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NDC ‘retools’ ahead of 25th anniversary

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A Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) says the party is taking stock as it prepares to mark its 25th anniversary on June 10, 2017.

Koku Anyidoho says it is important the party retools and refashions to meet the demands of modern political party organization.

Functional executives of the leading opposition party are in Elmina in the Central Region for a training workshop under the auspices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

UNDP’s workshop for political party executives is under its Joint Party Support and Strengthening Programme (JPASS), which helps the parties draft their communication and gender policies.

Mr Anyidoho speaking at the end of the training workshop said the NDC is already taking steps to reorganize after the 2016 defeat.

“Once we get out of these sessions, and we hit the ground [running] and we reach out to the people with solid documents [and] solid information, we believe 2020 should not be difficult for us.”

He said the party has enjoyed mixed fortunes since its inception, having been in power and in opposition.

“As we mirror the past into the future, we are looking at opening up the future.”

He said the party is also awaiting the Kwesi Botchwey Committee report, which is likely to be made available at the end of May.

A Vice Chairperson of the NDC, Betty Mould-Iddrisu, was happy with the magnitude of work done over the past couple of days in Elmina.

She was sure that the communication policy document, for example, is expected to have a clear-cut policy not only for national executives but also the grassroots.


Mahama attacks NPP’s ‘unacceptable dismissal’ of workers

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Former president John Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama appears to be brooding in his absence in government, following what appears to be a mass dismissal of persons employed under his government.

The current administration has sacked and forced out some key government appointees and laid off some workers it said the Mahama-led administration employed without following due process.

But the former president had to defend the integrity of his administration, lambasting the New Patriotic Party government for indulging in “unacceptable” dismissal of workers.

“Bad precedents for our governance. Mass sacking of workers by the NPP govt unacceptable. #OneGhana #OnePeople”, Mr. Mahama tweeted Friday evening.

The tweet however did not say exactly which groups of people have been laid off by the government.

Whether employed by his government or whichever government, every citizen deserves a right to be employed, he indicated in another tweet which followed the first one, minutes later.

“These workers are all citizens and like all Ghanaians have rights, which must be protected. #OneGhana #OnePeople”, he said.

By Isaac Essel || Ghana

We must prosecute ‘corrupt’ officials as well – Akoto Osei

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The Minister for Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei, has suggested prosecution against public officials who steal money from the state’s coffers.

He said it is not enough for the state to just retrieve monies embezzled and allow the culprit to go scot-free.

The Former Minister of State in charge of Finance admitted that the nation cannot eradicate corruption completely from the system since it is a human institution “yet avenues must not be created for evil men to prevail”.

On Onua FM’s morning show Yensempa, Dr. Akoto Osei said these are some of the reason why President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has compelled every minister of state to declare their assets in accordance with the law in order to track their wealth.

As an example, the president and his vice have also declared their assets as well, he said, and I believe all deputy ministers are yet to do same.

Asked about measures being put in place by his government to ensure that the President’s determination to fighting corruption is achieved, Dr Akoto Osei underscored one problem with Ghana as having many laws but poor implementation.

Therefore, it is the law that should be allowed to work, he said.

According to him, if people are severely punished for wrongdoing, it would serve as a deterrent for others to be careful in the discharge of their duties.

The conversation was triggered by President Akufo-Addo’s address to the Ghanaian community in Sierra Leone that he will not shield any corrupt public official.

Dr. Akoto Osei supported the president but urged him to go extra mile to prosecute corrupt officials after the stolen monies been retrieved.

By Owoahene Omari Acheampong|Onua 95.1FM||Ghana

Rawlings institutes Revolutionary Lecture Series

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Former President Rawlings and Pete Edochie 

The office of former President Jerry John Rawlings has announced the institution of the Annual Revolutionary Lecture Series aimed at promoting good governance and enhancing contemporary democracy.

The maiden event is scheduled for Friday, June 2, 2017 at the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons Conference Hall, off the Independence Avenue at Ridge in Accra, Kobina Andoh Amoakwa, Director of Communications at the former President’s office said in a statement.

The theme for the lecture is “Restoring the values of Probity, Accountability, and Truth in Contemporary Governance.”

