President John Dramani Mahama has lambasted his political opponents for deliberately skewering growth in the agriculture sector, saying that agric is not growing at zero percent.
According to him, the growth rate for agriculture at the end of 2015 was 2 percent, hence it makes no sense for anyone; who for their political gains will go round claiming that the growth of agriculture has stalled under his administration.
Vice Presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has consistently lambasted President Mahama for collapsing the agricultural sector.
According to him, ''Agriculture is almost collapsing. Agric which should be the backbone of the economy is growing at 0.04% as at 2015. Manufacturing growth has also been in the negative for the last 3 years – negative 0.5% in 2013, negative 0.8% in 2014 and negative 2% in 2015. So Agric is collapsing and manufacturing is in the negative and yet our President wants to tell us that our economy is resilient.''
Presidential candidate of the People's National Convention (PNC), Dr. Edward Nasigri Mahama at a recent Evening Encounter at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), said, “Agriculture has become a non performing agriculture sector growing at zero per cent. The rather slow pace of agriculture modernization and low level of participation in an otherwise productive sector is unfortunate,” he added.
But responding to the claims in an interview on Radio Savannah 91.3 FM as part of his 'Accounting to the People Tour', President Mahama said, he does not understand why his political opponents are going about banding wrong figures with regards to the agric sector.
He indicated that agriculture under his administration has seen tremendous growth and will continue to grow at a fast pace.
''I don't know why people bandied the wrong figures about...The growth rate for agriculture at the end of 2015 was above 2 percent. And yet i hear a figure of 1 percent or something being bandied about for political gains. It was not 1 percent. Growth in agriculture has been positive and it has been positive. And it has been good...I think agric should be growing at about 5 to 6 percent per annum in order that we can achieve a target of becoming food secured.''
Government he added, have moved agric a step further by investing in agricultural infrastructure across the country to assist farmers.
There is an increase in rice production, poultry production, aqua culture, roots and tubers with Ghana currently exporting yam and cassava.
''We've increased the production of food crops in the country...But i can say that we are not satisfied with the growth rate of 2.4 percent because we must be growing at 5 to 6 percent in order that we can make Ghana a net exporter of agricultural products,'' he underscored.
He added, ''we have set up mechanization centres to assist farmers in respect to access to ploughing services. We've done three waves of supply of agricultural mechanization equipment...There are 500 more tractors we've received from Brazil with all the accompanying equipment...for rice farmers to assist them to increase their production. And once you give farmers such support, they will rise up to the occasion.''
President Mahama indicated that, production is going on well, however, in order to achieve food security, ''we must increase the amount of irrigable lands that is available so that we don't have to absolutely depend on rainfall. So we are currently rehabilitating more than 15 irrigation dams that we abandoned in the past and we are even commissioning new ones.''
The rehabilitation projects includes Tono, Bia, Brenam in the Brong Ahafo region which is expected to bring about 1,000 hectres of land under cultivation while Tamale irrigation project is bringing 3, 250 acres of land under cultivation for onions, rice, sorghum among other crops. President Mahama stressed, are all major forward step in terms of agriculture production.
He emphasized, the growth in agriculture under this government is positive far better than the negative growth of minus 1.7 percent in 2007 to 2.4 percent in 2015.''That is positive growth,'' he stated.
On initiatives adopted by government to ensure that young people get involved in agriculture, President Mahama said there is the need to look at the value chain because young people today are not interested in the old ways of doing agriculture.
According to him, with the provision of modernize agriculture with mechanization services, ''the entrepreneurial young people who are interested in going into agriculture,'' will do so.''
President Mahama said, currently with the introduction of youth in cocoa farming under the Youth Employment Authority (YEA) is yielding good results.
The Youth Enterprise Support (YES), he added, is also assisting young people to have interest in agriculture. Meanwhile he has assured that government will soon launch farmers services by close of the year; an initiative he said will help farmers in the marketing of their crops.
Regional Organizer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ashanti Region, Steven Amoah has admonished Ghanaians to trust the presidential candidate of the party on every promise he has made.
According to him, Nana Addo will deliver on every single promise made when he assume the seat as president of the Republic.
