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Deputy National Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mahdi Mohammed Gibrill has declared his intention to contest the position as National Organizer for the umbrella family. He has promised to deliver a resounding victory for the main opposition party. ‘’Yes, 2020 is possible, but only with an efficient pair of hands that can re-energize our people and effectively mobilize in affability within and without the Party.’’ In a statement issued and signed by the young politician, he said, ‘’As publicly affirmed by many, I have proven beyond all reasonable doubts, through my service to the party in various capacities from the branch level to the national level; that I possess that efficient pair of hands required in the mix to deliver a resounding victory.’’ ‘’By this statement, I will wish to humbly declare my intention to contest for the position of a National Organizer when nominations are opened. In line with our collective resolve to efficiently re-organize our party to recapture power as speedily as possible, I offer myself to serve you in this bid,’’ he added. Read Below the full statement DECLARE OF INTENTION TO CONTEST FOR NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS NATIONAL ORGANIZER After an extensive consultation with Senior Party Comrades, major Party stakeholders, work colleagues and families, I have decided to humbly heed to the call from the rank and file of our great party - the National Democratic Congress (NDC), to contest for and win to become the next National Organizer for the Party. By this statement, I will wish to humbly declare my intention to contest for the position of a National Organizer when nominations are opened. In line with our collective resolve to efficiently re-organize our party to recapture power as speedily as possible, I offer myself to serve you in this bid. Considering the unnegotiable need for us to save this country from the ailing hands of the Akufo Addo Government, we don’t have any excuse to gamble with who we elect as a National Organizer. What the party needs is an Organizer who does not only have the commitment, the wit and the mettle to mobilize an efficient election winning machinery, but also possess the experience to deliver political victory with efficiency. Yes, 2020 is possible, but only with an efficient pair of hands that can re-energize our people and effectively mobilize in affability within and without the Party. As publicly affirmed by many, I have proven beyond all reasonable doubts, through my service to the party in various capacities from the branch level to the national level; that I possess that efficient pair of hands required in the mix to deliver a resounding victory. Once again 2020 is possible, but conditioned on Commitment and Hardworking. HARD WORK remains a function of SUCCESS; which is the greatest attribute of MAHDI MOHAMMED GIBRILL. Fellow Akatamansonians, I look forward to serve, work tirelessly for you and with your support bring victory to the party in the general elections in 2020. Let’s join hands to deliver Ghana together, for in our collectivity lies our strength. LONG LIVE NDC LONG LIVE GHANA Signed MAHDI MOHAMMED GIBRILL
Horrific accounts of gang rape, throats being slit and mass shootings in South Sudan are described in the latest United Nations report on the country. It blames the violence in Unity state on government and allied forces. One woman, who said she lost everything told investigators that "it would have been better if they had killed me". Leaders signed a ceasefire deal in June aimed at ending the five-year civil war. Millions have been forced to flee as a result of the fighting. Tens of thousands of people have been killed. The violence detailed in the report may amount to war crimes and those responsible should be brought to justice, the UN's human rights body says. South Sudan's army has not yet received the report, and therefore could not comment, its spokesman told Reuters news agency. The UN investigators focussed on a five-week period in April and May when government soldiers and their allies attacked opposition-controlled villagesin the south of Unity state. The violence followed clashes between government and rebel forces, the report says. In all 232 civilians were killed with "some hung from trees and others burned alive in their homes", the report adds. 'Raped while bleeding from labour' A 14-year-old girl was quoted in the report as saying she would never forget the atrocities she had witnessed. "How can I forget the sight of an old man whose throat was slit with a knife before being set on fire?" she said. "How can I forget the smell of those decomposed bodies of old men and children pecked and eaten by birds? Those women that were hanged and died up in the tree?" the girl added. The investigators found that about 120 girls and women were raped or gang-raped, and the victims included women who had recently given birth. "I was still bleeding from labour, but one of the soldiers raped me. I kept quiet and did not resist as I saw other women being shot dead for refusing to have sex with the soldiers and youth," a 20-year-old woman said. South Sudan became independent in 2011. It has been wracked by civil war, which has seen ethnic cleansing and numerous atrocities, since 2013. omen have often taken to the streets to demand an end to the violence It began when President Salva Kiir fired his deputy Riek Machar, accusing him of planning a coup - an allegation he denied. Several attempts to find a peaceful solution have failed. The latest agreement, signed in June in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, saw the two leaders agree to a ceasefire, but they have yet to agree on a full-blown peace deal. Source: BBC
General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Dr Justice Yankson has said medical practitioners cannot be blamed for the poor medical system in the country. He has attributed the challenges confronting the sector to government. He said, “truth be told this is part of the bigger challenge that we are all facing and to a large extent, as a country we are trying to play ostrich. Basically, this is our problem; our emergency medical services are not in the best of state. “As a country, we are doing so good in some areas of our healthcare but this particular area, the emergency medical services, we have been caught pants down as a result of the systematic refusal over a long period to invest properly in that area from infrastructure to the training of emergency medical professionals and now we have been exposed. It has emerged that, some patients on admission at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital’s surgical ward have been directed to purchase plastic chairs due to unavailability of beds. Social media was awash with photos of patients sitting on plastic chairs receiving treatment. The Public Relations Officer of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Mustapha Salifu, said the hospital is not enthused about the situation and is working to decongest the ward. He said the hospital as part efforts to decongest the ward is sending information to other hospitals not to refer emergency cases there.
