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A former deputy minister for the trade and industry, Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed, says President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has no intention to fight corruption as he pledged during the campaign period in 2016. The former NDC Member of Parliament for the Nantong constituency in the Northern Region, noted that the president has only perfected corruption under his watch instead of fighting it. He said, the president is not the one who started political corruption but he has perfected it. ‘’He has perfected political corruption. That is what the president has done,’’ he added. The former legislator who was addressing a gathering at an event dubbed ‘the true state of the nation’ which was organized by Coalition For Restoration said, former President Kufour, told Ghanaians that corruption started from Adam hence, Nana Addo cannot be entirely blamed for corruption. The seat of government he emphasized has become a haven for corruption where appointees of government are cleared of corrupt allegations leveled against them. He also slammed the president for promoting the current CID boss, ACOP Tiwa Addo-Dankwa, despite the recent brouhaha at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. According to him, the NPP government lacks moral accountability, transparency; honesty and any government with such negative traits peddle falsehood in order to steal from the finances of state. He said: ''The true state of Ghana is when people who were struggling to move from their homes...to look for jobs that are not available...The true state of Ghana is when people the electricity bills have quadrupled. The true state of Ghana is when people cannot not even afford three square meals. The true state of Ghana is when wake up without knowing where they can get the needed job.The true state of Ghana is when is when unfortunately, 53% of Ghanaians were deceived into giving their mandate to the most corrupt, the most incompetent, the most insensitive group of people to govern this country...That is the true state of Ghana.''
The National Democratic Congress' (NDC) former Member of Parliament for the Nantong constituency in the Northern Region, Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed has accused President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of sponsoring terrorism groups in the country. Delivering what the Coalition For Restoration (CFR), a pressure group associated with the NDC, described as ‘The True State of the Nation’ on governance and security, the former deputy trade minister under Mahama, wondered why we live in a country where terror groups are being sponsored by the current administration. Referring to the AU Convention and Prevention on Terrorism, (Article 131), Murtala Mohammed said, the Invisible Forces, Delta Force and all other forces associated with the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), are terrorists groups. He said, ‘’these groups were formed and aided and supported by no less a person than the current president of the republic of Ghana.’’ He added, ‘’as it stands today, these terror groups are being sponsored and financed by the Flagstaff House.’’ In his view, if these groups are not being sponsored by the president, they would not have the impunity to misbehave and dare the police to arrest members associated to them. He noted further that key figures within the party, have reiterated their inability to disband these groups, because they provide protection for the elephant family. ‘’The true state of Ghana is when police are shouting for protection. The true state of Ghana is when four police officers can be killed within a month…That is the true state of the security of Ghana,’’he posited. Murtala Mohammed also accused the president of meddling in the affairs of the police and preventing it from discharging its duties as by law establish. He admonished the president to desist from doing so and further chastised him for failing to touch on the demise of the police officers killed in line of duty when he delivered his state of the nation address recently. ‘’We have four police officers being killed in a month when we [citizens] should be sleeping peacefully, at a time when we should be very certain that, the security services and agencies are at our back; the police themselves are crying for protection. Now, if the police themselves are crying for protection, who will protect us [citizens]?
