One has to be a lowbrow, a bit of a murderer, to be a politician; ready and willing to see people sacrificed, slaughtered, for the sake of an idea – whether a good one or a bad one.
-Malcolm Crowley (Writers at Work, 1958)
The Prisons Administration has been made aware of the final Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez, on the state of the Ghanaian prisons, which he presented to the 25th session of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations on March 10, 2014, and would like to give its comment.
Patrick Jackson, a former president of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and publisher of PR Reporter, makes the case for public relations role when he once wrote: As soon as there was Eve with Adam, there was relationships, and in every society, no matter how small or primitive, public communication needs and problems inevitably emerge and must be resolved. Public relations is devoted to the essential function of building and improving human relationships.
Pope Francis celebrated his first year in office on March 14, 2014. I am not a Catholic but I just love the man. He is a radical, but not the fiery and loud type. In his cool and calm way, he has begun revolutionising and reviving the Catholic Church, which has a global membership of 1.2 billion, according to Wikipedia.
“Ghana must, however, consider traditional measures to guarantee market access, seeing as a regional partnership agreement would not have been ratified before the deadline of 14th October of this year” - President Mahama, 2014 State of the Nation Address in Parliament.
Crop failures, water stress, very high and humid temperatures, excessive floods, severe and prolonged droughts, coastal erosion, erratic rainfall patterns and rising sea levels are some manifestations of climate change.
Parting company with friends and loved ones has always been a difficult situation to contend with. However, I take consolation from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, which says, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
One of the major criticisms against President Mahama by his political opponents is his supposed confession of indecisiveness and inability to take tough decisions in his entire political career from his first term as a Member of Parliament (MP) in the late 1990s up to his ascension to the high office of the President of the Republic in 2012.
The Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service has arraigned 237 parents before court for failing to care for their children.
Six thousand one hundred and seven (6,107) of such cases were reported to the unit last year.
Out of the cases reported to the unit, 3,372 involved fathers, who DOVVSU was able to invite and cause their arrest; 54 mothers were also arrested.
Since such cases are related to the welfare of children and the family, DOVVSU often refers them to the Department of Social Welfare for further investigation and peaceful settlement, the source explained.
Cases of this nature were sent to court to compel parents to live up to their responsibilities to their children, after a number of cautions to provide for their children had been disregarded.
Non-maintenance cases involved situations in which parents failed to take care of their children, such as not providing for their basic needs, such as providing shelter, paying school fees, and providing food and clothing.
Over the years, child non-maintenance cases have been on the top of child abuse cases committed against children, with a total of 6,158 cases were recorded in 2012.
These figures are disturbing, especially when 50 child maintenance cases, on the average, are handled by the legal aid scheme every month in Accra alone.
The age of the children in the reported cases ranges between six months and 10 years.
Fathers are known to be heads of the family and are charged with the responsibility to protect, love, bring joy, and ensure the upkeep of their families.
Over the years, however, some fathers have shunned their responsibilities and left the task of catering for their families on the women, many of whom have now become breadwinners of their families.
It has also been observed that in the course of shirking their responsibilities, husbands and spouses have violated or mistreated women and children in the process.
Children also suffer more when there is a divorce, especially in cases where the woman takes custody of the children.
The father assumes that since the children are with their mother, she should provide for their needs. In such situations, children are neglected and they become dropouts with no hope for the future.
The Finder is calling for effective public education campaigns to discourage co-habitation.
There is also the need for some legislation to protect such women and children.
The Department of Social Welfare should also be resourced to be able to provide protection for these unfortunate children.