NDC Calls For Probe Into Corruption Allegations Against Gov’t Officials

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has urged the government to institute proper investigations into numerous corruption scandals and maladministration levelled against it and some of its officials.

The opposition party mentioned some of the scandals as the “$178 million Kelni GVG and Ministry of Communication corruption scandal; the $1.5 million Startimes- Rebecca Akuffo Addo bribery scandal; $1.2 billion National Identification Authority; $2.5 million Bawumia – GPS scandal, and the five million litres contaminated fuel scandal involving BOST, Movepiina and Zup Oil”.

Other scandals include “the 230 cases of premix fuel diversions by the Ministry of Fisheries; the GH¢800,000 website development scandal at the Ministry for Special Development and Initiatives; the 700 million AMERI Novation, and the eight million Nyantekyi/Akuffo Addo/Bawumia bribery scandals from Anas’ investigations, among others”.

Mr Jonhson Asiedu-Nketia, who made this known at a press briefing in Accra, said those allegations must be properly investigated by the constitutionally mandated state investigative agencies and proper independent reports of their findings published and appropriate sanctions applied.

He recounted that in 2009, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in opposition, threatened that they would refuse to cooperate with Economic and Organised Crime Organisation (EOCO) and other state investigative authorities and they carried out their threat.

He, therefore, called on the government to stop the incessant harassment and witch-hunting of former NDC Government appointees and concentrate on the unbridled thievery and corruption of today.

“We also call upon President Nana-Addo to call his hounds to order, fix the economy and address the serious issues of misgovernance, incompetence and unkept promises,” he added.

Source: Peacefm

Nana Addo Has Abandoned All My Projects – John Mahama

Former President John Mahama has accused the Akufo-Addo administration of abandoning many of the projects started during his government’s tenure.

The former President says he finds it disappointing that a number of the projects remain uncompleted since his administration left office in January 2017.

Speaking during his campaign tour of the Northern Region, Mahama described the situation as unfortunate.

“It is a pity because everything that we started has come to a standstill. I go round the country and most of the roads, where we left them on 7th January 2017, that is where the roads have ended. All the community based Secondary Schools, where we left them on 7th January 2017, that is where they have ended.”

“And the tragedy is, if you ask the New Patriotic Party (NPP) what are they doing about the road they will say free SHS. If you ask about the CHPS compound, they will say we have given you free SHS, when you ask about jobs, they will say we have given you free SHS,” he said.

The former president is campaigning to lead his party the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the 2020 general elections.

Between 2013 and 2016, John Dramani Mahama administration undertook several projects across the country.

Some road projects that were awarded and under construction in the Brong Ahafo Region before NDC left office in January 2017 are:

1. Kintampo Town roads
2. Jema Town roads
3. Atebubu-Kwame-Danso roads
4. Sankore – Nobekwa road
5. Bechem Town road

Rural electrification

The Mahama government also added 700 communities in the region to the national grid.

These communities included Danyame, Nsesreso, Antwirifo, communities in the Nkrankwanta District and 80 communities in the Kintampo Municipality among others.

Education

1. Construction of fifteen (15) Community Day Senior High Schools (Danyame, Techimantia, Techiman, Kasapin, Duadaso, Kintampo, Awrowa among others)
2. The absorption and enhancement of 16 other Community Secondary Schools in the region, e.g. Sankore Senior High School.
3. Establishment of a satellite campus in Techiman for the University of Education Winneba
4. Expansion of the Nkoranza Technical Institute by constructing eleven (11) new structures for the Institute
5. Construction of over two hundred and forty (240) six-unit classroom blocks for basic schools in the region. These projects were all at different stages of completion as at January 2017.

Source: citinewsroom.com

Tsito Senior High Technical School Naval Cadet Gets Musical Instruments

The Member of Parliament for Ho West Constituency, Hon. Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah presented a set of musical instruments worth over GHc16,000.00 to the Naval Cadet of Tsito Senior High School at a brief ceremony held at the school yesterday, October 1, 2018.

Presenting the items, the MP expressed his joy at the Cadet’s performance at regional and national competitions saying “such performances position the district on the national radar and the least I can do is to support you with the necessary instruments to enable you perform even better at such competitions”.

