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The newly elected Women’s Organizer for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Madam Kate Gyamfuah has promised to work with her contender in the just ended delegates’ conference, Joyce Konokie Zampare. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the Women’s Organizer said, she spoke to her contender after she was declared winner and admonished her to assist with the work because it entails a lot. According to her, it would be important for her to work with her in ensuring that, the victory chalked in 2016, is repeated but with a wider margin. She believes the victory of NPP in 2020 should be massive so Ghanaians will know that, the record and unprecedented achievements of the party did the magic for them. She described the free senior high school policy as an unprecedented policy which has brought relief to parents whose wards are now benefiting from secondary education at no cost. Madam Gyamfuah promised to empower women through capacity building, skills and vocational training so they can be self employed. She also pledged to use her office and influence to assist women have access to MASLOC loans to expand and set up their businesses. Kate Gyamfuah was a Polling Station Chairperson for over ten years in the Akwatia Constituency. She subsequently became the Constituency Women’s Organizer in Akwatia for another eight years. She served as Deputy National Women’s Organizer from 2012 to 2014. She is currently a member of the National Council of Patrons of the NPP, and the life patron of the Eastern Region NPP Women’s Wing. In 2016, she formed a group called Women for Change which she personally financed and managed.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) was not present at the 26th National Delegates Conference held on Saturday. As tradition demands, political parties by invited to give solidarity messages at conferences organized by other political parties. However, the NDC was conspicuously missing at the conference held by the NPP at the Koforidua Technical University in the Eastern region. Explaining why the party failed to attend the conference, Fred Agbenyo, the Communications Officer of the party said the umbrella failed to attend the event due to the removal of Mrs Charlotte Osei as commissioner. “One has to do with the fact that we are mourning the former Vice President. The second has to do with the fact that we couldn’t trust the President. We think that the President is becoming a threat to our democracy.” “If you look at the recent actions he [Nana Akufo-Addo] has taken; that which has to do with the removal of the EC boss and her deputies, and what is happening with the national identification authority, we in the NDC don’t believe that this is a person we want to solidarise with.”
An Accra High Court will today [Monday] hear a substantive application filed by the Attorney General seeking an interlocutory injunction on Executives of the Ghana Football Association from performing their duties. The Attorney General was last month, granted and ex-parte application by the Attorney General and placed a temporary 10 day ban on all GFA Executives. The A-G has filed an application on notice to secure a longer ban until the substantive motion seeking to liquidate the GFA has been determined.
Brexit Secretary David Davis, who has been leading UK negotiations to leave the EU, has resigned from government. He told the BBC that he was no longer the best person to deliver the PM's Brexit plan - agreed by the cabinet on Friday - as he did not "believe" in it. He said the "career-ending" decision was a personal one but he felt the UK was "giving away too much and too easily" to the EU in the negotiations. Mrs May said she did not agree but thanked him for his work. The resignation is a blow to Mrs May as she seeks to win over Eurosceptic MPs to her proposed Brexit vision. The UK is due to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019 after a referendum was held in 2016, but the two sides have yet to agree how trade will work between the UK and the EU afterwards. There have been differences within the Conservative Party over how far the UK should prioritise the economy by compromising on issues such as leaving the remit of the European Court of Justice and ending free movement of people. Mrs May's Conservative Party only has a majority in Parliament with the support in key votes of the 10 MPs from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, so any split raises questions about whether her plan could survive a Commons vote - and has also led to renewed questions about whether she will face a challenge to her position. In his resignation letter, Mr Davis told Mrs May that "the current trend of policy and tactics" was making it "look less and less likely" that the UK would leave the customs union and single market. He said he was "unpersuaded" that the government's negotiating approach "will not just lead to further demands for concessions" from Brussels. Mr Davis, who was appointed Brexit Secretary in 2016, said: "The general direction of policy will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one." In her reply, Mrs May said: "I do not agree with your characterisation of the policy we agreed at cabinet on Friday." She said she was "sorry" he was leaving but would "like to thank you warmly for everything you have done... to shape our departure from the EU". 