Respondents and key The poor farmers who toil days and nights in cocoa plantations across the country are left with nothing but poverty and despair. About 60 percent of the Ghanaian population is into Agriculture. Sometimes I don't understand most of us Africans, we keep on blaming the west for everything but we have forgotten that we are our own enemies. Learn how your comment data is processed. However, despite the abundance of natural resources, Ghana just like its neighboring countries, is crippled by so many socio-economic problems. It's imperative for the government to begin a program of teaching trades beginning in junior high school. Ghana’s Fourth Republic was created in 1993. Ghana has an "estimated" population of 29.4 million people with the population growth rate around 2.2%. Ghana borders the Republic of Burkina Faso to the north, the Republic of Togo to the east, the Republic of Ivory Coast to the West and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. when we talk of efficiency, we mean using less to do more. According to UNAIDS, there were more than 290,000 adults and children living with HIV in Ghana in 2016 with over 20,000 newly infected cases. It may surprise you to know that the salary of the CEO of Ghana Cocoa Board is more than twice that of the president of Ghana. Tel: +233 234-972-832 or +1-508-812-0505 Contact us: [email protected] Finally, the information collected from the newspapers and the regional/district visits was then synthesised and mapped using … Ghana was the first Sub-Saharan African country to gain independence (from colonial rule). Democrat-ically elected governments have alternated with military regimes through the country’s recent history. The two decades of political stability in Ghana has helped the country a lot in almost all sectors of its economy. 1. Most "lower middle-income" and "middle-income" countries in the world today invest more in education because education is what powers economies into the next stages. but see China is not going around the world begging for arms to survive. Graphic and Ghanaian Times) on violent conflicts in Ghana between 2007 and 2012. His recent articles are found in African Studies Review, Peace Studies Journal and Africa Today Dr Seidu Lake Volta, the largest artificial lake in the world, is found in Ghana. Decline of the Ghana Empire circa 1,075 C.E. The potential is there to cut entirely the AID and use the fertile and beautiful land of Ghana to feed its own people and feed many countries around them, but what is going on so far is to rely on someone else to deliver the food and free money from outside so to maintain the high corrupt system and pretend that everything is good. Example is the fighting between the Andani and Abudu clans in the Dagbon Traditional Area and the recent chieftaincy skirmishes … Lack of good drinking water was and remains a major problem in the upper regions of Ghana. Northern Ghana is riddled with conflicts over ethnicity and land ownership as well as over who has rights to assume certain chieftaincies. ... and Nunumbas results in the "Guinea Fowl War" in north-eastern Ghana. However, despite the significant improvement in agriculture and other sectors of the economy, Ghana like most African countries today continue to face so many developmental challenges. It has the best universities and decent institutions and most importantly a safe country and reasonably well established capcity to make the country a vibrant economy in Africa. The northern parts of Ghana unlike the rest of the country, get very unpredictable levels of rainfall in a year, which leaves the upper East, the upper west, and the Northern regions of Ghana mostly dry and dusty during much of the year. List … in this time we have to look for true Africans and not stomach African s. I lived in Ghana delivereing AID to people for 2 years and I can say that Ghana is not a poor country. All government run schools in the conflict zone have been shut down by the Ghana Education Service, (GES) to ensure the safety of teachers and school children. Ghana has a total land area of about 238,53 squared kilometers (about 11,000sq.km covered by water) with about 539km of coastline. The most prevailing example of a violent conflict on In other words, those corrupt executives in charge of cocoa production and distribution in Ghana benefit the most from Ghana's cocoa. The loss of focus is the flip side of recent good news. In other words, just about 58% of the total population of females above the age 15 can read and write which is very bad considering Ghana's reputation as a "lower middle-income" country. — 1,654 C.E. Register Military. News Ghana is not responsible for the reportage or opinions of contributors published on the website. Communal conflicts in Ghana have Most towns and communities