Speakers for the occasion are: Dr. Benjamin Kumbuor, a former Minister and past Member of Parliament for Kumbungu; Akwasi Oppong Fosu, a Governance and Public Policy Analyst, former Minister of State and past Member of Parliament for Amenfi East; Dr. Raymond Atuguba, senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana; and renowned Nigerian actor and producer, Pete Edochie.

The event that is opened to the general public is expected to commence at 2pm.

Source: | Ghana

NPP recommend Akufo-Addo’s good examples in Ghana to African countries

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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has touted President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s “significant commitment” to youth development in Ghana as one of the best on the continent.

According to the ruling party, the president has demonstrated “in words and in deeds” to improving the wellbeing of the nation’s youth.

“[The] NPP is hopeful that other African countries will emulate the good examples of Ghana,” it said in a statement to salute the continent on the 54th anniversary of the African Union (AU).

The theme for this year’s anniversary is ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividends through Investments in the Youth’.

Accordingly, the NPP opines that no nation can make any meaningful progress without prioritizing matters of youth development.

It paid glowing tribute to the Union’s founding fathers including “our own Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Haille Selassie, Malcom X, Muammar Gaddafi among others,” asking African governments to “reaffirm their support and commitment to the ideals of the Union”.

“Finally, the NPP extends its best wishes to all Africans as we commemorate this historic day and also calls on Ghanaians in particular, to actively take part in activities earmarked by the Foreign Affairs Ministry to climax the day. Long live our motherland.”

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

NDC MP chides Lands Minister for citing military in galamsey fight

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John Peter Amewu is the Lands and Natural Resources Minister

The Member of Parliament for Adaklu Constituency in the Volta Region, Kwame Governs Agbodza, says it is dangerous for the Lands and Natural Resources Minister to accuse some personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) of protecting illegal gold mining concessions in some parts of the country, especially in the Ashanti Region.

Mr. Agbodza said the military is the most disciplined and well-behaved security service in the country, so such comment could be a disgrace to the GAF and also lose confidence the people of Ghana have in them.

The Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu, had alleged on Monday that some military officers are offering protection for some foreigners who were illegally mining in the country.

Mr. Amewu was reported to have said that “the law enforcement agency, especially the Military are protecting an illegality and I think that it is time the truth be told. Most of the sites we visited today were heavily manned by the military command and I was wondering under what circumstances [were they undertaking this exercise] because my outfit had under no circumstance signed any contract with the military to protect that illegality”.

The Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, has as a result instructed the Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Obed Akwa, to immediately begin investigations into the allegations.

Commenting on the issue on TV3’s New Day hosted by Jonny Hughes on Wednesday, the MP for Adaklu  said “all governments from Rawlings to the current President did something to fight illegal mining but this has been the biggest approach because the whole nation is behind the government.  But who should we trust if the Lands Minister is accusing the military?”

“It is terrible because they are the most disciplined institution in the country and I urge the president to call these two ministers to investigate the allegations,” he added.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP said “if it was not the efforts of all Ghanaians, the fight against galamsey wouldn’t have gotten to where it is now but the accusation is something dangerous and the government must sit up”.

‘1-district, 1-factory’

On the “One-District, One-Factory’ policy of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government which is expected to begin in June, Mr. Agbodza said “[government] has no clue what to do because the basic things to do before the project have not been done”.

He argued that “these places need good roads, water, electricity, access, raw materials among others but they are all not in place, so how can u start in June?”

He added that there should be researches on all the places and what should be established but “all have not been done,” making it impossible for the project to begin in June 2017.

By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|Onua 95.1FM||Ghana

Ex-MP demands ‘visa fraud’ clarification from British High Commission

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Mr George Boakye says his first letter to the UK HC was not responded to

Former Member of Parliament for Asunafo South Constituency George Boakye is seeking clarification from the British High Commission over a ‘visa fraud’ case he is cited in.

According to the ex-New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP, he was not engaged in any fraudulent act as it appears painted in the letter written by British High Commissioner Jon Benjamin to the Speaker of Parliament.

Speaking in an interview on 3FM, lawyer for the former MP Kwabena Asare Atuah said an earlier letter written to the High Commission has since not been responded to.

“We will write to them again so they clarify what they mean by visa fraud.”

