A former Lands and Natural Resources Minister under former President John Dramani, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini has taken a swipe at the current Minister, John Peter Amewu for saying that the NDC sold state lands to cronies like ‘’kelewele’’ under their tenure.
Speaking to Accra based Joy FM the Minister, said state lands were given away to cronies like “kelewele” [fried pieces of plantain] without regard to due process.
A committee has thus been formed to look into the land sale, he added.
But reacting to the claims by the Minister on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini indicated that if that is the angel the current Minister will go then he [Fuseini] will also accuse the NPP of distributing state lands like toffees.
He also chided the Minister for making the unfortunate comments when the committee he set has not concluded their work.
He said Mr. Amewu lacks understanding of lands administration and his comments were very unfortunate.
The legislator said if we want to discuss the issue of land allocation dispassionately, we should go as far back as 1993 and will find out those who distributed lands like ‘’toffees’’.
According to him, the land administration system which is not illegal and the redevelopment process introduced under former President Rawlings led to the abuse of state officials acquiring state lands. The NPP he indicated reviewed the policy and also abused the process.
Alhaji Fuseini said after Mills took over office and he was assigned Minister, he placed a ban on such acquisitions and the year 2013 recorded the lowest acquisitions.
He concluded that the acquisitions of state lands will not inure to the benefit of the state hence the need for us to re-look at it.
Ranking Member on the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee in Parliament, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini has underscored the need for the Chief Justice, Her Lordship Sophia Akuffo, to expedite action on the petition brought against the commissioner of the Electoral Commission, Mrs. Charlotte Osei.
Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the legislator posited that, the electoral commission is an important institution that conducts our public elections and the credibility of the body, how it conducts an election; the reputation of the commissioners can either lead to a peaceful election or a conflict.
He has therefore called on the CJ to immediately deal with the petition that was forwarded to her by the president after same was sent to him by some aggrieved workers.
He said, it was important for the Chief Justice, Ms Justice Sophia Akuffo, to speedily determine whether there was a prima facie case against Mrs Osei or not.
The MP said the allegations against the EC Chairperson had implications on her reputation and integrity.
Therefore, he said, it was crucial for the Chief Justice to inform the public on the work being done on the petitions, instead of operating on the quiet.
After the 2016 general elections, some individuals petitioned the president and called for the impeachment of the EC boss, he [President] referred the petition to the CJ and till date we’ve not heard anything from her.
The calendar of the EC he bemoaned was loaded hence the need to expedite action on it.
‘’We cannot sweep the issue under the carpet. We need the integrity of the EC to be restored; we need confidence in the EC. The calendar of the EC is very loaded. They have to supervise the District Assembly elections; they will also supervise the Local Government to create the districts President Nana Addo promised. They will help the Ministry of Regional Organization to work on the referendum for the creation of the new regions. They will also supervise and conduct election 2020. We do not the time to waste and the EC is polarized and that is why I am calling on the CJ to expedite action on the matter,’’ he said.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale Central further admonished the CJ to dismiss the petition if it lacks merit or set up a committee to investigate it if indeed there is some merit.
The Central Regional Police Commander, COP Rev. David Nenyi Ampa-Benyin, has alluded to the fact that, the increasing number of land guards in Kasoa, is a major challenge for the police under his command.
Speaking to Rainbow Radio’s Agyekum Banahene, he said the command has received numerous complaints from residents over the criminal activities of these land guards.
According to him, the command divided Kasoa into five zones headed by top police officers and the duty of these patrol teams, is to maintain law and order in the Kasoa municipality.
COP Benyin indicated that the command is working under ‘Operation Hit Hard’ which was recently launched, to apprehend all criminals in the area.
Another challenge he highlighted was the issue of illegal miners popularly referred to as galamseyers at Dunkwa-Offin.
He revealed, through the ‘Operation Hit Hard’, some land guards were arrested and after thorough investigation, it was established that some of them were on police wanted list.
The police will continue to swoop on these criminals and ensure that they are punished, he assured.
Nineteen armed robbers he added have been arrested since he took over as commander in the Central region.
He admonished residents to form neigbourhood watch dogs to compliment the efforts of the police in reducing crime in the country.
Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga Central, Isaac Adongo has lambasted Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia for his lack of understanding of the economy.
The legislator further accused the Vice President of consistently peddling falsehood about the state of the economy.
According to him, the recent failed attempt by government to meet its target for the first tranche of the energy bond was an indication of the inability of the economic management team, led by the Vice President to manage the economy adequately.
Mr. Adongo said, although the second gentleman of the land is touted as a renowned economist, he has no clue to managing the economy well.