'Odd man out' Mr Davis told the BBC that he had objected to Theresa May's plan at the Chequers meeting, telling cabinet colleagues at the outset that he was "the odd man out". He said it was "not tenable" for him to trying and explain the policy and persuade Tory MPs to back it when he did not think the strategy was "workable". "The best person to do this is someone who really believes in it, not me." He said he feared the EU would seek to further water down the UK's plans and his resignation would make it easier for the UK to resist attempts to extract further concessions. Mr Davis insisted he continued to back Theresa May saying that if he "wanted to bring her down", the time would have been after she failed to win last year's general election outright. Eurosceptic MP Steve Baker has also resigned. He played a leading role in the Brexit campaign in the run up to the 2016 referendum. He was promoted to the Department for Exiting the EU as a parliamentary under-secretary in June last year. Conservative MP Peter Bone hailed Mr Davis's resignation as a "principled and brave decision", adding: "The PM's proposals for a Brexit in name only are not acceptable." Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery said: "This is absolute chaos and Theresa May has no authority left." SourceBBC
Defeated chairman aspirant for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Stephen Ntim has said his loyalty is still intact despite his loss at the 26th national delegates conference. Stephen Ntim made his fourth attempt at the chairmanship slot last Saturday. He lost to Mr Freddie Blay but the NPP stalwart says his loyalty to the elephant family is still intact. “First of all, I want to express my sincerest thanks to Almighty God for making this day possible. I want to also thank the organisers for this conference and our distinguish delegates for doing what is expected of them. It is rather unfortunate that I have to lose for the fourth time in my attempt to serve the party in the capacity of national chairman,” Mr. Ntim said noted in his speech. He added “however, once again it is victory for the New Patriotic Party, because we have succeeded in electing our new crop of national officers to steer the affairs of the party for the next four years.” “As usual, my loyalty to the New Patriotic Party is not shaken by what has taken place. We can continue counting on Stephen Ntim as usual, because it is party first, thank you all very much,” he said.
The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has been appointed the Board of Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, a statement signed by Frank Agyei-Twum, Director of Communications at the office of the Vice President has said. The statement said: ‘’ The 17 member Board, which includes Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, Chief Executive Officer, Plan International; Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); John Pullinger, UK National Statistician, Head of the Government Statistical Service (GSS), and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, United Kingdom; and Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, World Bank Group, is chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina J. Mohammed.’’ The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) is a global network bringing together governments, the private sector, and civil society organizations dedicated to using the data revolution to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Read Below the Statement The Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has been appointed to the Board of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, based at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, United States of America. The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) is a global network bringing together governments, the private sector, and civil society organizations dedicated to using the data revolution to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 member Board, which includes Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, Chief Executive Officer, Plan International; Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); John Pullinger, UK National Statistician, Head of the Government Statistical Service (GSS), and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, United Kingdom; and Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, World Bank Group, is chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina J. Mohammed. The Board is set to hold a two day working session from 10-11 July, 2018, and in line with his duties and obligations, Vice President Bawumia left Accra on Sunday 8th July, 2018 for New York to participate in the 2-day meeting. Vice President Bawumia will also hold discussions with Deputy UN Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed on a number of issues including Enhancing advocacy for improved statistical capacity in Africa, Financing the implementation of high level commitments to statistics and Digitization of data for SDG monitoring. He is also expected to have a town hall meeting with the Ghanaian community in New York. Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia returns to Accra on Friday 13th July, 2018. Signed Frank Agyei-Twum Director of Communications Office of the Vice President
