Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Happy World Consumer Right's Day?

*HAPPY WORLD **#CONSUMER** RIGHTS DAY*>>

15 March is a day to remind consumers of their right to complain for more effective and efficient public services. Are YOU aware of YOUR rights? #15March

On Thursday, I had the priviledge of attending a policy roundtable on consumer rights, which was organised by CUTS--a consumer protection NGO working in areas of consumer protection, trade and development, competition policy and law, economic regulation and good governance.

Present were regulatory agencies of Public Utilities Regulatory Commission; Food and Drugs Authority; National Communications Authority, and other civil society organisations. They offered frank views on the role of the regulator in protecting the consumer.

I believe there will be important follow-ups from this meeting, with CUTS playing an important role in sustaining the platform.




Friday, December 13, 2013

A Google+ conversation about Rosemond Nyampong's Murder: Way forward?


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GHANA FACEBOOKER ASKS IMPORTANT QUESTIONS OF #GHANAPOLICE AFTER NEWS OF KILLING OF 32-YR-OLD FEMALE BANKER IN HER HOME >> Kindly read below what https://www.facebook.com/CITIZEN.QUOFFI asks of Ghana's Police Service. Reads like an open letter to them! May Rosemond Nyampong's death NOT be in vain!! RIP...

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_ I just finished reading this harrowing story and my opinion is that it's an inside job. It certainly was a disgruntled friend or colleague whom she may have been acquainted with or better still a family member, given that the door to her home was locked.

I asked the same question whether the nation was equipped with a state of the art forensic lab, but from an above post my curiosity has been answered.

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1: What is the point in possessing a £3 million state of the art forensic lab when there's no computerized national data base of finger prints to help such a lab to function correctly?

2: Is there a national program being implemented to educate the nation on how to report and treat a crime scene without tampering with evidence?

3: Since no mention was made in the news report concerning a response unit of CSI FORENSIC officials, I presume none is even in effect or probably not highly trained enough to respond to such emergencies.

4: Although I'm against national institutions monitoring the private phone conversation of its nationals, one cannot pretend to underestimate its effectiveness in cases like these to have an insight into such horrendous crimes.

Equipping the nation with a highly functioning forensic lab without the backing of some, all or more of the above mentioned programs would be like an individual possessing an expensive Gulf Stream private jet without a trained pilot and crew to fly it.

This young lady could be a family member, friend or colleague of ours. My condolences rests with this family for their loss. I mourn with them, because such an atrocious act may find its tentacles on my door steps someday and there might not be a solution in place to apprehend the culprits._
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Nkansah Rexford
Yesterday 12:45
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+Emmanuel.K. Bensah Jr. I think I have answer to all the question.
Answer: We're in Ghana

Anyone who tries to anwer the questions above is getting ready to not answer the question.

No matter how you try to follow up this issue, won't bring this beautiful lady back to life. The ending will be this: The issue will be dumped in the zoomlion trashcan.

I'm not discouraging anyone to try find answers. I'm just telling you a fact, which will happen should anyone attempt to learn. Don't become the next victim by trying to find out.
Nkansah Rexford
Yesterday 12:55
 
Should anyone dare to find answers, he/she should remember these:
1) You're a Ghanaian
2) You'll be finding answers from Ghanaians
3) You're in Ghana
4) Ghana is in west africa.
Oral Ofori
Yesterday 13:30
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+Emmanuel.K. Bensah Jr. since you're in #Ghana, I'll encourage you to print these questions, march to the nearest police station and drop it off with the chief or simply mail it to the GH police HQ.
Nkansah Rexford
Yesterday 13:42
 
+Oral Ofori please, email is out. Drop at chief office? Well, eshun dropped off something some time ago, up till today nothing. Give it a try
Oral Ofori
Yesterday 13:54
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+Nkansah Rexford #Madiba tried for 50yrs, 27 of which were spent behind bars so yes, if it's for a good cause we must keep hope alive and continue to push...I am not in #Ghana but will support anyway possible, but I think we stand a better chance impacting the cause from inside the country, which is why am counting on you and +Emmanuel.K. Bensah Jr. and Eshun to keep pushing. Just because they didn't respond doesn't mean they haven't seen your letters, believe me they have. They are hoping by ignoring they may succeed at killing our efforts to try again, let's not give them a reason to think it worked, let the letters be sent again, and again and let people even drop them off personally or sign petitions... till action is taken. Like +Ato Ulzen-Appiah says, more vim! This is a #233Momentworth seeing through, and I know exactly how +Mutombo da Poet feels on this issue. Aluta Continua!
Nkansah Rexford
Yesterday 14:09
 
Okay. Count me out because Facebook wants me to log into before I see the comment. Unfortunately, I've signed death agreement with Google. Any attempt to open account on fb means death for me. Even paying 10$ now fine for opening fb website
QUOFFI BOADI Asomaning
Yesterday 14:42
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It is high time we as a nation address matters concerning us on a local level than pretending to care for international issues which barely have a direct impart on us as a nation. I have nothing against mourning the death of Nelson Mandela for his contribution to freedom. In fact, I celebrate his life. However, in mourning such a great man, I would be a hypocrite if I do not stop for a moment to reflect on the harrowing death of Rosemond. I'm still appalled at the nonchalant response her death is receiving. I'm still questioning the effectiveness of our police force to shed comforting light on her murder or at least a progress report on how they are handling their investigation. She's not the first victim to travel this horrific road nor would she be the last. More brutal murders would be committed in the nearest future but the question is : IF THEY EVER DO OCCUR, WILL THEY EVER BE SOLVED? Before long, without any plausible cause, this case will be cold and forgotten. Another unsolved mystery!!!
I'm fastly loosing faith in the Ghana Police Force and if measures are not implemented to deter this national unrest, it will ultimately throw this prestigious national institute into disrepute... To be continued!!!
Mohd Nuhu
Yesterday 16:28
 
Her case is one of hundreds in Ghana. sadly !
Lloyd Amoah
Yesterday 17:04
 
I am sure the police have a problem with the internet like they have with EVERYTHING...:(....HORRIFYING!!!!
Michael Adjetey
Yesterday 21:44
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Actually for point 1. The NIA has a database of our fingerprints. They collect it when registering for the Ghana Card. I don't think Ghana Police have access to that database as yet. Our office which works closely with the NIA to run the program for non citizens had to conduct a background check and the officer showed up and took our fingerprints manually. Generated no small amount of laughs in the office.
Emmanuel.K. Bensah Jr.
Yesterday 22:29
 
That is the thing +Michael Adjetey. Why doesn't the Ghana Police have access? As any nation grows, criminal justice, and strengthening of our law enforcement ought to surely be primordial in sustaining the society equitably. What are our parliamentarians doing about advocating a safer society for us? +***** +richard sky +Joan Mensah 
Michael Adjetey
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Granted. The basic problem is that the police don't care (or understand) as much as they should.

I know that a major reason why the Ghana Card (& non citizen version) isn't being accepted as ID for use (IE in banks) is because verification kits aren't available to the institutions. This is aside the fact that it is actually illegal to accept any form of ID aside the National ID card (that or use of the passport is illegal, I'm a bit fuzzy on that).

But if one doesn't have something one needs to do his/her job, one should pursue it no? From where I am, I have not seen that happen at all. The non-citizens card project has been going on for almost a year and the police haven't been involved in our stakeholder engagements for most of it.

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