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Kwesi Botchwey Committee member denies fighting Dr. Omane Boamah

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Senior lecturer at the Accra Technical University, Dr Ibrahim Zuberu, has denied media reports suggesting that he fought with former Communications Minister, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, in the office of Prof. Ato Ahwoi.

It was reported Tuesday that the two exchanged blows in the office of the NDC bigwig, Prof. Ato Ahwoi but Dr. Zuberu told Onua FM no such thing has happened.

“I want to put it on record that there is no truth in that story, the last time I have been to Prof. Ahwoi’s office was last year. I don’t know anything about that story and nobody has called me to solve any issue between my person and Dr Omane Boamah” he said.

He said the last time he was in the offices of Prof. Ato Ahwoi the only time he met the former Dr Omane Boamah was at a wedding where he sat few rows away from him, noting the reports have been cooked to achieve ulterior motive.

In June this year claimed Dr. Zuberu who was a member of the  Kwesi Botchwey Committee, cited Dr. Omane Boamah as being part of the reasons the National Democratic Congress lost the 2016 general elections.

Dr. Ibrahim Zuberu explained that “for instance, Omane Boamah would say a lot of important things on Radio Gold, but he would never share those information with anyone. You can ask some of the panel who appear on the Radio Gold show”.

But Dr. Omane Boamah denied the assertion by Dr Zuberu that he kept vital information which could have discredit so called false claims by the New Patriotic Party to his chest.

“This is untrue and most unfortunate, particularly at this time that our great party the National Democratic Congress is embarking on a healing process to recapture power in 2020,” he said in response to the claim.

He added: “In the tone and spirit of this objective, I wish to inform Dr Zuberu and all interested parties that to the best of our knowledge every information that was available to the ministry and fit for public consumption was released to our communicators”.

There was a seeming tension between the two as Dr. Zuberu stated he would never apologise Dr Omane Boamah for his assertion, which the former communication minister described as scurrilous.

Dr. Zuberu on Tuesday said he would never engage in fisticuffs with Dr Omane Boamah or anybody over any issue, stating, “I would rather pray to Allah for peace and development than to fight with people”

Asked about the relationship between him and Dr. Omane Boamah, he responded: “He is not my friend. We are all members of the NDC, I know him and he knows me”

“I want to say that those who are embarking on this agenda to throw mud at me will not succeed because I don’t hold any grudge with Dr Edward Omane Boamah” he stated.

By Bright Dzakah|Onua 95.1 fm|3news.comIGhana

Akufo-Addo congratulates German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has congratulated German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her re-election on Sunday.

Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in alliance with Christian Social Union (CSU) beat Martin Schulz’s Alternative for Germany (AfG) on Sunday to clinch her fourth term in office.

Martin Schulz and Angela Merkel were the main contenders

In his message to congratulate Ms Merkel, President Akufo-Addo said: “It is my sincere hope that Chancellor Merkel will continue on the path of delivering unity, security, progress and prosperity to the German people”.

“It is also my overriding hope that the already strong Ghanaian-German relations will grow from strength to strength, on a shared agenda of freedom, development, progress and prosperity.”

The election results have sparked nationalist protests in capital Berlin but Ms Merkel has vowed to win back the right-wing members.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

ITLOS Ruling: NPP demands proactive steps over Ghana-Togo maritime boundary

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The Ghana-Ivory Coast maritime dispute was settled by ITLOS on Saturday, Sept 23

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has called on government to take proactive steps to safeguard Ghana’s maritime boundary with Togo.

This, according to the ruling party, will forestall any boundary dispute between the two countries in future.

This comes in the wake of a three-year maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and her western neighbours, La Cote d’Ivoire.

That dispute was settled – in the law courts – on Saturday.

READ: ITLOS rules in Ghana’s favour but issues operative clauses

In a statement to commend Ghana’s legal team, the NPP called on government to see to an amicable handling of the maritime boundary in the east of the Gulf of Guinea.

Signed by Acting General Secretary John Boadu, the statement lauded the Ivorian team “for their cooperation throughout the trial and also thanks the Special Chamber for the courteous and expeditious manner with which it dispensed justice on the matter in issue”.

The Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) gave new coordinates for the remapping of the maritime boundary in its judgement.

It said the two countries did not know the start of their maritime boundaries.

“The ruling, which was delivered this Saturday, 23rd September, 2017 by the justices of the Special Chamber, largely vindicates Ghana’s long held position on the matter in contention.”

The statement commended the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Gloria Akuffo, “for securing this favourable judgement for the country”.

It also applauded “the efforts of the immediate past Attorney General of Ghana, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, who was part of Ghana’s team that won this historic case for the country”.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

ITLOS Ruling: NDC pays tribute to Atta Mills, Mahama

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The two governments have agreed to abide by the decision of the Special Chamber

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has congratulated the governments of Ghana and La Cote d’Ivoire for being patient in seeing to the conclusion of the maritime border dispute.

The nation’s largest opposition party said the finality to the issue is victory for pan-African collaboration, diplomacy and international rule of law.

But it said many will be losing the point if mention is not made of its late leader, John Evans Atta Mills, and his successor, John Dramani Mahama.

“Prof Mills established the permanent Maritime Border Secretariat,” the opposition party said in a statement on Saturday’s ruling by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).

“He tasked the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, to resource MBS so it could attract and deploy Ghanaian expertise and develop our national strategy for resolving the dispute”.

Signed by National Chairman Kofi Portuphy, the statement said of former President Mahama: “We acknowledge President Mahama’s courage in launching the ITLOS case despite concerns that this could be misinterpreted by our neighbours as a hostile act and that Ghana could lose the case at ITLOS”.

It revealed that the former president resisted pressure to withdraw the case “and maintained support for the ITLOS process until the judges retired to write their judgements last year”.

Former President Mahama had held meetings with President Alassane Ouattara over the issue

The NDC, therefore, underscores its role in the victory that ensures the safety of Ghana’s oil resource.

“The NDC is proud to have played a leadership role in securing this legal victory and securing these important resources for the country.”

The dispute began in 2014 under an NDC government but early in 2017 Ghana changed legal representatives due to the change in government.

Gloria Afia Akuffo replaced Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong as leader of Ghana’s legal team.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

NDC chairman explains Joshua Alabi ‘snub’ at Founder’s Day march

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Greater Accra Region Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Joseph Cobbina Ade Coker says he is not unaware that some leading members of the party wanted to mount last Thursday’s platform to “campaign”.

But he had to stop them since “nobody has told me they are campaigning”.

Followers of leading NDC member Professor Joshua Alabi, who is said to be interested in running for the party’s presidential primary, were angry on Thursday for the refusal of organizers to allow their idol to speak.

Organisers allowed some key personalities including National Chairman Kofi Portuphy to talk to the supporters.

But others such as Prof Alabi were disallowed though they joined the walk, which was staged in solidarity with ‘Founder of Ghana’ Kwame Nkrumah.

“We didn’t go on the platform to campaign,” Mr Ade Coker said on TV3‘s News @10 on Thursday.

He said the march was a unity walk organised as part of the recommendations of the Kwesi Botchwey Committee report.

He said organizers agreed that only the Greater Accra Regional Chairman, National Chairman and NDC Members of Parliament in the region will address the gathering.

Therefore, any other person was barred from mounting the platform, he explained.

Mr Ade Coker said after all none of the positions within the party has been opened up for new aspirants.

He claimed the unity and ‘healing of wounds’ is more important than any aspirant mounting the stage to campaign.

“What we need to do is to reorganize because if you don’t reorganize, who will vote for you?”

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

NDC embarks on re-registration of members at GH¢1 per month

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The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has begun efforts to get a database of all its members.

According to the party, it is doing away with the biometric register used for the election of their 2016 flagbearer.

“We have decided as a party to scrap that [biometric] one,” said Greater Accra Region Chairman Joseph Ade Coker on TV3’s News @10 on Thursday.

He said the imperfections with the expanded register contributed to the ignominious loss of the party in the 2016 elections.