The Minority in Parliament is demanding for an immediate forensic audit into the accounts and activities of the National Petroleum Corporation due to what they have termed as vulgar opulence and obscene vote buying its chairman, Freddie Blay who was on Saturday elected National Chairman for the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP). The Minority is of the view that, the conduct of Mr Blay and the NPP has not only angered majority of Ghanaians but has embarrassingly attracted international condemnation. The statement which was signed by Ranking Member, Mines and Energy Committee, Adam Mutawakilu said, the Minority said the Minority was in a state of shock after the blatant and unconscionable show of vulgar opulence and vote buying of the most obscene kind by the newly elected chairman. ‘’The conduct of Mr. Freddie Blay and the NPP in engaging in historic levels of profligacy has not only angered the vast majority of Ghanaians, it has embarrassingly attracted international condemnation and brought untold shame upon Ghana. Dr. John Hayward of the United Kingdom's Conservative Party could not help but chide the NPP leadership calling on them to rather invest in reaching out to the people and addressing their concerns instead of splashing money on lavish political campaigns.’’ According to the Minority, ‘’ For someone who manages our oil and gas reserves, one would have expected the highest form of modesty and prudence in outlook, however, the unconscionable extravagant purchase of 275 buses for NPP constituency executives after depositing his so-called personal funds of US$3 million in an US$ 11.4 million transaction which has sparked national outrage at a time Ambulances are in short supply and proceeding further at the congress grounds to share hordes of cash to delegates plus the distribution of tonnes of goodies in the form of branded snacks and other consumables does not only mark a new low in our country's democratic credentials but demands of us to rise as responsible citizens who care about the future of our dear nation. It is for this reason we demand an immediate forensic audit into our country's hydrocarbons.’’ They have also challenged President Akufo-Addo to investigate Mr Blay although they say he was his favourite cxandidate. Read Below the Full statement PRESS RELEASE MINORITY IN PARLIAMENT DEMANDS IMMEDIATE FORENSIC AUDIT INTO THE ACCOUNTS AND ACTIVITIES OF THE GHANA NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION FOLLOWING THE VULGAR OPULENCE AND OBSCENE VOTE BUYING BY ITS BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR. FREDDIE BLAY AT THE JUST ENDED NPP DELEGATES CONGRESS The Minority in Parliament is in a state of shock after the blatant and unconscionable show of vulgar opulence and vote buying of the most obscene kind by the newly elected Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Mr. Frederick Worsemao Armah Blay at the just ended National Delegates Congress in Koforidua. The conduct of Mr. Freddie Blay and the NPP in engaging in historic levels of profligacy has not only angered the vast majority of Ghanaians, it has embarrassingly attracted international condemnation and brought untold shame upon Ghana. Dr. John Hayward of the United Kingdom's Conservative Party could not help but chide the NPP leadership calling on them to rather invest in reaching out to the people and addressing their concerns instead of splashing money on lavish political campaigns. We take judicial notice that the newly elected NPP Chairman, Mr. Freddie Blay is not a mere private citizen but a high ranking public official having been appointed by President Akufo-Addo as the Board Chairman of the prestigious Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) since last year. For someone who manages our oil and gas reserves, one would have expected the highest form of modesty and prudence in outlook, however, the unconscionable extravagant purchase of 275 buses for NPP constituency executives after depositing his so-called personal funds of US$3 million in an US$ 11.4 million transaction which has sparked national outrage at a time Ambulances are in short supply and proceeding further at the congress grounds to share hordes of cash to delegates plus the distribution of tonnes of goodies in the form of branded snacks and other consumables does not only mark a new low in our country's democratic credentials but demands of us to rise as responsible citizens who care about the future of our dear nation. It is for this reason we demand an immediate forensic audit into our country's hydrocarbons. Many in Ghana including members of Freddie Blay's own political party such as Mr. Stephen Ntim and Dr. Amoako Baah are legitimately asking for the source of Mr. Freddie Blay's sudden wealth. Ghanaians have not forgotten how only a couple of years back, Mr. Freddie Blay's generosity could not be located when the party in which he was Vice Chairman failed to service a much lower Prudential Bank loan of GHS 2 million which was the subject of heated internal party wrangling which spilled over into the public domain. The Minority recalls how in March this year, we had cause to criticize a rather problematic GNPC work programme for 2018 when it was laid for the approval of Parliament. We objected to the use or shall we say misuse of US$13.4 million to renovate the GNPC office in Accra, construct a new office also in Accra for US$20 million, build another office in Takoradi for US$10 million, erect a transit quarters for the comfort of GNPC staff in Takoradi for US$ 1.9 million and an amorphous allocation of US$ 100 million for so-called agric