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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said the late JH Mensah would be duly honoured for his service to the country. The president says he was saddened by the death of the late veteran politician who died at 89. President Akufo-Addo told a gathering of family, members of government and the NPP the former minister deserves a good farewell. Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia described the late JH Mensah as his mentor and one of Ghana’s finest politicians. Dr Bawumia in the tweet said: ‘’for me, J.H Mensah was a mentor. In my humble opinion, he is probably the best economist Ghana has produced. Analytically amazing in the way he disserted issues and practical in his policy prescriptions. He was the author of President Kwame Nkrumah’s seven year development plan.’’ J.H Mensah, a Gold Coaster born in October 1928 is a founding member of the governing New Patriotic Party and served in three different ministerial positions under the John Agyekum Kufuor administration. He was a former Minority leader and a Majority leader and held his last top government position in 2005 when he was appointed Senior minister by President Kufuor. His working experience dates back to 1953 when he was appointed as an Assistant Inspector of Taxes by the colonial administration. Mr. Mensah served as a member of the African Advisory Council of the African Development Bank (ADB) between 1993 and 1997. In 1996, he contested the Sunyani East seat on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party and won in the Parliamentary elections in December 1996 to become an MP. He retained the seat in the 2000 polls. He was the Minority Leader in Parliament during the Second Parliament of the Fourth Republic.
Political Science Lecturer at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Mohammed Abass has expressed his thoughts on whether electorates should be educated on policies before voting for political leaders. Some political leaders in their quest for power appeal to these electorates and forget about their plight after being voted into power, he added. Speaking to Rainbow Radio’s Kwadwo Asiedu Ansah today [Thursday], the Political Science lecturer said, it is long overdue we began to educate electorates on campaign policies prior to elections. He also said that these must be educated on developmental projects that affect their lives. Prior to elections, these electorates must be allowed to forward issues bothering them to these politicians before casting their votes. This he said will help electorates cast votes not based on party preferences but vote for leaders whose policies are in conformity with the challenges faced by these voters in their respective electoral areas. Electorates would be enlightened to make right choices at polls. When the needed education is given to these citizens, it would go a long way to put political leaders on their toes, he stressed. By: Priscilla Obeng Asantewaa (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
Newly elected National Organizer for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Henry Nana Boakye popularly called Nana B has resigned from his position at the National Service Secretariat. Nana B said in an interview as captured by dailyguideonline.com that, his election as the national youth organizer of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has basically influenced his decision. He was of the view that the NPP national youth organizer position and the NSS deputy national director position demand a lot of time. In this regard, he stated that combining the two important positions simultaneously may affect his delivery, for which reason he has decided to quit one. He said: “I am now consulting some big people in our party and other dignitaries and surely I will resign as the deputy national director of the NSS soon. The NPP national youth organizer position and the NSS deputy director in charge of operations are both important and time-consuming positions. I have therefore decided to step down as the NSS deputy national director so that I can concentrate fully on the NPP work to help my party”.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, 12th July, 2018, swore-into office the Governing Board of the Office of Special Prosecutor, at a brief ceremony at Jubilee House. Describing it as the final act in the establishment of the Office of Special Prosecutor, President Akufo-Addo noted that, as required by the dictates of the Special Prosecutor’s Act, Act 915, of 2017, “the Office is fully functional, according to law.” With the establishment of the Office having caught the imagination and elicited the overwhelming support of the Ghanaian people, he told the members of the board that their fundamental purpose is to work to ensure the independence of this Office. “It is a new institution in the law enforcement architecture of our country, as well as in the architecture of our anti-corruption institutional framework. But, it is extremely important that the commitment that was made that this would be an Office independent of the Executive, that is the charge that you are required to keep,” the President said. He continued, “Your own composition tells you that you are also to be the body that ensures the co-operation of the law enforcement agencies of this country. The Attorney General is represented here, the Police Service is represented here, and we have high level representatives of the other institutions of the law enforcement world of Ghana. So, it is therefore, mandatory not only to guard the independence of the Office, but also to ensure the co-operation of the law enforcement agencies with the Office of the Special Prosecutor.” The Board is composed of Mr. Martin Amidu, Special Prosecutor; Cynthia Lamptey, Deputy Special Prosecutor; Charles Nana Antwi, Representative of EOCO; DCOP Tiwaa Addo Danquah, Representative of the Police Service; Linda Ofori Kwarfo, Representative of the Anti-Corruption Coalition; Kofi Boadu Boakye, Representative of the Financial Intelligence Centre; Charles Ayimadu, Representative of CHRAJ, Representative of CHRAJ; Kwaku Domfe, Representative of National security; and Mr. Addae Wereko, Representative of the Auditor General’s Department. President Akufo-Addo noted that the quality of personnel assembled to compose the board “are such as to give confidence that this very difficult assignment is one that is going to be undertaken in all seriousness, will be done without fear or favor, ill will or malice.” Like the Council of State, President Akufo-Addo noted that the statute setting up the Office of Special Prosecutor is insistent that the he is not the person that appoints the Chairperson. “You have to sit, after this meeting, either today or whenever it is convenient for you, and designate the Chairperson to chair your organization. That is what the law requires. All I can hope for is that you will choose somebody who will facilitate the intercourse amongst yourselves,” he added. President Akufo-Addo assured the Board of his support in making sure that “Minister of Finance implements your budget, and, if necessary, finds ways to mobilize additional resources for you to be able to do your work well.” He wished them “Godspeed in the discharge of your various functions” and was hopeful that “the work that you will do will inure to the enhancement of the public life of our country and ultimately to the benefit and welfare of the Ghanaian people.”
