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Dr. Daniel Mckorley, Chief Executive officer (CEO) of McDan Shipping Company, has won the ‘CEO of the Year Award’. This was at the second edition of the Ghana Shippers Awards, jointly organize by Globe Productions, the Transport Ministry, the Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) and Graphic Communications Group, in Accra. Mr. McDonald Vasnanie, CEO of Conship, was adjudged the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ with the ‘Promising Entrepreneur’ award going to Isaac Amoako-Mensah. Mrs. Della Russel Ocloo, a journalist with the Graphic Communications Group took the prize for the ‘Reporter of the Year’. Over 40 shipping companies including Consolidated Shipping Agencies Limited, Sea and Shore services Ghana Limited, Transglobal Logistics Limited, Benmarine Services Limited and Swissport Ghana Limited received prizes. Mr. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Minister of Transport, applauded the initiative to recognize excellence in the shipping industry. The awards would serve as motivation to everybody – to up their game and improve the quality of client service. He underlined the government’s unswerving determination to create the right conditions and support local and private enterprises to succeed. This was vital to its drive towards job and wealth creation to put the nation beyond aid. Mr. Asiamah said the paperless system at the ports was meant to bring about efficiency and facilitate business operations at the ports. He encouraged the companies to continue to stick with best practices to expand and lead the nation’s socio-economic growth. Ms. Benonita Bismarck, the CEO of GSA, said the award was to recognize individuals and companies that played significant roles in the growth and development of the industry. It was also to acknowledge the key functions within the industry which promoted growth and sustainability. She announced that there was an 18 percent increase in demurrage payment in the first quarter of the year. That came to US$15.4 million dollars. Source: The New Crusading Guide

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A family of four comprising of a policeman and his wife who was in labour, his eight year old daughter and his brother-in-law have lost their lives in car accident in the Central Business District of Accra. According to George Kwasi Takyi a student of Studio 502 Media School, the wife who was in labour had to give birth on the taxi on which they were travelling for the hospital. Takyi narrated just after the birth, a sprinter Benz bus hit the taxi from the reer leading to the death of the four with the driver in critical condition. The new born baby is alive and has since been under care in the hospital. The sprinter driver is currently in police custody.  
The Electoral Commission (EC), has affirmed founder, and leader of the Progressive People's Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom as the presidential candidate of the party at the third National Delegates Congress at the Trade Fair Centre, here in Accra. Affirming Dr. Nduom, the Greater Accra Regional Electoral Officer, Kwame Amoah said “at the end of the nomination processes, it is only Dr. Nduom who fulfilled the requirements. It is my duty then to affirm Dr. Nduom as the Flagbearer.”  The party took a decision to present Dr. Nduom as candidate in May this year. Dr. Pa Kwesi Nduom is a businessman and a politician. He’s the founder of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP). A former Member of Parliament, he also held two ministerial portfolios (Energy and Public Sector Reform) under the Kufuor administration. Bid for President In December 2007, Nduom was nominated by the Convention People’s Party (CPP) to contest the December 2008 presidential election. Nduom lost the elections by a margin of 2.6% of the valid votes cast. In January 2012, Paa Kwesi Nduom formed his own party (Progressive People’s Party) to contest the 2012 elections. PPP wants the opportunity to implement an Agenda for Change when our candidate is made President of the Republic of Ghana. This Agenda is built on four pillars - Stewardship, Education, Healthcare and Jobs. We will implement the Agenda using the spirit of inclusiveness that will enable us to use the best Ghanaians; full participation of women and the youth; and above all a leadership that is incorruptible. By dealing with corruption, we can double government revenue which we will use to pay for our transformational initiatives in education, healthcare and job creation.  
