What is Ghana’s justice system really like?In this interview with David Ampofo, Hon. Joe Ghartey comments on the justice delivery system in Ghana and what is currently being done to ensure that all persons receive objective and fair hearing in matters concerning justice in Ghana.
“I have never been to the prison before as a prisoner but I visit the prison and I feel sorry for anyone who is accused of a criminal offence because what I say in my mind is that if the person is found guilty that’s where they are going to end up. But the point is that, society has given me a job and the job they’ve given me is to enforce the rules.” He says.
Hon Joe Ghartey also comments that the justice system is not a perfect one. “There are countries; even in the U.K people were sentenced to 17years.
Fixing the Urban Mess Solid Waste The Ticking TimebombThis interview with David Ampofo looks into the challenges facing Accra’s ineffective waste disposal system and the dangers associated with it.
“Formerly, we were dumping at Achimota, we were dumping at Sabah, we were dumping at Abokobi so we had three dump sites to dump refuse but all those dump sites are full to capacity and now, the government and the A.M.A to have decided to shut it down”, says the Communications Manager of Zoomlion Ghana Ltd, Robert Coleman.
Landfill Supervisor, London Nii Adjiri Sackey also expressed his view on the subject of was disposal.
“The lifespan of the landfill is ten to twelve years and it is designed to receive on average 500tons of waste in a day; but because of the challenge that we have in Accra now, Accra’s waste is coming in here; so it is now taking 1500tons on average of waste in a day. So obviously, the lifespan that is estimated for ten to twelve years is going to cut down to about five years, which then indicates the seriousness, or the challenge we face in the future.
“Galamsey” Activities in Ghana, A mass illegality or a single story?In this interview with David Ampofo, Chairman Musah of the Prestea Mining Group calls for a concerted effort by the government to help illegal miners instead of chasing them out of business.
“People say that galamsey miners destroy the land. There are those who do large scale work on the land with caterpillars. They go miles into the ground and turn the soil upside down” he contended.
“They call it illegal because we don’t have the license to operate.”
“That’s why I want the government to come in and help because we have no jobs; that’s why we are doing the galamsey. It’s not our intention that we are coming to destroy the land—No!” he said.
He further stated that; “When we do the galamsey, we get money; we build, we buy cars, we do better things with the money. Right now all the correct buildings in this town are for the galamsey people, the gold dealers.”
Is Ghana really the worst Country for disabled people to live in?Several British media including the BBC and the Daily Mail UK say Ghana is the worst country for disabled people to live in.
In this interview with David Ampofo, Human Rights activist and writer Nana Oye Lithur throws light on the subject saying, "There has been some progress in the Human Rights situation in the country but I wish there were more”.
She goes on to outline steps have to be taken to ensure that real change takes place.
The Power Crisis: What has changed?Why have we not anticipated and planned for the exponential growth in the demand of power in Ghana? Where is the blue print for solving the power crisis?
In this episode of Time with David, David Ampofo talks to experts in the power sector and other decision makers in Ghana’s energy field about the unending power crisis that has taken over the country.
Joseph Winful, former senior partner of KPMG explains in his interview that the private sector cannot be expected to solve the power crisis.
“When you are in business you need the access roads, you need the provision of water, you need electricity; these are fundamental needs that will grow an economy. The private sector cannot come and start building roads and generating electricity and so on,” he said.
Will Ghana’s power crises ever come to an end?Ghana’s current power crisis did not happen over night. As recently as November 2013, David Ampofo spoke to a number of people about the damaging effects of the power crisis on Ghana’s economy and what could be done to ease the situation.
Energy Specialist at the World Bank, Sunil Mathrani expressed his view on the topic.
“For far too long the public has been lulled into believing that somehow electricity is different; it is not like buying phone credit for cell phones or food but in reality it is a commodity like everything else and it has a cost to produce and it should be paid for like that.”
According Dr Smart Yeboah, Retired Director of Customer services at the Electricity Corporation of Ghana (ECG), most people don’t understand the business of the electricity industry. He explains that only a small portion of revenue collected from electric charged actually go to ECG.
“If that money is inadequate and you are also challenged with a lot of demand for services then obviously your output will be lacking,” he maintained.
What happened to spatial planning?Is it true that a big part of the problem is the result of structures sitting in waterways? Why are people allowed to build and reside wherever they want including on wetlands? What happened to spatial planning?
Kwadwo Yeboah argues in this interview that those who say Accra is not well planned are wrong. Rather, Accra is not well built. He presents several spatial plans that are meant to guide the growth and development of the city, and says the problem is that none of this is implemented.
“We have prepared this scheme outlining how development should be on the ground but if you go to the ground now, it is at variance,” Yeboah contends. “When we prepare the scheme, we need finance to do the implementation, the implementation is not done by Town and country Planning alone.”
He also explains that people build in places that have been earmarked for roads and drains and this is one of the reasons for the flooding.
Time with David Interviews Kofi Tsikata about Ghana's annual floodsIn this follow up interview about the recent flooding in Accra, David Ampofo speaks to Kofi Tsikata from the World Bank about the contribution of Ghana’s urban mess to the unfortunate tragedy.
“We’ve seen it happen several times, It’s not like the warning has not been there,” Tsikata comments.
“Just about six or so hours of heavy rains over two days and the whole place is flooded. Its not just flooded but also, millions of people are displaced and we have 150 people and more dying needlessly. It is very sad, we didn’t have to do this to ourselves.”
Tsikata maintains that neglect on the side of the citizens as well as the government is a contributing factor to the deadly floods that took away so many lives.
How did the Accra floods affect you this year?How did the Accra floods affect you this year? Are we doomed to experience it again next year and how can we prepare against another disaster?
In this interview with David Ampofo, the Municipal Chief Executive of Ga Central talks about the recent flooding that took place in Accra and the impact it had on the City.
“I think the situation got worse because people were dumping waste in the drains and most of the drains got choked,” Aristo Aryee argued.
He explained that various factors accounted for the flooding but maintains that the volume of the rain contributed heavily to the situation.
“We don’t know in inches but looking at the length of time, the rain was much more than last year,” he contended.
Time with David Interviews Dr Benjamin QuayeIn this interview with David Ampofo, the National Project Coordinator of the Land Administration Project (LAP), Dr Benjamin Quaye, speaks about the street naming and property address project taking place in Ghana. He admits that the process has taken longer than expected but is confident that the street naming and property address project will be successful.
“I am aware that there has been a lot of planning at the ministry of local government,” He said.
“They’ve tried to set up the standards, the frame work of that activity so it took sometime to have the paperwork done and now we need to implement it and implementation requires resources.”
Time with David Interviews Kwadwo YeboahWhat do you know about the street naming exercise going on in Ghana? Are you comfortable using street names to give directions?
In this follow up interview with Kwadwo Yeboah, the Metropolitan Director of Town and Country Planning David Ampofo uncovers more information about the Street Naming and House Address Project.
Yeboah explains that the purpose of the Street Naming and Property Addressing System is to help assemblies name all the streets and also to number the properties so that at the end of the day they are able to plan the city properly.
“The essence of it is to give us a user-friendly identification of locations of services. And also it will help us to actually make sure that emergency services are actually done in a proper manner”.
When asked if Ghanaians will learn the culture of using street names to give directions, Kwadwo Yeboah expresses his confidence in a change in culture.
“I think eventually with the education, communication and information, people will get to know the names that have been assigned to the various streets.”