The government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has delivered and will continue to deliver on the promises it made to Ghanaians when they sought their mandate in the 2016 elections, Vice President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has pledged.
According to Dr Bawumia, the Nana Akufo-Addo ticket has fulfilled a large portion of the social contract it signed with the Ghanaian people after 16 months in office, and the government is working assiduously to ensure the fulfilment of the remainder to ensure improvements in the wellbeing of ordinary citizens.
“We made a number of promises to Ghanaians, and we are working day and night to fulfil them. Some of them we have already fulfilled. For instance, we promised Free Senior High School Education and true to our word, we have started. Today, finance is no longer a barrier to access to education for Junior High School graduates. That is a great burden lifted off the shoulders of parents by Nana Akufo-Addo’s government.”
The Vice President, who enumerated a number of fulfilled promises at various events in the Volta Region on Saturday 19th May, 2018, said the government is on course to meet its part of the social contract.
Speaking at the Aflao, Ho and Hohoe Central Mosques, Vice President Bawumia said true to its word, the Akufo-Addo Government has restored Teacher and Nursing trainee allowances and implemented a programme to improve agricultural production through the Planting for Food and Jobs initiative, as well as other pledges.
“We promised to pay closer attention to the developmental needs of the Zongos, and for the first time in the history of Ghana, President Nana Akufo-Addo has not only appointed a Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development Affairs, but has set up a Zongo Development Fund and set aside budgetary allocation of Ghs100 million for it. Just last week we appointed a CEO and his two Deputies to run the Zongo Development Fund. This is evidence that when we make a promise we keep it,” Alhaji Dr Bawumia emphasised.
“To tackle graduate unemployment, we have set up the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO), and this year, we will engage 100,000 of our youth and help equip them with useful skills and experience,” Dr Bawumia continued.
“I am sure you can all see that your light bills have reduced, because we have fulfilled the promise to reduce them. Tariffs for industry have been reduced by about 30%, while households are enjoying almost 18% reduction. One Village One Dam is on course. We gave our word, and we have done it.”
Government is also keen to see improvements in infrastructure, and the ongoing efforts would soon yield manifest benefits, the Vice President pledged.
Vice President Bawumia was in the Volta Region on the first leg of a nationwide Ramadan tour to pray with his Moslem brethren and seek Allah’s blessing for the nation. He will also offer special prayers for the sustenance and enhancement of the peace Ghana continues to enjoy in spite of the multiplicity of religious faiths in the country.
While in the region, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia paid courtesy calls on the Paramount Chief of Aflao Traditional Area, Togbi Amenya Fiti IV, and Togbega Gabusu VI, Paramount Chief of the Gbi Traditional State. He was accompanied by the Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibold Yao Letsa; Mr John Peter Amewu, Minister for Lands and Natural Resources; Hon Boniface Abubakar Saddique, Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development Affairs, and other government officials.
The Vice President will visit the Eastern Region in the second leg of the Ramadan tour on Sunday 20th May, 2018.
Although the Director of Communications at the presidency, Eugene Arhin, has said the printing o presidential diaries were done by a private investor, Dr. Clement Apaak, believes the information given is incomplete.
He is therefore demanding from the presidency to disclose the company/companies that printed the diaries.
The former presidential staffer and MP for Builsa South demanded from government the cost for printing the 2017/2018 presidential diaries.
In a response, Eugene Arhin said “I can state on authority that not even a pesewa of state resources went into the production of presidential diaries in 2017 and in 2018. I’m stating that emphatically. The printing of the diaries was undertaken by private companies who went around sourcing funds from corporate institutions across the length and breadth of the country and they undertook that printing themselves.”
However, Dr. Apaak who is not satisfied with the information recounted how President Akufo-Addo then candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) accused the Mahama led administration of using an amount $10 million to print presidential diaries when he knew the same processes used under their tenure was the same used by the NDC.
In a write up Dr. Apaak said: ‘’You have failed to answer my questions regarding the 2017 and 2018 Presidential Diaries your government produced. As then opposition leader your Boss accused my Boss falsely of spending 10 million dollars to produce Presidential Diaries. To demonstrate and put his blatant lie to rest, we put out details on the company which produced the Diaries at NO Cost to the nation, the modalities by which the company was selected and the number of Dairies produced. Your Boss refused to apologise for falsely accusing my Boss. Kweku Baaku Jr and Nana Akomea even went on to suggest as did the rest of you, that the method by which our FSH went about producing the Presidential Diaries was "Naked Robbery". So my questions are simple, which company/companies produced the 2017 and 2018 Presidential Diaries, since you were on record on eye witness news on Citifm to indicate that the Diaries were produced by private companies. How was/were the company/companies selected, was there competitive tendering, how many copies were produced? Simply saying the Diaries were produced by private company/companies is below the standard then opposition party NPP and its leader held us to. Did you spend 40 million dollars to produce the Presidential Diaries as I'm hearing?’’
