Archive | September 2013

Nkrumah Unique Indeed! Poetry

Nkrumah Unique Indeed! Poetry

Poet: Nii Ardey Otoo

Nkrumah unique among his peers
A political strategist and a visionary
Initiator of the African Personality
A fighter for the total liberation of Africa
A strong proponent of African Unity
Nkrumah, unique indeed!

Nkrumah unique among his peers
He planned his Presidency, future oriented
And lived ahead of his time
Chose African people first
Before himself
Nkrumah, unique indeed!

Nkrumah unique among his peers
He wrote a book “Neo-colonialism:
The Last Stage of Imperialism”
The USA government punished
Ghanaians for this publication
Nkrumah, unique indeed!

Nkrumah unique among his peers
During his reign no affirmative action
But women excelled
And education for all
And tribalism unknown
Nkrumah, unique indeed!

Nkrumah unique among his peers
After he crossed over to the ancestors
He was buried three times
At three different places
A monument for his achievement
Nkrumah, unique indeed!

Nkrumah unique among his peers
There were six assassinations on his life
With bombs and grenades
But he escaped them all
And no vengeance on his part
Nkrumah, unique indeed!

Nkrumah unique among his peers
He formulated a political ideology- Nkrumaism
He created an institution
“Kwame Nkrumah Ideological Institute”
To propagate Nkrumaism
Nkrumah, unique indeed!

Nkrumah unique among his peers
While in varsity in the USA
He was declared, the most popular and much respected student
In the1939 edition of Lion, the annual varsity publications,
Nkrumah the most interesting of students at Lincoln
The verse below accompanied his picture
“Africa is the beloved of his dreams’
Philosopher, thinker, with forceful schemes,
In aesthetics, politics, he’s in the field’
Nkrumah, tres interessant, radiates appeal.”
Nkrumah, unique indeed!

Nkrumah unique among his peers
After his death his peers confessed
That he was 100 years ahead of them
And they were 100 years behind him
All the criticism and opposition were baseless
Nkrumah, unique indeed!

Nkrumah unique among his peers
When he was overthrown
He was made a Co-President of Guinea
And wrote many books
Including Dark Days in Ghana
Nkrumah, unique indeed!

Nkrumah unique among his peers
President J. F. Kennedy broke all diplomatic protocol
By climbing into the plane to welcome Nkrumah
The first and last President
To be accorded such an honor
Nkrumah, unique indeed!

Nkrumah unique among his peers
He used constitutional means
To break the back of the British Empire
And set the momentum
For the total liberation of Africa
Nkrumah, unique indeed!

Nkrumah unique among his peers
He used the constitution to accomplish his ends
While the opposition used political violence
Bombs, grenades and false propaganda
He united the opposition instead of dividing them
Nkrumah, unique indeed!

Nkrumah unique among his peers
While in the USA the FBI opened a file on him
Because he was preaching African Nationalism
To Africans in the United States
Who were suffering under Jim Crow laws
Nkrumah, unique indeed!

Nkrumah unique among his peers
For his doctoral dissertation
He chose the topic
“The Philosophy of Imperialism
With special reference to Africa”
Nkrumah, unique indeed!

Nkrumah unique among his peers
While in the USA
He preached Liberation Theology
In African churches and community centers
Like his mentor Marcus Garvey
Nkrumah, unique indeed!

Nkrumah unique among his peers
He was co-secretary with George Padmore
An intellectual Pan-Africanist giant
For the Fifth Pan-African Congress
This revolutionalized African political thought
Nkrumah, unique indeed!

Nkrumah unique among his peers
His speech at the15th Anniversary of the UN
Drew the longest standing ovation
In the history of the UN
Thus a worldwide recognition for Africa
Nkrumah, unique indeed!

-All-African People’s Revolutionary Party – http://www.aaprp-intl.org

Fish vs. Oil: Officials Respond to Fishermen

Fish vs. Oil: Officials Respond to Fishermen  Press on the Link Above to Read

Signs point to Ghana's ministries of environment and tourism. Image by Christiane Badgley. Ghana, 2011.

Signs point to Ghana’s ministries of environment and tourism. Image by Christiane Badgley. Ghana, 2011.

The fishermen I’ve met around Sekondi-Takoradi are angry about oil, blaming the development of Ghana’s Jubilee Field for decreased catch levels.

They acknowledge that overfishing has hurt fish stocks in recent years, but insist that the no-fishing zone around the offshore rig and increased shipping traffic have had a harmful impact on their catch.

