Presidential candidate for the Progressive People’s Party, Dr. Papa Kwesi Ndoum has in a facebook post, responded President Mahama over some comments he made over the weekend at the Grace Pentecostal branch of the Assemblies of God Church in the Western region.
The politician and entrepreneur has told Mahama that God was not in line to vote for former President Rawlings, late Mills and including Mahama himself rather it was voters who voted for the leaders who have ruled us in the past and present.
Dr. Ndoum said. ‘’I know you were not in the line to vote for Rawlings in 1992 and 1996, Kufuor in 200 and 2004, Atta-Mills in 2008, or Mahama in 2012. We the voters, human as we are did the voting.’’
His comments is coming on the heels of the statement that President Mahama made at the church.
President Mahama whiles at Grace Assemblies of God Church admonished Ghanaians to ensure a violent free election come 2016, “because God in his own wisdom will choose a leader for us,’’ but in a quick rebuttal the founder of the PPP indicated that God is so wicked to rain on Ghanaians, cholera, dumsor, corruption, illiteracy, and HIPC.
‘’ You my Lord God did not rain dumsor, poverty, corruption, HIPC, illiteracy or cholera on us. We did it to ourselves. Help us work to get rid of them.
You give us Grace in abundance daily. It is you who have given us a fertile soil, gold, oil, manganese, bauxite, and other minerals.
You have made it possible for cocoa, timber, maize, cassava and others to grow when we do the work. Energize our will to put these to good use.
Teach us all to pray for humility, incorruptibility, diligence and the courage to take the righteous path.’’
Below is the full statement
President Mahama said at the Grace Pentecostal branch of the Assemblies of God Church at Effiakuma in Takoradi in the Western region:
“Our politics should never be about life and death because God in his own wisdom will choose a leader for us,”
And so My Prayer to God:
I know you are a kind God.
You love your children so much that you forgive us our sins, again and again. I pray for forgiveness for all of our people, especially those who lead our nation.
You give us Grace in abundance daily. It is You who have given us a fertile soil, gold, oil, manganese, bauxite, and other minerals.
You have made it possible for cocoa, timber, maize, cassava and others to grow when we do the work. Energize our will to put these to good use.
My Lord, I know you did not choose Bokassa, Iddi Amin, Jammeh, and others for Africa or Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini and their type for the world.
You my Lord God did not rain dumsor, poverty, corruption, HIPC, illiteracy or cholera on us. We did it to ourselves. Help us work to get rid of them.
I know you were not in the line to vote for Rawlings in 1992 and 1996, Kufuor in 200 and 2004, Atta-Mills in 2008, or Mahama in 2012. We the voters, human as we are did the voting.
Master, I know you did not bring foreigners to vote in Ghana, nor did you carry minors to go and and vote.
You Lord, did not steal ballot papers or deny candidates votes that belonged to them.
As I continue to pray, Master, let not your people use Your name in vain.
Teach us not to bear false witness.
Teach us all to pray for humility, incorruptibility, diligence and the courage to take the righteous path.
Teach our people to know that it is they who vote and that no free manna will fall from the heavens and that whom we give our vote to will determine our well-being on this earth.
My Lord God, make our hearts pure and our minds fertile for the truth and help us make wise choices so that we can vote for leaders who will help us make excellent use of natural gifts you have put here on part of the world called Ghana.
These and others I ask and pray for in the name of Jesus.
President John Mahama has re-assured fisher folks in the Central region of government’s commitment to ensuring that the fishing industry gets better and improves.
He said government has adopted a number of technologies to help sustain the country’s sea’s stock, the technologies includes vessel information tracking devices which would help government to monitor activities of unauthorized fishing activities in fishing areas.
President Mahama revealed that all fishermen have been advised to fix an identification tracking device on their trolleys to enable authorities monitor activities of fishermen who fish in authorized locations.
Another technology the president said has been acquired by government is the fish finding devices which would improve activities of fishermen in fishing community, the device according President Mahama would help fishermen to catch more fish.
He explained that the ministry of fisheries would start distributing these devices for the fishermen as soon as possible.
President Mahama indicated that one other major project that the government is committed in doing is the fisheries college which the late President Mills promised the community.
The college according to Mahama would give training to the fishermen to enhance their skills, knowledge and modern way of fishing.
The president was interacting with the fishing community in the Central region as part of his ’Transforming Lives Campaign’ in the region.