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has posited that corruption has reduced under his leadership.
The president believes despite the allegations of corruption that rocked his administration and got people talking, the canker has reduced under his watch.
The current administration has been hit by scandals including the cash for seat saga, the BOST allegations and the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital brouhaha which accused some Deputy Chiefs of Staff of being corrupt.
However, Nana Addo says the issues of corruption are gradually reducing under him.
“The rot and corruption are gradually reducing in Ghana. We are no longer a subject of corruption on a massive scale- that is no longer a part of the reality of Ghana today,” said the President.
Former President John Dramani Mahama has said he will not disappoint those calling on him to contest for the presidential slot and represent the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 2020.
Mr. Mahama, in a Facebook post said he has listened to the calls from the rank and file of the party and will not disappoint those calling on to contest.
He has indicated in the post that he is waiting for the party’s guidelines for the selection of a new leader for the party ahead of the 2020 presidential race.
He wrote: ‘’ To you the teeming supporters and sympathizers calling and requesting me to declare my intentions for the future, I wish to assure you today, that as a servant-leader, I have listened to your calls and reflected. I will not disappoint you even as we await the publication of the party’s guidelines for selecting a new leader.’’
He also used the opportunity to appreciate the role played by the leadership of the party towards its reorganization.
‘’I want to congratulate the rank & file and executives of our party, the NDC, at all levels for the commitment and work rate we have put into our reorganization efforts.
The zeal and determination of the average sympathizer of our great party is greater and miles ahead of what it was after the December 2016 Elections.
We need to keep up with the momentum generated and follow the published timelines,’’ he indicated.
The Chiefs of Ahafo, in the Brong Ahafo Region, have expressed their appreciation to the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and his administration for the level of development they have witnessed since January 7, 2017.
The President of the Ahafo Traditional Council, Nana Ansah Adu Baah, Chief of Yamfo, on behalf of the Council, told President Akufo-Addo that despite being in office for 16 months, the President’s achievements have been overwhelming.
“Because of the policies you (President Akufo-Addo) have put in place, anyone can now say confidently that I am Ghanaian. When people state that they have not seen anything, we, in Ahafo, can boldly state that we have seen a lot,” Nana Ansah Adu Baah said.
The President of the Ahafo Traditional Council made this known on Saturday, 19th May, 2018, at Goaso, in Asunafo North constituency, when President Akufo-Addo met with “the Council of Zone B Chiefs”, on day two of President Akufo-Addo’s tour of the Brong Ahafo Region.
Cataloguing the achievements of President Akufo-Addo’s government in Ahafo, the Yamfo Chief stated that in the Tano North district, bungalows have been constructed for the Directors of Health and Education; together with the construction of several units of classroom blocks in the district.
“In Asutifi North, newly constructed wards have been built for the District Hospital; a doctor’s residence has been built; quarters for staff of the Asutifi North District Assembly have been built; a new market has also been built; and KVIP’s with small water systems have been constructed in twelve towns in the district,” the Chief added.
Additionally, Nana Ansah Adu Baah noted that in Asutufi South, nurses’ bangalows, a boys’ dormitory and a new lecture theatre have been constructed for the Dadiesoaba Nursing Training School. A CHPS facility, he added, has also been constructed at Apotoyuwa.
In Asunafo North, the Chief stated that the Asumura Bridge has been constructed, which has ensured that residents of the town are no longer cut off from other parts of the district during the rainy season.
“A fully furnished classroom block, fitted with a staff common room and KVIP facility has been constructed by this government at the Dominase L/A Primary School. Again, 3 separate classroom units, all with staff common rooms and stores, have also been constructed at Kofimirekrom. At Sekyerekrom, new classroom blocks have been constructed, which have been fitted with staff common rooms and KVIPs. CHPS compounds and nurses quarters have also been constructed in Pomaakrom,” he added.
As though this was not enough, the Chief revealed that a new 135 room market has also been constructed at Goaso, in Asunafo North.
Nana Ansah Adu Baah added that the Akufo-Addo government has constructed, in Asunafo South, a new CHPS compound in a town called Wejakrom. A new administration block, together with a new female ward, he said, has been constructed at Kukuom Health Centre. This facility was later commissioned by President Akufo-Addo.
In Tano South, the Chief of Yamfo stated that a fully furnished 3-unit classroom block has been built at Bechem, in addition to a CHPS Compound and nurses quarters all being built in BEchem.
“All these are examples of the projects you (President Akufo-Addo) have completed within the short space of 16 months of being in office, and we are very grateful to your administration,” he said.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stressed that by the end of his first term of office in 2020, his political opponents would have no campaign message going into the elections, as he would have fulfilled the promises he made to the Ghanaian people in run-up to the 2016 elections.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the same people who are saying his administration has done nothing over the last 16 months in office are the same persons who, prior to the 2016 elections, stated that free SHS was not possible, and described as lies the pledge to restore the nursing and teacher trainee allowances.