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Ghana Oil Industry Yet to Create Jobs

Ghanaians assumed new employment opportunities would arise after oil was discovered off shore several years ago, but thousands are still waiting for jobs to materialize.

A local company recently held a graduation ceremony for 913 people trained in welding, pipe-fitting, electrical work and specialized construction. The graduates were participants in a new program intended to create a qualified labor pool for Ghana’s new oil industry. But officials say only 1,000 jobs will be created by 2020 and some of those jobs may not be given to Ghanaians.

The Ghana Oil and Gas Service Providers Association estimates that the development of a robust downstream sector can create up to 100,000 jobs. But this won’t happen without aggressive policy and action from the government.

by: Christiane Badgely

Another Whale Washed Ashore at Nkontompo – Western Region

Breaking News :
ImageAnother #whale washed Ashore this time it landed at the shore of Nkontompo in the #Sekondi #Takoradi metropolis in the Western Region Tuesday night (3/09/2013).

This has become very rampant  and it is soo devastating to learn that this could  be the fourth whale or more washed ashore at different locations along the coasts of our  region alone in the past four days.
On Monday 2/09/2013 the same endangered sea mammal of different size was washed ashore at Asanta in the Ellembele district of the same region.
It has come to us as a shock of the total disregard of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on their failure to perform their duty as required of them by the state.
We have noted that oil companies did not perform any fisheries impact assessment before exploration and drilling started as the law required despite the numerous calls by other NGO`s including the Fisheries Commission.

The EPA had the mandatory responsibility to compel all of the oil companies working in the deep seas of the Western Region to conduct Fisheries Impact Assessment in order to protect the country’s marine resources, but they failed blatantly to do their mandatory job.

We believe that the increased and frequent number of dead whales and other marine life washed ashore are all due to Oil exploratory and Drilling activities within the deep seas of the region. The Jubilee Oil field is located 60km offshore in the Atlantic Ocean between the Deep water Tano and West Cape Three Points blocks (Axim) in the Western Region.
Today our hard working fishermen are forced to sit idle at home unemployed due to these same activities of the oil companies.
since the start of oil exploration at the Jubilee Oilfields, supply vessels traffic had increased on the high seas which had resulted in some vessels destroying the nets of fishermen and even capsizing fishing boats without paying any compensation to them. Today livelihoods of our fishermen has been hit hard since a radius of 500-kilometres had been earmarked as out-of-bounds for fishing, depriving them of their movements on the high seas for their livelihoods.

With these and other numerous challenges and the negative effects of oil exploration and drilling on our fishing communities and our environment in general in this country it is more than enough and it has become a must for authorities and the state to pay attention in order to avoid further problems that awaits us.
We appeal to government to wake up and come to the aid of the good people of the region.

#mdnuhu
Nzema Youth Association

15 dead whales washed ashore in the Western Region alone.

whale whale215 dead whales washed ashore in Western Region alone.

Fifteen dead whales have been washed ashore between 2008 and 2013 in the Western Region since drilling of crude oil started in 2010, Emmanuel Ohene Marfo, a deputy Western Regional Fisheries Officer of the Fisheries Commission, said .

According to him, dead whales being washed ashore was becoming rampant and called for proactive measures to check it.

He said a dead baby whale was found along the beach of Asemnda in the Ellembelle District last week and another one was washed ashore on September 2 at Essiama, both in the same district.

Mr. Marfo said most of the whales and marine life that were discovered dead were found close to the oil rigs which gives credence to the suspicion that oil drilling could be a possible cause of death of the mammals.

He said the oil companies did not perform any fisheries impact assessment before drilling started as the law required and criticized the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to perform their duty.

Mr. Marfo mentioned some possible causes of death of marine life in the area as colliding with vessels, excessive noise in the sea, parasite infestation and normal death.

He appealed to EPA to live up to its responsibility by compelling the oil companies to conduct the fisheries impact assessment in order to protect the country’s marine resources.

Kwadwo Kyei Yamaoh, Programmes Officer of the Friends of the Nation, a non-governmental organization based in Takoradi, said the frequent death of whales and other marine resources required scientific research to ascertain the cause.

He said such endangered species needed protection from the state and appealed to the government to take stringent measures to protect them.

Some inhabitants in the Region expressed worry over the trend and appealed to all the stakeholders in the fisheries sector to dialogue in order to find a lasting solution to the problem.

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