The Electoral Commission (EC), has rubbished claims by pro opposition pressure group, Alliance for Accountable Governance (LMVCA) that the list of 56, 772 names of NHIS registrants deleted as ordered by the Supreme Court was cooked. The Commission, on Thursday published the list of deleted names as ordered by the Court but the group believes the Commission has submitted a wrong list. Convenor of LMVCA, David Asante alleged that the EC conjured the names. According to him, the EC has maintained a deceptive posture.  ''The 56,000 names were cooked by the Electoral Commission. They never existed on the electoral register. No wonder some of them are car numbers, telephone numbers and even house numbers. That is how bad the situation is, ” he said. However, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Commission, Mr. Eric Kofi Dzakpasu said, they (EC) have exhausted all their procedures and have come out with the list of names already deleted from the register as ordered by the apex court. He said, claims by some critics including the LMVCA that there are existing names yet to be deleted by the EC is false, because the EC is in control of the data and if anyone has evidence to prove otherwise, then the appropriate place to come to is the Commission. He urged persons who feel they registered with the NHIS cards but do have their names in the list published; as well as those who got their names deleted although they did not register with NHIS card should come prove so the EC rectify's the problem. If you know people who registered with the NHIS cards but have not been captured by us, bring it forward Mr. Dzakpasu underscored. The EC will from Monday July 18 to July 28 re-register persons who have their names deleted from the electoral roll. Persons who are to re-register will be required to prove their prove of eligibility.
The Progressive People's Party (PPP) will today affirm founder and leader of the party, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom as presidential candidate at the third National Delegates Congress. Speakers at the convention include the party’s national women’s coordinator, the national youth coordinator, national secretary, national treasurer and the national chairman. Invited political parties and civil society organisations will make solidarity statements. The party's manifesto will also be launched at the congress. Some 5,000 delegates are expected to attend the congress underway at the Accra Trade Fair Centre. The congress will also afford the party the opportunity to outdoor their parliamentary candidates. Dr. Nduom will deliver the keynote address after he is affirmed as candidate by the party. He is expected to touch on his vision and policy that intends to address the challenges confronting the state. The PPPs agenda is to cause constitutional changes including changing the governance system by decentralizing our governance system by allowing Ghanaians to elect their own District Chief Executives (DCE), detach the Ministry of Justice from the Attorney General to help fight corrupt. The formation of the PPP followed a declaration made on 28th December 2011 by Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom for progressive and independent-minded people to rise and cause to be formed an alternative political movement to compete for political power for a major transformation of the Ghanaian society. The party received its provisional certificate on Friday 3rd February 2012. The PPP convened its first National Convention on 25th February 2012 at the Accra Sports Stadium. The final certificate was received on Thursday 15th March, 2012 from the Electoral Commission of Ghana. The national head office building is located at Asylum Down, Accra. The PPPs agenda is built on four pillars - Stewardship, Education, Healthcareand Jobs. We will implement the Agenda using the spirit of inclusiveness that will enable us to usethe best Ghanaians; full participation of women and the youth; and above all a leadership that isincorruptible. By dealing with corruption, we can double government revenue which we will useto pay for our transformational initiatives in education, healthcare and job creation.  
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denounced a coup attempt as an "act of treason" and insisted his government remains in charge. A faction of the armed forces is accused of trying to seize power, after a night of gunfire and explosions in Ankara, Istanbul and elsewhere. Acting military chief of staff Gen Umit Dundar said 104 coup plotters had been killed and 1,563 arrested. He said 90 others had died and 1,154 were injured in the night of violence. Although the chief of staff had been rescued, several military commanders were still being held hostage, he warned. Events began on Friday evening when tanks took up positions on two bridges over the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul, blocking it to traffic. Troops were seen on the streets and low-flying military jets were filmed over Ankara. Shortly after, a faction of the army released a statement saying that a "peace council" was running the country, and there would be a curfew and martial law. The group said it had launched the coup "to ensure and restore constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms". It