The Electoral Commission has in accordance with Article 112(5) of the Constitution, set Tuesday 29 March, 2016 as the date for the bye-election of the Abuakwa North constituency, following the sudden demise of the late Hon. Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu who gruesomely murdered at his Shiashie residence on February 9, 2016.
An official statement signed by the Deputy Director in charge of operations at the Electoral Commission announced the Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 March, 2016 for picking of nomination forms at the District or Regional Office of the Commission at Koforidua.
Interested candidates who wish to contest for the elections may have pay an amount of GHC 1000 cedis as filing fee.
The Hon. Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu was stabbed multiple times leading to his untimely death, according to a preliminary investigations by the Police Administration.
The prime suspect officially charged for the murder of the late MP, Daniel Asiedu was arrested at Agogbloshie his hideout after he attempted to unlock two mobile phones believed to belong to the late legislator.
He will reappear before the Accra Magistrate Court on the 1, March and should he be committed of the crime, his case will be heard by the Accra High Court.
Below is the statement from the EC
Following the death of the Member of Parliament for the Abuakwa North Constituency, Hon. Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu and in accordance with Article 112(5) of the Constitution, as amended, the Electoral Commission will hold a by-election in the constituency on Tuesday, the 29th Day of March, 2016.
Nominations for the election will be taken on Tuesday the 1st day of March and Wednesday the 2nd day of March, 2016 at the District Office of the Commission at Tafo in the Eastern Region, from 9:00am to 12:00noon and 2:00pm to 5:00pm both days.
Nomination forms may be obtained from the District Office or the Regional Office of the Commission at Koforidua.
Candidates for the election shall provide two recent photographs (bust) with red background, showing the full face and both ears.
The filing fee for the election is One Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢1,000.00).
All interested candidates and political parties are to take note and be guided accordingly.
DEPUTY CHAIRMAN (OPERATIONS)
The running mate of the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has responded to a government's response to his recent statement he made about government's over borrowing without any thing to show for it.
The former deputy governor accused the NDC government of borrowing US$ 37 billion out of which it has accounted for only US$ 7 billion.
But a statement signed by the Communication Minister, Dr. Richard Omane Boamah described the statement from Dr. Bawumia as ''misleading and false,'' since government has shown clearly that, there are projects to support the loan contracted.
However, the three times running mate of NPP has responded back to the statement in another detailed response saying:
''Giving the rate of borrowing by this government, it is likely that the total debt at the end of January now exceeds the GH¢99billlion, projected for the end of 2015.
''It is interesting to note that according to the Minister of Finance in his 2015 Mid-Year Review, “Ghana’s total public debt stock as at end-December, 2014 stood at GH¢79,665.5 million……….In dollar terms, the debt stock was US$24,817.1 million, representing an increase of 3.3 percent from the end-2013 stock of US$24,021.2 million.” (Page 24, Paragraph 79)''
Dr. Bawumia also accused government of adding nothing new to the response released following his earlier statement.
''Reading the government’s response, it is clear that they have not added anything new to the claims they were making to which I responded on Saturday. All they have done is to repeat the same claims which have been discredited. For me, the people of Ghana remain the best judges on the issue of whether they have had their due from this government considering the unprecedented resources and opportunities they have had since they won power.
''After having more than 10 times the resources of the NPP through unbridled borrowing, astronomic increases in tax rates and favourable external conditions (which they did nothing to precipitate), the people of Ghana will judge if such huge resources have been invested in their lives.
''I remain convinced that the people of Ghana will judge and judge well. This conviction is strengthened on a daily basis as I go round the country and interact with the people of Ghana.''
You can download the full statement from Dr. Bawumia.
The CPP Youth League have registered their displeasure towards the ruling government over what they described as illegal confiscation of their party's assets nationwide.
According to them, they find it curious, absurd, unwarranted, unacceptable and most unjust that the government till today maintains a strangle hold on the parties assets.
Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem as part of activities marking 50 years of Nkrumah's overthrow from government, the National Youth Organizer, Ernesto Yeboah accused the Mahama led administration of failing to honour his promise of releasing all confiscated assets of the Nkrumayist.
He posited, the NDC led by President Mahama will never release these assets because they were part of the master-minders of the overthrown of the first president of Ghana.
He explained the then National Liberation Council now NDC which had both the police, military and civilian groups orchestrated the coup, led by army Generals, Afrifa and Kotoka 50 years ago, with active participation from the UP tradition now NPP which had one of their key founders at the forefront.
Ernesto Yeboah said, he will not be surprised if their assets are not released but will be extremely grateful if they get them back.