He described Dr. Bawumia as ‘’over hyped’’ economist who churn out lies about the state of Ghana’s economy.
‘’…You people have to tell Dr. Bawumia one thing; he learnt economics at O’level is that not it? Economics at A ‘level, first degree, masters, PhD, came and work at the Central Bank as a central banker [but] he still doesn’t understand the economy and talks about GPS and insult our former president, who himself, is the man credited for the transformation in the telecom and ICT centre as the Minister of Communications. So today, we are dealing with an economy managed by an over hyped economic team. The main striker, Dr Bawumia can’t even score half a goal and when you talk, they will give you CVs…’’
Isaac Adongo added that despite being able to raise $2.25 billion bond in hours in April on the back of the goodwill built up the previous NDC government, the subsequent attempts have failed because of waning investor confidence.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated that his government’s vision of a building a progressive and prosperous Ghana depends very much on the work being undertaken by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
According to President Akufo-Addo, GRA is “a central part of whether or not we are going to succeed as a nation. When we speak about wanting to build a Ghana Beyond Aid, what we are saying is that we should become, like all the progressive countries in the world, a country that depends on its own resources to buttress its own development, and not a country going around cap in hand begging for this or that.”
The President explained that Ghana should become a “country of dignity and pride, that is able to finance its own development. And, if we are going to be able to do that, you are at the cutting edge. If you succeed, Ghana succeeds. If you fail, we will fail.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Wednesday, 8th November, 2017, when he visited the Tema Harbour to interact with officials of the Ghana Revenue Authority, as well as apprise himself of the work being undertaken at the harbour.
He told the officials of GRA that “the work my government is doing depends so much on you. If you are able to meet our revenue targets, it will then mean that we would be able to finance the expenditures we would need in our social sectors, for our education, for our housing, for our health, amongst others”.
President Akufo-Addo added further that “we would then be able to invest in those parts of the economy that we would need to invest in to grow our economy, industry, trade and agriculture.”
He continued, “It is not by accident that we were the first of the black nations on the continent to become free from European colonialism. It is because generations of Ghanaians had fought and worked and mobilised to bring us to where we are today. We have a very proud past. But what will make that proud past count is if we have a prosperous and rich future.”
It is for this reason the President encouraged the GRA officials to bear in mind that “the time has come for us not to ‘chop’ Ghana small, but to make Ghana great. If that is where all of us are, we are going to build a Ghana that is going to be the wonder of this world. The world will then see that there are Africans capable of doing it.”
President Akufo-Addo, thus urged the GRA to be “sincere, active collaborators, co-operating to build the Ghana of our dreams. My part is to try to help define and design the policy. But you are the people responsible for executing it. If the execution is solid, Ghana is solid.”
Tema Port Expansion Project
Prior to visiting the Tema Harbour, the President visited the site of the Tema Port expansion project, where he reiterated the commitment of his government towards the rapid development of the country, which will put Ghana onto the path of progress and prosperity, during his tenure of office.
The Tema Port expansion, which is a $1.5 billion project, will improve Ghana’s trade competiveness, facilitate trade growth and improve revenue mobilisation. The project will also allow the Tema Port to accommodate some of the world’s largest container ships, and improve cargo handling services and capacity.
Describing the project as an exciting development in Ghana, President Akufo-Addo stressed that “we just have to wish that everything goes well, so you can meet the contractual deadlines. It is extremely important for the development of Ghana that such a development should take place. As you know, we are committed to a very rapid development of our country, especially its industrial and agricultural sectors.”
The rapid development of the country, according to the President, requires the necessary support infrastructure.
“This (Tema Port) is one of them, which will ensure that we will have in our country a 1st class port, modern and capable of receiving the biggest vessels in the world, and allowing us to accelerate the pace of our development and of our exchanges,” he said
President Akufo-Addo assured the partners of the project of government’s support to assist them in fulfilling their contractual obligations in bringing the project online.
“It is a massive undertaking. Some of our neighbours are also undertaking important port developments in Cote d’Ivoire and in Lome, Togo. I have seen the Lome facility myself, but I am sure they will not be superior to what we will have in Ghana,” a confident President Akufo-Addo added.
The youth wing of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has taken a swipe at teh Deputy Director of teh National Service Scheme (NSS) Nana Boakye.
According to the youth wing Nana Boakye popularly known as Nana B has accused members of the Tertiary Education Institutions Network (TEIN) of the NDC of inciting some personnel of the National Service to kick against the insurance scheme introduced by the service scheme.