Government appreciates the sacrifices of the men and women in uniform, and will continue to provide the necessary logistics to enable them discharge their duty of ensuring law and order and protecting the nation’s borders, the President of the Republic, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured. According to the President, ongoing operations such as CALM LIFE, COW LEG and VANGUARD, designed to deal with the menace posed by land guards, destruction being wreaked on farms and farmers by nomadic cattle herders, and illegal mining popularly known as galamsey will also continue to receive special attention to ensure their success. President Akufo-Addo gave the assurance in a speech read on his behalf by the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia at the 2017 General Headquarters West African Soldiers Social Activities (WASSA) Celebration of the Ghana Armed Forces held at Burma Camp, Accra on Wednesday 21st February, 2018. “The Government and people of Ghana continue to applaud and cherish the sacrifices that the Ghana Armed Forces make to contain armed robbery and other violent crimes through joint patrols with the Ghana Police Service” the President stated. “Your continued efforts in keeping our borders safe; your response to natural disasters; protection of our maritime domain and air space to secure our strategic assets; the provision of health services to many Ghanaians in areas where you are deployed; your protection of the environment, particularly in safeguarding our river bodies against illegal mining operations under Operation VANGUARD; and your continued community assistance programmes that bring smiles to faces of the deprived in our society are all greatly appreciated,” President Akufo-Addo added. “We would continue to support these operations to ensure that their objectives are achieved. The hazards of the operations are well appreciated but I have faith in your professional competence.” The President continued: “In the later part of last year, upon the advice of the National Security Minister, Operation CALM LIFE was re-launched and charged with additional mandate to curb activities of violent land guards. “Following the re-launch, we provided Two Hundred (200) new Toyota Pickup vehicles for the operation. I wish to assure you that additional vehicles and other logistics required to ensure the success of the operations would be provided in due course to ensure that our cities, roads, streets and communities remain safe for citizens to go about their activities freely.” The President commended the ongoing efforts to deal with the unruly activities of nomadic herdsmen, particularly in the Agogo and Drobonso areas, where there have been reports of looting and other antisocial behavior, and served a warning to all nation wreckers that the law would catch up with them. “To those criminal groups, environmental degraders, and all whose activities pose security threat to our country, I wish to advise that opportunities exist in the economy for them to channel their energies into more productive and rewarding enterprises that will earn them a decent livelihood.” President Akufo-Addo expressed the nation’s condolences to the families of the men and women who have lost their lives while discharging their duty of protecting the State, and pledged the full might of the state in bringing the perpetrators to book. “I commend you for your patience in allowing due process of the law to take its course when the late Major Maxwell Mahama was murdered in May last year. “We are all aware that 14 accused persons are currently on trial. I want to reiterate here, that various state agencies including non-government agencies are seriously educating our populace on the need to stop ‘mob justice.’ “I also want to recall the recent murder of Sergeant George Boakye and to assure you all that our Police Service is investigating the matter in order to bring the culprits to book. “At this juncture, may I recall the unfortunate death of the two policemen who were recently killed while on Operation COWLEG in the Ashanti Region and the five soldiers who sustained various degrees of injuries when they were shot by nomadic herdsmen in Agogo in Asante Akyem North district of the Ashanti Region. “My deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and speedy recovery to the injured. Ghana is grateful for your sacrifices, and we will ensure that the law is applied to the fullest extent possible.” The 2017 General Headquarters (WASSA) Celebration of the Ghana Armed Forces was attended by past held at Burma Camp, Accra on Wednesday 21st February, 2018.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the introduction of a single currency in West Africa will, amongst others, help remove trade and monetary barriers, reduce transaction costs, boost economic activity, and raise the living standards of the peoples of the Region. Delivering the opening address at the 5th Meeting of the Presidential Task Force on the ECOWAS Single Currency, held in Accra, on Wednesday, 21st February, 2018, at the Accra International Conference Centre, President Akufo-Addo noted that it has been nearly twenty years since the idea for the establishment of a single currency for ECOWAS was proposed. “We have had challenges along the way towards the attainment of the convergence criteria required for the single currency to come into effect. We have also chalked some significant successes to this end. Nonetheless, we remain determined to have a single currency,” President Akufo-Addo said. To this end, the President urged ECOWAS Member States to renew their commitment to the ratification and implementation of the relevant ECOWAS Protocols, such as the Protocols on the Free Movement of Persons, Goods and Services, the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS), and the Common External Tariff (CET). Trade, he stressed, cannot thrive in an environment of insecurity, indicating that the efforts of West African leaders must also be directed towards maintaining regional peace and security, democracy and good governance, as well as the strengthening of the ties of co-operation that exist amongst countries in the Region. President Akufo-Addo commended the systematic efforts being made by the countries of the G5 du Sahel, and by the Buhari government in Nigeria, to degrade and diminish the capabilities of the jihadists and Boko Haram, terrorist groups who are threatening the security and peace of West Africa. West Africa’s quest for a single currency, the President stressed, is not intended to boost trading of goods produced in third party countries. “It is meant to encourage production of goods and services within the region. It is, thus, incumbent on us to strengthen the productive base of our economies, and to improve agricultural productivity and industrial production,” he said. The President continued, “With a population of some 350 million, which is expected to increase to 500 million in the next 20 years, and with a total GDP of some US$600 billion, there is a viable market ready to absorb the goods, which will be produced by our industries.” With the target date for the introduction of the ECOWAS single currency set for 2020, President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that the Ministerial Committee of the countries belonging to the Presidential Taskforce have reviewed the roadmap for the ECOWAS single currency, and have accelerated the processes for the creation of the single currency. President Akufo-Addo, thus, urged his colleague Presidents to examine the conclusions and recommendations of the Ministerial Meeting and emphasize the need to put in place measures to implement the revised roadmap to achieve the objective of starting the single currency programme in 2020. “It is for this reason that I entreat Your Excellencies of the Task Force, and the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, to give presidential assent to the implementation of the revised Roadmap that will be adopted in our meeting. We need to ensure that the ECOWAS Commission is provided with the needed resources through the set-up of the Special Fund for financing the activities of the revised roadmap,” the President said. He also called on other ECOWAS Governments to take all measures to ensure that the macroeconomic convergence criteria, a key prerequisite for the introduction of the single currency, is consistently met, as this will invariably require marrying the convergence targets with national macroeconomic targets. “It is my hope that, as we shape the future of ECOWAS, we are positioning West African enterprises to compete effectively in the global space. There are many amongst us, who cannot accept that it is only Asians who can engineer their transition from poverty to prosperity in a generation. We should be determined to emulate that in our generation in West Africa, and ensure that succeeding generations will be neither victims nor pawns of the world order,” President Akufo-Addo added.
