The Minister of Information, Mustapha Hamid, has rubbished claims by traders and artisans who have been asked to vacate the Nima residence of President Akufo-Addo, that they have been treated unfairly.
The Minister in a statement said, consultations between the affected persons, Office of the President and National Security were held and compensation packages agreed upon.
‘’It is important to note that extensive consultations were undertaken between the Office of the President, National Security, and the traders and artisans, before the implementation of this decision. It is completely false that only a week’s notice was given to the traders and artisans to move from their current location. Indeed, the leadership of the artisans and traders requested for a six week grace-period from National Security, beginning from the last week of January 2018, to enable them move. Clearly, this request has been met,’’ the statement said.
The statement also revealed that the president who did not want the national purse to be burdened, agreed to finance the packages from his own pocket.
‘’In view of the security implications of the operations of the traders, and artisans, National Security proceeded to engage with them, and compensation packages of varied sums were agreed on. President Akufo-Addo has taken the view that the national purse should not be burdened on a matter such as this, and has gone on to pay these compensations from his personal resources,’’ the statement added.
He also added in the statement that, some artisans who were not part of the package wrote to the president and requested for compensation to which the president obliged.
Traders and shop owners around the private residence of President Nana Akufo-Addo have been given one week to pack out of the area.
The traders have been compensated with amounts ranging from GHc 3,000 to GHc 10,000.
Operatives from National Security visited the area on Friday and directed the traders to vacate the premises by March 15, 2018.
Some of the traders have described the compensation package as woefully inadequate and are demanding for more.
Read Below the full statement
Government’s attention has been drawn to news items on the media landscape, about the “eviction of traders” in front of the President’s House in Nima, and wish to state as follows:
1.Prior to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo becoming President of the Republic, there was a taxi rank, an artisanal shop and traders operating in front of his house. After being declared winner of the 2016 election, and before the President’s swearing-in on 7th January, 2017, the taxi drivers, on their own volition, moved their operations away from the President’s residence, realizing the implication of their operations for the security and safety of the President.
2.In view of the security implications of the operations of the traders, and artisans, National Security proceeded to engage with them, and compensation packages of varied sums were agreed on. President Akufo-Addo has taken the view that the national purse should not be burdened on a matter such as this, and has gone on to pay these compensations from his personal resources.
3.A group of artisans, describing themselves as “the Junior Masters”, who were not beneficiaries of the initial compensation, in a letter to President Akufo-Addo, dated 25th February, 2018, appealed to the President to be included in the compensation package, a request to which the President has accepted.
4.It is important to note that extensive consultations were undertaken between the Office of the President, National Security, and the traders and artisans, before the implementation of this decision. It is completely false that only a week’s notice was given to the traders and artisans to move from their current location. Indeed, the leadership of the artisans and traders requested for a six week grace-period from National Security, beginning from the last week of January 2018, to enable them move. Clearly, this request has been met.
5.The National Security is continuing with the engagement process, in order to ensure that their movement is done in a manner that accommodates their welfare as citizens of Ghana.
Mustapha Abdul-Hamid (PhD)
(Minister for Information and Presidential Spokesperson).
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, left Ghana on Thursday, 8th March, 2018, to attend the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Summit, being held in New Dehli, India, at the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron.
The Summit, which is being attended by 25 Heads of State and Government, will provide a dedicated platform for co-operation amongst solar resource rich countries, aimed at realising “the common goals of increasing the use of solar energy in meeting the energy needs of ISA member countries in a safe, convenient, affordable, equitable and sustainable manner.”
The Summit will also result in the signing of a “New Delhi Declaration”, which will prioritise solar energy and, thereby, ensuring “power for all”.
Whilst in India, President Akufo-Addo will also hold bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which is expected to deepen the existing, cordial relations between Ghana and India, and will also present the two countries with an opportunity to define new areas of co-operation that would serve their mutual interests.
The President will return to Ghana on Monday, 12th March, 2018, and in his absence, the Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, shall, in accordance with Article 60(8) of the Constitution, act in his stead.
Director of Communications
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, left Ghana on Sunday, 21st January, 2018, at 3:10pm, to attend the inauguration ceremony of the President-Elect of the Republic of Liberia, His Excellency George Weah, which is scheduled to take place on Monday, 22nd January, 2018, in Monrovia, Liberia.
He is accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway; the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta; Minister for National Security, Albert Kan Dapaah; and officials from the Presidency.
Given the absence from the jurisdiction of the Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Aaron Mike Oquaye, in accordance with Article 60(11) of the Constitution, will act in his stead.
President Akufo-Addo will return to Ghana on Tuesday, 23rd January, 2018.
……signed…… Eugene Arhin Director of Communications
An official notice from the presidency has confirmed that Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has been flown to the UK for medical examination.
The statement signed by the Chief of Staff Frema Opare said the Vice-President is on medical leave as advised by his doctors.