said that the democratic and secular rule of law had been eroded by the current government, and there would be a new constitution. President Erdogan was in the south-west holiday resort of Marmaris at the time. He made a televised address, via his mobile phone, urging people to take to the streets to oppose the uprising. He then flew on to Istanbul, saying Marmaris had been bombed after he left. In a speech at Istanbul airport, Mr Erdogan said: "What is being perpetrated is a treason and a rebellion. They will pay a heavy price." Outbreaks of violence The Turkish parliament and presidential buildings in Ankara were attacked. At least one bomb hit the parliament complex. MPs were believed to be hiding in shelters. Gunfire was also heard outside Istanbul police headquarters and tanks were said to be stationed outside Istanbul airport. Broadcaster CNN Turk was reportedly taken over by soldiers, and its live broadcast was cut. Mike Badley, on holiday in Marmaris, said he was woken by "a very large explosion, followed by, it seemed like one or two helicopters flying above our heads... with machine gun fire". In the morning, he saw armed men in military fatigues walking around the hotel, but no further violence. The army's top general and military chief of staff, Hulusi Akar, was reportedly taken hostage by the coup-plotters, and then released. Many people heeded Mr Erdogan's call and took to the streets to confront the coup-plotters. There were reports of fierce clashes in Taksim Square in the centre of Istanbul, and gunfire and explosions were heard near the square. One of the helicopters being flown by rebels was shot down by government troops in Ankara. What is happening now? The situation is still confused, but Gen Dundar said the coup attempt "has been foiled". He said 47 civilians, 41 police officers and two soldiers had been killed in the violence, and many commanders were taken to "unknown locations". Around 200 unarmed soldiers have left Turkey's military headquarters in the capital Ankara and surrendered to police, the state-run Anadolu news agency says. Earlier, dramatic images showed dozens of soldiers walking away from their tanks with their hands up on one of Istanbul's Bosphorus bridges, after they had closed it off to traffic all night. It is not yet known who was behind the coup. Turkey said it was a "clique within the armed forces" who carried out the attempt. President Erdogan blamed a "parallel structure" for the coup attempt, a clear reference to Fethullah Gulen, a US-based Muslim cleric he accuses of fomenting unrest. Fethullah Gulen: Powerful but reclusive Turkish cleric However, in a statement, Mr Gulen rejected any suggestion he had links to the events. "I condemn, in the strongest terms, the attempted military coup in Turkey," he said. World reaction In Washington, US President Barack Obama urged all parties in Turkey to support the "democratically elected government". Nato, of which Turkey is a member, called for "full respect" for Turkey's democratic institutions. European Council President Donald Tusk said the country was "a key partner for the European Union" and called for a "swift return to Turkey's constitutional order". Iran said events in Turkey prove "that a coup d'etat has no place and is doomed to fail in our region". Source: BBC
Wife of presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mrs. Rebecca Akufo Addo has appealed to Ghanaians to have confidence in her husband and vote for him massively this election year. According to him, his husband, is competent and that is the kind of leader Ghana deserves to manage the economy well to the benefit of Ghanaians. Women she said are going to benefit from soft loans to enable them set up businesses to help alleviate poverty in the country. Mrs. Akufo Addo opined that, the National Health Insurance (NHIS) has collapsed under the incompetent Mahama led administration, while graduate unemployment is increasing each and every day. She said the economy is now crippling and the only man that can help it recover, is Nana Akufo Addo. She disclosed this to  some widows and women  in Nugua Krowor the constituency as part of a campaign tour. According to her, "The NPP will support you and the industry because it is  an important sector to Ghana's economic and socio-cultural development." Mrs  Akufo-Addo was accompanied on her rounds by the Member of Parliament (MP), Afoley Quaye .
A Nigerian journalist is calling on former President Jerry John John Rawlings to return the $2 million he received from former Nigerian President, Sani Abacha after he [Rawlings] admitted of receiving the money. The journalist in an article Louis Odion, in an article called on the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to explore diplomatic means of ensuring Mr. Rawlings is made to refund the $2 million he received from from former Nigerian President, Sani Abacha in 1998.  Former President Rawlings in a interview with a Nigerian based paper, Guardian admitted that he received $2 million and not $5 million as speculated at the time the news broke. The ruling government at the time rubbished the claims after the story broke. The confession of President Rawlings has generated mix reaction from some Ghanaians including presidential candidate of the GCPP, Dr. Henry Lartey who has called on the security agenciess to prosecute the former leader. Below is the full article from the journalists Find below Mr. Odion’s full article.    