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Dec 16, 2017
Tanzania will not be officially celebrating its Independence day come December 9th, 2015. This is the first time in 54 years that the country has taken such a decision. The newly elected president, John Magufuli said it will ‘’shameful’’ for the country to spend huge sums of money to celebrate their independence day when ‘’our people are dying of cholera.’’ About 60 Tanzanians are reportedly killed by cholera in the last three months. Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. They include the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. Offshore lie the tropical islands of Zanzibar and Mafia Marine Park, where whale sharks swim through reefs. The East African country of Tanzania, which was previously known as Tanganyika, formally gained its independence from Great Britain on December 9, 1961. One year later, on December 9, 1962, Tanganyika became a republic, and on April 26, 1964 merged with the newly-independent archipelago nation of Zanzibar. On October 29, 1964, the union of the two countries was formally renamed the United Republic of Tanzania. The decision by the president has been described as an aggressive stance against what he deems to be wasteful practices by the state. It seems Tanzanian civil servants may have to gear themselves for some change. John Magufuli was the works minister before he was elected president his campaign slogan was Hapa kazi tu (Work and nothing else). He has also being described as  is a man true to his word. Some of the changes implemented since President Magufuli came into office: 1.      No more foreign travel, embassies will take care; if it’s necessary to go, special permission must be sought from him or Chief Secretary 2.      No more 1st class and business class travel for all officials except President, Vice, and Prime Minister. 3.      No more workshops and seminars in expensive hotels when their so many ministry board rooms available. 4.      President Magulufi asked how come engineers are given V8s when a pick-up is more suitable for their jobs. 5.      No more sitting allowances, how the hell are you paid allowance for a job which you have a monthly salary; that also applies to MP’s. 6.      All individuals/firms that bought state companies that were privatized but haven’t done anything (20years later) are to either revive the industries immediately or hand them back to the government  Last week, he ordered the cost of a party to inaugurate the new parliament to be slashed from $100,000 (£66,000) to $7,000.     
Dec 16, 2017
Traditional African beliefs have stories that tells its generation of the existence of how the dead live in their own world. We’ve been stories of a world where the dead live and constantly interacts with their own. You can choose to either believe it not but you will need to watch this latest Ghanaian movie, ‘Casper’s Energy’ to find out how the dead keeps an eye on us. Casper’s Energy is written and directed by Abu Idi ’’cinema god’’ and produced by Ghanaian actor Tony Hanseen. The movie is a paranormal movie which tells the level people can go to cover up their secrets. It features award winning actor Vincent McCauley who launched his acting career with the popularly TV series ‘’Things We Do for Love’’ who played a cynical role in assisting Casper’s girlfriend as they try to put the pieces together surrounding his death. The movie also features seasoned actors such as Tony Hanssen, Paulina Oduro, Umarr Krupp, Salma Mumin, Tinell Dickens (a Trinidadian Hollywood trained actress), Jeffery Nortey, Manaf DF, Anthony Wood, and Eva Bannor among others. Speaking with rainbowradioonline.com, director of the movie, Abu Idi said ‘’CASPER’S ENERGY is an awesome movie that has been received by movie enthusiast as one of the most intriguing and mind blowing piece in the history of Ghanaian movies. ‘’Due to the difference this movie sets to make, the demand for a much convenient time for the movie couple with the upcoming exciting holidays, Cinegod Studios, the makers of Casper’s Energy and Silver Bird Cinemas have decided to give our loyal and cherished movie fans a holiday treat so you don’t miss the grand premiere of the Awesome movie “CASPER’S ENERGY”. The movie was originally slated to be premiered on January 23, 2016 but as part of efforts to give movie lovers a holiday threat, the movie has been rescheduled to premiere this Friday December 4, 2015 which happens to be a farmer’s day. The ticket is going for just GHC 30.    
