Former Rector at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Prof. Stephen Adei has criticized parliamentarians for been corrupt and has therefore called on Ghanaians to rise up and stop corruption before it destroys us further.
Prof. Adei who was addressing the 40th Anniversary Celebrations of SAP school did not minced words in describing parliamentarians as ‘’glorified thieves’’ who take bribes before discharging their constitutional mandate.
As if that was not enough, the fire brand Prof. revealed that the parliamentarians do not request bribes for themselves alone, but disgracefully and shamefully request for their girlfriends.
He said “at least eight in 10 politicians in Ghana are glorified thieves although almost every need of theirs is met by the state. We have to stop it.
“The other day somebody asked me a question and I was so shocked, the person asked whether I gave bribe to Parliament for them to pass GIMPA’s law. Not knowing that now if you want Parliament to pass anything else, not only do you bribe the committee, but after they have gotten their share, they ask you where is our last top? In other words; you haven’t made provision for our girlfriends. It’s time now in Ghana for us to rise; and it for us to lay down the foundations of righteousness in the next generation. Train your children to be servant-leaders wherever they are.”
Prof. Adei has therefore admonished parents, teachers and leaders to imbibe into children good morals to help shape their future so they become incorruptible leaders, with outstanding and exceptional character.
“Statistics show that 80 percent of all people who will go to heaven make their decision for Jesus Christ before the age of 18. The children should grow up knowing Jesus Christ and if we do so, we will not have judges who collect bribes to prevent justice”.
Presidential candidate for opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo has admonished Ghanaians to ensure a peaceful election come 2016.
According to Nana Addo, Ghanaians must avoid any form of attitude or character that would lead to tension, violence and bloodshed in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.
Addressing a congregation at the Resurrection Power New Generation Ministries here in Accra, Nana Addo said that the campaign leading to the 2016 general elections, must be devoid of insults and personal attacks.
He said, candidates must debate on issues and explain their policies to the electorate to make their decision.
The presidential candidate opined that, posterity would not forgive us if the 2016 election is characterized by violence.
Nana Addo charged the congregants to remain united no matter their political beliefs, because to him politics should not divide us as a nation,
Ghanaians must unite, work hard and above all believe that we can rise again.
There is hope for Ghana, all is not lost, we can work again to make Ghana better no matter the challenges we are confronted with, Nana stated.
He explained that what the electorate are looking for is some with better policies, programmes that would strengthen the economy and create the enabling environment for industries to thrive.
Nana Addo said that with prayers and trust in God, Ghana would be able to overcome its current economic woes.
He called on the congregants to intercede for the NPP to overcome their internal troubles and also remember him (Nana Addo) in their prayers.
He also appealed to them to trust him and give him the nod as the president of Ghana, because he is incorruptible, courageous and committed to working for every Ghanaian and not a selected few.
Nana Addo was accompanied by former communications minister under former president Kuffour, Hon Sherry Ayorkor Botwe, Madam Tina Mensah a parliamentary candidate for Gbawe constituency, Madam Vivian Nartey and Hon. Alhaji Abudul Saddick and othe rparty big-wigs.
Nana Addo was on a three day tour in the Ashanti Region were he admonished party supporters, to work hard to see a massive victory for the party with a whooping 80% of the popular vote.
He is expected to begin his 'Rise and Build' tour in Accra this week.
Bournemouth winger, Christain Atsu and Swansee based player, Andrew Dede Ayew have been named in the shortlist released by the Confederation of African Football.
The two professional footballers were part of the squad that represented the country at the just ended 2015 AFCON tournament in Equatorial Guinea which saw Ghana placing second.
Although Ghana could not shine at the AFCON tournament Christian Atsu picked two awards in the match against Guinea with his long range goal which was adjudged the best goal of the tournament and also the Best Player in that same match.
Dede Ayew on the other hand was named as the Pepsi Goal King with 3 goals and 2 assist.
