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President John Mahama has refuted claims by critics that he called for a new register for Togo during his tenure as chair for the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS). According to the President’ ‘’he never called for a new register in Togo, I never did, so if they want they should go for the records and verify for themselves, I never called for a new register in Togo, I never did period.’’ They keep on saying that when I was the ECOWAS chairman, I called for a new register, but I never did, that is a total lie, and I mean a fabricated lie, Mahama stressed. Addressing party supporters at the Koforidua Jackson Park in the Eastern region, President Mahama indicated, the opposition parties in Togo prior to their general elections raised concerns over the credibility of their voter register. I only held a meeting with the opposition parties, the ruling government and the electoral commission of Togo and suggested to them to call for an independent body to audit their voter’s register and they both agreed on my suggestion. So they invited an auditor in Togo La Francophonie to do the job, so those alleging that I called for a new register in Togo, should stop lying to Ghanaians because I never did, Mahama revealed. The president’s response is coming on the heels of an allegation made by the party’s flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo that he [President Mahama] at the time he was chair of ECOWAS suggested to Togo to compile a new register. Nana Addo is reported to have said: “The peaceful acceptance of the election results by stakeholders in Togo is indicative of how appropriate [President Mahama’s] intervention was. Clearly, what is good for Togo must be good for Ghana.” President reiterated his earlier statement for the Electoral Commission to be allowed to do its job without any undue interference, he said the Commission is an independent body and cannot or should not be influenced by any party.  
President John Dramani Mahama has mocked the recent ‘Rise and Build Tour’ by the Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo describing it as a waste of time and unnecessary. Addressing teaming supporters at the Koforidua Jackson Park in the Eastern region as part of his ‘Transforming and Changing Lives Campaign’, President Mahama said, the National Democratic Congress is already building and therefore there was nothing for the NPP led by their Presidential Candidate to build. Sometimes I hear some people claiming to be rising and building, what at all are they building? There is nothing to be built because we in the NDC have already done the job. President Mahama criticised the NPP for turning a blind eye to the massive achievements of the NDC because of their sheer political and ill motives. If the NPP pretends to be sleeping, nobody would wake them up, they should continue to sleep, by the time they are awake, they will be shocked and surprised at the turn of events, Mahama posited. We are already building and we will continue to build and build more , Mahama stressed.    
A nineteen-year (19) old orange seller Maame Esi is currently in the grips of the police at Dormeabra a farming community in the Dormaa central of the Brong Ahafo region for allegedly stabbing a friend during a quarrel.   Our regional correspondent Abubarkar Seidu, told Nyankonton Mu Nsem that the victim had a quarrel with her friend after she accused her of been a thief.   The two according to our reporter engaged in a heated argument which subsequently led Maame Esi  stabbing her friend.   The victim is currently in the hospital receiving treatment.   The police are currently investigation the matter to establish the truth.  
The Chief Imam for Ashanti Region has described the Vice-Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as a gift from God. Alhaji Abbdul Mumin Haroun believes that such a gift from God should be supported and protected by all well-meaning Ghanaians. The Chief Imam made these comments when the Vice Presidential Candidate joined other Muslims at the Kumasi Central Mosque for their Friday ‘Jummah’ Prayers. Addressing the over hundred worshipers gathered, Imam Abdul Mumin Haroun stated “he [Dr. Bawumia] is a politician and he is an economist too. If a nation’s finances and economy end up in a ditch, he goes there and he turns things around. I know of Zimbabwe, where they used to buy common items with wheel barrows of money; he went there and that is no more the case. So he’s not just anybody; he is God’s gift to us.” He admonished the worshipers to intercede for Dr. Bawumia so Allah grants him his blessings and protection. “Let us protect and take good care of him because he is God’s gift to this nation. If…we reject this gift from God, God will not bless us. So may God continue to help Mahamudu Bawumia and may he grant him his desires. May God bless Ghana and may God bless Kumasi,” he said. Alhaji Bawumia was in Kumasi on the invitation of the Regional Chief Imam and other Muslim clerics who wanted to welcome him and pray with him after his return from Hajj. On his part, the Vice-Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Bawumia was grateful to Allah for bringing him and other members of the Ghanaian delegation back home safely. “I thank Allah for bringing us safely from Hajj and for those who were not able to return alive, may Allah grant them Jannatul Firdaus.  May Allah reward all of you for this hospitality and may Allah continue to bless Ghana,” he prayed. Alhaji Bawumia was accompanied to Kumasi by Sheikh T.B. Damba, former 2nd Vice-Chairman of the NPP, Sheikh I.C. Quaye, former Greater Accra Regional Minister and Kamal-Deen Abdulai, NPP National Nasara Coordinator.  