Hiplife artiste and Chief Executive Officer of NK Studios and pub, Nhyiraba Kojo has forgiven his fellow music duo, Ruff and Smooth who he paid an amount of GHC 800 as part payment for the music duo to perform at the Republic Day Concert in Kumasi 2 years ago.
Speaking in an interview with Sokoohemaa on her Freaky Wednesday edition on her Mid morning show, Rashid Joseph as he is originally called explained, he paid the duo the amount after they negotiated from GHC 2000 to GHC 1, 500 cedis, for the duo to perform on his show which they failed to turn up for.
Nhyiraba Kojo indicated, he had to cancel the show after he hyped it for a period due to the failure of Ruff and Smooth to fulfill their part of deal.
The 'Turn Around' and 'Alqaeda' hit maker, told host that, he initially demanded for the duo to retain the GHC 800 cedis but had to rescind on his decision after a number of stakeholders asked him to forget about.
''I had to take back my money because they never performed on the show...They [Ruth and Smooth] needed to have refund the GHC 800 cedis after they failed to honour their engagement...But I have forgiven them after a number of artiste and colleagues advised me to let sleeping dogs lie,'' he stated.
Nhyiraba Kojo and the music duo, Ruff N Smooth in 2013 made headlines over GHC 800 cedis after the 'Swagger' duo failed to honour their engagement at the Republic Day Concert in Kumasi which was cancelled.
A former minister of education, Prof. Dominic Fobih has blamed the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ministry of Education (MoE) over the use of fake certificates by some staff of the service which according to the GES, were detected following validation processes conducted to pay arrears of teachers.
GES has identified over 5, 000 names of teachers who are using fake certificates to practice, hence the delay in paying arrears owe them.
The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) have threatened a strike action over their unpaid arrears by February 29, 2016.
But the Director General Justice Kor says they will not pay any teacher whose certificate is fake.
However, the former minister of education, Prof. Dominic Fobih in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem blamed both the GES and the MoE for presiding over a system that has allowed fake and unqualified staff to operate.
In his opinion, government should draw a road map as quickly as possible, to pay all teachers whose documents are genuine and take steps to address those with the fake documentation.
He advised government to either prosecute or dismiss the number of fake teachers.
Court files, laptops and other valuable documents at the Kumasi Circuit 4 and High Court 3 caught fire earlier this afternoon.
The fire according to our reporter said lasted for about an hour since fire service men had to stay in traffic for long hours before arriving at the scene to quench the fire.
Nana Ofori said, a number of court files were destroyed in the fire however, no casualty was recorded.
Meanwhile work is currently going on as usual irrespective of the fire outbreak.
One of of Ghana's top most hiplife artiste Nhyiraba Kwadwo known in real life as Rashid Joseph has revealed on the Freaky Wednesday edition of the Mid Morning Show on Rainbow Radio that he slept under the rehabilitated Kaneshie bridge for three solid years before breaking into the music scene.
Speaking an exclusive interview with Sokoohemaa on Rainbow Radio, the artiste said circumstances which led him to move from Takoradi to Accra was due to stories they heard from artiste that, one could only survive when you move to Accra.
Nhyiraba Kojo noted, after moving from Takoradi to Accra, his last stop was the Kaneshie overhead because they knew no one.
According to him, he moved to Accra together with Castro because their dream was to hit.
But our experiences and situation we encountered was extremely difficult.
He told host he had to carry loads for people who came to the market to trade.
He added, they worked as drivers mate, shoe shine boys and had to also rare cattle for some Muslims in and around town all in the name of surviving.
Nhyiraba Kojo who nearly cried said, they slept under the harsh weather conditions and the danger that came with life at under the bridge.
The talented music artiste said while they were working at Kaneshie, they wrote and rehearsed songs until Castro met Jay Q who assisted him to record his first track 'Sradenam.
When asked whether his parents could not afford to cater for his needs hence his decision to move to Accra, the artiste who has churned out a number of hit tracks said, his stubbornness and decision to break through the music scene led him to take that decision.
Government has in a detailed response denied what they described as ''false and misleading'' claims the that the running mate of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia that government had borrowed US$ 37 billion out of which it accounts for only US$ 7 billion.
The former governor of the Central Bank, accused the NDC of mismanagement and failing to put to use the loans they contracted.
However, a detailed response from the government signed by the Communications Minister, Hon. Dr. Omane Boamah said ''Dr. Bawumia’s latest untruths is only a last-gasp effort to create doubts about the unprecedented investments made in all spheres of our national life by President John Dramani Mahama’s Government.
