How can $1million 1 constituency promise expire? – Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has expressed shock over what he says are claims by the Akufo-Addo government that the promised one million dollars per constituency allocation for 2017 expired with the 2017 budget.

Responding to a question posed by the Member of Parliament for Mion, Mohammed Abdul-Aziz, about when the government would release the cedi equivalent of the one million dollars to every constituency as promised, the Minister of Special Initiatives, Mavis Hawa Koomson, said the money technically expired with the budget in 2017 as the structure needed to implement the programme was not available.

But former President Mahama is wondering how a million dollars per constituency meant for development as promised by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the lead-up to the 2016 elections, could expire.

Mr Mahama, who is on a three-day campaign tour of the Upper East Region, expressed shock at the minister’s response when he addressed delegates of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at Zuarungu in the Bolgatanga East Constituency.

He asked: “Have you ever seen one million dollars expiring?” adding that: “I am aware that rice has expiry date, oil has expiry date and other commodities, but one million dollars has no expiry date”.

Mr Mahama pointed out that with two months left for the year to end, time is running out for that allocation to also expire.

He said Ghanaians have now seen through the lies and deceit of the NPP, noting that such deception could shake the faith of Ghanaians in the democratic system.

Mr Mahama also called for unity in the NDC following the elections of new executives at the constituency and regional levels, and promised to work hard to reduce the high cost of living in the country should he win the 2020 polls.

Source: classfmonline.com

Play Your Roles Effectively in the Fight Against Corruption – Hon. Bedzrah tells APNAC Members

Members of the Ghana Chapter of African Parliamentarians’ Network Against Corruption (APNAC) are at Aqua Safari, Ada for an orientation workshop on the network’s role in the fight against corruption.

The Chairman of APNAC – Ghana, Hon. Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah in his welcome address intimated that the workshop seeks to chart a new course to renew individual and collective efforts of its members towards confronting the worst enemy (corruption) in our development struggles.

Hon. Bedzrah pointed that the vision for creating prosperity and equal opportunity for all which are grounded on good governance, respect for democratic values and human rights, justice and the rule of law would remain unfulfilled dreams if corruption is left unconquered. He therefore urged his colleagues to take the fight against corruption serious and effectively play their roles in ensuring the menace is reduced to its lowest level.

Present at the workshop were Members of Parliament, the Auditor General, representatives from CHRAJ, Ghana Anti Corruption Coalition and EOCO, and the Executive Director of APNAC.

The program was sponsored by Star Ghana.

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Hon. Bedzrah Chides Government Over Economic Hardship

The people of Awudome and Avexa held separate durbars earlier today at Anyirawase and Avexa to mark this year’s Yam and Midezor festivals respectively.

At Avexa, the occasion was used to raise funds for a community mechanized boreholes water project. The Member of Parliament for Ho West Constituency who was a Special Guest praised the people for the numerous self-help projects they have embarked upon over the years. He promised to support them as he has always done to ensure the mechanization comes to fruition.

The people of Awudome on the hand used the celebration to raise funds for the rehabilitation and expansion of the Awudome Traditional Council offices. A prototype design of the proposed new office complex sponsored by Hon. Bedzrah was unveiled. He promised to work with the chiefs and people to ensure successful execution of the project.

Speaking at both programs, Hon. Bedzrah bemoaned the unprecedented level of economic hardship the people have to endure under president Nana Addo’s NPP government which has Dr. Bawumia as leader of its Economic Management Team.

According to the MP, it is difficult to understand, let alone accept the hardship most especially when Dr. Bawumia gave sweet economic lectures whiles in opposition and promised to turn the country’s economic fortunes around when the NPP is voted into power. Hon. Bedzrah held that, the country’s current economic indicators were not what Dr. Bawumia promised Ghanaians. He therefore charged the people to take advantage of the next opportunity to vote president Nana Addo and his government out of power, saying, the next NDC government will repair the damages and make life better for Ghanaians.

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Reality Exposing NPP Lies – Mahama

Former president John Mahama believes the hardship being experienced by Ghanaians is a clear manifestation that the New Patriotic Party lied their way to power.

A few days ago, President Akufo-Addo conceded in an interaction with Ghanaians in the US that times are really hard, assuring the economy will improve soon in the wake of fuel price increment among others.

“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…” the President said.

“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.

As he tours parts of the country to campaign in his bid to return to power, Mr. Mahama said the NPP has been exposed for deceiving Ghanaians.

On Thursday, he took to Twitter to mock the Akufo-Addo government:

Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM

Oti Region Referedum: Entire Region Must Vote – Asogli State

The Asogli State Council says the entire Volta Region must be allowed to vote in the referendum aimed at creating the Oti Region.

According to the Council, it finds the exclusion of the southern part of the region in the consultation process to create the region “worrisome” as the creation of the Oti Region will involve the alteration of the existing boundaries of the region.

“Therefore, the entire Volta Region must be allowed to take part in the referendum and it must not be limited to only the area earmarked for the Oti Region,” the Council stated at a press conference Tuesday.

According to it, “it will be unconstitutional, unfair and against natural justice to limit the referendum to a minority in the Region leaving out the voices of the majority of Voltarians.”

Below is the full statement

PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE REFERENDUM IN VOLTA REGION

ASOGLI STATE COUNCIL,

Ladies and gentlemen of the media, we have invited you here today to address the nation and the entire world on some issues regarding the creation of the Oti Region from the Volta Region.