“One by one we are keeping our promises. Free SHS is now a reality. In September this year, the Free SHS policy will cover new entrants, in addition to those who will then be in SHS 2. By September 2019, it will cover all students in Senior High Schools across the country. Teacher and nursing trainees are also receiving their allowances. We have also retired a large chunk of the NHIS debt left by my predecessor, and the NHIS is working,” he said
The President continued, “To those who say they are still not seeing anything, they should wait and watch me. By the end of the four years, they will have nothing to say. They will acknowledge that we came to work for the development of Ghana.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, 19th May, 2018, when he visited the Asutifi South, Asutifi North, Asunafo North and Asunafo South constituencies, on day 2 of his 3-day tour of the Brong Ahafo Region.
As part of his tour, President Akufo-Addo cut the sod for the construction of an administrative block for the Asunafo South District Assembly; and inspected the newly constructed bridge for residents of Asumura in the Asunafo North constituency.
President Akufo-Addo also commissioned the newly constructed special ward at the St. Theresa’s Hospital at Hwidiem in Asutifi South; and inspected the 68-bed hospital and semi-detached maternity block, which is under construction at Kenyasi in the Asutifi North constituency.
Highlife artiste Kurl Songx says he felt dumb founded when he got the opportunity work with multiple award winning musician, Sarkodie.
Appearing on GH Entertainment today [Saturday], the ‘Jennifer Lomotey’ singer said, ‘’I don’t know the word to use because at a point I was dumb founded.’’
He added: ‘’you can’t get Sarkodie on your song.’’
The musician who is signed onto Kaywa said, through the good relationship Kaywa has with Sarkodie, he got the opportunity to work with him.
Kurl Songx said, the original plan was to feature Sarkodie on ‘Whistle’ but after working on the song, Kaywa played Jennifer Lomotey and Sarkodie fell in love with the song and decided to feature on it.
Kurl Songx have four songs to his credit and featured Sarkodie on two namely, ‘Jennifer Lomotey’ and ‘Whistle’.
The 2016 MTN Hit maker winner Kurl Songx says he is still the leader of the praise and worship team at church.
In an interview with Prince Kwesi Dadzie aka Mr. Handsome on GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the ‘Jennifer Lomotey’ hitmaler said, ‘’I am still a chorister. I lead the choir.’’
The artiste, who fellowships with the Grace Aflame Chapel Ghana, claims that he sings in church because he owes his life to God and that is the reason he gives his all to Him when he is in the church.
The singer who is currently promoting his new song ‘Trumpet’ said he was not expecting to be on top of his game that early after winning the hitmaker.
According to him, he gave himself 5-10 years so he will prepare for the industry because there were equally great musicians and he least expected to blow in that manner.
‘’I knew I had to work hard. It was not as if I was not working hard. I knew there were other talented musicians that was why I gave myself ten years.’’
When asked the musicians he looks up to, he mentioned Daddy Lumba, Kojo Antwi, Akwaboah and a lot of people.
‘’I was inspired by their works when I was young. They are still making it. These people inspire me a lot. These people were deep and their songs are timeless,’’ he added.
He urged young artiste to venture into highlife music because that is our identity as Ghanaians.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has announced that effective September 2018, second year students will not be allowed to pay fees because the free senior high school will extend to them.
The president made this revelation at a durbar in Busunya in the Nkoranza North District of the Brong-Ahafo Region as part of activities marking his 3-day tour of the area, saying “Free SHS has come to pass. In September, second year students will be rolled onto the programme.” The free SHS programme which was rolled out in September 2017 has been fraught with some challenges.
He also gave an assurance that the free SHS will be sustained despite the challenges.
Some few days ago, the president said the use of some of the country’s oil revenues to fund the Free Senior High School policy, which is guaranteeing all Ghanaian school-going school access to senior high school education, is most appropriate.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “We are using some of the income from our oil revenue to fund the programme. I believe strongly that this is the most equitable and transparent use of the oil revenue, instead of it finding its way into the pockets of politicians and bureaucrats.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Friday, 11th May, 2018, when he delivered the keynote address at the 2018 Oxford Africa Conference, at the University of Oxford.
This year, the Akufo-Addo government has announced that it will spend some GH¢453 million ($103 million) of the country’s oil revenue on funding Free SHS, more than double the amount spent last year on funding the policy.
Addressing the gathering on the theme “Enough Rhetoric: Catalysing an Era of Concrete Action”, the President stated that his administration has embarked on shifting the emphasis in education to ensure that science, technology, engineering and mathematics drive all sectors of the economy.
“We are committing resources to basic and applied science and engineering to ensure that we are able to meet the critical need for technicians and engineers. This process encompasses also a scaling up of technical, vocational and education training to supply the skills needed to build a modern economy,” he added.