Mr Ade Coker pointed out that all efforts exerted to clean it up proved futile.

The football administrator-turned-politician said the new register will be compiled at the branch level with each and every registered members expected to pay GH¢1 as monthly contributions.

He hinted that already members of the executive council of the party are going around implementing some of the recommendations of the Kwesi Botchwey Committee, one of which is the scrapping of the biometric register.

He stated further that the full report of the Committee is with only the National Chairman of the party.

He, therefore, debunked reports about the content of the report, saying all are “figments of their own imaginations”.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

NDC big wigs join CPP to celebrate Kwame Nkrumah

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The Convention People’s Party (CPP) says it considers as unfortunate recent attempts by some forces to attempt to re-write the history of Ghana and, by so doing, water down the contribution of Kwame Nkrumah in the emancipation of the Black man as well as in Ghana’s independence struggle.

Chairman and leader of the CPP Professor Edmund Delle says the late Dr Nkrumah is the pillar of Ghana and the leading pace setter for the emancipation of Africa.

He made these remarks during the 108th birthday commemoration of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

The commemoration was on the theme ‘Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah: The Irreplaceable Foundational Stone of Ghana’.

The event attracted the leadership of the CPP including the 2016 flagbearer, Ivor Greesnstreet.

In attendance were also some members of the biggest opposition party , National Democratic Congress (NDC) – Lee Ocran and Vice Chairman Samuel Ofosu Ampofo.

By Kwabena Adu-Gyamfi|TV3|3news.com|Ghana

Founder's Day was instituted in 2010 in honour of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

Depriving Nkrumah of Founder’s Day is ‘silly idea’ – K.B Asante

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Founder's Day was instituted in 2010 in honour of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

Founder’s Day was instituted in 2010 in honour of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

Retired diplomat, K.B Asante is fuming with anger as he describes plan by the New Patriotic Party-led government to rechristen the Founder’s Day as silly.

The political historian known for his frankness opined that observing the birthday of Ghana’s first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah as Founder’s Day is a foregone conclusion and should be kept as sacrosanct.

The presidency has suggested to Parliament to change the 21st September Founder’s Day to August 4 and marked as Founders Day. The September 21 would still remain a statutory public holiday but observed as Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day.

The proposal has set the tone for a divisive debate with historians, academicians, politicians among others joining the fray.

But K.B Asante who worked closely with Dr. Kwame Nkrumah is incensed by the proposal.

“I don’t want to consider the idea of changing it,” he rejected the proposal in an interview with TV3’s Bright Nana Amfoh on Midday Live Thursday, September 21, 2017.

“If you don’t know your history that you have all these silly ideas that Nkrumah not being the founder and find other reasons to support [the proposal]”, he asserted.

“He was the founder, we have decided on it, and that is the end,” he forcefully  stressed.

He charged the government to busy itself with other important development in the country, rather than trying to change an idea accepted globally.

Proponents advocating for a change of date argued strongly that Nkrumah cannot be the sole founder of Ghana, insisting that the change would give due recognition to others who played critical role leading to Ghana’s independence.

But K.B. Asante indicated that August 4 in which the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) was inaugurated cannot even be exhaustive because there are several other unrecorded heroes who were not part of the UGCC but contributed immensely to the country attaining independence.

Prof. Edmund Delle, Chairman of the Convention People’s Party, a party founded by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, told TV3 there is no doubt that others played a part in Ghana’s independence, but like in other jurisdiction, the country has accepted that he is the founder, and that should end the debate.

He saw Nkrumah as a “unique” person who would forever remained great irrespective of what his critics do.

“I find the debate needless” he stated, and warned that without thinking about it, the CPP will with “immediate effect” change the date again when it comes to power.

Read: Mahama celebrates Nkrumah: Founder of modern Ghana

By Isaac Essel | 3news.com | Ghana

President Akufo-Addo, 7 others hold talks with President Trump

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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, together with eight other African Heads of State, on Wednesday, 20th September, 2017, at the side-lines of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, held talks with the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, on US-African relations.