Rawlings and Abacha’s blood money by Louis Odion Like a witch undergoing the last purgation at death’s door, J J Rawlings’ tongue dramatically came unhinged last week in a fit of abominable rant, thereby diminishing whatever remained of his moral capital as possible hero of post-colonial Africa. He granted an exclusive interview to The Guardian published last Sunday. But by dabbling in the Nigerian affair in a manner that exposes shallow understanding of the nation’s history and greed for dollars, the man once fondly called “Junior Jesus” only succeeded in giving himself away as perhaps the ultimate political Judas. In retrospect, regardless of his canonization in the 80s and 90s in some quarters, there remains some murky aspects of Rawlings’ twenty-year reign in Ghana that the tide of history simply cannot sweep out of human memory. True, his political career – first as military lawgiver and later an elected president – was remarkable in populism. But besides that also is the tale of mass murder and impunity. Hundreds of opposition figures including outspoken journalists and independent-minded Supreme Court judges were assassinated or disappeared. Sadly, their unresolved cases are now more or less classified as part of Ghana’s political folklore. What all of this then fed in turn over the years was Rawlings’ sense of impunity. The underlying narcissist complex was very much on display in The Guardian interview under reference where he tried, though in futility, to rehabilitate the tainted memory of his benefactor and Nigerian dictator, Sani Abacha, whom he presented in flattering terms as “one hell of a nationalist and very patriotic” who “saved the country”. But when Rawlings chooses to speak so loftily of otherwise discredited Abacha, ascribing to him more or less the toga of a messiah, even after it had become public knowledge that he once received a $2m ($5m?) bribe from the Nigerian despot, the joke is actually on the former Ghanaian president. At the last count, what Abacha stole and stashed away in foreign vaults was conservatively put at $5b. Now, all that the three former heads of state of Ghana were accused of  embezzling and for which they were in 1979 summarily “sprayed like mosquitoes”, to borrow Rawlings’ own euphemism, is not up to five percent of Abacha’s loot. The eight top military officers Rawlings had executed in the great purge of 1979 without fair trial included Rear Admiral Amedume and General Roger Felli whose only crime was leveraging their official status to take bank loan! But the great Rawlings who often boiled in rage with blood-shot eyes at the mention of corruption while in power suddenly began to act funny few years ago when one of his political disciples, Tsikata Tsikata, was jailed by a succeeding administration over impropriety reportedly costing Ghanaian taxpayers a fortune. In a fit of anger, he sent invitations to journalists to a world press conference to lambast the executive and the judiciary for their temerity. Only for the session to be called off suddenly before the scheduled take-off. The story is told that Rawlings was tipped off that some of the journalists came armed with a mischievous question: whether he ever heard of the old story of eight officers killed in 1979 over alleged corruption. Of course, in a way, the leaking in 1998 of Abacha’s multi-million dollar bribe to Rawlings had confirmed the misuse and abuse of the nation’s resources in the deluded pursuit of influence or favour. By Rawlings’ confession, the donation unsolicited. All he saw was a car pulling up and someone attempting to drag out a suitcase laden with dollars, right there in the open in Accra. Out of public decency, he reportedly waved the guy to hold it. He saved his next word till they had walked to a discreet corner. When he finally confronted Abacha’s emissary who he identified in The Guardian interview as Ismaila Gwarzo (then National Security Adviser) and described as “noble, quiet-looking, respectable-looking”, Rawlings claimed he was told the largesse was from Abacha. (With another NSA currently embroiled in the scandal of sharing $15b arms funds, we now know the seeds of infamy were sown in that office long ago.) Now, listen to the sleazy words addressed to Gwarzo by the sitting president of a whole nation after apparently losing self-inhibition at the sight of mint-fresh dollars, sounding more like the would-be receiver of a stolen valuable weighing the risk: “I hear you people don’t provide assistance without the world hearing it with a twist.” Then, he added: “Don’t think that when you bring this, whatever it is, that would shut me up from criticizing if I think you are wrong, or if I disagree”. To this “conditionality”, Rawlings quoted Gwarzo as retorting: “Sir, we need you more than you need us.” Well, the visiting NSA could not be more forthright. Abacha’s dollars was to buy the conscience of Rawlings and other African leaders as tyranny deepened in Nigeria. Against that backdrop, it then becomes easier now to situate the conspiracy of silence among