Hon. Bedzrah hinted of an arrangement with the contractor working on the school’s girls’ dormitory to handover the top floor of the two storeys facility to the school’s management by close of the week to help ease congestion in the current girls’ dormitory. To resolve the issue of running shifts during dinning sessions as a result of inadequate dinning tables and benches, the MP promised to provide the school with materials to enable the Carpentry Department prepare the required number of tables and benches for their use.

Receiving the items, the headmaster of the school, Mr. Jonathan Gustav Adomah thanked the MP for the gesture, describing him as a true leader who has worked and continues to work to ensure educational standards in the Ho West District improve.

Hon. Bedzrah was accompanied by the Ho West Constituency Secretary of the NDC, Comrade Wisdom Sedzroh and the Volta Regional Deputy Communication Officer of the NDC, Comrade Del-Bright.

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Bawumia Must Resign Over Poor Economy – Nyaho Tamakloe

Dr. Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe has said Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia must resign over the poor state of the Ghanaian economy.

According to him, Mr. Bawumia has failed to deliver on the numerous promises and assurances he gave Ghanaians when the New Patriotic Party was in opposition.

Government has come under intense public backlash over the performance of the Cedi against the dollar and the rising cost of petroleum products.

The President has conceded things are difficult in Ghana.

But the Vice President insists Ghanaians are better off under the NPP government because things would have been worse under an NDC government.

“If you look at the data you will realise that whilst they (NDC) were borrowing, the debt to GDP ratio was increasing, jumping and ballooning. But while we are borrowing the debt to GDP is declining. So they should take a closer look at the data and come back again.

Source: starrfmonline.com

Mahama Names Campaign Team…Agyenim-B, Spokesperson; Ohene-Agyekum, Manager

Former President John Dramani Mahama has announced his campaign team to lead the National Democratic Congress for the 2020 general elections.

According to a statement copied to Peacefmonline.com, Mr. Daniel Ohene Agyekum, a former Chairman of COCOBOD and former Ambassador to USA, will be the campaign manager for his team.

He will be deputized by Nii Vandepuye Djangmah, a former Regional Greater Accra Regional Minister.

Mr. Mahama has also named the former Deputy Minister for Information, James Agyenim-Boateng as his Spokesperson.

“I am fortunate to have the backing of such an impressive group of hardworking people, who are as committed as I am to the road ahead. Their combination of years of experience, vision, energy and new ideas is inspiring and I am excited to work with them. We are visiting our delegates in the Regions to hear what they have to say, listen to their concerns as well as their views on how we can move the party and Ghana forward”, the statement read.

Other members of Ex-President Mahama’s campaign team include Dr. Godfred Seidu Jasaw as Second Deputy Campaign Manager, Elsie Esenam Appau-­Klu as first Deputy Spokesperson, Adwoa Serwaa Bondzie – second Deputy Spokesperson, Dr Callistus Mahama – Administrative and operations coordinator, Former Interior Minister Kwesi Ahwoi, Former Fisheries Minister Sherry Ayitey, Alexander Kofi-­Mensah Mould, Priscilla Arhin and Alfred Abayateye as Stakeholder Coordinators.

Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

NDC Postpones National Congress To November 17

The Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has once again rescheduled its National Delegates Congress to 17th November, 2018, Peacefmonline.com understands.

Peacefmonline.com sources at the NDC Headquarters say the latest change in the congress date has become necessary due to the ongoing limited registration.

However, the venue for the congress which is the Trade Fair Center in the Greater Accra Region still remains unchanged.

The NDC national delegates congress to elect executive officers was originally fixed for October 20, but was postponed to Saturday, November 3, 2018, following what the hierarchy of the party said was due to challenges the organizers had with their venue of interest.

National Organizer of the opposition party, Mr. Kofi Adams, who confirmed the news in an interview with Kwame Nkrumah “Tikesie” on Okay fm “Ade Akye Abia” program, charged national executives of the party to not only take note of the changes to enable them continue with their election process, but to also participate in the ongoing limited registration exercise.

“We have presented the vetting report to the congress planning committe for various appeals to be looked into before we publish their notice of polls, but those who have qualified can start their campaign.”