He said what the former MP is cited to have engaged in does not amount to visa fraud unlike the other cited MPs.

“The word ‘visa fraud’ is our issue,” Mr Yeboah Atuah mentioned on Wednesday, May 24 in the interview.

UK High Commissioner Jon Benjamin is expected to answer the ex-MP’s request before his departure in June

The former Asunafo South MP is said to have used his diplomatic privileges to get a visa for his daughter, Joyce.

READ: Former MP threatens to sue UK High Commission over visa fraud claim

But in his earlier letter written on his behalf by his lawyers, Mr Boakye denied securing a visa for his daughter.

He pointed out that he travelled within the said period with a private passport.

More so, he stated, his daughter secured her own visa and should have been individually held responsible for overstaying in the United Kingdom.

“How on earth does this amount to visa fraud on the half of George Boakye?” his lawyer quizzed on 3FM.

Mr Yeboah Atuah said they will petition the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to have the British High Commission to come out with the right facts.

“They have to intervene,” he stressed.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

MP jabs ‘hypocritical’ think-tanks over their inconsistencies

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Mr Mintah-Akandoh

Member of Parliament for Juaboso in the Western Region, Kwabena Mintah-Akandoh, has questioned the integrity of some think-tanks in the country, describing them as ‘hypocritical’.

According to him, these think-tanks are inconsistent with their advocacies, noting that their actions and inaction clearly demonstrate they have been influenced by their political affiliation, hence their objectivity cannot be measured in their analysis.

Speaking on Takoradi-based Connect 97.1 FM in the Western Region Monday on the political talk show Asem Yi Dzi Ka, Mr Mintah-Akando observed some of the think-tanks who spoke against John Mahama and his NDC government have now gone mute on the same issues under the Akufo-Addo-led government.

He, however, failed to mention any think-tank that has been inconsistent, but said “There were think-tanks advocating against the winner takes all, that the powers of the President were too much [under Mahama] but all of a sudden, we don’t hear those things again [under Akufo-Addo]”, he said adding “Consistency is important”.

Mr Mintah-Akandoh who is an NDC MP, has meanwhile asked those think-tanks to present analysis devoid of biases in other not to dent their credibility.

He urged them to be “very consistent irrespective of how the tables will turn…you are interested in the resolution of the substantive issue but not who is at the helms of affairs”

By Loveridge Ampratwum Okyere|Connect FM|

NDC 2020: Joshua Alabi denies endorsing any candidate

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Prof Joshua Alabi says he will make his decision to contest the NDC primary known soon

Former National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament and one of the frontrunners in the party’s presidential race Professor Joshua Alabi has categorically rejected claims that he has endorsed a candidate for the 2020 contest.

A former minister of state, Professor Alabi says reports making rounds in the media about him endorsing Former President John Mahama are misleading as they are messages of solidarity for the former NDC leader prior to the 2016 polls.

But after the elections, he says what he has said about Mr Mahama is that the results of the 2016 elections should be seen as the voice of the people and “the voice of the people is the voice of God”.

The former Vice Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) further added that he would soon make his position known over the party’s presidential primary after the restructuring process is completed.

The NDC cadre said his fans and supporters should remain calm over the recent reports.

He said those spreading false reports about him endorsing any potential candidate should desist from such action and rather help in building the party to return to power in 2020.


Akufo-Addo condemns ‘cowardly’ terror attack on Manchester

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Nana Akufo-Addo says the act is ‘despicable and cowardly’

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has condemned the terror attack on Manchester Arena in the UK that has claimed 22 lives and injured 59 others including children.

A lone male suicide attacker set off a homemade bomb in the foyer at 22:33 BST on Monday at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande, the BBC reported.

The explosion happened shortly after Ariana Grande left the stage.

Flags are flying at half mast outside Number 10 and political parties have suspended general election campaigning.

READ: 22 dead and scores hurt in Manchester blast

World leaders, including Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo, have condemned the attack and expressed solidarity with the UK.

He tweeted Tuesday morning: ” Shocked and saddened by yesterday’s terror attack in Manchester, resulting in the deaths of 22 people and injuries to 59.

“I condemn these despicable and cowardly acts, and extend my deepest condolences to the affected families,” President Akufo-Addo added.