18th July, 2012
The Daily Graphic looks at how best the nation can manage the public purse. It thinks Ghanaians must bring to an end the way state resources are dissipated either through negligence or disregard for laid down procedure. For this reason, the Graphic agrees with the call by the Chairman of the Pubic Account Committee, Albert Kan Dapaah, for more vigilance on the part of civil society organisations and the media to safeguard revenue from the country's natural resources. It thinks bad governance has serious implications for national development but will not put the blame solely on the door step of politicians. The Graphic points out that lack of transparency in revenue mobilisation and how resources are utilised have a lot to do with it. The paper therefore calls for greater transparency and accountability in revenue mobilisation, resource distribution and management, and the blocking of leakages in government's financial systems.
The Ghanaian Times describes as pleasing the statement by the Ghana Police Service that it will not countenance the activities of ‘macho’ men in the upcoming elections. This is because the activities of these people gave cause for concern during the nationwide biometric voter registration held recently. The Times believes that regardless of which political party any particular group of 'macho' men claim to support, it is an illegality and must be treated as such. The paper concedes that though the Ghana Police Service may not have the requisite staff to provide security at every polling station, it needs the assistance of the other security agencies such as the military, prisons and immigration services to ensure peace during the elections.
The Heritage calls for the immediate repairs of the generating jet opposite the studios of Joy FM at Kokomlemle. The paper says the smoke that exudes from this giant generator set when it is fired is twice or three times more than what four articulator trucks with faulty engines emit. This, the paper says is a worry as it poses a serious health threat to persons prone to asthma and other pulmonary problems in the area. It is therefore calling on officials of the EPA to visit the Kokomlemle area and advise the owners of this huge generator set.