Dec 16, 2017
Healthy relationships aren’t just about avoiding the wrong kind of person or finding the right kind of person. Healthy relationships are a two-way street. Two people, each becoming the best they can be for themselves—and eventually, for one another. So before you figure out who you want to date, you might want to turn the focus inward and make sure you’re growing and taking responsibility for your own flaws.   However, when it does come time to date, there are some traits you should probably avoid.   The One-Way-Street Woman This woman thinks that somehow, relationships are all about her. She may even wrongly believe this is a “biblical” approach to relationships. In other words, she expects you to take on the sort of leadership role that leaves her without much of a role to play at all—or even an identity to call her own. The sad part is that sometimes this mentality is wrongly perpetuated in some church circles, as the men are expected to be the “leaders” while the women are the “followers.” That might work for some guys, but for most, this lack of reciprocity in a relationship eventually becomes draining. You need a woman who will pour into you, as much as you pour into her, who will sharpen you, as you sharpen her, who will challenge you to become better, while you do the same for her. The best relationships are made of two people, each giving their best to one another The 'You Complete Me' Woman This is the kind of woman who hasn’t really taken the time to know herself, her beliefs, or what she feels or thinks. She’ll likely default to your preferences, your beliefs, your relationship with God and even your interests and friend groups. While this may seem to make life easy at first, the lack of mystery and depth will wear you down, because a healthy relationship involves two unique identities—not just one trying to mimic the other. The Cripplingly Insecure Woman We all struggle with insecurities, but some people are more driven by it than others. This can come out in a variety of ways: the girl who is constantly talking negatively about herself or fishing for compliments; the girl who derives all of her value from how she looks; the girl who is overly flirtatious to every guy she meets; the girl who uses her body to gain affirmation from men. Of course we should be willing to affirm our significant other—especially in areas they feel self-conscious about—but if a woman is relying on you for her self-worth, it can be a dangerous game. Her worth was never meant to come from you. The Way Too Critical Woman I think this is the worst of all the women you could date. According to proverbs, a woman like this is like the sound of a leak dripping: constant, annoying and problematic. And just like a leak, this woman will drain you. She’ll leave you questioning your value, your significance and your worth. You’ll never feel appreciated under the constant cloud of criticism. First, see the good in yourself, and then find a woman who can do the same. The Wishy-Washy Woman A woman like this will take your heart on quite a ride, because she doesn’t really know what she wants. One moment she’s into you, and the other moment she’s confused and wants to take a step back. This internal struggle is not going to be resolved any time soon, so do yourself a favor and find someone who’s just as into you as you are into them. Healthy relationships are marked by peace, not by constant doubt and regret. The Micromanaging Woman This one will try to control your entire life. She’ll have an opinion about how you should spend your money, chew your food, iron your clothes, and maybe even how you should change your personality. The thing about this woman is that she’s a control-freak. And one thing I know about control freaks is that deep down, they feel like they have no control in some area of their life, and so they take it out on their relationships. This habit takes a lot of time, introspection and work to outgrow. So step away from this relationship, and give her the time she needs to heal, to learn and to grow. The Unconnected Woman You need a woman who will pour into you, as much as you pour into her, who will challenge you to become better, while you do the same for her. This woman doesn't really have a life outside of her romantic relationships. She never wants to spend time apart, which may be fine at first, but is ultimately unhealthy when dating. The mark of a healthy woman is one who has friendships, activities, areas of ministry and interests outside of “love." Find a woman who values the importance of other significant relationships, because there really is life outside of dating. The Drama Victim Drama with her momma, drama with her best friend, drama with her boss at work. This woman is characterized by drama everywhere she goes. She always thinks she’s been wronged, and she tells you all about it. But the drama isn’t necessarily the dangerous part in this kind of woman. (Just to be clear: A woman isn’t “dramatic” just because she’s emotional. Emotions are a healthy thing.) The problem is the underlying belief that it’s always everyone else’s fault. This woman is to be avoided because she doesn’t understand the meaning of taking ownership and responsibility of her life and relationships. And trust me, that blame-game will quickly become a part of your relationship, too.   With that in mind, let’s all be mindful of the reality that relationships aren’t about finding perfection—we all know that doesn’t exist. But they are about finding imperfect people who realize their flaws and weaknesses, and are working to become better and better with each and every passing day.   Source: relevantmagazine.com
