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MP replies Akufo-Addo: Don’t rush to crash

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Member of Parliament for Krachi West, Helen Adjoa Ntoso, has asked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to tread cautiously in his bid to fix the “heavily indebted” economy and not rush to hit a snag.

The president in delivering his maiden State of the Nation Address Tuesday said the economic situation of the country requires immediate action and that he is in a hurry to fix it, urging all Ghanaians to be in a hurry.

“I have heard it said that I am behaving like a man in a hurry. Mr. Speaker, I am, indeed, in a hurry, I am in a great hurry. The times, in which we live, demand that we, all, be in a hurry to deal with the problems we face,” Nana Akufo-Addo told Parliament.

Commenting on the statement by the President, the MP who is also a former Volta Regional Minister under the Mahama-led government warned against any hasty move by Nana Akufo-Addo.

“He [Nana Akufo-Addo] must take his time and study how things are done and take it one after the other. He should not rush. He should go slowly and should seek the guidance of God,” she said on Accra-based Onua FM.

She said should the President rush in doing things, he will hit a snag, hence wants him to take his time because he has four years to fix the economy.

Notwithstanding, he said the president cannot afford not to fix the economy, saying “he should better do because Ghanaians will come after him if he fails”.

By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|Onua 95.1FM|3news.com|Ghana

I was not elected by Ghanaians to complain – Prez Akufo-Addo

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The president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has maintained that he was not elected by the people of Ghana to complain but rather to do a job for mother Ghana.

The president was speaking at his first state of the nations address Tuesday morning at the Parliament house in Accra where he reiterated his governments commitment to fixing Ghana’s economic challenges.

“I wasn’t elected by the people to complain… I was elected to fix what is broken and my government is determined to do just that”, he said.

“At the beginning of March, the Minister for Finance will come to this house to give details of our economic policies and the clear road map that we have made out for taking the country out of the current predicament onto a sustainable path of recovery, jobs creation and prosperity.

“I an absolute in my confidence that we have the program, the competence, the commitment and the goodwill of the people to turn this around and the by the grace of God, we will succeed”.

Nana Afrane Asante/3news.com/Ghana

Watch live: President Akufo-Addo’s first SONA

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo delivers his first State of the Nation Address to Parliament today.

This is a requirement under the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana. Article 67 states: “The President shall, at the beginning of each session of Parliament and before a dissolution of Parliament, deliver a message on the state of the nation”.

Below is live stream from Parliament

It can also be watched live here or on facebook @newsontv3

Source: 3news.com | Ghana

Ayariga holds stance on bribery allegation, says Muntaka told him it was bribe

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Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, says he still stands by the bribery allegation he made against the parliament’s Appointments Committee, and explained it was all based on what minority chief whip, Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka told him.

Mr Ayariga had accused the then minister-designate for Energy, Boakye Agyarko, of attempting to bribe some members of the Appointments Committee to approve his nomination.

He claimed the minority members of the Committee were given GHC3,000 each. The accused has since denied the allegation.

Taking his turn Monday at the ad hoc committee of Parliament investigating the allegation, Mr Ayariga who waved his right of counsel said he never dealt directly with Mr Agyarko and the Chairman of the Appointments Committee, Joseph Osei-Owusu

“I never dealt with the chairman of the committee either on the issue of the money. As I indicated, it was our whip who asked us to come and take it…He was the one we asked to find us the source and he was the one who told us the things that I said on air,” Mr Ayariga told the ad hoc committee.

Mr Ayariga had told the Committee that they requested to be given sitting allowances in view of the long hours they had to sit to which the chairman of the Appointments Committee promised to work on.

According to Mr Ayariga they later received money from Alhaji Muntaka believing it was sitting allowance but rumours emerged that it was a bribe from Mr Agyarko to facilitate his approval by the minority who had taken a hard stance against his nomination as Energy Minister.

“It started first as rumours and so we asked for an investigation. We asked our minority whip to
and check and then come back and report to us.

He explained that at the time they took the monies, they assumed that it was their committee allowances but”we heard the rumour so we asked our chief whip, hon Muntaka to do an investigations”.

Asked by a member of the Committee as to what whether the allegation he made on radio was based on rumours that he heard, he responded: “It was based on hon Muntaka’s statement to us.”

By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana

Lower Manya NDC suspends Teye Nyaunu

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Lower Manya Krobo constituency has suspended former Member of Parliament, Michael Teye Nyaunu, along with three other party members in the constituency for misconduct.

According to the NDC’s Constituency Chairman, David Walter Hormelu, they took the decision in accordance with the party’s constitution which stipulates that any member found to have contravened the party’s laws step aside for a period of six months for investigations.

Mr. Hormelu did not outline the reasons for Mr. Teye Nayaunu’s suspension but said he had been carrying out activities in the constituency perceived to be against the NDC.

“Honourable Teye Nyaunu and the three others misconducted themselves which is an act against the party’s constitution and we decided to refer them to the disciplinary committee for investigations and then recommendations. Per the constitution, they have to step aside for that investigation to go on.”

“They have committed several offences which I am not permitted to talk about because the matter is before the committee. What I do know very well is that in misconducting himself, he has been carrying out activities in the constituency which are likely to embarrass the party and to bring the party’s name or image into disrepute,” he explained to Citi News.

Mr. Teye Nyaunu’s most recent major involvement in the NDC was leading the NDC’s 2016 campaign team in Lower Manya Krobo, Yilo Krobo, Upper Manya Krobo, Akropong and other constituencies in Akuapem-Krobo enclave in the Eastern Region.

His time in the NDC has however not been without controversy as he once broke ranks to endorse the candidature of Nana Konadu Rawlings when she left the party to form the National Democratic Party (NDP) after a failed flagbearership bid within the NDC.

He also forfeited his membership of the National Democratic Congress when he contested as an independent parliamentary candidate in the 2012 elections.

No locus 

Meanwhile, Mr. Teye Nyaunu has pooh-poohed on his purported suspension.

He told TV3 Midday Live that they constituency has “no locus” to take such a decision against him without recourse to the regional executives.

“It is of no effect and has no basis whatsoever,” he described the suspension.

He was emphatic on TV3 that he has not been invited before any disciplinary committee, neither has the party communicated anything about he suspension to him except the media reports.

Source: 3news.com |Citifmonline | Ghana

SONA: Prez must come clean on Heritage Fund for Free SHS – NDP

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The National Democratic Party (NDP) wants the President to use tomorrow’s State of the Nation Address to state his position on contradictory statements made by two ministers on the use of the Heritage Fund to finance the free senior high school policy.

The Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo had suggested that the government will use the Heritage Fund, which is part of the oil proceeds being invested for generation yet unborn, to finance its flagship policy – Free SHS -, but the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta said that is not something the government is looking at.

The General Secretary of the NDP, Alhaji Mohammed Frimpong was emphatic that such contradictions will not help the nation.

“We shall listen to what the President will say about the contradictions by the Senior Minister and Finance Minister on the Heritage Fund,” he remarked.

Mr. Frimpong was contributing to discussions on Onua FM’s Yen Nsempa hosted by Bright Asempa on tomorrow’s State of the Nation Address by President Akufo-Addo.

The address would be the first for Nana Akufo-Addo. Ahead of the delivery, Yen Nsempa sought the expectations and views of the various political parties.

The NDP scribe said “we should know the real state of the nation. Debts owe by the nation must also be made known to us. If it does not happen like that, the president is digging his own grave”.

Mr. Frimpong said education in particular should be the government’s priority “because that is what we are all waiting to see what they will do about it”.

He added that agriculture, unemployment especially among the youth, and food security must also be the priority of the government.

By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|Onua 95.1FM|3news.com|Ghana

Saboba NPP youth want Jawol Abraham as DCE else…

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The youth wing of the New Patriotic Party in the Saboba District of the Northern Region has declared it will not accept any other candidate as the Saboba District Chief Executive than Jawol Abraham.

According to the group, the three times failed candidate at the party’s primary has exhibited a sense of unity by refusing to go independent even at a time his supporters felt he could win the parliamentary seat as an independent candidate having lost narrowly to the current member of Parliament, Charles Bintim in the 2015primary.

Three names including the Constituency Chairman Bingrim George, Constituency Secretary Bilengang Timor Peter and Jawol Abraham have come up for the position but the youth have argued the two constituency executives are currently at loggerheads hence cannot work towards achieving the ultimate goal of the New Patriotic Party in the district.

The Constituency Chairman Bingrim George has also been described by the youth as a dictator who has subjected the rest of the executives to dictatorship.

The youth argued Abraham’s financial and physical support to the New Patriotic Party over the years led to the resounding victory in the 2016 polls hence it will be unfair to deny him the position.

They also said Abraham’s hometown of Wapuli, has sixteen polling centers making it the highest number, and with the New Patriotic Party winning twelve is evidence of his hardwork thus none other person will be accepted as the chief executive by the entire party.

Against this background, the youth are cautioning the regional and national executives of NPP not to settle on Bingrim George as he seem to be the selected one.

They also revealed some persons have visited the presidency claiming to be representatives of Saboba chiefs to lobby the president to settle Bingrim George but the youth claim those persons were not sent by the chiefs.