the nation’s neighbours in the west coast and indeed across the African continent while sheer terror was being unleashed on the opposition in those dark days. Three kinds of fate awaited dissents then: grave, gulag or exile. Ostracized by the civilized countries over the June 12 crisis, the diminutive tyrant holed up in Abuja now sought to, in Wole Soyinka’s words, bring Nigeria down to his level. Under Abacha, Nigeria resorted to the company of fellow political reprobates. Abuja simply became the preferred destination of other dictators on the continent as well as political scoundrels and scavengers looking for what to eat under the guise “solidarity visits”. As the Rawlings’ testimony has revealed, there was an unending flow of suitcases of dollars as an honorarium. Only a few like Nelson Mandela refused to be bought into turning a blind eye to the unspeakable evil unfolding in Nigeria then. Initially, Mandela’s attitude to Abuja was that of critical solidarity against western “meddlesomeness”, naively assuming a uniquely African solution could be found. By the time playwright Ken Saro-Wiwa, alongside eight others, was hanged after a sham trial on November 10, 1995, the South African hero finally realized he was dealing with a demon. Henceforth, he related to Abacha in that light. But the spell of dollars and the prospects of more briefcases would seem too overwhelming for the likes of Rawlings then to stand straight and speak in clear and unmistakable terms against the atrocities in Nigeria. And the free dollars from Nigeria would probably have gone unacknowledged publicly had Abacha not ended the way he did. When Gwarzo was held to account for the billions that had passed his hands under the guise of securing “national security”, he listed, among others, that Rawlings, yes the same revolutionarily incorruptible JJ, had quietly benefitted to the tune of $5m. Of course, the man so implicated was doubly discomfited. On top of the shame of being exposed would seem deep anger at being swindled. As Rawlings insisted in the interview, the amount counted in the briefcase Gwarzo handed him was actually $2m, not the $5m documented in Abuja. But Rawlings’ thunderous denunciation of corruption today would have made more sense had he taken a step further to furnish us with the details of how the $2m received was utilized for Ghana’s direct benefit to demonstrate the transparency he is ever quick to evangelize about. For instance, after Abacha’s courier departed, was the entire cash declared or partly to Ghana’s exchequer? How was it recorded: “unsolicited foreign aid”? “Stomach infrastructure” from Nigeria or – to ensure some confidentiality – simply a kind neighbour? These were the simple – yet critical – details the self-assigned anti-corruption warrior of Ghana conveniently chose to deny us. Perhaps, the dollars Rawlings collected could still have been justified as a fair price for his silence had the verbal diarrhea that permeated the entire interview not also led him into making a more colossal gaffe on MKO. Who, other than a psychopath with warped values, could have spoken so callously of the memory of MKO in the manner Rawlings did? Hear him again: “Some may not want to hear it. But the departure of that gentleman called (MKO) Abiola, the one who passed away, saved Nigeria from a probable explosion.” There are a few inferences to be made from the foregoing statement. An endorsement of the popularly held – though clinically unproven – notion that Abiola was willfully “murdered” via a cup of poisoned tea with a view to forcing a closure to the June 12 conundrum. Well, shedding the blood of the innocent may not mean much to a depraved dictator like Rawlings whose hands are still wet till date with the blood of three of his predecessors summarily executed in 1979. But rejoicing at MKO’s “departure” as the former Ghanaian leader did is to misread the historical portents of June 12, the cause of which he was unwilling to compromise. It was adjudged the fairest and freest poll in Nigeria’s electoral history at the time. Besides, in one single day, the nation’s age-old fault lines of religion and ethnicity were miraculously healed. MKO, a southerner, defeated his challenger, Othman Tofa, in his native Kano in the north. The Muslim-Muslim ticket also broke the sectarian barrier by winning massively in predominantly Christian South-South and of South-East. These historic gains were sadly allowed to waste by treacherous Ibrahim Babangida and his perfidious apologists. Indeed, those unconscionable acts of yesterday partly explain the monumental mess Nigeria finds herself today. By the way, one hopes President Buhari would not succumb to the emotional blackmail in Rawlings’ effusive praise of him in that interview. Perhaps, it is time to renew the bid initiated in 1998. Upon discovery of the nocturnal payment that year, then head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, had politely asked Rawlings to refund. A request he never dignified with even a reply. Now, with the receiver openly admitting collecting $2m from Abacha, it would not be out of place to ask EFCC to explore diplomatic means to ensure Rawlings made a refund in the spirit of the chastity the man himself speaks so passionately about today. 