Dec 16, 2017
The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says he will officially outdoor his campaign team for the 2016 election on December 19, 2015 at the Party’s Annual Delegates’ Conference, scheduled to take place in Sunyani.   The NPP flagbearer made this known when he addressed members of the NPP at the Annual Fundraising Dinner of the NPP-UK branch on Saturday, November 28.   Prior to the outdooring of the campaign team, Nana Akufo-Addo is expected, on his return to Ghana, to present the composition of his campaign team to members of the National Executive Committee and the National Council of the party, before the official outdooring ceremony.    The Sunyani Conference, according to Nana Akufo-Addo, will set the tone for the party to meet and “set the agenda and framework for the 2016 campaign, to show the world that the NPP is, indeed, all there, ready to take on the task of winning next year’s election and forming an honest government that will provide relief, progress and prosperity for the great, longsuffering people of Ghana.”   The 2016 campaign, the NPP flagbearer stressed, is for all NPP members, NPP sympathizers and all those who want change in Ghana.   “I know that often it is the unsung, unmentioned, unrecognized people who do the real work. Those of you who can come home, please do but more importantly, let your money do the work for you and I promise I will not let you down,” he added to a standing ovation from the packed auditorium at the Boleyn Banqueting Suite.   Nana Akufo-Addo assured all NPP members that he shall lead a team that will campaign vigorously around the country, adding that “I am itching to go”.   The NPP, he stressed, shall be contesting every polling station, every constituency and every part of Ghana.   “Where we have been strong traditionally, we shall work to increase our votes and where we have been weak, we shall put in extra effort to improve on our performance. We have to win the 2016 election. There can be no question about it,” he noted.     Victory in the 2016 election, he reiterated will not be for the NPP, neither will it be for the members of the party “but for the people of Ghana who are undergoing unnecessary hardships and difficulties.”
Dec 16, 2017
Anti-graft campaigner and former justice minister, Mr. Martin Amidu has ruled out claims from governing NDC that he is envious and bitter because he has been ignored by the party. Some members of ruling government have chided the former minister for describing the NDC government as corrupt. Mr. Martin Amidu over the last month descended heavily on government for engaging in illegality and corrupt practices including the collaboration between Anas to sacrifice the judiciary as a corrupt institution of government and save corrupt politicians including parliamentarians. Mr. Martin Amidu said ‘’I disagree and I have disagreed with the NDC Government on matters of constitutional principles, beliefs, values and policy issues but never on personal matters. I served the PNDC from February 1982 to 7th January 1993 before serving under the NDC1, 2 and partly in NDC3. I have been unable to discard principles, and values I have internalized and lived with since my childhood and through my adult socialization over the years including the 31st December Revolution to adapt to the new disvalues of the NDC Government since 2009.’’     Below is the full statement I HAVE NOTHING PERSONAL – ENVY, BITTERNESS OR ANGER – AGAINST THE GOVERNEMENT OR THE PRESIDENT BY THE GRACE OF THE ALMIGHTY GOD: BY MARTIN A. B. K. AMIDU “Apart from his being a team player, Mr. Amidu is also bold and fearless and a fighter when necessary.” – Vice-President (Prof.) John Evans Atta Mills, 5th September 2000. Conflict does not reside in the person but in the interaction so it should never be personal Conflicts do not reside in persons, they reside in the interaction or what we say in communication in conflict studies – the conflict is in the between and not in the persons in conflict. Unfortunately while conflict is a pervasive and inevitable phenomenon of social life very few people have the learning and training to disaggregate the human emotions generated by conflict from the real issues in controversy. So we call a violent conflict in the north, “a guinea fowl war”, forgetting the underlying basis of an intractable conflict. I normally try to be informed by matters of principle, belief, values and norms in waging conflict with