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sworn in the board for the Office of Special Prosecutor. Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has described the late JH Mensah as his mentor and one of Ghana’s finest economists. The Vice President took to his twitter account to express his condolence and grief following the death of the veteran politician who died at age 89. Dr Bawumia in the tweet said: ‘’for me, J.H Mensah was a mentor. In my humble opinion, he is probably the best economist Ghana has produced. Analytically amazing in the way he disserted issues and practical in his policy prescriptions. He was the author of President Kwame Nkrumah’s seven year development plan.’’ J.H Mensah, a Gold Coaster born in October 1928 is a founding member of the governing New Patriotic Party and served in three different ministerial positions under the John Agyekum Kufuor administration. He was a former Minority leader and a Majority leader and held his last top government position in 2005 when he was appointed Senior minister by President Kufuor. His working experience dates back to 1953 when he was appointed as an Assistant Inspector of Taxes by the colonial administration. Mr. Mensah served as a member of the African Advisory Council of the African Development Bank (ADB) between 1993 and 1997. In 1996, he contested the Sunyani East seat on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party and won in the Parliamentary elections in December 1996 to become an MP. He retained the seat in the 2000 polls. He was the Minority Leader in Parliament during the Second Parliament of the Fourth Republic.
The Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital has received new beds at the Surgical & Medical Emergency unit. This is coming after the hospital suspended admission of new cases due to lack of beds at the facility. Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Hospital, Mustapha Salifu, has told the media on Thursday, 12 July 2018 that they have received new beds and, so, have started admitting fresh emergency cases. “We took delivery of beds yesterday for the new emergency unit. We are procuring some, other are donations,” he said. According to him, the facility is a 36-bed-capacity unit but they have 40 patients at the time of the interview. He further indicated that, the facility had in excess of 60 patients as of Monday, prompting the decision to temporarily stop receiving fresh cases. “The situation is better and the numbers we are seeing have reduced drastically but we are not out of the woods yet,” he added.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sworn in the board for the Office of Special Prosecutor. The board is made up of representatives of the Office of the Special Prosecutor, the Ghana Police Service, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO), and the National Security Ministry. Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony, President Nana Akufo-Addo admonished the board to help the government in its quest to fight corruption in the country. “When you foster that cooperation, you are not endangering your own particular functions and responsibilities. You are helping the office of the Special Prosecutor achieve the statutory end role the Parliament and the people of Ghana expect of the office.” In a response on behalf of the OSP governing body, Linda Ofori Kwafo said she and her colleagues will do all within their power to abide by the provisions of section 6(1) of the OSP Act 2017, (Act 959) as they go about performing their duties. She also pledged that the board is looking forward to discharging their functions to ensure that corruption is minimized in Ghana. The Governing Body of the OSP included the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, the Deputy Special Prosecutor, Cynthia Lamptey, Representative of the Audit Service , Addae Wireko-Tawiah, Representative of the Police Service, Director of Police CID, Maame Tiwaa Addo Danquah, Representative of the Economic and Organized Crime Office, Charles Nana Antwi, Representative of the Financial Intelligence Centre, Kofi Boadi Boakye, Representative of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative, Charles Ayamdoo. The others are the nominee of the Minister responsible for National Security, Kwaku Domfeh and the female representative of the Anti Corruption Civil Society Organizations, Linda Ofori-Kwafo.