Author Archives: Dr. Michael Bokor

Imposing a 17.5% petroleum tax on the country is unacceptable

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Thursday, November 20, 2014 Folks, there is every good reason to condemn the government for imposing a 17.5% tax on so-called selected petroleum products, especially at a time that the cost of living has worsened because nothing is adding up well for those managing the economy. I strongly oppose this imposition and support the Minority ...

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This emerging “trend” is worrisome, but…

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Sunday, November 16, 2014 Folks, when I read a news report yesterday that angry residents of Abeka Lapaz-Tabora (a suburb of Accra) on Sunday afternoon blocked roads and destroyed property at the Kwashieman power station over persistent power cuts in the area, I cringed, clearly because I knew that it was an action that would ...

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When falsehood dominates our politics, fools prevail as heroes

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Sunday, November 16, 2014 Folks, out of happenings reported over the period, two have caught my attention for what they are: either plain political mischief on display or roguery at its best being enacted. “MAHAMA, NDC “STEALING” FROM THE STATE—AGYEPONG” Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyepong, has accused President John Mahama and members ...

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Stoning women to death in Ghana?

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Friday, November 14, 2014 Folks, when we are looking for solutions to our country’s systemic problems so living standards can be improved for Ghanaians to live their lives in decency and look forward to a bright future, our Parliament raises nothing but fiddlestick. It can’t offer anything sensible to help us. It hasn’t been able ...

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Mensa Otabil brings himself again

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Thursday, November 13, 2014 Folks, anytime I hear Ghanaian “Men-of-God” opening their mouths wide to talk about corruption or to blame the Mahama-led administration for not enforcing the laws of the country to rid the society of corruption, I cringe. I do so because I know that deep down them, they don’t see themselves as ...

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What have all these street demonstrations achieved for the NPP?

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Folks, I have been assessing issues regarding all the demonstrations by pro-NPP organizations and others against the Mahama-led administration all these years. Despite these demonstrations, nothing shows that the government has bowed to the pressure being mounted on it to do things differently. Those organizing the street demonstrations have relented and ...

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The NPP’s “Concert Party” is in full swing again

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Monday, November 10, 2014 Folks, I continue to wonder why the NPP people think that it is only when they ratchet up their rogue politics that they will prove to Ghanaians what they are worth. It amazes me that in this 21st century, such a party should give room to just anybody in it to ...

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This Parliament endangers our democracy

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Saturday, November 8, 2014 Folks, two major events have happened over the past few days that should engage our close attention. Primarily, we should condemn them as dangerous and unacceptable because they threaten our democracy. First, the refusal by Doe Adjaho, Speaker of Parliament to be sworn into office as Acting President. Second, the transaction ...

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Here comes the NPP with its rogue politics of lamentation

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Folks, I have persisted in saying that with the kind of “book” and “rogue” politics being done by the NPP, there is ample reason to conclude that political power will continue to elude it. True to my expectation, they have put into motion their well-rehearsed politics of lamentation and rabble-rousing. If ...

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Workers’ pension fracas: Still, the government has questions to answer

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Sunday, October 26, 2014 Folks, the impasse over the management of the second tier of workers’ pension funds drags on as the striking workers dig in and the government struggles to offer credible explanations to resolve it. Clearly, the government’s approach to handling the impasse falls short and raise eyebrows the more its spokespersons attempt ...

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Strike by organized labour: For every worker, a good future

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Friday, October 24, 2014 As usual, folks, the perennial ritual of strikes have begun being performed all over the country as organized labour obeyed the voice of the leadership of the TUC to lay down their tools. All over the country, then, the industrial action is in full swing. This time, the motivation for the ...

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Democracies grow when truth prevails in governance

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Sunday, October 19, 2014 Folks, the news report yesterday about what happened to the United States President, Barack Obama, at a restaurant came as a huge surprise to some of us; but it threw more light on why the kind of democracy being practised by the United States is relevant to that country’s development agenda. ...

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Who says that Akufo-Addo is neither corrupt nor can’t corrupt?

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Friday, October 17, 2014 Folks, don’t make any mistake to believe that any human being is above corruption, especially if we define corruption in a wider sense than the very narrow and simple one that characterizes happenings in Ghana. Corruption is corruption when somebody does something to unduly influence another for an advantage. It is ...

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Our democracy encourages waywardness in public office

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Thursday, October 16, 2014 My good friends, I want to stick my neck out to say that Ghana can never be (re)built with the kind of “democracy” in place that is not being used to solve problems but to reinforce the inadequacies characterizing governance in Ghana or those making this 4th Republic a laughing stock. ...

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Can ex-President Kufuor ever be neutral in the NPP?

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Wednesday, October 15, 2014 I want to wonder aloud: Why should ex-President Kufuor swerve both Kyerematen and Akufo-Addo? As has been reported, “Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has revealed that he will not vote for any of the candidates contesting the flagbearership race in the national delegates congress of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on ...

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