anybody. I consciously engage in reflective thinking and practice in my conflict dynamics and the practice of law. I therefore get surprised when I am accused of hating or envying anybody in conflict. Of course it is trite in conflict studies and research that blaming is a dynamic of conflict which satisfies emotions and escalates conflicts. Unfortunately constituents of people in conflict worsen and escalate them with unproductive tacit interventions than the persons in direct conflict. I do not allow emotions to becloud my judgment of conflict analysis and dynamics. As a matter of history and fact there is no basis for the blame and attributions ascribed to my disagreements on principles and/or values with the NDC Government. Working for John Mahama’s interest without his knowledge Former President Rawlings had a few days before the 2007 Christmas asked his then personal assistant, Victor Smith, to invite me for a conversation. We discussed amongst other matters the prospects of the NDC in the coming Presidential and Parliamentary elections. The then Hon. John Dramani Mahama, was the preferred choice but there were doubts whether Candidate Mills had indeed formally spoken to him about being his running mate and made any offer. We concluded that former President should speak to Mr. Mahama directly on the matter to clear the air once and for all. I was assigned the task of going abroad as an emissary of former President Rawlings to reiterate to a longstanding friend of mine who had assumed the Presidency of another country that Mr. Mahama was a preferred and competent candidate. With a return ticket arranged by Victor Smith which I picked up at the airport on the day of my departure, 26th December, 2007, I went abroad and returned on 30th December 2007. I did not meet former President Rawlings on my return because of the season’s festivities. When we eventually met close to the middle of January 2008, I learnt that things had not gone well on the former President’s visit to Mr. Mahama’s residence in my absence. Nonetheless my mission for going abroad had been accomplished. I learnt from the President abroad that Candidate Mills had himself visited and mentioned Mr. Mahama as a possibility which I confirmed as instructed by President Rawlings. It was subsequent to this return meeting that the former President bounced Mrs. Betty Mould-Iddrisu’s name on me for the first time as a potential running mate. As I was not available to attend the burial and funeral ceremony of Madam Memunata, Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu’s very respectful, irreplaceable and beautiful deceased wife on 30th December 2007, I had to look him up upon his return from Wa to explain my absence. I informed him about the mishap that had taken place when former President Rawlings had sort to hold a conversation by visiting Mr. Mahama’s residence and asked him as a senior brother to have a word with Mr. Mahama to render an apology to former President Rawlings. I also spoke to Mr. L. K. Molbila to team up with Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu to find a way of bringing harmony between the former President and Mr. Mahama. I relayed the same message to Hon. Moses Asagah (at the Veterans Club House opposite the Ghana Immigration Service) whom I learnt was a classmate to Mr. Mahama at Ghanasco. I agreed to run with Candidate Mills on 3rd September 2000 only after he had secured Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu’s personal concurrence for me to run with him. Alhaji Iddrisu knows the full facts and story of how I behave strictly in accordance with our customary tradition in this matter at the time. I had no ambition to be Vice-President or President since I lost the elections with Candidate Mills in December 2000. The NDC had decided at a meeting Chaired by Dr. Obed Asamoah in Kumasi that Candidate Mills’ next running mate must be both a northerner and a Muslim. I am Roman Catholic by baptism and confirmation. It would not have been feasible with me, for Candidate Mills to have nominated me again as his running mate for the 2008 even if he had decided to pick a northern Christian again. President Rawlings if he wishes may confirm that when Dr. Tony Aidoo and I were invited to meet him in London, arriving the morning of 10th to 16th May 2002, I had no ambition to be running mate to Candidate Mills. Former President Rawlings made efforts in December 2002 for me to take up an international appointment for four years beginning 2003 which could not materialize because of my other very personal family commitments that did not permit me to leave Ghana for that long. Election 2008 and Government 2009- beyond Eventually Candidate Mills nominated Mr. Mahama as his running mate over Alhaji Mohammad Mumuni. I played my part in the 2008 campaign by leading the team to the Upper East Region’s campaign as Mr. Molbilla was unavailable at a point in the campaign. I contributed financially to each constituency and the regional party headquarters for the campaign as well. The results in the Upper East Region