Speaking in an interview with Rainbow Radio's 87.5FMs Kwame Tutu on the morning show, Frontline, he said the promises by Nana Addo are not political campaign promises, rather they are realistic promises that can help deliver Ghanaians from the incompetent Mahama led administration.
He decried the high cost of living, collapse of businesses, high and killer tariffs among other very serious challenges .
Nana Akufo Addo he said is a competent leader, tried tested and proven to be a strong and selfless person who has Ghana at heart.
The NPP he posited have done it before and will do it again when given the opportunity. ''The NPP delivered on all its promises and i can tell you that, Ghanaians trust the NPP more than the NDC. We will formalise the economy, creating jobs for the youth, scrap unrealistic taxes and other initiatives to provide the transformation citizens are yearning for.''
Ghana he stressed is heading to the ditch and until Ghanaians rise up to vote for change, we will regret it.
Nana Akufo Addo is currently on tour of the Ashanti Region. He is expected to interact with the chiefs and people of outlining his vision and police programmes.
The Chief of Mpasaaso No. 1, in the Ahafo Ano South West constituency of the Ashanti Region, Nana Tabiri Gyansah II, says he, together with his people, have no choice but to support the 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to win this year’s elections.
According to Nana Tabiri Gyansah II, his town, as well as the vast majority of Ahafo Ano, have been deprived off development by the Mahama-led National Democratic Congress government over the last 7 years, because they have been tagged as belonging to the ‘opposition.’
The people of Mpasaaso No. 1, the Chief noted, will therefore have to vote in a government of their own so they can be given their fair share of development.
Nana Tabiri Gyansah II made this known on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, when the NPP flagbearer called on him at his palace, on day 1 of his 5-day tour of the Ashanti Region.
“We recollect how then candidate Kufuor assured us that he was going to give Mpasaaso a Secondary School, construct our town roads and also provide us with electricity, when he won the election of 2000. The Secondary School project began, but after the NPP lost power in 2008, it was been abandoned,” the Chief lamented.
He continued, “Nana, we know you are winning. When you do, please complete the school for us. President Kufuor gave us electricity. However, the construction of our town roads, since President Kufuor left office, has hit a snag. We are told we belong with the opposition, so it will not be done. It is a big problem for us. We, in Ahafo Ano, are described by those in power now as opposition elements, so there is no development for us.”
Nana Tabiri Gyansah II, thus, told Nana Akufo-Addo that the people of Mpasaaso are looking up to him to win the election and bring development to the people, which will include the construction of their town roads, as well as the siting of a Teacher Training College in the district.
“I have no choice but to support you wholeheartedly. Mpasaaso is your town. We give you the permission to go into the town and give the people your message, because we are tired of our current circumstances. Whatever you tell the people, we will be in support of it and back you, otherwise we will forever lag behind. Have mercy on us when you win,” he added.
You’ll win the election
At Mpasaaso No. 2, Nana Akufo-Addo also paid a courtesy call on the Chief, Nana Ampofo Twumasi III, at his palace.
Nana Ampofo Twumasi III, recounted how four years ago, he told the NPP flagbearer to be mindful of electoral officers, as well as presiding officers at the polling stations, since they, and not the voters, could be the deciding factor as to who won the elections.
“This year, be very mindful of the polling station officers. Also your parliamentary candidates, after learning of their fate also abandon the presidential vote. I urge them to protect their votes, as well as that of the presidential candidate, otherwise it will be difficult,” the Chief said.
“If this is done, Nana, you wouldn’t have a problem. God does not make mistakes. He knows why he is making you contest the third time. This is your time. Nana you will win the election. I prophesy to you that you will win this election.
“We are in support of you. When we pray to our ancestors, we remember you in our prayers. When we go to church, we pray to the Almighty on your behalf. I pray to God for strength, good health and wisdom for you,” Nana Ampofo Twumasi III added.
Source: NPP Communications Team
Presidential candidate of the Progressive People's Party (PPP) and President of Groupe Ndoum, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, has called on Ghanaians to patronise made in Ghana goods to help generate employment for young people.
The business mogul made this call when Groupe Nduom commissioned an ultra modern office complex on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016.
Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom said it was about time Ghanaians appreciate our own, this he maintained will alleviate poverty.