The Police Administration says investigations into the alleged assault of Joy News reporter, Latif Iddrisu, have stalled because the victim is yet to help identify the alleged culprits. A statement signed and issued Tuesday by the Director General of Police Public Affairs, ACP David Eklu said the victim is also yet to present witnesses to assist in investigations as well as return the police medical report form which was issued to him when he lodged the complaint. The statement comes on the back of a threat by the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) to boycott a forum scheduled for Wednesday to foster media-police relations as a result of the police’s inability to find the officers who allegedly assaulted Mr Iddrisu. Background Mr Iddrisu was allegedly assaulted by policemen in front of the CID headquarters when the Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho, was arrested. Riot police were stationed at the CID headquarters to control a small crowd of NDC supporters who had come to the headquarters to show solidarity to their General Secretary. According to Mr Iddrisu, the police attacked him when he had asked one of them a question to facilitate his report; leaving him with a fractured skull. Credit: GraphicOnline
Newly elected National Chairman for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has thrown salvos at individuals calling for an investigation to be conducted into the purchasing of some 275 mini buses for the elephant family. Mr Blay has been widely criticized over the purchasing of the buses with the Minority calling for a forensic audit to be conducted into activities at the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC). Speaking to Joy News’ Kojo Yankson on the AM Show on the Joy News channel Tuesday, Mr Blay said the buses were meant to be used for commercial purposes by the party. According to him, ‘’the party needs to be resourced. People think parties are leeches on government. I say that they don’t need to be leeches. Whether we are in or out of government, parties must run. We want to generate income for the party. It is not dash. The buses are to work and bring in money for the party. ‘’It is not me sitting down there who is buying the buses. The party may not have the means to acquire the buses, so a stop-gap measure, I am doing it for the party as chairman.’’ “I informed the steering committee, I told them at a meeting,” he added. On the allegations of vote buying, Mr Blay furiously shot down the claims; saying “it is amazing that people will suggest that”. “It’s very foolish for people to ask that,” he noted.
The attention of the National House of Chiefs has been drawn to a publication on myjoyonline.com, citifmonline and New Crusading Guide newspaper captioned as above. The publication state that Togbe Afede wants Hon Freddie Blay investigated over the alleged purchase of 275 buses by him for his constituency offices. Togbe is reported to have made that stamen at the last general meeting of the House held on Friday, July 6, 2018. I want to put on record that Togbe never made such a statement. What Togbe actually said was that “Sometime ago it was one party building a multi-million dollar headquarters. We (Nananom) all sat down and did not complain. And more recently some aspiring chairman of a party buying several 275 vehicles. These are matters that should attract Nananom’s attention and I am very happy that at least, the latest one has attracted the attention of the Special Prosecutor.” Nowhere in his address did he say that he wanted Hon. Freddie Blay investigated as reported. Togbe made this statement when he touched on the canker of corruption in the African continent, including Ghana. The audio recording of Togbe’s speech is available for verification by anybody who so wished to do so. The press has a duty to give accurate information to the public about what Togbe actually said at the meeting and this is what this rejoinder is for. It is my hope that the press is going to do that by publishing this rejoinder. Thank you. -signed- A K Essien AG Registrar National House of Chiefs
Management of First Allied Savings and Loans Company has rubbished rumours making rounds government was going to take over the company. A statement issued to that effect, the company indicated that the public have attributed the over 22 years existing company to ‘FSL’, a savings and loans company government is reportedly taking steps to take over. Below is the full statement: PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT From the Management of First Allied Savings & Loans Following the circulation of unfounded rumours that one ‘Nyantakyi’ is associated with ‘FSL’ (a savings and loans company the government is allegedly stepping in to take over), ‘FASL’ has become a victim of mistaken identity which has sparked a run on our business by customers who could not distinguish between the two entities. This is causing panic among some of our customers. The Management of First Allied wishes to state that the stories are false and should be disregarded. Anybody in doubt can verify the institution’s ownership records from our regulator, the Bank of Ghana or the Registrar General’s Department. All customers are to note that all our branches are open and we continue to serve you. We appreciate the anxiety of customers flowing from such rumors and we appeal to them to be patient with us as we attend to them. We wish to further reassure them that their funds are safe and secured. We are working assiduously to rectify any challenge caused by these developments in the past few weeks. Thank you.