were exceptional for the NDC. When I reluctantly joined the Mills/Mahama Government in 2009 I had no problem with the Vice-President except the manner in which he and Oteng Adjei sought to push my hand in agreeing not to prosecute the E. O. Group case by getting President Mills to grant an executive consent to the Group to sell their shares and for me to grant them indemnity from prosecution. I stood my ground and refused to grant the indemnity as the Attorney-General. Any other disagreements were on professional grounds and never personal. I always told Prof. Mills that: “I will never do anything to-day which I cannot defend tomorrow when I am out of office.” When I appeared before the National Reconciliation Commission I was alone. Out of Government in January 2012 I declined all persuasions to go abroad at Government expense for the impasse to blow over. After Mr. Mahama succeeded President Mills in July 2012 I received Sule Gariba on 23rd August 2012 as an emissary from President Mahama inviting me to the Kumasi congress ostensible upon the advice of former President Rawlings. On 24th November 2012 I received Alfred Mahama, the President’s senior brother, who was led by Chris Dugan to my house with a message from the President. I have also received other emissaries who claimed to have been sent by the President after the 2012 elections. On Monday 1st July 2013, to give but one example, Chris Dugan again brought one Ali Seidu to introduce to me as an emissary of the President who was to liaise with me when necessary. It turned out that Mr. Seidu whom I had not known until then was from Bawku. (A quick cross-check by telephone on his identity after they had left established that he was the son of my late very bosom friend generally known as Seidu “Country” of Bawku-Natinga with the addition that his mother, whom I knew, was at that moment living with Alhaji Awudu near the Rev. John Teye Memorial Institute on the Achimota-Pukuasi road). I never saw him again. On each occasion I was candid on the need for the President to run a transparent and accountable government in accordance with the core values of the NDC as condition precedent for my unflinching support and participation in his Government. I saw President Mahama’s Presidency as icing on the cake after the contributions of Mohammad Mumuni and myself to the NDC’s efforts to come to power and wished him to uphold the values of the NDC and not let our collective efforts to be in vain. Being my true self I disagree and I have disagreed with the NDC Government on matters of constitutional principles, beliefs, values and policy issues but never on personal matters. I served the PNDC from February 1982 to 7th January 1993 before serving under the NDC1, 2 and partly in NDC3. I have been unable to discard principles, and values I have internalized and lived with since my childhood and through my adult socialization over the years including the 31st December Revolution to adapt to the new disvalues of the NDC Government since 2009. Dr. Ambomaje, in a recent article on the internet reminded me of the character testimonial that then Vice-President Mills who had been a personal friend of mine for over 30 years at the time gave me on 5th September 2000 when he introduced me to the public at the NDC Headquarters thus: “Prof. Mills described Mr. Amidu as someone who shared his personal values, adding that his nominee has character, integrity, experience and sound judgment. ‘Apart from his being a team player, Mr. Amidu is also bold and fearless, and a fighter when necessary,’ he said. Prof. Mills said he saw in his former student as ‘someone who will work for the ordinary people of this country, not the powerful with a high sense of social justice, fairness, and above all truthfulness.’” Cows do not beget goats. My late (English basic education illiterate) father, GC 13131, Sergeant-Major Amidu Kanjarga, then of The Gold Coast Regiment was described as follows when he was awarded the Military Medal on 10th June, 1948: “During the period under review, 16th November, 1944 to 15th February, 1945, Sergeant Amadu (sic) Kanjarga, whilst acting as Platoon Sergeant in the Arakan, displayed powers of leadership, and initiative far above average….His conduct in all respects demonstrated African leadership and gallantry at its highest.” – Citation in respect of the award of the Military Medal to GC 13131 Sergeant-Major (then Sergeant) Amadu (sic) Kanjarga, 81st (WA) Division, Reconnaissance Bn. (The Gold Coast Regiment: Ceremonial Parade and Investiture,10th June, 1948.) Everybody who has known me from childhood through Half Assini, Takoradi, Lawra, Bawku, where I attended primary and middle school to Tamale Commercial Institute, later known as Tamale Commercial Secondary and now Tamale Business Secondary School, to Navrongo School and the University of Ghana will attest to the fact that I have not changed in my leadership role of always insisting on justice and fair play for the ordinary person at all times. I am just living out my character. I am informed that President