She said the Vice-President was joined by his wife for the UK trip.
Director of Communications at the presidency, Eugene Arhin had denied authoring a statement in that regard after the purported statement went viral on social media.
On Friday, Mr. Eugene Arhin announced that the second gentleman of the land was under medical observation.
The statement issued yesterday read: ‘’ The Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, in the early hours of Friday, 19th January, 2018, reported feeling unwell. He was attended to by his doctors, and is currently undergoing medical tests and observation. Any further information will be duly communicated.’’
The Director In charge of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, has vehemently denied authoring a statement to announce that, Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has been flown to the United Kingdom for medical observation.
He had authored a statement issued yesterday [Friday] to announce that, Dr. Bawumia was under medical observation after taking ill.
The statement read: ‘’ The Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, in the early hours of Friday, 19th January, 2018, reported feeling unwell. He was attended to by his doctors, and is currently undergoing medical tests and observation. Any further information will be duly communicated.’’
Meanwhile, a purported statement allegedly signed by Mr. Arhin, went viral on social media to claim that, the Vice President’s situation worsened and has been flown to the UK.
But Mr. Arhin denied the statement and described as a hoax.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, 18th January, 2017, received letters of credence from two envoys accredited to Ghana, from the Republics of Niger and Japan.
Presenting his credentials, the Ambassador-designate from Japan, Tsutomu Himenu, touted the existing, cordial relationship between Ghana and Japan, and praised the country’s role and status as a beacon peace, democracy and stability in the region.
Mr. Himenu, amongst others, referred to President Akufo-Addo’s speech at the recent United Nations General Assembly on UN reforms, and pledged Japan’s support for the cause, stressing that “it is time Africa holds her rightful place on the world stage.”
He also appealed for increased collaboration between the two countries, and reiterated Japan’s economic support for President Akufo-Addo’s vision of a “Ghana Beyond Aid”.
On his part, President Akufo-Addo expressed the gratitude of the Ghanaian people to Japan for the support given to Ghana over the years, through agencies like TICAD and JICA, and hoped that the new ambassador will follow in the footsteps of his predecessor.
Conveying regards from the President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, the Ambassador-designate, Alhousseni Ousmane, said Niger intends to foster closer collaboration and ties with Ghana, which will guarantee the progress and prosperity of the peoples.
The Vice President of the Republic, H.E. Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has left Accra for Vienna, Austria to participate in the World Bank Group’s Investment Competitiveness Forum, to be held from October 25-27, 2017.
A statement issued by the Bank indicated that Ghana has been selected to be a Founding Member of the Investment Reformers Network, which will be inaugurated at the Forum.
“For a long time, different international indicators have captured reforms undertaken by Governments to improve the ease of undertaking business by small and medium firms. However, those indicators do not capture the transformational Investment Policy and Promotion (IPP) reforms that can unlock FDI. Thus, key reforms impacting FDI and its spillover effects on the domestic economy may go unnoticed by the international investment community.
“The Investment Reformers Network aims at providing visibility to such transformational reforms with inputs from WBG (World Bank Group) support, and showcase their impact to the international business community.
“…Participation in the Investment Reformers Network is by invitation only, at a high political level and comprises a limited number of countries – about 15 worldwide selected for 2017, including the three “Star Reformers”, the statement, signed Anabel Gonzalez, Senior Director, Trade and Competiveness Global Practice of the World Bank Group, indicated.
In a related development, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia is billed to participate in the 7th Nordic-African Business Summit in Oslo, Norway, slated for October 26, 2017.
According to the organisers, the summit is designed to promote and create awareness of the many business opportunities on the African continent, as well as bridging the Norwegian/Nordic and African business communities.
It is being organised by the Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA) and Norfund, the Norwegian government’s investment fund for Africa – in partnership with the Financial Times (UK).
The Vice President returns to Accra on Friday October 27, 2017.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is attending the 51st Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Monrovia, Liberia, on June 4, 2017. President Akufo-Addo, who would be joining his counterparts at the regional meeting for the first time as Head of Government, would bolster Ghana’s commitment to the Community’s project, especially integration, the common currency and trade liberalization. As the leaders meet, high on their agenda would be the political, economic and security concerns besetting the sub-region, particularly the approaches to achieving the regional economic integration agenda and right-tracking West Africa’s development planning. They will consider the application for membership by Morocco, request by Tunisia for observer status, as well as the Association Agreement between Mauritania and the Community. The meeting would also consider series of reports, particularly that of the ECOWAS mid-year statutory meetings that that took place before the summit, including reports by the Ad-Hoc Ministerial Committee on Institutional Reforms and End of Tenure of Statutory Appointees; 78th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers; 38th Ordinary Meeting of the Mediation and Security Council and the 2017 Interim Report of ECOWAS. Also high on the agenda would be the election of a new Chair of the Authority to replace the Liberia’s Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, whose tenure as president ends this year. The meeting would decide on a date and venue for the 52nd summit. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Moroccan King Mohammed V1 are expected to attend the meeting. The meeting is the first to be hosted by Liberia since the inception of the ECOWAS 42 years ago. As at Saturday, June 3, 2017, some heads of state had arrived at the Farmington Hotel, near the Roberts International Airport, the venue of the meeting, for the climax of the Summit that commenced in June 1, 2017.