across the country lack power supply and depend mostly on portable generators, batteries, torchlights, kerosene lamps, etc. We have capable human resource for these product but most of them have been brain washed to sit down thinking of white collar jobs. Northern Ghana is becoming a dramatic setting for a Rwanda-to-be. When you look around today, the attention and focus of the youth is directed to owning properties ( such as a large size of land for building mansions, fleet of cars, etc). A four-day communal conflict which broke out between Konkombas and the Chokosis in the Chereponi District of the North East Region had seen one person confirmed dead, with many communities burnt down . There have been conflicts such as the Konkomba-Nanumba conflict, which was fought because of trade dispute. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. In Ghana, farmer-herder conflicts have become widespread and increasingly assume a violent dimension. Previous governments and NGOs did great for some of these areas by providing them with boreholes and pipe-borne water, which has helped a lot in the eradication of the guinea-worm and other water-borne diseases. Mole-Dagbon (the next major ethnic group) make up about 15.2% of the total population. Almost every political figure in Ghana today is corrupt in one way or the other. Demarcation of land should be created by the government to control the size of land needed to raise building infrastructures (especially, the estate development). Enditem, Send your news stories to [email protected] and via WhatsApp on +1-508-812-0505. FANDOM. Some of our leaders use their positions to get what they want illegally and they are let go when found out. Land ownership in the north is a requirement for the creation of chieftains, and also gives people the bargaining chip for political representation. Akans (the most populous ethnic group in Ghana today) make up about 45.3% of the total population. It covers actions dealing with minor civil disorders with no political undertones as well as riots savouring of revolt and even the early stages of rebellion”. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Inadequate power (electricity) supply in the big cities and towns and the total lack of it in many rural and sub-urban communities across the country, remain a major problem in Ghana today. chieftaincy conflicts and land related conflicts. Lake Volta, the largest artificial lake in the world, is found in Ghana. The two ethnic groups have been at each other’s throat long before Ghana attained independence. Competition over access to and use of land and water resources is at the center of the conflicts. Conflicts in Northern Ghana: Search for Solutions, Stakeholders and Way Forward conflicts in Ghana are therefore not a peculiar case. Aftermath and Sosso Occupation 1,588 C.E. Ghana was the first Sub-Saharan African country to gain independence (from colonial rule). Although so far one death has been confirmed experts say the conflict has rather brought untoward hardship on the communities especially to the vulnerable, including women and children. Ifthere is any country that Just like in most other African countries today, poor governance and rampant corrupton continue to hit Ghana from all corners, leaving the average Ghanaian with nothing but poverty and despair. He expressed hope that the Friday meeting will help bring the various interest groups to the round-table towards finding amicable solution to the unrests. — circa 1,235 C.E. Some of these included conflicts in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and La Côte d’Ivoire. Add new page. Press Release On The Numerous Conflicts In The Three Northern Regions Of Ghana FROM: THE NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT FORUM (NDF) To: ALL MEDIA HOUSES IN GHANA DATE: FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012 The Northern Development Forum (NDF) has observed with great concern and sadness the recent conflicts, violence and destruction of lives and properties […] However, lack of farming subsidies, poor government regulations, poor market facilities, poor farming practices, poor climatic conditions in some areas, etc. — circa 1,240 C.E. Most villages and towns in Ghana today lack good drinking water, hospitals, basic sanitation ( lack of basic sanitation remains a major problem even in Accra the capital), quality education, etc. we have to learn from China they build their country's economy around their population and land size. Ghana's HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate currently hovers around 1.6% with over 270,000 children orphaned due to AIDS. Ghana is the second leading producer of cocoa beans in the world (producing about 900 thousand tons a year). "Dumsor" remains a major problem even in accra, the capital of