The 8 Heads of State present at the meeting were President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, President Alasanne Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, President Macky Sall of Senegal, President Alpha Conde of Guinea, who is also Chairperson of the African Union, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, and President Hage Geingob of Namibia.

In his remarks, President Trump noted that in the 8 African leaders gathered at the meeting, “I see partners for promoting prosperity and peace on a range of economic, humanitarian, and security issues”.

The US President indicated further that his administration is committed to extending partnerships with the 9 countries, because they “are committed to self-reliance and to fostering opportunities for job creation in both Africa and the United States.”

Of the world’s ten fastest-growing economies, President Trump noted that six are in Africa, and, thus, increasing American trade and investment across diverse industries — including agriculture, energy, transportation, healthcare, travel, and tourism — will further transform lives throughout Africa.

He reiterated the commitment of the United States to partner with countries and organizations, like the African Union, that lead successful efforts to end violence, to prevent the spread of terrorism, and to respond to humanitarian crises.
“Terrorist groups, such as ISIS, al-Shabaab, Boko Haram, and al Qaeda also threaten African peace. The United States is proud to work with you to eradicate terrorist safe havens, to cut off their finances, and to discredit their depraved ideology,” he added.

On the issue of North Korea, President Trump stated that the world faces an enormous security threat from the North Korean regime, and urged all nations to “stand together and be accountable in implementing United Nations sanctions and resolutions in response to North Korea’s hostile and menacing actions.”

A free, independent, and democratic nation, he stressed, “in all cases, is the best vehicle for human happiness and success.”

Present also at the meeting were Foreign Ministers of the 8 African countries present; US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson; Chief of Staff, Gen. John Kelly; the Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Nikki Haley; and other representatives of the US government.

On behalf of the African Presidents gathered, and on behalf of the African Union, President Alpha Conde thanked President Trump for the courtesy of the invitation to discuss issues bordering on the strengthening of US-Africa relations.

He noted that the 21st century will see Africa take its rightful place on the world stage, and will without doubt be a century in which Africans are going to are going to count for more and in a decisive way, because there is an ever-greater determination among Africa’s leaders and youth that the hour of renewal has arrived.

Source: 3news.com | FHCB

Kofi Adams agrees with Tony Aidoo on Bawumia

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Dr Mahamudu Bawumia

The National Organizer of the National Democratic Congress, Kofi Adams has confirmed the assertion of Dr. Tony Aidoo that Vice President Dr. Mamudu Bawumia was the Achilles heel of the NDC prior to the 2016 elections.

“Our strategist got it wrong earlier that Ghanaians will know the truth so you didn’t need to take on Dr. Bawaumia. He started to present a lot of falsehood. Dr. Bawaumia was the bible of the NPP. He built a false credibility for himself anything he churned out was believed. Then he became the bible for the NPP. His utterances hurt NDC,” Kofi Adams stated

Speaking on 3FM Morning Show Sunrise with Winston Amoah on Wednesday, Mr. Adams said the loss of NDC can’t be laid at the doorsteps of the NDC communicators because they did their work well.

Responding to some observations made by Dr. Tony Aidoo in an interview with 3FM on Monday, Mr. Adams indicated that the very issues Dr. Mamudu Bawumia used against the NDC prior to the 2016 elections are worse now.

”Where is the cedi and the dollar? where is your fuel price? Your electricity?” He questioned why the NPP extended the IMF programme when the President openly said they were going to end it.

Citing an example of the members of the Ghana Union of Traders Association who are currently agitating for some reduction in taxes and duties, Mr. Kofi Adams was of the view that GUTA is now disappointed in the government.

“Before elections GUTA thought that the then government (NDC) was punishing them. I don’t think that if his Excellency the Vice President goes there and engages them and give them the story that he was given before the 2016 elections they will listen to him.

“If they don’t stone him, it is because he is the vice president of the country and they can’t do so. If they don’t hoot at him it is because maybe per our Ghanaian culture sometimes we don’t want to do that to our leaders. But in their group conversations all of them have come to conclusion that they have been deceived.”

By Gideon Anaba |3FM 92.7|3news.com| Ghana