The duo are joined on the list by four of Cote d’Ivoire’s outstanding players in the person of, Yahaya Toure, Serge Aurier, Gervinho and Max-Alain Gradel.
Algeria tops the list with 6 nominations followed by Cote d’Ivoire who has four nominations.
Cameroun has three nominations with one of their key players Stephen M’Bia .
Guinea captain Ibrahima Traore is also on the list with and Algeria’s Sofiane Feghouli and Yacine Brahimi joining.
Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa who plays for CSKA Moscow is number one on the shortlist.
Algeria has three nominations whiles Egypt has two.
Voters in Guinea are electing a president in the west African country's second democratic presidential election since independence in 1958.
Seven candidates are competing against President Alpha Conde, who is hoping to win a second term.
His main challenger, Cellou Dalein Diallo, has urged his supporters to vote despite the country's top court rejecting his plea for a delay.
The 2010 election saw a transition from military to civilian rule.
Since then Guinea has been badly hit by an Ebola outbreak and seen prices of key export bauxite - the raw material in aluminium - slump.
Deep ethnic, political and religious tensions persist and can quickly become violent, especially around election time, BBC World Service Africa editor Mary Harper reports.
At least three people were killed in pre-election violence.
Opposition parties had wanted the vote postponed due to alleged anomalies in the country's electoral roll but the election commission rejected the call.
Will Guinea's election be free and fair?
Some of those trying to vote early on Sunday complained that voting materials were not ready.
Mr Conde is favourite to win the election but a second round of voting is likely.
"I ask all Guineans, whatever their party, to fulfil their civic duty peacefully and calmly," Mr Conde said after casting his vote in the capital, Conakry.
Aged 77, he is hoping to capitalise on his victory in the 2010 vote, held after he returned from some three decades in exile, but that election was marred by violence and accusations of fraud.
He promises to consolidate stability and social unity, and promote development.
After voting elsewhere in the capital, Mr Diallo, a former prime minister, said: "We must hope there will not be [violence] after the elections and that the people of Guinea show maturity."
The 63-year-old pledges to prioritise jobs for young people and to give all Guineans "access to health care, decent housing, water, electricity, safety, and justice".
African Union and European Union observers are monitoring the election. The official result is not expected until Monday or Tuesday.
The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party for the 2016 presidential elections, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo has ended his three day ‘Rise and Build ‘tour in the Ashanti Region.
Addressing party regional executives and all parliamentary aspirants in 14 constituencies in the region, Nana Addo said Ghanaians are looking for a president with better policies to stimulate growth and not a president who would go and beg for support.
Nana insisted that Ghana is endowed with all the resources required to transform this country but it takes a president with better economic policies aimed at strengthening the economy.
“We are not looking for a President who will go and beg for us. We want proper policies that will make it possible for our industries to grow. If you put in place polices aimed at strengthening your currency, reducing interest rates and putting in place an effective fiscal policy, these are the things that will stimulate local production, and not begging.”
Nana Addo added “What Ghanaians demand from a President of Ghana, endowed with all the power of the State, is to put in place policies and measures which will stimulate the growth of local production, and not to go begging.”
The flagbearer reiterated that a 2016 victory for the NPP, is a victory for all Ghanaians and not a selected few, because the victory according to him “will be a watershed in the development of our country”.
Nana Addo was confident of victory come 2016 because of the hard work they have employed so far but that would only be achieved if they unite their front.
“I am confident that Almighty God will look on our hard work and grant us victory in 2016. This victory will not be an NPP victory, but a victory for all Ghanaians.”
Nana Akufo Addo as part of his tour held series of meetings with regional and constituency executives, as well as parliamentary candidates from 14 constituencies in the Ashanti Region.
The constituencies were Asawase, Manhyia North, Manhyia South, Oforikrom, Suame, Old Tafo, Kwadaso, Nhyiaeso, Bantama, Asokwa, Offinso North, Offinso South, Subin and Bosomtwe.