Ghana. The team which included some traditional rulers from the middle-belt and the south was to help find lasting peace in the protracted conflict in the area which erupted again last Sunday. We lack negotiation skills as a people. Conflicts and Wars that have occurred in Ghana among Ghanaians. Every person should learn a trade. Ghana’s minister for Defence, Dominic Nitiwul led a high-powered mediation team on Friday, to conflict-ridden Chereponi, in the North-East Region of the country, reports have said. Established on November 7, 1997, as an online news provider of the Xinhua News Agency, it was officially named Xinhuanet on March 10, 2000 and began around-the-clock news release with leading online public opinion at home and setting a good image of China abroad as its main task. Ghana seeks solution to communal conflict up north. The corruption returns to society and internal conflicts finally breaks up the ruling party. A December 2018 deal known as the Stockholm Agreement, … All developed nations have this available because these skilled professions provide a good living for which no expensive higher education is needed. Just a fraction of the rich channel their resources to agricultural sector and that is not going help. However, great help is still needed because most communities in Ghana still do not have access to good drinking water and water for domestic purposes. However, more help is needed especially in the rural and sub-urban areas where illiteracy rate remains very high. The sad thing is that, many of those living with the virus don't even have access to antiretroviral treatment. The Republic of Ghana or "Ghana" for short, is a West African country located along the Gulf of Guinea (the northeasternmost part of the tropical Atlantic Ocean) between the Republics of Ivory Coast and Togo. Just about 20.7% of Ghana's total land area remains arable (land good for farming). Dutch—Portuguese War October 25, 1,625 C.E. Cover Page Footnote . Ghana without a doubt, is one of the most peaceful countries in all of Africa. Ghanaians now boast of properties which do not aid nation development. If not, a time is coming where even common fresh water might be imported into the country since the importation of common commodities are ongoing. Since 1981 the region around the Oti river, on the border of Ghana and Togo, has been the scene of five ethnic conflicts — the bloodiest clashes in Ghana since its founding. Ghana has been hailed as a model example of peaceful democratic governance in sub-Saharan Africa. also contain significant portions of the population. The two admitted their guilt, and the court presided over by Justice Richard Kogyapwa sentenced them to a total of 10 years imprisonment. Stay on top of Ghana latest developments on the ground with Al Jazeera’s fact-based news, exclusive video footage, photos and updated maps. Greediness is what has engorged our development so far, those in positions look to their pockets and family only at the expense of the country.LETS RISE FELLOW GHANAIANS AND MAKE OUR COUNTRY BETTER, Now, I think it is time for us to rise up. it is not that we cannot produce most of the produces that we even import. we gave them what is ours because most us are too greedy and corrupt and don't love our rich continent giving to us by the creator. This finding is borne out by regular newspaper reports of conflicts. It is a shame that in the most fertile and water rich agriculture land, Ghana is a net importer of tomatoes, onion, chicken and fish. Notable among them are the prolonged conflicts between Peki and Tsito; Nkunya and Alavanyo in the Volta Region (Gati, 2008); Mamprusi and Kusasi in Bawku, in the Upper East Region; as well as Konkomba and Lac Nanyom and Nablek Dzakpaki were charged with 10 counts of possession of firearms and ammunition without lawful authority. In Ghana, since independence, IS threats have ranged from armed robbery, tribal differences, chieftaincy disputes, religious disputes and … The aim of this study is to analyse the dynamics of Dagbon chieftaincy conflict in northern Ghana and to examine how Rwandan’s Gacaca conflict resolution strategy could serve as a reference point for sustainable peace in Dagbon. Ghana gained independence in 1957 from the United Kingdom. This war is widely known in Ghana and even other African countries. Just look at our populations, total land area and resources. Bribery and Corruption is also a problem of Ghana not developing. The article assesses the socio-economic and human repercussions of one of the fiercest ethnic conflicts in Ghana’s Northern Region on people and society. Most visited articles. Normal life has also come to a halt since people cannot go about their daily activities amidst the frequent gun battles. Most communities in Ghana are yet to benefit from the national