Mahama was also fortunate to have followed my steps to Commonwealth Hall and if he has done his home-work well he should know from V-Mates that Martin Amidu is tenacious in his principles, beliefs and values, no matter whose ass is gored. I served former President Rawlings dedicatedly throughout the years of the Revolution and democracy because whatever his human faults and failings he was committed to and enforced ideals to which I was also committed. His pluses were more than the minuses. Even though I knew Professor Mills long before I met former President Rawlings, I did not get to know Mills’ disagreeable side or our friendship blinded me from seeing them until I joined his Government. As for President John Dramani Mahama I did not know him until he joined the NDC 2 Government after the 1996 Elections and became Deputy Minister of Communications. My attention was drawn to him when he almost privatized the Graphic Corporation and I had to write a very strong memorandum calling the Government’s attention to the fact that if we commercialized and privatized all the State Owned Media Houses as he had championed the letter and spirit of provisions of the Constitution on State Owned Media and their role under the Constitution will be rendered nugatory. I did not press the point as was my usual style and forgot about the whole matter because I believed sincerely that he did not intend to violate the Constitution deliberately. Conclusions In my whole life I have never courted praise or approbation in playing out my character. I would rather stand for what I believe to be the truth even if it means I stand alone. No insults or name calling will change that after more than 64 years of my existence. I should be able to tell my maker when I get out or up there or wherever it may be, that I served Him or Her to the best of my ability; I served the Holy Catholic Church to the best of my human ability; I served my nation truly and served my people. I shall not commit the major sin of envying or hating or being bitter against any creature of God Almighty or Allah. Always Grant me that Grace oh Lord!   Martin A. B. K Amidu
Dec 16, 2017
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Ghana Police Service ASP Ebenezer Tetteh has said that the acquisition of arms and ammunitions which are used for violent activities and conflicts are sponsored by some high profile personalities who turn to benefit these conflicts. Speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on frontline following violent clashes in Bunprugu in the Northern Region yesterday, ASP Tetteh indicated that, although it is illegal to acquire arms and ammunitions without authorization, some people are able to acquire them at the sponsorship of some influential people in the country. I cannot tell how these people get these guns but ‘’you know that there are people who profit from these conflicts. And so even if people do not have the resources to acquire some of these things, there are people who are ready to fuel these things…So we have people who sit and sponsor these things…They buy some of these things for people to go and embark on these things…because when these things are happening, they will profit from it,’’ ASP Tetteh noted. He added some of them are into profit making ventures and by gaining more profit they buy arms and ammunitions to protect themselves. ASP Tetteh indicated further that the failure on the part of neighbours living with some those possessing illegal weapons to the police is fueling more violent clashes. ‘’They know the people are carrying illegal weapons but they fail to tell the police to embark on a swoop to retrieve some of these weapons…They only sit down and when there is a problem the same people who are possessing some of these things use these weapons to attack others…kill others…maim others and destroy properties.’’ ASP Ebenezer Tetteh disagreed with excuses that some section of Ghanaians do not trust the police so they turn to engage in illegality. ‘’Some of these excuses are not turn able because you don’t police and national security you go and buy weapons and other things so when there is a problem you go and solve it your own way…Some of these things are not turn able and we will ensure that of these things are brought under control and that is what we are doing. ‘’The people have a responsibility and a duty to ensure that if people are carrying things that they are not supposed to carry and they have the information, theirs is to quickly pass on the information to the police. We have a procedure…If you pass on information to the police, we are not supposed to blow your identity and we have been telling them but they know the reasons why they fail to genuinely give some of these information to the police because some of them direct or indirectly benefit from these things.’’ Meanwhile he explained that calm has returned to Bunprugu with heavy security presence. Two persons lost their lives with another sustaining very serious injuries following a chieftaincy dispute that erupted yesterday.        