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, at the end of his 3-day tour of the Volta Region cut the sod for the rehabilitation and expansion of the Kpong Left Bank Irrigation Project, at Torgome, in the North Tongu Constituency of the Volta Region. With the country possessing 1.9 million hectares of irrigable land, only 210,000 hectrated is suitably developed, representing a little over 11% of the total area which can be potentially irrigated. That is why the Ghana Commercial Agricultural Project, in consultation with the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority (GIDA), has selected for rehabilitation and modernization the Kpong Left Bank Irrigation Project (KLBIP), together with four other major public irrigation schemes. According to President Akufo-Addo, the Kpong Left Bank Irrigation Project will rehabilitate, modernise and expand the existing gravity irrigation scheme from four hundred and fifty (450) hectares to two thousand (2,000) hectares, i.e. more than four-fold. On successful completion of the project, water made available by the modernised and expanded dam should increase food production through increased cropping intensity as a result of a more reliable supply of water. This supply, the President said, will be directly available to 17 communities of a combined population of over 6,000 people, with some of the benefits to the neighbouring communities including increased earnings of smallholder farmers, through double-cropping under irrigated conditions, and the creation of jobs, in addition to the completion of various agri-businesses down the value-chain. “Based on a comprehensive evaluation, nine (9) crops have been selected for cultivation under the scheme. These are rice, maize, soya bean, cowpea, pepper, okra, cabbage, watermelon, and butternut squash. The irrigated area will be cropped twice a year, resulting in a two hundred per cent (200%) cropping intensity, and a total cropped area of four thousand (4,000) hectares per annum,” he said. To link small-holder farmers effectively to markets, the scheme will have provision for large farming enterprises with substantial technical, managerial and financial expertise and working capital. “This Project will cost the Ghanaian taxpayer an estimated twenty–five million, five hundred and three thousand, two hundred and ninety-six dollars (USD25,503,296). It is expected that the operation, maintenance and management of the scheme will be financed by irrigation water users in the scheme, through regular payment of irrigation service charges,” President Akufo-Addo noted. The President thanked all those who have been involved in one way or the other in the realisation of this Project, and urged staff of the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority, Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project, the Consultant, the Contractor, the Chiefs and Elders and the members of the beneficiary communities to continue to play the roles expected of them to ensure that the project is completed on schedule. “We are determined to transform Ghanaian agriculture, and break with the recent, dismal record of decline and negative growth that has characterised the sector. That way, we can justify the huge investments that Government is making in the Project,” he added.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Koans Estate, Mr Kofi Anokye has suggested the decision by Freddie Blay, the newly elected chairman for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) to procure some 275 mini buses for the elephant family was a bad decision. In his view, President Nana Akufo-Addo should have stopped Mr Blay from engaging in that venture because it was not a good decision. To him, leadership is a difficult venture hence individuals who aspire to be leaders, should do so in honesty and be incorruptible. The mini buses were a voting buying scheme and for me, this thing must not be tolerated anywhere because people are also alleging that, the president supported him. ‘’How can you [Freddie Blay] fight corruption? People are having the perception that, delegates were bribed. It may not be the case but why you do you engage in such venture? President Akufo-Addo should have advised him. Drop that nonsense of telling the people you are going to buy them buses. It is a wrong move. If I were in that position, I would have stopped that man. The opposition will take you on because you have endorsed a corruption man. When there is no issue at stake, you don’t change a winning team. But when there are issues, you don’t engage in these things.’’ Mr Blay has slammed individuals who have criticized his decision to purchase the buses for the party. He described the call for a probe into his activities at the Ghana National; Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) as foolish. Responding to the controversy about the funding of the buses, the former Ellembelle Member of Parliament clarified that he didn’t single-handedly fund the buses. “It’s not me sitting here buying it, I am doing it for the party as chairman with others…” Mr Blay said. 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 added. But reacting to it, Mr Anokye said, ‘’I am not an angel neither am I Christ. I am bound to make mistakes. I may be foolish but this is my opinion. I don’t want to go further. They claim he is a lawyer and yet these are his words. People are thinking that, there is something fishy.’’
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