The Minister for Energy, Boakye Agyarko, has assured workers of the Electricity Company of Ghana that the complete transition from the state-owned utility company to Meralco will not lead to any job losses during the entire 20 year period of the agreement. He assured them of job security stressing that their conditions of service shall remain intact or even be improved since the government is pushing for that. The Minister for Energy made this observation, Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at a press conference in Parliament moments after laying a Paper on the floor of the House. The Paper was seeking for the consideration and approval of the House a Concession Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Ghana and the Consortium of investors led by the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) for private sector participation in the Electricity Company of Ghana with the terms of the Second Millennium Challenge Compact. The Paper has been referred to the Mines and Energy Committee for consideration and report back to the House. Mr. Agyarko commenting further revealed that under the deal, Meralco will bring onboard US$580m to revamp the operations of the Electricity Company of Ghana. That aside, the American government is also committing an amount of US$498m to add up to what Meralco is bringing onboard. He was optimistic that, the deal when approved by Parliament, will minimize if not totally eliminate the erratic power supply that hit the country few years ago.
The Minority Caucus in Parliament is making allegations that, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) have plans to rig the 2020 election. The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu at a press conference today [Tuesday] said, they have become aware of exceedingly suspicious, unwarranted and unfair transfers of the two persons in charge of the Births and Deaths Registry. According to the NDC, the NPP government is also bent on using the Ghana Card registration data as the foundation data to be used for an entirely new voters register. ‘’The letters conveying the directive to the two officers in the Volta Region namely Mr. Richard Womega, Head of the Volta Region Births and Deaths Registry and Ms. Peace Agbenyo, Deputy Regional Head emanated from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development all dated 19th June, 2018. The bizarre communication requested the two senior officers to cease with immediate effect the registration of all Ghanaians in the Volta Region and report themselves to the Ministry that same day being the 19th of June, 2018. We must stress that our checks have revealed that these strange and unfair transfers are being carried out only in the Volta Region. In other words, it is not a national exercise. Clearly, this is a scheme ostensibly to purge the system and pave the way for their strategy to manipulate the process.’’ Read Below the full statement PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE MINORITY IN PARLIAMENT ON DISCRIMINATORY TRANSFERS AT THE BIRTHS AND DEATHS REGISTRY AND THE NPP'S RIGGING AGENDA FOR ELECTION 2020 Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of the press. We are grateful to you for promptly honouring our invitation and the professional manner in which you continue to carry out your duties in our collective democratic interest. Ladies and Gentlemen, The Minority in Parliament has convened today's Press Conference to address very troubling and dangerous developments at the Births and Deaths Registry. We have become aware of exceedingly suspicious, unwarranted and unfair posting transfers of the two persons in charge of the Births and Deaths Registry in the Volta Region and a directive that same day to Mr. John Yao Agbeko the National Head to vacate his post. The letters conveying the directive to the two officers in the Volta Region namely Mr. Richard Womega, Head of the Volta Region Births and Deaths Registry and Ms. Peace Agbenyo, Deputy Regional Head emanated from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development all dated 19th June, 2018. The bizarre communication requested the two senior officers to cease with immediate effect the registration of all Ghanaians in the Volta Region and report themselves to the Ministry that same day being the 19th of June, 2018. We must stress that our checks have revealed that these strange and unfair transfers are being carried out only in the Volta Region. In other words, it is not a national exercise. Clearly, this is a scheme ostensibly to purge the system and pave the way for their strategy to manipulate the process. Members of the Press, as we all very well know, this is the period the Government of Ghana is rolling out the Ghana Card. Despite the consistent and very loud rational calls on the Government by the Minority in Parliament, Civil Society Organizations, all political parties except the NPP, large sections of society including Former Presidents Rawlings, Kufuor and Mahama, the Government has remained intransigent and determined to issue the Ghana Card on the basis of just Birth Certificates and Passports. Needless to add that even with this limited scope of Passports and Birth Certificates, the Volta Region since June 19, 2018 has had the door shut in its face as there's no ongoing registration unlike other regions. We have long believed that the reckless intransigence on the part of the Government and the belligerent open defence of same by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is targeted primarily at the Volta Region. Sadly, our worse fears have now been