Barely 24 hours after the Electoral Commission released the names of voters deleted from its register for using National Health Insurance Scheme cards for registration, a team of Ghanaian developers have developed a simple and efficient web-portal to check if one’s name has been deleted or not. The portal, machecki.com, makes it easy for voters both home and abroad to check if their name is included in the list of 56,000 voters the EC struck out from the registers on the orders of a Supreme Court ruling. According to the team of developers who worked on machecki.com, for a voter to check if their detail is captured in the deleted names, they should log on to the platform and enter either their voter’s ID or NHIS card number. This will return with a result which proves whether they have been captured or not. Divine Puplampu and Agbenyegah Kirk Saviour, the two lead developers, said the two-step responsive web-portal simplifies the EC’s move to ensure no voter is disenfranchised in the upcoming Presidential and Parliamentary polls. “The 56,900 list released by the EC yesterday spans 1171 pages. Rather than scanning through that huge document, the voter can just use their Voter ID or NHIS number to check their eligibility, simple as that,” Mr. Puplampu said. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Machecki Technologies Ltd, the wholly-owned Ghanaian IT firm, Richard Annerquaye Abbey, said the company is poised to deliver on other innovative products that will enhance the country’s electoral process and stands ready to engage the Electoral Commission. About Machecki Machecki Ghana is a foremost identity-verification company that has developed Ghana’s first web-based application that enables registered voters to verify their details in Ghana’s voters’ register to ensure their details are present and captured without errors, making them eligible for participating in the upcoming elections. With its innovation like, voters do not need to be physically present at their polling stations available to verify their details in the voters’ register. All they will need is a device with a web browser and a stable Internet connection to check their details and make sure they are eligible to exercise their constitutional right. The team is still engaging with the Electoral Commission to make this technology available in the coming Voters’ Register Exhibition Exercise. Machecki was birthed through a Making All Voices Count (MAVC) competition in May 2015 that seeks to unearth innovative tech solutions to improve electoral processes and accountability in Governance. Beyond the electoral activities, Machecki is poised to be an identity management and verification solutions provider in Africa.
President John Dramani Mahama has arrived in Kigali, Rwanda, for the 27th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government.   President Mahama will in his capacity as Co-Chair of the UN Eminent Persons on SDGs host a special working session for colleague Heads of State on the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals within the framework of the African Union's Agenda 2063.   The 27th Session will also discuss financing of the African Union.   Accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hanna S. Tetteh (MP), President Mahama is expected home on Monday.  
The President's 'Accounting to the People' tour which led him to the northern part of the country which was dubbed 'the president's storms home was not in any as expected, as he did not get the cheering reception expected by the theme. One would have expected that, since the President is a native from the Northern part of the country, the least crowd to cheer him as part of his reception would have taken the trend of home coming event by both members of the family and friends cum sympathizers of the ruling party he is bearing their flag. The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) sees this as a sign of the hope to take over the Northern Region. Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM, NPP regional secretary , Mr. Sulley Salifu said President Mahama in 2012 asked the people in the north to vote for him because he knew their problems and the people ''actually voted for him but from all indications, he is the worst performing president this country  ever have produced..' According to him, in President Mahama's own constituency Bole, access to portable drinking water is nothing to write home about, while TV reception is terribly bad. Mr. Sulley Salifu indicated that, there is total disaster in terms of development and the level of suffering in Gonja, from where the president hails from. The Bimbilla road he said is deplorable and now stream where ducks swim. He opined, President Mahama has incurred the wrath of the people of Mamprugu,  for appointing a People's National Convention's (PNC) man to be regional minister. He alleged that because of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, President has neglected the people of Mamprugu when it comes to developmental projects. ''I'm saying that, basically in the north, the president has failed us.'' Scholarships enjoyed by the people in the three Northern Regions in terms of feeding under the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah has stopped functioning under President Mahama. He said, although students are being forced to go back to school, but the quality of feeding is a very bad taste; as students are complaining yet, President Mahama has failed to do anything about it. ''The people in the North have realised that President Mahama is a deceitful character because he said he will implement free Senior High School; however, the question everyone is asking is that, if he cannot feed students in the three Northern Regions, how can he effectively implement the free SHS policy in Ghana. So the people are now becoming awake; they've realised that it is no more about voting for my brother but its about voting for somebody who is competent who can deliver you from the suffering you are going through.'' The accounting to the people tour by the president he added, was a waste of state resources. He chided President Mahama for embarking on a tour in only 8 constituencies out of the 31 constituencies. Mr. Sulley Salifu lambasted President Mahama for coming to the region and speaking ''big english'' when in actual fact, the residents are mostly illiterates. He was wondering how the president Mahama will embark on a so-called accounting to the people tour, yet do not allow residents to ask him questions. The president he said was not happy because the number he expected to cheer him on during the tour failed to come out in their numbers. He rubbished claims that the NPP had photo shopped pictures going round  The pictures circulating on social media he said reflect exactly what transpired in the region and that the NPP had not photo shopped any photos. The NPP's message of hope and deliverance promised Ghanaians he emphasied is getting down  with Ghanaians and come election day, the NPP will increase their parliamentary seats and make Nana Addo president.
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