“The National Youth Organizer’s elections will be held at the Pentecost Convention Centre at Gomoa Fetteh in the Central Region,” he added.

NDC elects regional executives

The NDC has already elected its regional executives nationwide.

Delegates from all 275 constituencies gathered at various designated centers to elect regional officers last month (August).

NDC to elect flagbearer on December 7, 2018

The NDC has slated December 7, 2018, for the election of its flagbearer for the 2020 presidential election.

General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, said the date is in line with what their constitution proposes.

“We have taken note of our constitutional requirement to choose our Flagbearer, 24 months before the next elections and the constitution not having been amended yet, we can safely calculate our timelines from 7th December 2020, so that will bring us back to 7th of December 2018 for a choice to be made on who leads our party into the next general elections.”

Source: Isaac kwame Owusu/Peacefmonline.com/isaackwameowusus@yahoo.com

Ken Agyapong Blames Ursula For StarTimes DTT Confusion

The Chairman of the Communications Committee of Parliament, Mr Ken Agyapong has blamed the Communications Minister, Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful for the confusion surrounding the StarTimes Digital Terrestrial Transmission (DTT) deal.

According to Mr Agyapong, the Minister has been cagey with information on the deal and thereby creating the confusion.

For instance, Mr Agyapong said: “we [committee] are left in the dark, …my members will say that I have a slip lip but all these problems happened because of the Minister, I’ll tell you.”

“You see, we’ve decided to call the Minister herself to come and brief us,” he said after in a media briefing on Thursday after the Committee on Communications meeting with the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) on the StarTimes DTT deal.

The Communications Commmittee of Parliament had met Thursday morning to listen to concerns raised by GIBA on the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) and the StarTimes deal.

StarTimes had started Ghana’s Digital Terrestrial Television programme but along the line, their contract was canceled because they failed to deliver.

The contract was later given to Ghanaian company K-NET to handle and K-Net has done more than 90 per cent of the job.

K-Net presently needs additional funding to complete the project which is in the first phase.

But the government intends to go back to StarTimes to complete it and GIBA has raised an issue with that.

Briefing the media after Thursday’s meeting, Mr Agyapong said the committee has decided that the appropriate approach is to rather invite the Minister for a briefing.

On the meeting the Ministry of Communications was having with GIBA Thursday afternoon, Mr Agyapong said members of the committee who wanted to attend that meeting were at liberty to do so, since the committee has been invited as stakeholders.

Source: Graphic.com

Reduce Fuel Prices – TUC

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is on the neck of government to cut certain levies contributing to rampant increase in fuel prices.

Fuel prices at the pumps have shot up to GHC5 per litre causing a lot of public uproar with the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) asserting government is being insensitive to Ghanaians.

In a statement, the umbrella body of labour unions in Ghana said the Akufo-Addo led administration must halt the price increment as promised in the NPP manifesto when it was in opposition.

“The TUC urges government to scrap some of the taxes on fuel prices to cushion Ghanaians. Also government must look into the various margins and their impact on fuel pricing. At current levels, fuel prices have reached an unsustainable peak for Ghanaian workers and their families. As workers, we can longer afford any further increase. Government must do everything it can to halt further increases,” the TUC said in a statement.

It added: “In its manifesto for election 2016, the NPP had promised Ghanaians a reduction in fuel prices. This was to be achieved through abolishing of some of the taxes in the petroleum price build-up and a competent management of the economy such that exchange rate losses will not translate into higher fuel prices.

“After more than 18 months in government, fuel prices have gone up by an average of more than 25 percent. Between January 2017 and now fuel prices have been adjusted upwards on 16 different occasions. This was not what Ghanaians were promised. In this same period, the minimum wage has gone by 20 per cent.

“The Base Pay on the Single Spine Salary Structure, from which most public sector workers are paid, has also increased by about 24 per cent. Given that fuel increases tend to have very noisy rippling effect on general price levels, the frequent upward adjustments as experienced in the last few months has considerably eroded incomes and worsened the plight of Ghanaian workers and their families.”

The TUC also criticized the Energy Minister Peter Amewu, who said the situation would have been worst if it was the NDC in power.