''It is borne out of a morbid fear that the overwhelming evidence provided in the 210-page book, shatters the many unsustainable falsehoods churned out by him, the NPP and their allies about the performance of President Mahama.''
The six bullet point response added ''no amount of falsehoods however will distract Government from investing further in all sectors of the economy to enhance the wellbeing of Ghanaians.''
Below is the full statement
GOVERNMENT SETS THE RECORDS STRAIGHT ON DR BAWUMIA’S FALSE AND OR MISLEADING CLAIMS
Government has noted a number of false and or misleading claims attributed to Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, the third time running mate to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer.
At a party event in Wa, Dr Bawumia among other falsehoods claimed that;
1. The NDC government had borrowed US$ 37 billion out of which it accounts for only US$ 7 billion
2. That there are six reasons why Ghanaians should reject what is contained in the “Accounting to the People” book.
We are constrained to respond as follows;
1. It is instructive that after years of living in denial that these projects exist, he has finally acknowledeged their existence except that he wants to tread down the path of discrediting them for partisan gain.
Dr. Bawumia’s latest untruths is only a last-gasp effort to create doubts about the unprecedented investments made in all spheres of our national life by President John Dramani Mahama’s Government. It is borne out of a morbid fear that the overwhelming evidence provided in the 210-page book, shatters the many unsustainable falsehoods churned out by him, the NPP and their allies about the performance of President Mahama.
On the specific claim, without source, that this government has borrowed US$37 billion since 2009, we wish to put on record that this is false and a desperate attempt to find basis for the flawed conclusions he churned out at the event.
At paragraph 127 on page 36 of the 2016 Budget presented to Parliament in November 2015, the Minister for Finance clearly indicated that our total National Debt stood at GH¢92,161.84 million or US$24,285.07. This was made up of GH¢54,488.26 million(US$14,357.91million) for external debt and GH¢37,673.58 million ($9,927.16 million) for domestic debt.
This represents our entire national debt since independence and includes US$8.1 billion bequeathed President Atta Mills’ Government by Dr Bawumia’s NPP in January 2009.
Given that his claims on our debt which forms the basis of his accusations are false, it stands to reason that his weak inferences with regards to how much has been spent on the projects highlighted in the book “Accounting to the People” are problematic and unacademic. In deed Dr Bawumia cannot feign ignorance of the use to which loans contracted are put. Every external loan contracted by Government is subject to Parliamentary approval and the use to which it is put is clearly stated in the documents presented to Parliament. By constantly pretending not to know this, Dr Bawumia is casting aspersions on the competence and diligence of his NPP MPs who help to approve these loans.
2. Regarding his claim that his phantom total loan amount could have been supposedly used for six things he itemised, we wish to state as follows;
a) Claim 1: The money could have been used to develop the Rail network from Accra to Paga and Transformed many parts of our country by this Investment.
Response: A review of the NPP’s 2000 and 2004 manifestos reveals the basis for this claim.
The NPP promised at page 15 of their 2000 manifesto to ensure a “Modernization and extension of railway network and Connection to the Northern Regions”.
At page 25 of their 2004 manifesto, the NPP also promised to ensure “Preparatory work towards the expansion project to link Ghana by rail to its northern neighbours of Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali.”
The records show that Dr Bawumia and his NPP failed spectacularly to fulfill their promise. The records also show that the railway sector collapsed under the NPP and in some instances they sold existing rail tracks as scrap.
We entreat Dr Bawumia to peruse pages 94, 95 and 98 of “Accounting to the People” where irrefutable proof of our superior performance in the Railway sector has been provided.
b)Claim 2: The money could have solved the water problems in Ghana.
Response: Once again, Dr Bawumia inadvertently sets his party up for mockery. The NPP holds the most abysmal record in the provision of water by any government in this fourth Republic.In all their 8 years in office, they increased water coverage by a paltry 2%.
We invite him again to turn to pages 58 to 65 to learn about the unmatched record of President Mahama with regards to the provision of water. The facts as presented in the book show that since the NDC came to office, water coverage has increased from 58.5% in 2009 to 76% in 2015.This is set to increase to 85% by close of this year when an additional 20 water projects are completed around the country.In absolute terms we have provided 77.5 million gallons of water per(MGD) day for 4.2 million Ghanaians as of the end of 2015.By the end of 2016 this will increase to 110million (MGD) for a total of 7 million Ghanaians. In all 52 years preceding the NDC in 2009,available water capacity could only serve 14 million people.
c) Claim 3: Solve the energy problem
Response: Between pages 69 and 78 in “Accounting to the People”, incontrovertible proof is provided on work done to increase our generation capacity which has not only ended load shedding but,made available for the first time in our history reserve capacity to take care of eventualities.
d) Claim 4: Put in place at least 1000 kilometres of asphalted roads in each region. There will be no major road problem left in any region after this.