Dec 16, 2017
Another pressure group within the National Democratic Congress (NDC) calling itself ’Reform Youth for Empowerment’ have also petitioned President Mahama to appoint a running mate that will be accepted by the rank and file of the party. The group also expressed their worry over the appointment of candidates from the Central Region by the party as running mates without due consideration on other regions. The statement said ‘’since 1992 the people of the Central region consistently featured into the equation till date. Ex -President Rawlings was partnered by Arkaah and Professor Mills in 1992 and 1996. Later on, Professor Mills became the number one and now H.E Amissah-Arthur the number two all from the Central region. ‘’The question which readily comes to mind is why only the Central region. Other regions such as Brong Ahafo, Greater Accra, Volta and Eastern region can equally produce running mates for the party and anything short of this will not receive general acceptability from the rank and file of the party.   The President must not lose sight of the convention within our party where the vice president becomes the flagbearer of which he has been a strong beneficiary.’’ This will be the third pressure group to petition President over the choice of candidate to partner him in 2016 including the Volta Youth for Development who are rooting for the Speaker for Parliament Rt Hon. Doe Adjaho and Youth for Mahama who have also called for the Foreign Minister and MP for Awutu Senya West Hon. Hannah Tetteh.   Below is the full statement REFORM FOR YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PRESIDENT MAHAMA MUST NOT DISAPPOINT THE RANK AND FILE OF THE NDC.                     Some few days ago, members of our great NDC went to the polls to vote massively for the President. The party is now assured of the person to lead our party, the NDC into the 2016 elections as a result of the general majority of the grassroots who have spoken through the power of the ballot. By this expression the president must sustain the confidence of the grassroots who endorsed him by choosing a running mate that will receive a general acceptability from the rank and file of the party and appeal to Ghanaians. In the discourse relating to running mate one is quick to point to the number of times the people of the Central region had their bite at the cherry. Since 1992 the people of the Central region consistently featured into the equation till date. Ex President Rawlings was partnered by Arkaah and Professor Mills in 1992 and 1996. Later on, Professor Mills became the number one and now H.E Amissah-Arthur the number two all from the Central region. The question which readily comes to mind is why only the Central region. Other regions such as Brong Ahafo, Greater Accra, Volta and Eastern region can equally produce running mates for the party and anything short of this will not receive general acceptability from the rank and file of the party.   The President must not lose sight of the convention within our party where the vice president becomes the flagbearer of which he has been a strong beneficiary. It is in this wisdom that we expect the president to name a new face as his running mate and anything short of this will be an indictment on his legacy within the great NDC party unless we think HE Amissah Arthur will be the party's candidate in the 2020 elections of which we all know would not be the case.                   We pray the almighty God give the president wisdom in his choice of running mate.                     Long live Ghana.   Long live the great NDC.                  Spokes Person: Klenam Agbliza Kafui Chairman: Ato Sam    
Dec 16, 2017
The Ghana Petroleum Corporation has confirmed paying ex-gratia to four of its former officials who served the GNPC between 12 to 21 years. This was contained in a statement released by the corporate affairs department of the GNPC. They described the payment as a valid obligation. The Member of Parliament for the Asokwa constituency and former deputy energy minister in the erstwhile Kufour administration held a press conference last alleging that the GNPC had paid some amount of money to some former officials of the GNPC who did not deserve to be paid. He mentioned the name of former GNPC CEO, Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata as a beneficiary of GHC 1 million. This Hon K.T Hammond described as criminal and called for probe into the matter. However the statement released by the GNPC said the GNPC paid the ex-gratia after a careful review by the Board of Directors to the beneficiaries for their immense contributions to the GNPC. The four served the GNPC between 12 to 21 years but were removed from office in the year 2001, the statement indicated.   Below are details of the Statement by the GNPC The Board of Directors of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), has approved the payment of ex-gratia to four former employees of the Corporation, comprising of two former Chief Executives and two Managers.   The four and the positions at which they exited GNPC are: Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata (Chief Executive); Nana Boakye Asafu-Adjaye (Ag. Chief Executive); Mr. Benjamin Dagadu (Field Evaluation and Development Manager); and Ms. Esther Cobbah (Public Affairs Manager).   The four served the Corporation for periods ranging between 12 and 21 years. They were all removed from office in 2001, under circumstances that did not allow for the payment of their respective accumulated separation entitlements.   The Board of Directors of the Corporation, after in-depth review of the situation, concluded that the payment of the end-of-service benefits to these management personnel, who had made invaluable contributions to the development of the Corporation, is a valid obligation. The Board took the position that meeting this obligation, however belatedly, is the right thing to do.   The Corporation computed the amounts to be paid to each of the affected senior managers on the same basis as what has been used with respect to all staff who are made redundant or separated from the organisation.        
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