The invasion of bees in Gyesewobre a village in the Amanfi District of the Western region has led to the death of Maame Yaa a four year old girl. This is the second time bees have invaded the village according to some residents who spoke to our regional correspondent, Amponsah Daniel. The residents could not understand why this is happening again, they have expressed shock at the death of the little girl. The chief priest of the area is reported to have said that, the incident was for a ritual purpose and therefore the village needs to be cleansed for the to prevent any such incident in the future. Parents of the girl are in a state of shock over the death of their daughter,                                                                                          
The President of the Republic of Ghana and Presidential candidate for the ruling NDC, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama is currently on a three-day tour in the Eastern region as part of his ‘Transforming and Changing Lives Campaign’. The president is on the tour to canvass for votes ahead of the upcoming November 7th presidential and parliamentary primaries. Currently, President Mahama is the only candidate contesting in the presidential primaries, he is expected to pull more than 50% of the total votes to confirm him as the party’s candidate for 2016. President Mahama on his previous tours, admonished party supporters to work hard, and unite towards 2016 because the NDC stand a better chance of winning the elections. He said the NDC is ‘’systematically fulfilling their manifesto promises,’’ and therefore come 2016 Ghanaians will give them another mandate. Party executives in the Eastern region have promised to give President Mahama a 100% ‘’YES’’ for his unprecedented achievements. The communications officer of the region, Alhaji Jamal Konneh said: ‘’the NDC is blessed to have a leader like President Mahama, who would lead the NDC to victory in 2016.’’
The Global Handwashing Day (GHD) is a campaign to motivate and mobilize millions around the world to wash their hands with soap and water. The campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of washing hands with soap and water as a key approach to disease prevention, this can help create a strong social norm of good opportunity to ask governments to fulfil this important role. As part of the celebration today, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and the Community Water and Sanitation Agency held a campaign in the Northern region to educate residents, school children and the entire community on the need to wash their hands with soap and water. On his part, the communication consultant for the environmental health and sanitation unit at the Ministry Of Local Government, Mr. Emmanuel Addai explained to Nyankonton Mu Nsem that handwashing with soap and water is key to disease prevention. According to him close to 19,000 Ghanaians die as a result of cholera, diarrhea because they don’t wash their hands with soap and water, and therefore the celebration was to remind Ghanaians on the importance of handwashing. He explained that there are some communities where access to running water is not readily available but a new technology had been adopted to make sure that residents get access to water to wash their hands through the use of a barometer bucket which according to him is very cheap and easily accessible. Mr. Addai reacting to the use of sanitisers, said that it is very expensive for especially those in the rural communities to afford, in his opinion those sanitisers and mixtures cannot guarantee a safe clean hands but rather he called for the use of a soap and water. The Global Handwashing Day is celebrated annually on the 15th of October across the world.
The Eastern regional branch of the New Patriotic Party has described the ’Transforming and Changing Lives Campaign’ to the region as ‘’A visit to receive a shameful’’ 100% endorsement from his party for his incompetence and non-performance. In a statement signed on behalf of the party in the region, the Eastern regional communications director of the NPP said the Eastern region would reject President Mahama come 2016. According to him the president and his government have done nothing in the Eastern region so ‘’we wonder what he will be telling his people as his achievements as far as developmental projects are concerned. The statement further stated” President Mahama and his government cannot even supply chalk and log  books to schools in the region how much more provision of good roads, schools, hospitals, decent accommodation for workers, regular supply of electricity and water to the people.’’ The party also accused the NDC government of collapsing all the social interventions instituted by former President Kuffuor and the NPP. The statement said ‘’all the social intervention programmes instituted by President Kuffuor and the NPP have collapsed or been left to collapse in the region. Capitation grants are not been paid to schools, NHIS is not working properly.’’ They also alleged that executives of the NDC in the region are embezzling the school feeding programme monies hence collapsing the project. The affordable housing project, metro mass transit system, national identification project and other key projects according to the NPP all in the dark because of poor management, incompetence and embezzlement on the part government has contributed to our current economic challenges.  The communications director accused the NDC of abandoning the Eastern region, he said the region is currently known to have the highest deplorable roads. He described as a ‘’blatant lie’’ for the NDC to claim that they are constructing the Suhum-Asamankese, Nsawam-Asamankeses because the resident have expressed their disappointment on the part of government for lying to Ghanaians over non-existing projects. The statement also  mentioned the Kade-Asoum road, Oda-Swredru Akyease road, Asamankese BaduaAkwatia road, Kwabeng Akrofoum –Abomosu road, Oda Ofoase road, Ofoase Abrim road, Nsawam Aburi road, Afram Plains Tiase-Maame Krobo road which he said are all in very deplorable state. The others are Adawso Asubone, Begoro-Ahomen, Asesewa –Dzamam, Tinkong-Amanfrom, roads are all in very deplorable state. ‘’The President and his NDC government have turned deaf ears to all these challenges in the region, we equally blame the Eastern regional executives of the NDC for not projecting and highlighting the development al challenges of the region to the President but rather seeking their own personal interest. This is very unfortunate and we are not surprised. President Mahama and his NDC government have neglected the people of Eastern region in their 7 years stay in power, every statement from them has been nothing order than propaganda and deceit. The people are wide awake and will not fall into NDC propaganda machinery’’. The party has assured Ghanaians and the Eastern region in particular of their commitment to the developmental needs of the people when they come into power. ‘’We want to assure the people the people the Eastern region of NPP’s commitment to their developmental needs and encourage them to be resolute in their quest to vote massively for Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo in 2016. We are solidly with the Chiefs and people of Eastern region in these difficult economic and development times and we believe things change under the Presidency of Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo in 2017,’’ the statement added.    