Majority Leader in Ghana’s legislative house says the former rector of GIMPA Prof. Stephen Adei has crossed the red line and therefore would to be important for him to appear before parliament to assist with investigations in his recent allegations.
Hon. Alban Bagbin indicated that the house would invite the former rector to the house to assist them because just like he (Hon. Babgin) was dragged to the privileges committee some time ago, Prof. Adei should also appear before them to assist them with any available information regarding his allegations.
The MP for Nadoli West stated that the allegations of Prof. Adei cannot be swept under the carpet because corruption is a serious matter that poses a lot of threat to our nation and therefore there is the need to consider the solutions to dealing with the canker.
He said '' the institution of parliament is in Ghana and we all know that corruption is endemic in Ghana, and the members of parliament and the institution are not from heaven, we are not angles, we are also Ghanaians and so the canker of corruption has affected the institution.’’
He added that, the latest investigative work by Anas shows the extent of corruption in our various institutions.
Hon Bagbin revealed that what they have done over the years is to put in place measures to contain corruption. and as part of that efforts, is the adoption of the national anti-corruption plan which is to help expose and deal with corruption in the country.
The majority leader of Ghana’s legislative house explained that as a house they have also introduced a code of conduct, rules and regulations that would help regulate the behaviours of members in parliament.
Hon. Bagbin said, the code of conduct guiding parliamentarians would be enforced to make sure that parliamentarians are as honourable as expected by Ghanaians.
He has therefore suggested that we as Ghanaians should join the fight against corruption, educate and create an awareness of the negative effects of corruption.
Hon. Alban Bagbin indicated that, parliament would deal some of these issues when they resume sitting.
He said it would be important to probe further as to whether MP’s go to the extent of taking bribes for their girlfriends as alleged by Prof. Stephen Adei.
He reiterated that Prof. Adei allegation should be swept under the carpet and therefore the former rector must assist the house in their investigations for the appropriate action to be taking.
National Youth Organiser for the Progressive People’s Party, Divine Nkrumah has alleged that President Mahama and his appointees are ‘thieves’ who are stealing massively from the state.
According to him the Mahama led administration, his appointees and the NDC as a party are amassing wealth for themselves at the expense of the ordinary Ghanaian.
The fire brand Youth Organiser of the PPP indicated that, if you appoint a ‘thief’ to protect your property, under no circumstances should you expect that your property would be safe.
Mr. Nkrumah accused the president for allowing his appointees to steal massively from the state, he said they steal from left, right and centre including ministers and party executives.
Speaking with Kwame Tutu on Frontline Tuesday morning, Divine Nkrumah stated that the President is a direct beneficiary of the massive stealing in his government and because of that he cannot stop his appointees from stealing from Ghana.
He mocked the anti-corruption campaign been advocated by President Mahama, because he has amass wealth for himself up to the point where he is satisfied and therefore he is pretending to fight corruption.
‘’For now President Mahama can say that he is fighting corruption because he is a millionaire, he is a beneficiary from the system,’’ he opined.
Divine Nkrumah said he is not surprise at all at the attitude of the president because he has shown clearly that he is indeed a corrupt leader, ''am not surprised that he cannot give a definite answer on corruption.’’
He further accused the Mahama government of looting and sharing of state resources through bloating of figures for government projects.
Every project of the Mahama led administration ‘’is an avenue to create, loot and share, and steal from the people,’’ that is what is going on in this country, ‘’thievery,’’ he added.
Member of Parliament for the Nkoranza-North Constituency who doubles as a member of the privileges committee in the legislative house Hon. Major retired Derrick Oduro, has criticized former rector of GIMPA Prof. Stephen Adei for his comments he made about MPs over the weekend.
It could be recalled that, the former rector of GIMPA Prof. Stephen Adei accused Members of Parliament of taking bribes.
The former rector alleged that, “at least 8 in 10 politicians in Ghana are glorified thieves although almost every need of theirs is met by the state; we have to stop it.’’
However in an interview with the host of the breakfast show on rainbow radio, the honourable Member of Parliament described the statement by the former rector as unfortunate, misguided and irresponsible.
If he said we also take bribes for our girlfriends, then maybe his daughters may have benefited from those monies since Prof. Adei is so sure of his scandalous allegations, he added.
Hon. Oduro who appeared very heated posited that, if indeed Prof. Adei made those statements then he as a Professor and a trainer of majority of the MPs, has helped trained ‘’glorified thieves’’ and corrupt politicians.
The member of the privileges committee was highly disappointed in the statements made by the former rector and has refuted the claims and has charged Prof. Adei to provide evidence to back his claims.