The investment he added, is to to help in the ''creation of local jobs in areas in need of development and starved of investment capital.''
The building is situated just by the most visible landmark in Mankessim-the Mankessim roundabout.
The commissioning of the Office is part of Groupe Nduom’s investment commitment in areas considered among the poorest in the country.
According to him, the Central Region is considered one of the four poorest regions in Ghana. The building was constructed by Yorke Properties, one of the over 60 companies that constitute Groupe Nduom.
The occasion was also used to outdoor some of its variety of companies in the Groupe Nduom Mankessim Office Complex. These include GN Bank, GN Life Assurance, Gold Coast Fund Management and Pentrust which are operating within the financial sector; First Digital Television in the media; Fresh Pak and GN Electronics in the manufacturing sector and Qualtek in technology.
These companies are all housed in the Groupe Nduom Mankessim office Complex.
Some Assembly Members in Kumasi, calling themselves Concerned Assembly Members, are calling for the immediate past Chief Executive officer of the KMA, Kojo Bonsu, to be investigated for allegedly misappropriating funds during his tenure.
The youth group believes that there were some instances of financial malfeasance on the part of Mr. Bonsu.
Mr. Boakye stated that, the cost of the development of the Rattray Park had been inflated.
They have called on EOCO, BNI to with immediate effect investigate the former Mayor since they believe he may have embezzle funds at the assembly.
According to them, some projects including a project at Kumasi Academy, the assembly hall; which was at lintel level- and Kojo Bonsu raised final payment certificates on that project and effected payments which they believe was not the right thing to be done. I believe EOCO has to come out on some of these issues.
The revenue accrued from tolls collected at the Kejetia market they added, have not been unaccounted for since Mr. Bonsu took over the office as Mayor.
The Eastern Regional Senior High School is faced with serious transformational system and the students have now become a means of transport should any of the students fall sick or is unable to walk to access healthcare due to one reason or the other.
The abled body students have no choice than to carry their mates to a health facility because the school has no means of transport.
Our Eastern Regional correspondent, Prince Collins in a report filed on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM, said, the students and parents alike have expressed their frustration over the challenges the students are currently going through.
They have appealed to the Ministry of Education and government to immediately come to their aid.
One of the student according to him, nearly died due to the situation.
A group calling itself Concerned Women have held a demonstration in protest against scathing attacks on the Electoral Commissioner, Mrs. Charlotte Osei by Assin North Member of Parliament (MP), Kennedy Agyapong.
The legislator at a rally held recently, accused the first female Commissioner of getting her current position through sexual favours.
The fire brand politician have come under intense pressure from both the clergy, civil society groups, Members of Parliament and individuals to retract and apologise for his sexist comments against the female Commissioner.
The MP has however, refused to apologise, and threatened to expose more if he is dared by anybody.
Meanwhile, the women's group during the demonstration chanted songs demanding an apology and retraction from the MP.
Wielding placards with inscriptions like; 'Women are not Weak', 'When you touch one, You Touch All', 'Kennedy Agyapong you have bitten more than you can Chew', among others, the women noted, the MP should do the honourable thing and apologise.
The women expressed their displeasure and questioned whether the legislator was indeed a married man.
Some of them said, the MP has completely disgraced himself by making such unfortunate statements.
''If Kennedy Agyapong believes that his mother is a woman, then he should respect women. If he fails to respect women, then his live will be cut short on earth,'' some of them said.
Former Burundi minister for East African Community (EAC) affairs Hafsa Mossi has been shot dead by unknown gunmen outside her home in Bujumbura.
“She was near her home and a tinted car knocked her from behind, she went out to see what happened and was shot twice,” a close relative told The EastAfrican.
Ms Mossi was the chairman of the East African Legislative Assembly's (EALA) Burundi chapter and had played a critical role in Burundi’s integration into the EAC.
She was the first Burundi EAC minister and had been conducting sensitisation workshops with the EALA's Burundi chapter with different stakeholders at the grassroots level on the benefits of Burundi's integration into the bloc.
The killing is the latest in a series of targeted assassinations of top government officers by unknown armed groups.
The political crisis in Burundi began last year when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a third term, sparking protests. Since then, more than 500 people have been killed and thousands have fled the country fearing for their lives.