The statement said:’’ The youth wing of NDC consider Nana Boakye’s pronouncement unfounded and, unwarranted attack emanating from an impotent, incapable and ill-advised management, that is desperately trying to defend an obnoxious decision and, an orchestration to divert public attention from his NPP government’s shameful policy to extort money from the pockets of National Service Personnel who are already squeezed by the current harsh economic conditions in the country.
By this statement we wish to make it abundantly clear to Nana Boakye that, the position he occupies is not a political one. Neither do National Service Personnel perform their services based on political affiliation. For him to repeatedly mention TEIN in answers to legitimate questions is not only diversionary but desperation. He must therefore stop clutching at the members of TEIN as a smokescreen to cover the clear failure at the scheme.’’
The statement which was signed by Kobby Barlon, Deputy National Youth Organiser, NDC cautioned the Deputy Director to desist from using his office for political gains and work in the interest of personnel of the scheme.
Read below the full statement
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DESPERATE NANA BOAKYE MUST LEAVE TEIN AND NDC OUT OF HIS SHAMEFUL INSURANCE SCHEME
The youth wing of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has taken note of the pronouncements of the Deputy Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), Nana Boakye on ‘’ Ekosii Sen’’ a twi political programme on Asempa FM.
Nana Boakye, also knowns as Nana B in his pronouncement accused the Tertiary Education Institutions Network (TEIN) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as brain behind current agitation by NSS personnel against the NSS management. The NSS personnel has strongly kicked against what they describe as arbitrary deduction of allowances under the guise of insurance for personnel.
The youth wing of NDC consider Nana Boakye’s pronouncement unfoundedand, unwarranted attack emanating from an impotent, incapable and ill-advised management, that is desperately trying to defend an obnoxious decision and, an orchestration to divert public attention from his NPPgovernment’s shamefulpolicy to extort money from the pockets of National Service Personnel who are already squeezed by the current harsh economic conditions in the country.
By this statement we wish to make it abundantly clear to Nana Boakye that, the position he occupies is not a political one. Neither do National Service Personnel perform their services based on political affiliation. For him to repeatedly mention TEIN in answers to legitimate questions is not only diversionary but desperation. He must therefore stop clutching at the members of TEIN as a smokescreen to cover the clear failure at the scheme.
The revelations emanating from the NSS in the past week show a Directorate that is completely lost on the mandate of the office they occupy and are now delving into part time insurance marketing for the purpose of meeting political ends as the evidence suggests.
If Nana Boakye is to be taken seriously as a man who believes in free choice as a political orientation of the Party he belongs to, he must, together with his bosses, scrap that insurance scheme which they are forcing on the young Ghanaian serving his or her country. You cannot tell Ghanaians that you believe in free markets and yet dictate options to people especially when they are young and economically vulnerable. It is simply unconscionable and directly contravenes rights of those citizens in the eyes of the 1992 constitution.
Nana Boakye and his 'create, loot and share' team must take time to read what their duties are according to the law and seek advice if necessary, rather than insisting on sullying the NSS with a divisive labelling of the personnel as NDC members.
To resolve the shameful and forceful imposition of this insurance scheme on the National Service Personnel will not take attacks on members of the National Democratic Congress. It will take common sense and respect of the rights of all National Service Personnel without political lenses. Nana Boakye must take the advice and leave the Youth of the great NDC alone.
God bless the NDC.
God bless our homeland Ghana.
Kobby Barlon, Deputy National Youth Organiser, NDC
The Court of Appeal on Wednesday November 8, 2017 dismissed an application of a stay of execution by the Attorney General in the case where the residence and work permits of an Indian Businessman, Ashok Sivaram are under contention.
The court made of three judges in its ruling said, the application and argument by the AG were unmeritorious, hence their decision to dismiss it.
State Attorney Jasmine Armah filed a new application after she withdrew a similar one last week.
After the High Court ordered the state to restore the work and resident permit of the Indian businessman, the state has been seeking for stay of execution.
The court on July 31, 2017, quashed the deportation of Mr. Sivaram by the Interior Minister, Ambrose Derry.
According to the court, the Interior Minister exceeded his jurisdiction by determining fraud against the Indian businessman without recourse to the court.
The High Court in September ordered the Immigration service to restore the work and residence permit of Mr. Sivaram within seven days, after months of failing to do so, despite a decision quashing his deportation due to its illegal nature.
The queen mother of Otoase in the Eastern region, Awo Abuama II has denied sending land guards to assassinate the MP for Ayensuano constituency Samuel Ayeh-Paye.
Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, she expressed shock at the claims by the MP that she [queen mother] sent land guards to come and kill him.
The legislator is reported to have granted an interview on Accra based Adom Fm that, the queen mother hired some land guards who sprayed bullets and wreck havoc in his family house because he [MP] stopped the construction of a public toilet just in front of his family house in the constituency.