confirmed. The Volta Region is not the only border region in Ghana and yet the New Patriotic Party has consistently demonized the Volta Region with the sole objective of reducing voter turn out in the Volta Region and thereby advancing the NPP's electoral chances. We cannot forget how then running mate Alhaji Mahmoud Bawumia held that infamous press event in August 2015 at Alisa Hotel in Accra ahead of the December 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary elections where he claimed that 76,286 people on the register of voters in the Volta Region are Togolese. Indeed the now Vice President alleged then that he will be presenting further evidence when he is done analysing the remaining 90 percent of the Togolese register of voters with the aid of his so-called facial biometric recognition technology. We are still waiting on the Vice President to make good his promise almost three years on. The insults and unwarranted attacks on the people of the Volta Region from leading members of the NPP/UP tradition have been consistent in our history from the "inward looking" statement by Victor Owusu to the infamous "there are no human beings in Hohoe" as claimed by Kwabena Agyapong. All this notwithstanding, as the Volta Region is noted for, we have always turned the other cheek, ignoring our attackers and living peacefully with all men as the Bible instructs us to do. It is for this reason, as we speak to you this morning, President Akufo-Addo has been receiving a warm welcome by our Chiefs and people on his three-day visit to the region which he began yesterday. We only hope that President Akufo-Addo and the NPP will not take the peaceful and sober demeanor of the people of the Volta Region for granted. That said, it has become very obvious that the Akufo-Addo Government seeing that it has performed abysmally in power has hatched a grand scheme to prevent as many people as possible in the Volta Region where they lack support from obtaining base documents needed to register for the Ghana Card even as they continue to resist sound advice to include the Voter ID. This can be the only plausible reason for the unfair and callous transfer of Mr. Womega and Ms. Agbenyo and the removal of Mr. John Yao Agbeko as the National Head. Ladies and Gentlemen, in the case of Ms. Agbenyo; she had been transferred from the Sekondi Municipality in the Western Region to the Volta Region with her little children in less than a year before her current cruel transfer. Ms. Agbenyo is not a happy woman as her tears continue to flow everyday. This abuse of administrative processes flies in the face of every public service regulation. We are also aware that the National Head of the Births and Deaths Registry in Accra who hails from the Volta Region, Mr. John Yao Agbeko was handed out similar brutish treatment when he was instructed to hand over to a subordinate and report himself to the Head of the Public Service Commission for reposting to another institution. Ladies and Gentlemen, It is important to bear in mind that the NPP Government intends to use the Ghana Card registration data as the foundation data to be used for an entirely new voters register. As can be observed, recent developments at the Electoral Commission with the removal of the Electoral Commissioner and her two deputies set the perfect stage for the NPP as part of their grand scheme to pursue their agenda of rigging the 2020 elections. The NPP must be forewarned that no responsible Ghanaian who cares about our nascent democracy including those of us in the Minority will sit idle and allow them to continue on this reckless path to bastardize the democracy we have all toiled to build and for which they have become the biggest beneficiaries. The Minority serves notice in the most unequivocal terms that we will not permit the flagrant violation of Article 45 (a) of the Constitution of Ghana which mandates only the Electoral Commission "to compile the register of voters and revise it at such periods as may be determined by law." We will therefore fiercely resist with every force we can marshal any attempt to hide under the National Identification Authority's discredited Ghana Card to usurp the Electoral Commission's constitutional mandate in compiling a register of voters. The Minority hereby calls for the immediate reinstatement of Mr Richard Womega and Peace Agbenyo of the Volta Regional Births and Deaths Registry. We also demand that John Yao Agbeko of the National Births and Deaths Registry be recalled to post immediately. May we remind Government that Article 23 of the Constitution of Ghana imposes an obligation on "administrative bodies and administrative officials to act fairly and reasonably and comply with the requirements imposed on them by law." We must emphasize that President Akufo-Addo has sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution of Ghana and therefore has a sacred duty to adhere to Chapter Five of our Constitution and particularly Article 17 (2) and (3) which frowns upon the kind of shameful discrimination being meted out to the people of the Volta Region. The unfair targeting of the people of the Volta Region must seize forthwith. We call on our Chief's and Community leaders to take the opportunity of President Akufo-Addo's current visit to the Volta Region and caution him in very clear terms to desist from the rather perilous, divisive and nation-wrecking mission his Government has so far embarked upon. We thank you for the audience. We shall now take your questions. Read in Parliament House on Tuesday 10th July, 2018
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