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Emmanuel Macron, 39 a former investment banker, won France’s presidential election on Sunday, defeating the nationalist Marine Le Pen.
He polled 66.1% representing 20,703,694 votes.
Ghana’s President, H.E Nana Akufo Addo in his congratulatory message said, ‘’I applaud the determination of M. Macron in his acceptance speech, to “fight the divisions that undermine France”, and effect the change the French people voted for.’’
The message added: ‘’It is my hope that M. Macron would continue in the stead of past leaders of the great French nation in strengthening the ties between France and Ghana, and the entire African continent.’’
Below is the full statement:
I join well-wishers all over the world in congratulating the newly elected President of the Republic of France, M. Emmanuel Macron, on his decisive victory in the presidential election run-off, held over the weekend.
I applaud the determination of M. Macron in his acceptance speech, to “fight the divisions that undermine France”, and effect the change the French people voted for.
I also congratulate outgoing French President, M. François Hollande, for his dedicated service to the French people. His efforts in helping to deepen the relations between France and Ghana, and the rest of Africa, are deeply appreciated and will not be forgotten.
It is my hope that M. Macron would continue in the stead of past leaders of the great French nation in strengthening the ties between France and Ghana, and the entire African continent.
President of the Republic of Ghana
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has revealed that close co-operation between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire will be facilitated by a new initiative dubbed “An Agreement For a Strategic Partnership”, that will be signed by the two countries.
This agreement, according to President Akufo-Addo, will bind Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire “in even closer intimacy and go beyond the bounds of the concept of the Permanent Joint Commission, which is the conventional tool for co-operation.”
The President, in welcoming the initiative, stated that this Agreement would “embrace all aspects of our national lives, and, if undertaken with sincerity and transparency, it should enhance considerably the chances of our two countries to attain progress and prosperity.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Friday, May 5, 2017, in response to the award to him of Cote d’Ivoire’s highest national award, La Grande Croix dans l’ordre National Ivorien (The Order of the Grand Ivorian Cross), at a State Dinner held in his honour by the President of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, His Excellency Alassane Ouattara.
Describing the relations between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire as being “of the highest priority, for reasons which are self-evident”, President Akufo-Addo noted one of the areas of focus of this Agreement will be in the cocoa industry.
“Together, we produce 65% of the world’s cocoa, and if we work together and coordinate our policies, we can protect our farmers and guarantee a better life for them,” he added.
Battered by the volatility of the international cocoa market, despite their position as largest suppliers of the commodity, the two countries have resolved to develop solutions which will ensure resilience to price volatility in the market, and, thereby, curb the fall in revenues derived from cocoa exports. It should be recalled that cocoa contributes to about 15% of Cote d’Ivoire’s GDP and 7% of Ghana’s.
“We are amongst the biggest economies in West Africa. We are also bonded by common history, by common ethnic ties, by common culture, and by geography. Our ties impose on us the necessity to work together, and to live as good neighbours, with each one being the brother’s keeper,” he stressed.
Touching on the litigation in Hamburg on the delimitation of our maritime boundaries, President Akufo-Addo assured that “whatever the result of that litigation, and, naturally, I hope it goes in favour of Ghana, I want to assure President Ouattara, his government and the Ivorian people of the determination of my government and I to work with you in a healthy manner of co-operation to deal with the consequences of the pending judgement.”
What is of paramount importance to the populations of the two countries, he, however, noted, is the peaceful exploitation of the maritime resources for their benefit.
With President Akufo-Addo reiterating, once again, his commitment towards the strengthening of ECOWAS, he noted that it is extremely important for the welfare of the 350 million people living in West Africa, that its leaders show strong political will to make ECOWAS an economic and political success, and to make the integration of the region real.
“I am fully committed, and I know President Alassane Ouattara is too. With West Africa’s population set to reach some 500 million people in 20 years time, there are immense opportunities to bring prosperity to our region with hardwork, enterprise and creativity. The time for West African integration is now. Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire should be at the forefront of the process that will convert ECOWAS into a true regional market,” he added.
In concluding, President Akufo-Addo thanked President Ouattara for his presence at his inauguration, as special guest of honour, at a time when there were disturbing events in Cote d’Ivoire, which, he indicated, could have provided an easy excuse for his absence.
“You decided nevertheless to come. The Ghanaian people and I will always treasure this show of brotherhood. You are, indeed, a great friend of Ghana, and dare I say it, of myself, too,” he said.
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