Written By Bubu Klinogo -The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on March 15 released a list of 54 Ministers and Deputy Minister Nominees. If approved by Parliament, it will bring his administration's ministerial appointments to 110. For now, this is the highest number of ministers to have ever been appointed in the history of Ghana. It is not surprising therefore that there is a huge public outcry over what can be termed the gigantic appointments.
At the end of every year, most organisations hold meetings to take stock of their activities and make projections for the coming year. Stakeholders in road safety management are no exception. The country according to statistics from the National Road Safety Commission, as of the end of November 2016, recorded a total of 11,378 road crashes involving 17,746 vehicles. The crashes resulted in 1,990 deaths with 10,154 injuries. The Commission attributes the increase to the 2016 electioneering activities. This year, the Commission intends to focus its road safety programmes on motor riders, driving without seat belts among others.
Members of the newly constituted Council of State February 27 took their oath of office with a charge not to be praise singers of the Executive. With varied background, members have a duty to bring their rich experiences to bear on national policies and programmes to advance the good governance as well as improve the living standards of Ghanaians. This is what citizens expect from members of the Council of State. It is in this regard that Ghanaians welcome and wish the members will go about their functions without fear or favour as stated by the President during their oath taking ceremony. Since their functions contribute immensely to the running of government machinery and national development, Ghanaians expect the council of state members to offer advice to the President. The Council of State, a small body of prominent citizens of proven character, counsels the President in the performance of his functions. It is analogous to the Council of Elders in the traditional political system.
The month of March is significant in Ghana's history. It is a month that reminds Ghanaians of the spirit of patriotism as demonstrated by the likes of Dr. Joseph Boakye Danquah, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ako Adjei, and Obetsebi Lamptey. Recently, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at Kyebi in the Eastern Region in remembrance of Dr. Joseph Kwame Tweretwie Boakye Danquah. The event helped to bring to focus the great role played by the late J.B, as he was affectionately known. He believed in rule of law, good governance, freedom of the individual and democracy. He stood against suppression of the individual, dictatorial tendencies and lack of openness in government. He played a significant role in pre- and post-colonial times and, in fact, is credited with giving the name Ghana.