President of the Cashew Farmer’s Association, Nana Boaponsem, has stated that the cashew crop generates 40 percent of total revenue from the agric sector. Speaking to Kwame Tutu, host of the Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5 fm today [Wednesday], he stated that, the cashew crop needs a lot of resources in order for it to be processed into a finished product. Therefore, it has become a crop only for the rich and has become a lucrative venture. However, he was very glad that the Nana Addo’s government, has rolled out a 10 year cashew development project, adding that it shows the commitment of the president towards cashew farming and job creation. Nana Boaponsem further indicated that, the cashew crop has numerous economic benefits which could help build the Ghanaian economy. Meanwhile, he revealed that even before Nana’s 10 year cashew development plan, the former president Kufour’s administration had introduced the cashew development project which saw the fumigation of about 10,000 acres of cashew farms by the Export Promotion Authority. He emphasized that, the cashew business is very lucrative and when properly managed, it would create employment for a lot of Ghanaians, noting that a clear example of a cashew success story was himself. The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 20th February, 2018, launched the 10-year Cahsew Development Plan, in Wenchi, in the Brong Ahafo Region, a plan aimed at diversifying Ghanaian agriculture. Recounting a commitment he made on 19th March, 2016, at Suma Ahenkro, in the Jaman North constituency, President Akufo-Addo bemoaned the over-reliance of Ghanaian agriculture on the production and export of cocoa, in contrast with the situation in neigbouring Cote d’Ivoire. He noted that Cote d’Ivoire has succeeded in diversifying its agriculture, which included the production and export of other cash crops, and, as a result, earned that country some $12 billion from the export of agricultural produce in 2015. “To that end, I reiterated my commitment to assist in diversifying Ghanaian agriculture, and transforming, amongst others, cashew into a major cash crop and foreign exchange earner for Ghana. This morning’s event, ladies and gentlemen, is the beginning of the realisation of this vision,” the President said. By: Adnan Osman (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari and his Ivorian counterpart Alhassane Ouattara, and the President of Niger, Issoufou Mahamadou, have arrived in Accra for the 5th Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) Presidential Task-force meeting on the attainment of a single currency by 2020. Governors of the Central Banks and foreign Ministers from ECOWAS are also attending the Task Force Meeting. Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will chair the Presidential Task-force meeting on a single currency for the West African sub-region in Ghana. The meeting will be held at the Accra International Conference Centre from the 21st of February. The Presidential Task-force meeting will be preceded by two meetings namely: The 6th Technical Meeting of the Presidential Task Force and the 2nd Ministerial Meeting of the Presidential Task Force.” Representatives of the Ministries of Finance and Economy of Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, Niger and Nigeria, Central Banks of ECOWAS Members State and the regional institutions involved in the ECOWAS Monetary Cooperation Programme (EMCP), namely the ECOWAS Commission, UEMOA Commission, West African Monetary Agency (WAMA), West African Monetary Institution (WAMI) BCEAO and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), will be in attendance for the Technical Meetings. The meeting will provide a platform to deliberate on issues related to the ECOWAS single currency Programme and review strategies to accelerate the single currency by 2020. The single Currency programme is in line with the vision of ECOWAS to transform the sub-region into an economic and monetary union. “ECOWAS was founded with the aim the transforming the sub-region into an economic and monetary union. This led to the adoption of the Community Authority of the ECOWAS Monetary Cooperation Programme (EMCP) in July 1987.” The last ECOWAS single Currency Programme was held in Niamey, Niger in October 2017.