We the chiefs and people of Asogli State, and our brothers and sisters from southern Volta, wish to state our position on some matters that we consider a threat to the cherished peace we have enjoyed over the years in the Volta Region.

As stated many times by the Agbogbomefia, the most important desire of our people is development, which cannot happen if there is no peace. Therefore, it is important that we all work towards strengthening our peace and our unity in order to facilitate the development that we crave for.

We are therefore troubled that this priceless commodity, called peace, is being undermined by the reckless way the creation of the proposed Oti region is being handled.

We recall calling on the commission of enquiry to extend its public hearings to other parts of the Volta Region, specifically the south, but the commission disregarded this call by Asogli State and proceeded snobbishly on their illegal agenda.

Ladies and gentlemen, as we speak, not even an excerpt from the final report of the commission is available to us. All we heard was that the commission had established significant demand and recommended a referendum to be conducted in the “Oti” enclave. Consequently, the Electoral Commission has commenced limited registration exercise in the recommended area living out other parts of the Volta Region.

Friends of the press, we find these developments worrisome and therefore wish to state our position unequivocally that the creation of the Oti region involves the alteration of the existing boundaries of the Volta Region. Therefore, the entire Volta Region must be allowed to take part in the referendum and it must not be limited to only the area earmarked for the Oti Region.

In our view, it will be unconstitutional, unfair and against natural justice to limit the referendum to a minority in the Region leaving out the voices of the majority of Voltarians.

Friends of the media, we cannot remain indifferent when an important matter such as this, which affects our very existence, is being handled in such lopsided manner. It constitutes an abuse of power.

As could be seen in the provisions of chapter 2 of the constitution, the framers of our law laid down clear democratic procedures for making the relevant decisions. “In their wisdom, they provided tough conditions in order to make the creation of regions, alteration of boundaries or merger of regions difficult, unlike what has been happening in the cases of new constituencies and new districts.”

The President, as required by the constitution, and acting in accordance with the advice of the Council of State, appointed a commission of inquiry, comprising people we thought were eminent and honest persons, to inquire into the demands for new regions and to make recommendations on all the factors involved.

The constitution provides that where the commission found that there is the need and a substantial demand for the creation of new regions, it shall recommend to the President that a referendum be held, specifying the issues to be determined by the referendum and the places where it should be held.

In performing its mandate, the constitution enjoined the commission to make a full, faithful and impartial inquiry into the matters specified in the instrument of appointment.

As we have said earlier, we have not seen a copy of the commission’s report, and we are not aware of its publication. However, reports suggested that the commission has recommended the creation of some new regions.

Friends of the media, for the avoidance of doubt, our constitution provides, among others, that there should be a referendum to approve: the creation of a new region; the alteration of the boundaries of a region, whether or not the alteration involves the creation of a new region.

This is in plain English, and we urge all Ghanaians to read Chapter 2 of the constitution.

It is obvious that the creation of new regions will result in the alteration of existing boundaries. Indeed, if one of the issues to be decided in such a referendum is the boundary of a new region, then it is difficult to see how voting could be limited to only people within an assumed boundary and not the entire region.

The concentration of the commission’s public hearings on the areas from which petitions came, betrayed the government’s decision, even before the commission commenced work, that voting would take place in those areas only. It makes the commission’s work a sham, intended to simply rubber-stamp the government’s conspiracy against the majority of the people of this region.

Under our constitution, a small group of people cannot decide on the partitioning of an entire region. It is shameless to quote the wrong examples – Eritrea, South Sudan, Trans Volta Togoland, etc. – to justify this illegality, totally disregarding our own constitution.

We believe that the framers of our constitution have done a good job. They have given us a clear roadmap for the creation of new regions and the alteration of boundaries of regions. We must not, as the Agbogbomefia has cautioned, bastardize it, but respect it in the interest of peace and unity.

We want to appeal to both those who are for and those who are against the creation of new regions, politicians of the ruling party as well as those outside it, and indeed all Ghanaians, to uphold the truth by adhering to the procedures specified by the constitution as regards to the alteration of the boundaries of existing regions.

We are aware of malpractices that are already going on in the limited voter registration taking place in the Oti enclave. It is a shame that this could be happening in today’s Ghana. Our politicians must, for once, learn to do away with old habits that have caused unnecessary conflict in our country.

For the avoidance of doubt, we want to underscore our determination to resist the illegal partitioning of our region based on the votes of a few. We owe this sacred duty to the people of our region, and indeed, to all the people of Ghana.

We also want to add that the Ewes have never sought domination over the other tribes in the region, even though we are in the majority. Volta’s population comprises: Ewes 73.8%, Akans 2.8%, Ga Dangme 1.5%, Guan 8.1%, Gruma 11.3%, others 2.5%. But out of the six regional ministers we have had since 20o1, three were non-Ewes from the northern part of the region: Hon. Kwasi Owusu-Yeboah, the late Hon. Henry Ford Kamel and Hon. Helen Ntoso.

In conclusion, we want to emphasize that we are not against the creation of new regions, following due process. But for the sake of peace and unity, we demand that those responsible for the creation of the new regions follow strictly, the roadmap specified by the constitution and allow all citizens of the region to vote in the referendum, instead of limiting it to only those from the Oti enclave.

Once again, we are determined to protect the sanctity of the law.

Thank you, and God Bless our Motherland.

Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM

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