“It is important for government and its functionaries to understand that dealing with matters as important as fuel prices, we eschew conjectures. The reality is that the Mahama-led administration is no longer in power. [Akufo-Addo-led] administration is in power. And despite the interventions the Minster talked about, fuel prices are rising and Ghanaians are unhappy about it. We require leadership and solutions on how to bring down the prices and not sermon on what would have happened if Mahama-led administration were to be in office,” the statement signed by acting TUC General Secretary, Joshua Ansah, said.

Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM

If Times Are Hard, Cut Down Your Ministers – IMANI To Akufo-Addo

IMANI President Franklin Cudjoe has advised government to cut down the size of ministers following the President’s admission that times are hard in Ghana.

In a number of remedial measures, the outspoken leader of the think tank also called on the President to also ditch the idea of creating new regions since the cost will be too high to be carried by the country.

“Reduce the size of government in terms of personnel and ministries. We have too many ministers for a small country like Ghana.

“Control the perfidy and its collusive entrapment with financial plunder that has engulfed many public boards and their management.

“Obviously, flee from shady contracts like KelniGVG and StarTimes. Re-order all your promises and disown those we advised add nothing to the kitty- for instance the alarmingly dangerous and vault-robbing creation of new regions 5. Please reduce taxes on businesses,” the IMANI President told Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Tuesday.

The President in an address to the Ghanaian community at New York, USA, Monday made reference to the depreciation of the local currency, Cedi, and conceded that things are difficult in Ghana but his government is working to resolve the economic hardships.

“We have to approach the foreign exchange matter medium to long-term by expanding our supply base, that’s not a crisis…they’re difficulties the system would be able to accommodate…”

Meanwhile, the general secretary of the Ghana Medical Association Dr. Justice Yamson has urged President Akufo-Addo and his government to work to resolve the hardships Ghanaians are facing now.

According to him, claims by the President that government is working to improve conditions of Ghanaians in the long-run is untenable since all Presidents, since the 4th republic, have made similar claims.

“I cannot be grateful when I am paying more for fuel when I expect to pay less. They keep telling us to tighten our belt but until when?

“These days when we hear some of these things it becomes worrying, if he can give us times lines then yes, but for now we want things to get better, not later,” he said.

Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM

Fix Our Problems Now, Not Later – GMA To Akufo-Addo

The general secretary of the Ghana Medical Association Dr. Justice Yamson has urged President Akufo-Addo and his government to work to resolve the hardships Ghanaians are facing now.

According to him, claims by the President that government is working to improve conditions of Ghanaians in the long-run is untenable since all Presidents, since the 4th republic, have made similar claims.

The President in an address to the Ghanaian community at New York, USA, Monday made reference to the depreciation of the local currency, Cedi, and conceded that things are difficult in Ghana but his government is working to resolve the economic hardships.

“We have to approach the foreign exchange matter medium to long-term by expanding our supply base, that’s not a crisis…they’re difficulties the system would be able to accommodate…”

“It’s a difficult situation, but a difficult situation also requires some amount of fortitude and firm action and that’s what we are trying to do at home,” he said.

Speaking to Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Tuesday, the GMA general secretary said Ghanaians no longer believe politicians when they ask them to tighten their belt.

“I cannot be grateful when I am paying more for fuel when I expect to pay less. They keep telling us to tighten our belt but until when?

“These days when we hear some of these things it becomes worrying, if he can give us times lines then yes, but for now we want things to get better, not later,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is on the neck of government to cut certain levies contributing to rampant increase in fuel prices.

Fuel prices at the pumps have shot up to GHC5 per litre causing a lot of public uproar with the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) asserting government is being insensitive to Ghanaians.

In a statement, the umbrella body of labour unions in Ghana said the Akufo-Addo led administration must halt the price increment as promised in the NPP manifesto when it was in opposition.

“The TUC urges government to scrap some of the taxes on fuel prices to cushion Ghanaians. Also government must look into the various margins and their impact on fuel pricing. At current levels, fuel prices have reached an unsustainable peak for Ghanaian workers and their families. As workers, we can longer afford any further increase. Government must do everything it can to halt further increases,” the TUC said in a statement.

Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM