who gave us blue LEDs]

Finally, the AMA cautioned about the harmful effects of bright LEDs on wildlife, particularly nocturnal animals, birds and insects.

“These lights aren’t just bad for us,” said Mario Motta, one of the authors of the AMA report, “they’re bad for the environment, too.”

The AMA did commend LEDs for their energy efficiency and effectiveness, but it urged cities to minimize blue-rich outside lighting and recommended the use of LEDs no brighter than 3000K.

Tony Dorsey, a spokesman with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, said that the organization’s environmental committee is studying the AMA’s report but that association members haven’t seemed concerned about the use of 4000K LEDs on roadways.

The Department of Energy said LEDs should be used with “prudence” but praised their overall performance. It said the AMA had added “another influential voice” to the issue.

Others, including the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., said the lights pose less risk than the AMA suggests. The research center pointed out that the AMA report is based on extended exposure to high-intensity LEDs, and said the blue-light hazard of LEDs “is probably not a concern to the majority of the population in most lighting applications.”

Motta stood by the AMA’s concerns about high-intensity LEDs and said there is no downside — either in cost or efficiency — to choosing a lower-intensity light.

Sleeping in Seattle

Some cities are satisfied with their higher-intensity LED streetlights.

In Seattle, which has installed about 41,000 new lights since 2010, Thomsen, the spokesman for Seattle Light, attributed the early complaints to residents’ surprise at the sharp difference in brightness between the old sodium lights and the new LEDs.

[What to order when you’re buying new (and pricey!) eyeglasses]

Light from the new fixtures is comparable to moonlight and provides excellent visual acuity for drivers, Thomsen said. Police especially like them, he said, because they enable people to distinguish colors at night. “The police say they get much better witness descriptions,” Thomsen said.

Thomsen also noted that even though the Seattle LEDs are rated at 4100K, significantly lower than most computer screens, laptops and televisions.

But Pete Strasser, technical director at the International Dark-Sky Association, said moonlight contains far less blue light than high-intensity LED lights.

A little more than a year ago, Gloucester, Mass., was on its way to replacing its sodium streetlights with new 4000K LEDs. But then city planner Matt Coogan began reading about health and environmental warnings. He also had residents sample the 4000K lights against 3000K models.

Next month, the city is expected to finish installing its LEDs, but they will be 3000K rather than 4000K.

Coogan knows the debate over the health risks of LEDs rages on. But he doesn’t want to be on the wrong side of history.

“I didn’t want to get 10 or 15 years down the road and find out we had exposed our people to a health risk,” Coogan said.

— Stateline"

End of culled Stateline  article by Michael Ollove.

About the Pew Charitable Trusts' Stateline

What is Stateline?

Stateline provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. Since its founding in 1998, Stateline has maintained a commitment to the highest standards of non-partisanship, objectivity, and integrity. Its team of veteran journalists combines original reporting with a roundup of the latest news from sources around the country. Stateline focuses on four topics that are key to state policy: fiscal and economic issues, health care, demographics, and the business of government.