Residents in the Nkoranza North District of the Brong Ahafo region, has raised a red alert over the poor nature of their roads. According to them all their roads linking to the various villages, are very bad in a poor condition and due to that the people are dying especially pregnant women. The residents revealed that, about seven pregnant women have lost their lives because they could not access health care early due to the poor conditions of the roads. Speaking with residents, our regional correspondent Akwasi Donyina, and the situation is forcing residents to hit the streets any time soon if authorities fail to address their concerns. Some farmers who also spoke to our correspondent expressed their frustration they go through due to the poor nature of the roads, they explained that they are not able to convey their crops and foodstuffs to the market because there are no available vehicles to convey them. The farmers indicated that the situation has affected their sales and income because their foodstuffs and crops go waste if they are not able to convey them to the market.  
The Eastern regional Communications Director for the NDC, Alhaji Kammal Konneh has revealed that the Eastern regional branch of the party would give President Mahama a 100% endorsement to lead the party in the upcoming presidential elections for his unprecedented achievements in the region. He said ‘’the NDC is blessed to have a leader like President Mahama, who would lead the NDC to victory in 2016.’’ The Communication Officer revealed that President Mahama has been able to unite the front of the party right from the national to the branch levels. He said the Eastern region under the two and half years of President Mahama has witnessed unprecedented development and because of that they would vote a ‘’BIG YES’’ for him. Alhaji Konneh outlining the achievements of President Mahama said the facelifts in the road sector including the Asamankese road project which is under construction, the Nsawam to Adeiso road which is almost completed, Suhum and Asamankese township roads which are all under construction, is a clear indication of the good works of the Mahama led administration. He also expressed their happiness for  the construction of a new University in region in the history of the country since 1957. Alhaji Konneh stated further that the development within the educational sector is unbeatable and unprecedented, some the projects he outlined are the three storey dormitory for Begoro SHS, a community SHS at Kwahu Afram Plains North and South Districts and other projects which has eliminated schools under trees in the region. The Communications Officer said that it would be suicidal to change President Mahama as the candidate for the 2016 presidential elections, because he has been tried, tested and shown clearly that his government is committed to the transformation of the country. He said the NDC government has for the first time, begun the construction of a district hospital in the region at Abetifi, the Jejeti and other communities are benefiting from various facilities in the area of health, he added. Alhaji Konneh stressed that, President Mahama has also constructed some water projects within the region including the Kporne Water project which is distributing water to some areas including Kyebi where the presidential candidate, Nana Addo is coming from. He also congratulated the president for his enormous role in ensuring the peaceful co-existence among residents in the region considering the ethnic nature that the region is known for. He reiterated that the NDC is still confident of their agenda 50/50 campaign, the NDC developmental record in the region is unmatched and unprecedented, he added. President John Mahama is expected to have a two day tour of the Eastern region beginning  tomorrow, this forms part of his ‘Transforming and Changing Lives Campaign’ which is aimed at canvassing for votes ahead of the NDC primaries slated for the 7th November, 2015. President Mahama on his previous tours, admonished party supporters to work hard, unite towards 2016 because the NDC stand a better chance of winning 2016 general elections. The president believes that the NDC is on the right with their achievements so far because according to him the NDC is systematically fulfilling their manifesto promises. The NDC has also cleared President Mahama to start his campaign ahead of the NDC primaries, he is expected to pull more than 50% of the votes although he is contesting alone. The party would have to start the process all over again if President fail to pull the percentage required to allow him represent the party.            
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