grid (powered by the Akosombo dam). The country has indeed successfully avoided major violent conflicts affecting its surrounding neighbours; however, various instances attest that the potential of communal-level conflict does exist. While Ghana remains a stable democracy, sporadic ethnic and chieftaincy conflicts have been a recurrent feature of the political process. News Ghana is Ghana's leading online news portal for business in West Africa and around the World. Search Sign In Don't have an account? God has blessed us with so many resources but the truth is they are not being managed properly. ... and more recent migrations in the colonial and post-colonial periods (Brukum, 1995). The period covered both the 2008 and 20012 elections. Ghana’s minister for Defence, Dominic Nitiwul led a high-powered mediation team on Friday, to conflict-ridden Chereponi, in the North-East Region of the country, reports have said. The conflicts are … Ghana is not poor, we are blessed with so many natural resources but we need prudent management of our resources for our people. In a related development, the High Court in Tamale, on Thursday, sentenced two people to a total of 10 years imprisonment for their roles in the ongoing conflict. Our leaders today only think of their family and their pockets. This makes the fight over land, no matter how small, very severe with lives and property at stake. China has almost the same land size to America but China population is about 1.4 billion and that of America is about 300 million plus. Ghana became a republic on July 1, 1960. You have entered an incorrect email address! Though Ghana has been Ghana needs change. Almoravid conquest of the Ghana Empire circa 1,100 C.E. Even in the big cities and towns covered by the national grid, there is inadequate power supply, an everyday problem locally referred to as "Dumsor". 1 Medieval Times 1.1 Ghana Empire 2 Modern Times 2.1 Denkyira 2.2 Ashanti Empire 2.3 Colony of the Gold Coast 3 See also circa 970 C.E. Ethnicity-land ownership-chieftaincy is a very complex area which can be a subject for a prolonged debate. However, this major cash crop sometimes meet lower prices at the international market. If indeed the world economy is rule by corporations and not governments as i agree then what prevent Africans from coming together to build their continents corporations. Xinhua News Agency, Xinhuanet is an important central news service-oriented website, an important information organ of the central government, and an important platform for building up China's online international communication capacity. Ghana has a literacy rate of about 75% for the total population with the female literacy rate hovering around 58%. Sorry to sound an alarmist. Land cases constitute about 59% out of the total cases in court. section then introduces current conflicts in Ghana draw ing attention to their key features . In the West African sub-region, a number of violent conflicts occurred between 1982 and 2004. Youth education, especially girl-child and sex education in Ghana, is helping a lot in breaking the cycle of new HIV/AIDS infections. 258,670 Pages. The Ewes (a major ethnic group) make up about 11.7% of the total population, followed by the Ga-Dangmes (about 7.3% of the population), the Guans (about 4% of the total population), the Gurmas (about 3.6% of the population), the Grusis (about 2.6% of the population), the Mande-Busangas (about 1% of the total population) with the several other minor groups forming the remaining fraction of the population. Ghana is one of the most culturally rich countries in all of Africa with a beautiful blend of several ethnic and racial groups living peacefully together. The main problem is that Ghanaians do rely on someone else to do the work and bring AID from outside. The violence which started again few days after a visit earlier this month by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is believed to be over ownership of a two-acre land. In 1992, under internal and external pressure, Jerry Rawlings, who had twice seized power in military coups, initiated a democratic transformation of the military government Ghana recorded more than 15,000 HIV/AIDS related deaths in 2016 with the number expected to rise in coming years unless more and more infected people receive antiretroviral treatment. Ghana became a republic on July 1, 1960. Thus, Ghana does not need huge loans to function well. Because we have caused ourselves a lot of harms. The Northern Regional Police Command, has assured it has deployed more men to the conflict zone to maintain law and order, as efforts are underway to find lasting solutions to the recurring disturbances. Perhaps, Ghana even have citizens who are billionaires so why don't we channel these monies into developing our economy so that the