President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John Mahama has said that Ghana has so far been able to withstand its economic challenges after years of going through very difficult times in the past.
He indicated that Ghana was recognized as the first sub-saharan African country to gain independence with very bright economic prospects, but that was short lived in the the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Addressing the Grace Pentecostal Branch of the Assemblies of God Church at Effiakuma, a suburb of Takoradi in the Western Region, the President Mahama noted that: “Ghana was recognised in the whole community and celebrated as the first sub-saharan African country to have independence but by the 1970s and 1980s; the country fell to the bottom of the pit…Our economy was struggling, there was no light, … to make matters worse there was no food…”
President Mahama however added that Ghana has surmount to all these challenges because of ‘’God’s favour.’’
“Gods favour was on the country and we were able to overcome all that. Ghana is rising again; today we have the fastest growing middle class in Africa. Nobody goes to the next door to beg for iced water.In every house, everyone has a TV in his room”.
President Mahama in his address to the church advised Ghanaians to also eschew any form of violence as the country prepares ahead of the 2016 elections, he stated that politics in Ghana should not be life and death but rather peaceful.
“Our politics should never be about life and death because God in his own wisdom will choose a leader for us.”
He added: “Even if men of God need prayers then those of us in authority in the secular world even need more prayers because the Bible even says we should pray for those in authority so that he will give them divine guidance to be able to do what is right in the sight of God.’’
President Mahama further admonished Ghanaians to be mindful of how peace the country is because we are the only nation that has not suffered civil war.
“Ghana is the only country that has not suffered civil war. Our nation is favoured, and our nation is great.”
The Sales Executive Manager for Regimanuel Grey Estate Limited, Madam Violet D. Odoi has said that the Real Estate Industry in Ghana, is growing steadily because more Ghanaians are buying homes.
She explained that it would very important for the Real Estate Industry to provide quality, long lasting and affordable homes that can last a life time for the buyer.
According to her, although Ghanaians are looking out for homes, their demand for quality is paramount and to ensure that this is achieved, providers in the Real Estate Industry must apply modern and the accepted standards in the housing industry.
Madam Odoi explained further that, putting up a home requires the use of good quality materials that have been certified, tested and accepted in the housing sector.
The sales executive indicated that when you talk of homes, you must think of the infrastructure and to go it right, the best practice must be applied.
She posited that buyers in the Real Estate Industry, invest their life time savings into buying homes and therefore it would important to provide them with the best quality homes.
Madam Odoi addressing the issue on pricing and affordability in the industry, indicated that every quality home comes with a price, and when if anyone is interested in investing in ahome, then the person must pay a good yet affordable price.
She admonished Ghanaians not to compromise on quality but rather invest in the best to last them a life time.
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Deputy Regional Secretary for the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), in the Volta Region, Mustapha Bandi has called on Ghanaians to see the call for a new voter register by Nana Addo and the NPP as fraudulent and an attempt to make the country ungovernable.
Mustapha Bandi said ‘’the call for a new register is not genuine, they don’t have a good intention for a new register to be compiled’’.
He insisted that the NPP is making ‘’wild allegation’’, with their call.
‘’We believe that we should allow the Electoral Commission, to be solely independent to be able to hold a credible election in this country’’, he said
Mr. Bandi challenged the NPP to come clean with their call because in his opinion he sees it as fraudulent and without merit.
‘’With the posture of NPP and its holders, they have not lived to a good moral, they do not have the public moral capacity to represent themselves to call for such change. In any case, if you have made or filed a petition at the Electoral Commission, allow the Electoral Commissioner and the various commissioners to look at the and give it the merit it deserves’’ he indicated.
He could not understand why NPP would petition the EC, hold a demonstration, abuse the law then later turn to the international community after been disciplined by the police.
Mustapha Bandi opined that, the NPP is disgracing and destroying the country internationally and because of that Ghanaians would not forgive them.