Hon. Oduro said, I will agree with Prof. Adei on the premise that, he has taught leaders to be corrupt with his ‘’corrupt’’ lecturers, and therefore what does he expect from his ‘’corrupt leaders’’ with his corrupt lectures, ‘’garbage in garbage out.’’
He explained that as members of the various committee, they do their work with due diligence, he said they don’t just pass a bill in parliament because they scrutinize, analyze and probe any document brought before them so they cannot be accused of taking bribes.
According to the legislator, he would not be surprised if the former rector retracts his statements when he is dragged before the privileges committee, because some other Ghanaians who have made similar comments in the past have always retracted whenever they are dragged before the legislative house.
President John Mahama says the people in the Western region are a living proof that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is on the right path with its unprecedented projects across the region.
He indicated that Ghana is currently rising again because the country is touted as the fastest growing middle class economy in sub-region with very bright prospects and opportunities.
The president stated that, the NDC is on track and focused on transforming Ghana and come 2016, the electorate would give the party the nod to rule the country for another four years.
According to President Mahama, the NDC stands a better chance of winning the elections come 2016 if the party supporters remains united and remains faithful to the NDC.
He had earlier on Sunday called on all parliamentary aspirants in the Western region to still remain faithful and support any candidate who emerges as winner to represent the party.
The president has for the past two days been touring the Western region with his ‘Changing and Transforming lives Campaign’.
As part of the tour, the president inaugurated the second community day senior high school, he also met with some business executives in the region.
The Western region according President Mahama, contributes significantly to the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
The president is currently in the Central region with his transforming lives campaign tour, he is expected to inspect some ongoing projects in the region.
Executive Director at the African Centre for Energy Policy Mr. Amin Adams has said that the power barges which is expected to be shipped to Ghana is the solution to our energy crisis.
He indicated that the country would experience the worse ‘dumsor’ if we do not get the money to finance the fueling of our existing plants even if the barges comes in.
Mr. Adam explained that Ghanaians should not put their hope into the power barges because if the plants are maintained on schedule then we would be serious trouble.
He insisted Ghana do not have reserved power barges therefore anything that happens to current our power plants would mean that the ‘dumsor’ would worse.
Mr. Adams further explained that although the barges are coming in November, the actual date for the barges to be used would be in January 2016 because of some technical works that would be done.
He revealed that Ghana has only issued financial clearance for only one barge and therefore Ghanaians should only expect only one barge.
President Mahama has stressed the need to encourage more children to get into the science, technical and practical courses, because they’ve been too much emphasis on the arts and humanity courses.
According to the president, this is not only a problem at the secondary level but also at the tertiary level.
‘’We must encourage more of our children to go into science and technology, mathematics and those areas, it looks like there is an emphasis on the arts and humanities, not only at the secondary level but at the tertiary level,’’ President Mahama said.
The President revealed that in other to improve upon the situation and encourage more students to get into the study of science and technology, government is going to expand the scholarship and grant scheme to support more students in the study of science and technology.
The Maters Programme has so far supported about 5, 000 recipients.
‘’The Masters Programme gives scholarship and grants to students from the secondary level who offer science courses and so far we’ve provided scholarship to over 5,000 recipients and we going to expand that programme in order to encourage more people to go into science other practical and technical courses,’’ the president indicated.
He stated further that, the job market are currently looking for those who have studied practical and technical courses, and therefore it would be important to ensure that we put more children into the study of science and practical training.
President said, ‘’all of us are doing managements and we are doing the humanities, what happens is, you come out yes but you need to be re-trained to go into any professional course. It prepares you for the world of work but it doesn’t give you the direct skills, so if you come out with let’s say a BA from Legon or University of Cape Coast or Science and Tech and you applied for a job in the banking sector, they have to re-train you to be able to go into the banking sector. So yes is good to have a degree from the university but we must encourage more people to go into science and theses courses were more jobs are been thrown out as quickly as possible.’’
The President made this statements when he appeared on the twin city radio in the Western region as part of his tour and commissioning of some community day senior schools including one at Bemianko.
Already one community day school had been commissioned by President Mahama in Otuam with over 1, 500 applications from qualified students who would be screened and accepted to attend the school.
About 123 out of the 200 community day senior high schools have been awarded on contracts and are in different stages of completion with 23 financed by the World Bank.
Another 50 would be awarded on contract by next year but would depend on budgetary issues and budgetary constraints.