interest on this debt can even remain in the economy. Even though Ghana is considered as an oasis of peace within the African continent, it has recently gone through some bad conflict situations whichhas not given it a good name both within and outside the African continent. Other major towns and cities such as Tamale (the capital of the Northern region of Ghana), Sunyani (the capital of the Brong Ahafo region), Wa (the capital of the Upper West region), Bolgatanga (the capital of the Upper East region), Sekondi Takoradi (the capital of the Western region) and Koforidua (the capital of the Eastern region of Ghana),etc. The Past and Present in Ghana’s Ethnic Conflicts: British Colonial Policy and Konkomba Agency, 1930-1951 Benjamin A. Talton Journal of Asian and African Studies 2003 38 : 2-3 , 192-210 Popular pages. Internal security (IS) is defined as “any military role that involves primarily the maintenance and restoration of law and order and essential services in the face of civil disturbances and disobedience, using minimum force. However, competition does not automatically result in conflicts. About 55% of Ghana's population lives in urban areas in major cities and towns such as Accra the capital (Accra, the capital of Ghana, contains about 2.3 million people) and Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti region of Ghana (Kumasi contains about 1.8 million people). Conflicts arise in the classroom, library, school bus, playground, and any place where kids gather. All we do is to accept anything western. This doesn't favor agriculture at all in most parts. Analyzing data from survey opinions and interviews from wide spectrum of respondents, the … 2001 April - Ghana accepts debt relief under a scheme designed by the World Bank and the IMF. These conflicts (one of them on Togolese territory) can be seen as a series. Of all the ethnic groups, the Ashanti were known for the numerous wars they fought when Ghana was called the … In a recent survey of democracy in Ghana, 54 percent of respondents said violent conflicts between different groups in the country occurred “sometimes”, “often” or “always” (CDD-Ghana, 2003). Conflicts over land are a major problem to the management of lands in Ghana. Examples of such conflicts in Ghana include the: Sukusuku chieftaincy conflict, Sekondi chieftaincy conflict, Dagbon chieftaincy conflict, Cape Coast chieftaincy conflict, Bawku chieftaincy conflict, Ga Mantse succession dispute and the Anlo chieftaincy conflict (Prah & Ghana, although is internationally acclaimed as the most peaceful country in West Africa, has some pockets of conflicts that are mainly inter-ethnic and intra-ethnic disputes that result from disputes over chieftaincy, land, identity and resources and ethnic struggles for state political power, (Kendie & Akudugu, 2010; Tsikata & Seini, 2004). Also, the state institution in charge of cocoa production and distribution, the Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod), is one of the most corrupt institutions in the country. Ghana (formerly known as Gold Coast), just like its neighboring countries, is blessed with abundance of natural resources such as gold, silver, manganese, bauxite, timber, petroleum, fish, rubber, salt, limestone, industrial diamonds, etc. It has to begin somewhere and it has to begin now. Our country Ghana is blessed with natural resources needed for a country to be called 'developed' not 'developing'. We have the human resources which if much attention is directed to, can efficiently and effectively utilize the other available resources. continue to keep millions of people (especially rural farmers) in absolute poverty. Latest conflicts and events in Ghana. Ghana is actually not poor . 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In the work of John Kusmi, Julius Fobil, Raymond Atuguba, Isabella Erawoc and Franklin Oduro titled, ‘’Conflicts in Northern Ghana: A Mirror of Answers to Sub-Regional Stability and Security Questions’’, it is explicitly stated that in the 1994 conflict that engulfed seven districts in Northern region, the government spent over 6 billion Cedis to provide relief to conflict victims and internally displaced … Rainfall in the northern parts of Ghana is often unpredictable, sometimes causing unpredictable flooding in some areas. Ghana gained independence in 1957 from the United Kingdom. During adolescence into the developing stages of puberty, many children act out their emotions in the form of teasing, gossip, and physical aggression. “If the senior opinion leaders can agree to even get together, it is a sign to me that we can give hope to people on the ground to lay down their arms,” Nitiwul told the media on Friday. Conflicts and Wars that have occurred in Ghana among Ghanaians. 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