Response: Pages 100 to 111 of the book provides pictorial proof of massive first-class road investments across the country.A regional breakdown is also provided for some of the road projects being undertaken in the country.Unlike Dr Bawumia’s dubious claims of expanding the road network by 8 times of what we have done, we have provided proof. We challenge him to list all, and we mean all, these roads and show where they are.
e)Claim 5: Put in place one world class hospital in each region.
Response:Dr Bawumia’s NPP also has the worst record in the provision of health infrastructure.The NPP has the dubious distinction of being the only party that failed to build a single Regional hospital in all 8 years of their tenure under the fourth republic.The President Rawlings Government built the Cape Coast,Ho and Sunyani Regional Hospitals.President Mahama is currently providing world-class Regional hospitals at Ridge in Accra, Sewua in Kumasi, Bolgatanga in the Upper East and Wa in the Upper West Region.In addition to this he is providing two world-class teaching hospitals and 15 District Hospitals. He has already provided 5 polyclinics with another 15 about to start,over forty health centres and hundreds of CHPS compounds. Together these hospitals will deliver over 6,000 additional beds representing the biggest investment ever by any Government in health infrastructure in Ghana’s history.
It is also a fact that every Region in Ghana has benefitted or is benefiting from the provision of a world-class hospital equipment under President Mahama. Regarding the provision of equipment,President John Mahama also holds the record for best performance.In the last four years,US$ 267 million has been invested in the provision of critical diagnostic and treatment equipment for over 150 health facilities nation-wide.This also represents the biggest ever investment in health equipment by any Government. Unshakable evidence of these and facts on the robust performance of the NHIS are set out from page 22 to 39 of “Accounting to the People”.
f) Claim 6: These investments have not translated into improved services for the people.
Response: It is obvious from this claim that Dr Bawumia and the NPP are not in tune with developments in our communities. The tens of thousands of school children who now sit in comfortable classrooms after almost half of the 4,321 schools under trees the NPP bequeathed know otherwise. The millions of Ghanaians in whose taps water had not flowed for decades but who now enjoy supply of treated water know better and cannot be deceived. The many Ghanaians who can now receive quality health diagnostic care know better.
Indeed we urge Dr Bawumia to check page 25 of “Accounting to the People” for evidence of massive improvements in critical human development and health indicators as culled from the Ghana Health and Demographic Survey of 2014.It shows that Infant, Child and under-five mortalities which were alarmingly high under the NPP have reduced significantly under President Mahama.
3. Contrary to Dr Bawumia’s claims,capital expenditures as a ratio of GDP averaged 5.6% from 2001 to 2008 and not 11% as claimed by Dr Bawumia. It is currently within the same band.The resort to “Capex/GDP” ratios is only an attempt to mask his party’s horrendously appalling record with regards to the delivery of critical infrastructure like schools, hospitals, water, housing, roads, communications, energy among others.
Dr Bawumia is fully aware that a thorough analysis of the actual amounts pumped into these projects vis-à-vis the outcomes will expose the staggering mediocrity exhibited by his party when in Government between 2001 and 2008.
4. On Job creation,Dr Bawumia is encouraged to read pages 137 and 138 of “Accounting to the People” where evidence of job creation arising from several interventions is given.We wish to assure that Government will continue to do more to ensure that more jobs are created for our youth.It would be recalled however that the NPP is bereft of a sustainable track record when it comes to job creation save for the ignominious tag of deceiving Ghanaians at page 5of their 2000 manifesto that they will “Create jobs for all persons able and willing to work and to reward each of them appropriately”.
Let Dr Bawumia disprove this horrible deception by pointing us to which jobs they created for ALL Ghanaians.
5. Dr Bawumia also repeated the discredited mantra of “inflated cost” of projects as means of chipping away at their positive impact on the lives of our people.In doing so he has placed himself firmly in the ranks of the Political Quantity Surveyors whose modus operandi is to claim without basis, logic or fact that the cost of every project is inflated. This is done for the sole purpose of undermining the projects in question for political gain. But the Danquah-Busiah tradition will no longer be allowed to undermine the interest of Ghanaians for their parochial gains- not anymore!
No amount of falsehoods however will distract Government from investing further in all sectors of the economy to enhance the wellbeing of Ghanaians.