Ranking member on the Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament, Mr. Inusah Fuseini, says Parliament is degenerating into a state of lawlessness and impunity. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said, the use of offensive, inappropriate and indecent language is gradually creeping into the House. He was reacting the use of ‘’rubbish’’ by the Majority Leader, Mr. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, after Dr. Dominic Ayine, raised a point of order before the approval of the nominee for the office of Special Prosecutor. The NDC MP asked Parliament to suspend the approval and debate of the nominee because it would be prejudicial to the case pending before the Supreme Court over the eligibility of the nominee. Rising on a point of Order, Bolgatanga East MP, Dominic Ayine drew the Speaker's attention to a suit challenging the eligibility of Mr. Amidu for the post. The deputy ranking member on parliament’s Constitutional and Legal Affairs committee, who filed the suit last week says, the 66-year old nominee is unqualified for the post. This is because he is past the statutory age limit for public service - 66 years. Quoting Standing Orders of parliament, he requested that the speaker rules on whether the house can debate an issue which is being heard by the courts. But Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, rebutted explaining that the NDC MP's intervention was premature. Mr. Fuseini said this seventh parliament is witnessing unprecedented indecency and it would be important for the House to discuss the issue. According to him, a few members of the House on Tuesday held an informal discussion on the matter because the issue ‘’is very serious…I have not seen this level of acrimony and this degree of indecency,’’ since I entered Parliament. ‘’This parliament is lopsided that, impunity is creeping into Parliament. And when that happens, disrespect will come in. The Majority is having their way and the Minority’s view is being rejected,’’ he noted. He added, the Speaker has failed to exercise impartiality and that has affected the business in the House. ‘’We have a Speaker who also has failed to exercise that impartial and firm control of Parliament. That is what is bringing the whole thing into play…In managing parliament, he should be as impartial as possible. I agree that, he is a member of the NPP but as Speaker, he should not be partial,’’ he said. He suggested for parliamentarians to be taking through proper training to prevent such unparliamentary language in the House.
The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) says it costs the body about GH¢5 million anytime examinations are cancelled. The Very Reverend Sam Nii Nmai Ollenu, Head of the National Office, who made this known at a seminar in Accra, said the Council did not benefit in any way from the cancellation of examinations and appealed to all stakeholders to help stamp out examination malpractices. He explained that whenever examinations were cancelled, WAEC had to find additional resources to conduct fresh examinations by bringing together examiners and obtain other logistics. He said it was prudent for people to be worried when candidates cheated, adding that examination malpractices affected national development and lowered educational standards. The seminar was held for 30 media practitioners in Accra to afford them the opportunity to get a deeper understanding of the mandate of WAEC. Bemoaning the levels of examination malpractices in the country, Rev Ollenu stressed the need to promote genuine academic attainment to propel national development. He said it was also necessary for stakeholders to protect the integrity of Ghana’s educational system and the credibility of certificates issued by the WAEC. Rev Ollenu said though his outfit continued to battle examination malpractices, Ghana would pick three Excellence Awards this year. He recounted that governments over the years have invested so much in education, noting that more than 35 per cent of Ghana’s Gross Domestic Product had been devoted to education. This year, he said, the Government would absorb the examination fees of all candidates from public schools who would write the Basic Education Certificate Examination. “It is imperative that we guard our resources so that they do not go to waste through examination malpractices,” he advised. Mr Carter Kofi Osafo, the Acting Head, Test Development Division, WAEC, who gave statistics of examination malpractices, stated that last year, 13,793 candidates were involved in examination malpractices. In 2016, and the previous year, 11,936 candidates and 12,746 candidates respectively, were involved in malpractices. Mr Osafo explained that examination malpractices involved seeking assistance, using exhibits such as smart phones and watches and using of handkerchiefs. In view of this, he said, WAEC had embarked on rigorous education through the print and electronic media to halt examination malpractices. The Council, he said, had also synchronised the times for starting all examinations in addition to using metal detectors to screen candidates. WAEC, Mr Osafo said, had also published the names of schools involved in the act as well as engaged the services of the National Security and private investigators to track and prosecute offenders. It had also expanded the use of CCTV cameras in examination centres. Mrs Wendy E. Addy-Lamptey, Head, National Exams Administration Department, said in 2015 WAEC introduced the use of the Item Differentia Profile Software to identify deviation and cheating. In her presentation, Mrs Addy-Lamptey said the Western Region topped in examination malpractices and the Brong Ahafo and Upper East Region took the second and third positions respectively. Source:GNA