roads. The gross misconduct of Mr. Freddie Blay fueled by his insatiable desire for political power no matter the cost, renders him unsuitable as the man to remain in charge of our oil and gas resources. Ghana is not safe! The Minority in Parliament therefore demands that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, though complicit as it is well known that Mr. Blay was his most ordained and favoured candidate, commissions an immediate forensic audit to be carried out by an independent internationally acclaimed audit firm. We also demand that Mr. Freddie Blay be made to step aside as GNPC Board Chairman in the interim ahead of the forensic audit so as not to interfere with proceedings. The Minority hereby serves notice that if President Akufo-Addo fails to commission the requested forensic audit within the next two weeks, we shall vigorously explore other avenues within and without Parliament to seek redress and safeguard our country's precious oil and gas resources. Signed, Adam Mutawakilu (MP) Ranking Member, Mines and Energy Committee [8th July, 2018]
The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuf-Addo has described General Overseer and Founder of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Pastor Mensa Otabil as a very good friend. According to him, the renowned man of God has become one of his advisors and his counsel has been of great advantage to him. He made the remarks in a speech at a thanksgiving service held at the Jesus Temple branch of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) at Adweso in Koforidua today [Sunday]. The president who described the polls as free, fair, transparent and credible said, ‘’your General Overseer is my very good friend. He is one of the influential personalities in the country who protect and advice me. He is a great man of God.’’ He also used the opportunity to appeal to the church to pray for his administration as well as the newly elected executives of the party. The party donated a cash amount of GHc10, 000 to the church. The service was under the theme, ‘’Stewardship and Scriptures.’’ Mensa Otabil is a Ghanaian theologian, philanthropist, motivational speaker, entrepreneur. He is the founder of International Central Gospel Church headquartered in Accra, Ghana. He is also the founder and Chancellor of Central University College, and CEO of Otabil and Associates, an executive and Leadership Growth Consultancy. He currently oversees the International Central Gospel churches, which has a network of local assemblies in Ghana, Europe, the United States, Canada and other parts of Africa. He also serves as the senior pastor of Christ Temple, a ministry of the International Central Gospel Church. His work has centered on issues relevant to Africa, although he has spoken internationally at various conferences and churches.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has expressed gratitude to God for the successful organization of the 26th National Delegates Congress which was held at the Koforidua Technical University on Saturday July 7, 2018. He described the election as free, fair and transparent. He was speaking at the thanksgiving service held today [Sunday] July 8, 2018, at the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) at Adweso, Jesus Temple Branch. He appealed to the church to pray for his administration and most especially, Freddie Blay, the newly elected National Chairman. The president indicated that, the newly elected executives have been elected to give the NPP victory in 2020 and beyond hence the need for the church to pray for the leaders of the party. The NPP yesterday [Saturday] elected new executives who will manage the affairs of the party for the next four years. Mr Freddie Blay, a former legislator and First Deputy Speaker was elected as Chairman. John Boadu, Sammy Awuku, Nana Boakye were elected as General Secretary, National Organizer and Youth Organizer respectively. The president had earlier issued a statement to congratulate the newly elected officers and underscored the need for unity for victory 2020 and beyond. The statement read: ‘’I congratulate warmly the new National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Mr. Freddie Worsemawu Blay, Ellembelle Blay, and the other National Officers who were elected at the Party’s National Delegates’ Conference, held in Koforidua, in the Eastern Region, on Saturday, 7th July, 2018. The Party is to be commended for the efficient and successful manner in which the election of new officers, who are to steer the affairs of the party for the next four years, was conducted. We have shown, once again, that we are the Party that has an abiding faith and belief in multi-party democracy. I have, on occasion, stated that internal party contests are not about winners and losers. They are about the Party winning. In adhering to the time-honoured tradition, values and principles of the NPP, I urge all to rally in unity behind the new National Officers of our Party, and ensure that we record another famous, historic victory in the 2020 elections, so we can effect the social and economic transformation of our nation that our people require, and, thereby, help deliver progress and prosperity to them. I thank the officials of the Electoral Commission for their assistance in supervising the election. May God bless the NPP and us all, and bless our homeland Ghana, and make her great and strong.’’
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