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

We’re In Difficult Times; Akufo-Addo Concedes

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has admitted the economy of Ghana is going through some trying times.

He has, however, dismissed concerns that these difficulties amount to a crisis; assuring his audience that the government is on top of the situation.

Speaking to the Ghanaian Community in New York, USA, Mr Akufo-Addo attributed the difficulties in the system to the “dramatic increase in crude oil prices” and the strengthening of the US dollar.

President Akufo-Addo admits that has led to “a significant and rapid depreciation of the cedi” but was quick to add that the Bank of Ghana is fighting the depreciation.

“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.

He added that his government will work to find a cure to the situation and future ones.

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

Meanwhile, back in Ghana, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has lauded the achievements of the government so far.

Speaking at the fourth National Policy Summit at the University of Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale Monday, Dr Bawumia listed a number of feats [establishment of the Office of Special Prosecutor and restoration of trainee allowances etc.] he argued would be non-existent without the Akufo-Addo-led administration.

Source: Today

MPs begin 5-day emergency sitting today; Ameri, others to be considered

Parliament is expected to begin a five-day emergency sitting from today, Monday, September 24, 2018 to consider some pressing issues.

The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, recalled the House to enable them consider what he described as “urgent Parliamentary business.”

“In exercise of the power conferred on the Speaker by order 42 (3) of the Standing Orders of the Parliament of Ghana, I, Right Honourable Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye, Speaker of Parliament, do hereby direct that Parliament shall, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, be recalled from recess to sit from Monday, the 24th day of September 2018, at ten o’clock in the forenoon each day, at Parliament House, Accra, to consider among others, some urgent Parliamentary business,” a memo to the MPs and sighted by citinewsroom.com directed.
The new Ameri power agreement, the Minerals Development Fund Bill, consideration of the right to information bill and the referral of new appointees of the President to the appointments committee, and the likely confirmation of the President’s nominees for the Supreme Court bench are expected to dominate proceedings within the week.

Speaking to Citi News, Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, said he is hopeful they will clear all the outstanding pressing issues before the close of the week.

“The Minerals development bill was a component part of the 2018 budget…it is intended for us to have this meeting for Parliament to consider that bill and pass it if we so deem it fit. And then if we deem it fit to pass it, the president will append his signature before the presentation of the next budget,” he said.

On the controversial new Ameri deal, Mr Mensah-Bonsu said he is hopeful that all issues relating to the deal might have been resolved to enable them pass it before the end of the emergency sitting.

“If the necessary, closures have been done and Parliament has to consider it, it will be done. If there are still matters outstanding and we have to wait for a while, we would wait. But I would want to believe and hope that the necessary closures might have been done and then we would be able to bring the matter to a closure,” he added.

The parliamentarians have been on recess since July 27, 2018.

They deferred the new Ameri deal before going on recess following some controversies surrounding the agreement.

The Minority and some civil society organisations had raised concerns over the new agreement claiming it is not in the best interest of the country.

By: Godwin Akweiteh Allotey/citinewsroom.com/Ghana

Petrol tanker drivers to strike in protest against NPA

The Ghana National Petroleum Tanker Drivers Union (GNPTDU), has announced it will embark on a nationwide strike starting today [Monday], in protest of government’s inability to address some concerns with the loading and discharging manual for Bulk Vehicle Operators.

The union had previously complained about the failure of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) and the Energy Ministry to implement the loading and discharging manual for Bulk Vehicle Operators.

The union backed down from strike threats in May, after the NPA promised some dialogue.
But in an interview with Citi News, the National Chairman of the Union, George Yaunu, said that no meeting with the NPA.

“What the NPA is supposed to give them [the dealers] has not been given to them to pay us. We can say clearly that the NPA is not fair to us the drivers. The government has approved. It is there. But some people are sitting on it. That is why we said no, enough is enough. We cannot be under a slave trade anymore.”

Mr. Yaunu, however stressed that this strike was not being done to attack the government.

“We are not sabotaging the government; not at all. The government has given a directive to somebody to make sure they treat us fairly. So the government has played its part but the person who is representing the government to do the right things is not doing the right thing.”

The new manual, which is a guideline for professional standards in the transportation of petroleum product, is in accordance with international best practices to eliminate the potential dangers associated with petroleum products.

The drivers say the failure to enforce this is making fuel purchasing companies employ unknown mechanisms to trade.

They fear the current state of affairs may cripple their business.

By: Naa Shika Caesar & Delali Adogla-Bessa/citinewsroom.com/Ghana

Ho West NDC Youth Wing Shakes Kpedze, other Zones to Follow Soon


It was a health walk. It started from Akome Agate and ended at Kpedze Awlime Durbar ground.

From the three Akome towns, enthusiastic young men and women joined the walk as it progressed. The crowd grew bigger and the cheer louder as the walk got to Kpedze.

Regional and constituency executives took turn to address the gathering and encouraged them to work hard to ensure the party returns to power come 2020.

Hon. Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, MP for the constituency who sponsored the walk with GHc3,000.00 thanked the people for their show of interest in activities of the party. He urged them to remain committed to the party’s course and contribute effectively towards its victory during the 2020 general elections.

Similar walk is billed to be held at Abutia, Avatime and Awudome areas of the constituency before the end of December this year.

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