The Students Representative Council (SRC) of the Ghana Law School have declared today [Wednesday] as ‘Red Day ‘. The declaration is protest against the results of the 2017 bar exams which saw a whopping 81% of students failing. The students have expressed their displeasure after only 91 of the over 500 students passed the May exams in 2017. All law students are expected to wear red as a sign of protest against the disappointing results. Of the 474 students who wrote the exams, a total of 206 are to repeat the entire course after failing the final bar exams. Another 177 students have been referred in one or two papers. The SRC is convinced the results could not have been the true reflection of the exams written by the students. The SRC is also demanding a reduction in the fee for the re-sit from GHc3,000-GHc500. “In line with the rules of natural justice that a man cannot be a judge in his own court, the IEB [Independent Examination Board], cannot be in charge of the remarking of the scripts concerned. We cannot trust that the IEB will be candid enough to expose their own flaws. We are therefore calling on the GLC [General Legal Council] to appoint credible independent and professional examiners to mark all failed scripts again,” SRC Secretary, Abena Asare-Boye, said in a communiqué. Meanwhile, the SRC is expected to hold a press conference at 1:00pm today at the main campus of the school.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 20th February, 2018, launched the 10-year Cahsew Development Plan, in Wenchi, in the Brong Ahafo Region, a plan aimed at diversifying Ghanaian agriculture. Recounting a commitment he made on 19th March, 2016, at Suma Ahenkro, in the Jaman North constituency, President Akufo-Addo bemoaned the over-reliance of Ghanaian agriculture on the production and export of cocoa, in contrast with the situation in neigbouring Cote d’Ivoire. He noted that Cote d’Ivoire has succeeded in diversifying its agriculture, which included the production and export of other cash crops, and, as a result, earned that country some $12 billion from the export of agricultural produce in 2015. “To that end, I reiterated my commitment to assist in diversifying Ghanaian agriculture, and transforming, amongst others, cashew into a major cash crop and foreign exchange earner for Ghana. This morning’s event, ladies and gentlemen, is the beginning of the realisation of this vision,” the President said. Highlighting the success of the first year of the Programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, which led to an increase in the production of staples, as well as the creation of thousands of jobs in the rural economy, President Akufo-Addo noted that this development has encouraged government to increase the scope of the programme. “The Programme is expanding its focus not only to the production of staples, but also to the development and production of some selected crops such as cashew, oil palm, rubber, shea, cotton and coffee, for good reason,” he said. The President noted that two out of the top five cashew producing and exporting countries can be found in West Africa, i.e. Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire, countries that have the same geography and topography as that of Ghana. Therefore, as part of the Plan to boost the production of cashew, the Rural Development Department of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, together with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, are spearheading the initial production of seedlings for the cultivation of cashew in the country. “Under the Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) project, all 216 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives have been given oversight responsibility for the production of not only cashew seedlings, but also for seedlings of oil palm, shea, cotton, rubber and coffee, for distribution to farmers from next year,” the President said. He continued, “The seedlings, once distributed, and planted by farmers, will ensure that more rural jobs will be created, in addition to an increase in yield. The potential for further job creation down the value chain through agro-processing is enormous.” Again, towards the improvement of the country’s current yield, the Ghana Export Promotion Authority commissioned a cashew mass spraying exercise, in Wenchi, involving the provision of GH¢1.6 million for the spraying of some 30,000 hectares of cashew plantation. This is expected to increase cashew production for this crop year by some 30%. These initiatives, the President added, form an integral part of the Cashew Development Plan, with the plan seeking to improve research methods, introduce appropriate production and processing technologies, as well as develop marketing strategies, amongst others, along the value chain. He, therefore, urged the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Ghana Export Promotion Authority also to incorporate, in this Plan, policies and interventions that will create additional businesses and job opportunities in the areas of storage, transport, and packaging of cashew, which will ensure that our cashew farmers earn higher incomes. President Akufo-Addo reiterated the commitment of his government to follow through fully on the implementation of this Plan, in addition to other programmes, to propel the growth of the cashew industry. “I urge the Ministries, Departments and Agencies, our Members of Parliament, farmers, and the private sector to do everything possible to support the Cashew Development Programme. This, together with the other programmes for other selected export crops, would drive industrialization in rural Ghana, diversify agricultural exports, and provide the needed jobs for the teeming masses of unemployed youth of this country,” President Akufo-Addo added.
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