Don’t choose courses with limited jobs – Mahama to students

President John Mahama has advised students to choose courses that have abundant job opportunities when pursuing higher education. “Most of the sectors have gotten to saturation levels, especially the Humanities. We need proper guidance and counselling when our kids are going to school so that they can choose courses that will guarantee them jobs because your chances of getting jobs are very few for some courses,” he admonished.” President Mahama…

Go for Woyome cash – Ghanaians tell Government

There are strong indications that the majority of Ghanaians want the Mahama-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) government to retrieve all monies lost by the state through corruption scandals, especially judgement debts. According to the latest survey by policy think-tank, IMANI Ghana, it is important that the government pursues and retrieves such monies for the benefit of the country. Respondents were drawn from all the 10 regions of Ghana and were…

Govt In Dilemma – Give In To Workers’ Demands Or Stick To IMF Programme

Government is in a fix as it is torn between giving in to the demands of public sector workers and denying the workers in order to fulfil the demands of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) three-year bailout programme. The IMF wants government to reduce the percentage of the wage bill to tax revenue from 50% as of the end of 2014 to 35%. This requirement is seen as the nerve…

IMF Orders Government To Freeze Employment

The recent 3-year loan agreement concluded between the Government of Ghana and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) contains agreements to freeze employment in government departments except for those under Education and health. The agreement also expects Ghanaian authorities to limit nominal increase in total wage bill to no more than 10%. Currently, a number of workers unions have been calling for a review of their conditions of service. The ceiling…

What Can Govt Learn From Reggie Rockstone?

In 1994/1995, HipLife, a musical genre that integrates indigenous vernacular with African-American pop culture, broke new grounds when a leading advocate, Reggie Rockstone burst on the scene with a new approach to storytelling and commercial entertainment. Unfortunately very little thought or structured analysis has been invested into understanding why HipLife became such a successful model of import substitution when, in fact, a substantive public policy of promoting local production and…

Gov’ts to be punished for failing to implement 40-year development plan

The National Development Planning Commission is allaying public skepticism that an unprecedented 40-year development plan being put together will go the way of several others which failed because it had no binding effect on successive governments. The NDPC Director-General Dr. Nii Moi Thompson says governments which fail to implement the plan will be sanctioned. The Ghana@100 development plan faces public skepticism because of what many believe will suffer from a…