However, narrating her side of the story, the queen mother said, the MP lied.
According to her, she received a call from a contractor they hired to construct a public toilet on a piece of land but some persons associated with the MP, attacked him.
She said, there is no public toilet in the area and the only one in the community has not been opened due to politics as members of the NPP and NDC are claiming ownership.
She also alleged that the MP threatened the contractor with a gun and asked him not to return to the land again.
Mr. Aye-Paye had also said in the interview that the queen mother was his cousin but Awo Abuama II denied the claims and said. the legislator does not belong to her family tree.
The queen mother further revealed that the legislator some years ago, got a suspect who stabbed her with a bottle released when the suspect had not been prosecuted for attempting to kill her.
Attempts to reach the legislator to react to the queen mother’s claims proved futile.
The Minority in Parliament has hinted of hauling the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta before the House over the issuance of the Energy Bond which was recently issued.
‘’We intend to summon the minister responsible for finance to appear before parliament to answer to the circumstances that led to the willful breaches of the laws and constitution of the Republic of Ghana through this reckless conduct. Such gross disrespect for the constitution and parliament will have no place in our current democratic dispensation where actors like the Finance Minister arrogate to themselves the status of 12th century despots.’’
According to the Minority’s spokesperson on Finance, Casely Ato Forson, the Minister failed to seek parliamentary approval before issuing the bond.
He described the issuance as illegal and unconstitutional.
He said: ‘’ Government went into the international financial market to raise an amount of 6 billion cedis with a possibility of an additional 4 billion cedis, making a total of 10 billion cedis, with a vehicle called ESLA PLC i.e. Energy Sector Levy Act Public Limited Liability Company. The Energy Sector Levy is a public tax measure enacted by an Act of parliament. The government by forming a public limited liability company using tax revenue approved by parliament without prior parliamentary approval is in clear breach of Ghanaian law. Assigning the Energy Sector Levy Act to the issuer’s amounts to collateralization of tax revenue without prior approval of parliament, which is illegal and unconstitutional. Furthermore, the formation of a public limited liability company without prior parliamentary approval is illegal and unconstitutional.’’
He indicated further that the Minister has caused financial loss to the state by his unconstitutional action.
‘’According to the prospectus that was issued on the 17th of October, 2017. The ESLA PLC is unrated but an independent special purpose company which is being sponsored by the Government of Ghana (rated B3 Stable (Moody’s); B- positive (S&P); and B, Stable (Fitch)). The government could have saved up to 200 basis points if they had gone to the financial market on the strength of Government of Ghana ratings, rather than the ESLA PLC which is unrated and unknown. Simply put, the state could have saved 2% of 6 billion cedis times 10years, which is an equivalent of 1.2billion cedis over the period. The government delegation has woefully caused financial loss to the state as a result of this gross incompetence,’’ he said a press conference today [Wednesday].
The Minister he noted has brought the name of Ghana under disrepute and must offer apology unreservedly for his action.
‘’This singular failure of bonds issuance in this administration has brought Ghana’s image and integrity into disrepute. Ghana has become a laughing stock for this gargantuan failure and bomb that cannot be located with the recent US2.5 million Ghana Post GPS even in the middle of river Oti. We therefore call on the Minister for Finance to apologize unreservedly and in no uncertain terms to the good people of the Republic,’’ he concluded
Mr. David Prah, the communications director for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), in the Eastern region, has lambasted Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa, the MP for North Tongu for daring government to prosecute former officials under Mahama over alleged corruption.
The legislator, Mr. Okudzeto has asked the ruling government to stop talking and prosecute former appointees of Mahama if they have the evidence.
The ranking member on the Foreign Affairs Committee in Parliament said the opposition NDC is fed up with the litany of allegations leveled against its members by the NPP led-Government and its appointees without proof or any form of evidence whatsoever.
But responding to the comments, David Prah revealed that, the NPP will soon drag some corrupt officials under the former president before court for their various corrupt practices after investigations into 16 high profile cases have been concluded.
According to him, Okudzeto Ablakwa and other appointees joined former President Mahama’s company of thievery to steal from the state but none of them will go unpunished.
They will cry of witch-hunt when we start coming after them. The state money is for the people of Ghana and not some individuals. The rot at SADA, the Youth Employment Agency and other agencies was serious. We will start prosecuting them and none of them will go scot free. EOCO is investigating and we they will soon face the music.
‘’So far 16 high profile cases have been concluded and prosecutions will begin and so when it starts, nobody should complain of witch-hunting. If you are a witch, you will be hunted,’’ he said.