They have also stated that the NPP should be prepared to relinquish the parliamentary seat to the NDC come 2020 if Bingrim George is selected as the District Chief Executive.

By Zubaida Ismail|TV3|3news.com|Ghana

All 10 regional ministers-designate approved by Parliament

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Leadership of the Appointments Committee recommended the nominees for approval

Parliament has by consensus approved all the 10 regional ministerial nominees of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The 10 were vetted over the past week from Tuesday, February 14.

Report on the ten to head the country’s regions was presented by Chairman of the Appointments Committee Joseph Osei-Owusu.

The ten include Dr Kwaku Owusu Afriyie (Western), Simon Osei-Mensah (Ashanti) and Eric Kwakye Darfour (Eastern).

The others are Ishmael Ashitey (Greater Accra), Dr Archibald Letsa (Volta), Alhassan Suleiman (Upper West) and Rockson Bukari (Upper East).

The rest are Kwaku Asomah Cheremeh (Brong Ahafo), Salifu Sa-eed (Northern) and Kwamena Duncan (Central).

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Kofi Adams heads to court; says he has been defamed, items stolen from his cars

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Kofi Adams

The National Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams says he has already made up his mind to go to court, although his cars that were seized by national security operatives have been released.

“I am not speaking on the issue after the release of the vehicles because I am going to court,” Mr. Adams maintained.

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service on Thursday released five vehicles that were impounded.

The vehicles, two Toyota Land Cruiser V8s and three Nissan Hard Body Pick-ups, were seized from the politician’s house in Tema following allegations that some officials of the immediate past NDC government had stolen state vehicles.

The Public Relations Officer of the CID, ASP Joseph Benefo Darkwah confirmed that the vehicles have been released after the CID discovered that they were Mr. Adams’ personal vehicles.

But speaking in a telephone interview with Onua News, Mr. Adams said “I am going to court on various levels of the issue. Issues like defamation, criminal invasions of my house and stealing of some of my things in the cars”.

He asserted we are preparing “so I don’t want to make comments now”.

By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|Onua 95.1FM|3news.com|Ghana

 

Ablakwa’s request forces ‘bribery’ committee to suspend sitting

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The ad hoc committee set up by Parliament to investigate a bribery allegation involving some members of the Appointments Committee, was forced to suspend sitting on Friday to meet the requests of the MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.

Mr. Ablakwa has, through his lawyers, requested to appear before the committee after the Chairman of the Appointments Committee, Joe Osei Owusu, made certain claims against him when he appeared before the committee.

The North Tongu MP is also demanding that the committee provide him with a copy of the proceedings in their first sitting on Tuesday with Mr. Osei Owusu.

The Chairman of the ad hoc committee, Joe Ghartey announced today that the committee has obliged to the MP’s requests.

He suspended sitting and announced that they will resume on Monday, February 20, 2017.

He subsequently ordered the clerk of parliament to serve notice to all persons who are supposed to appear before the committee.

The Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga had on several platforms alleged that the Minister of Energy Boakye Agyarko attempted to bribe some members of the Appointments Committee to approve his nomination after a rancorous vetting.

The allegation was supported by two MPs – Okudzeto Ablakwa and MP for Tamale North Alhassan Suhuyini -, but Mr. Joe Osei Owusu and Minority Chief Whip Muntaka Mohammed who were mentioned in the bribery allegation have flatly denied it.

On the committee’s first sitting, Mr. Osei Owusu claimed Mr. Ablakwa had confessed that the allegation was false and meant to equalize corruption allegations made against former President Mahama.

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Read: Okudzeto confessed that bribery allegation was cooked – Joe Owusu tells committee
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After Tuesday’s sitting, Joe Ghartey announced that only four witnesses would be called excluding Mr. Ablakwa and Suhuyini. The four are Joe Osei Owusu, Mahama Ayariga, Muntaka Mubarak, and Boakye Agyarko.

Mr. Ablakwa who claimed he was asked to standby, asked his lawyers, Ayine and Felli, to formally write to the committee requesting that he is invited.

“Since our client was not given an opportunity to cross examine Hon. Joseph Osei Owusu on this unsubstantiated piece of evidence, it would surely be in accord with the rules of natural justice that our client be heard in his own defence before your Committee,” the letter said in part.

Magnus Kofi Amoatey, MP for Yilo Krobo, a member of the committee who read the letter in a live-telecast sitting said the letter “may not be necessary if he (Ablakwa) had drawn close to the committee” and made a case for him to give evidence. The committee would have “naturally” given him the chance, he said.

“We are going to give him the opportunity to appear before the committee,” he said, which was later confirmed by the chairman of the committee.

By Isaac Essel |3news.com|Ghana