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Our promises ‘a sacred contract’: Bawumia

Our promises ‘a sacred contract’: Bawumia

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The promise by the Akufo-Addo government to build a factory in each of the 216 districts across the country as well as provide a dam in every farming village up north among others are a “sacred contract” between his administration and the people of Ghana, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said.“We consider our promises a sacred contract between us and the people of Ghana. You entrusted us with your future by voting us into power. And Nana Akufo-Addo can assure you that he would work with the team we have with all the skills we can assemble to make this Ghanaian dream a reality,” Dr Bawumia said as he closed the first day of a two-day National Policy Summit at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC).He said ahead of the 2016 elections, Nana Akufo-Addo, then flag bearer of the
Mahama causing NDC ‘great harm’ – Group

Mahama causing NDC ‘great harm’ – Group

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Former President John Dramani Mahama should not “dare” contest the 2020 flagbearership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) if he does not come clear on exactly what he has taken responsibility for, with regards to the party’s defeat in the last presidential elections, a youth group of the party, Action Movement, has said. Mr Mahama, after the NDC’s 2016 electoral loss, asked supporters of the party to blame him for its defeat. “The cause of our loss is multifaceted,” he told his former appointees at a meeting on 28 March, adding that those going on air to blame fellow party members and specific members of his administration for the defeat must redirect those accusations at him since he led the party into the elections. “Of course, as the General who led us into battle, I ta
“Accra Will Be Africa’s Cleanest City In The Next 4 Years” – President Akufo-Addo Assures

“Accra Will Be Africa’s Cleanest City In The Next 4 Years” – President Akufo-Addo Assures

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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has pledged his commitment to making Accra the cleanest city on the African continent within the next four years. According to President Akufo-Addo, “the commitment I want to make, and for all of us to make, is that by the end of my term in office, Accra will be the cleanest city on the entire African continent. That is the commitment I am making.” The President made this known on Sunday, April 23, 2017, when the President of the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council, Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio, together with the Chiefs and people of Jamestown, enstooled him as a Chief in Jamestown, in Accra. President Akufo-Addo was given the stool name “Nii Kwaku Ablade Okogyeaman I”, to wit “Royal Warrior; One who fights to redeem his peop
Minority so ‘ignorant’; I’m sad for them – Bawumia

Minority so ‘ignorant’; I’m sad for them – Bawumia

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Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has described the Minority as an “ignorant” bunch who do not “understand” the processes of managing the economy, thus, must do some reading to educate themselves. Speaking to the media in Washington DC about the Minority’s claim that the recent $2.25billion domestic bond issued by the Akufo-Addo government was done in “secrecy”, without parliamentary approval, and “cooked” to favour US-based investor Franklin Templeton, Dr Bawumia said: “This shows a lack of understanding, the Minority have never understood this economy and it’s just amazing that people on that side who were actually in charge of managing the economy will be making such statements. It really shows ignorance and I am so sad when I hear that from people who should know better.” Accord
Minority’s call for a probe into gov’t’s $2bn bond baseless – Assibey Yeboah

Minority’s call for a probe into gov’t’s $2bn bond baseless – Assibey Yeboah

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The Chairman of Parliament’s Finance Committee says a call by the minority for a probe into government’s $2.25 billion local bond issue is completely baseless. Dr Mark Assibey Yeboah told Evans Mensah on Joy FM's Top Story Tuesday the issues raised by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs against the bond are not tenuous. The Minority at a news conference in Accra Tuesday called for a Parliamentary probe into a local bond issued by government on April 3, 2017. The NDC MPs said the bond, participated by only two investors, was “shrouded in secrecy to the extent that Ghanaian investors were denied the opportunity to participate in the deal.” The MPs said one of the investors who patronised the bond, Franklyn Templeton, has a link to Enterprise Group Limited of which Finance
NDC’s Dr Asemfoforo is dead

NDC’s Dr Asemfoforo is dead

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Vociforous member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr. Asemfofro, known privately as Osei Yaw Mketia has died. The popular serial caller passed on at the 37 Military Hospital Sunday dawn. Dr. Asemfofro was a staunch critic of the erstwhile Kufour’s administration. The renowned herbalist’s popularity soared when he publicly dared ex President Kufour to pronounce a curse if he had also not spent state money during a people’s assembly held at Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region. That was during the time prominent personalities of the then Rawlings administration like Kwame Preprah, Ibrahim Adams and Victor Selormey, were jailed for woefully causing financial loss to the state. Source: abusuafmonline.com
Afoko grills Adams Mahama’s wife

Afoko grills Adams Mahama’s wife

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State prosecutors yesterday ended further evidence in-chief of Hajia Zainabu Adams, wife of Adams Mahama, the slain Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). Led in the final phase of the evidence by Matthew Amponsah, chief state attorney, in a court presided over by Justice L.L. Mensah, Madam Zainabu indentified the gallon containing the deadly substance reportedly poured on her husband. The witness, who spoke through a Hausa interpreter, also identified the pair of shoes, as well as the dress the late Adams wore on the day of the incident. Hajia Zainabu also tendered photographs of the acid burns she sustained on her arms and breast in her attempt to assist her late husband from his vehicle – after the acid bath. Under cross-examination by Osafo Boabe
Don’t embarrass government with violent acts – Sammy Awuku to NPP youth

Don’t embarrass government with violent acts – Sammy Awuku to NPP youth

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The National Youth Organizer of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sammy Awuku has called on the youth of the party across the country to desist from violent activities which he says is bringing the name of the party into disrepute. Addressing the Party’s Constituency Youth Organizers in Wa on Thursday [April 6, 2017], Sammy Awuku urged the youth to refrain from all forms of violence and use the appropriate party structures to communicate their misgivings on any matter. Various youth groups linked to the party have caused public unrest in various parts of the country since the Party’s electoral victory in December 2016. Some youth of pro-NPP vigilante group, Delta Force, on Thursday stormed the Kumasi Circuit Court and freed 13 members of their group who were facing char
Afoko killed me – Adams Mahama

Afoko killed me – Adams Mahama

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A prosecution witness Hajia Zainabu Adams, wife of Adams Mahama, the Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who was murdered, continued with her evidence in chief at an Accra High Court yesterday after nine-month break. The case had stalled since July 19, 2015 when Hajia Zainabu first stepped into the box as the star witness in the case involving the murder of her husband. Led in evidence in by Matthew Amponsah, Chief State Attorney in a court, presided over by Justice L.L. Mensah, Zainabu stated that her husband envisaged his death as a result of the deadly substance 52-year-old Gregory Afoko and one Asabke poured on him. Hajia Zainabu told the court that the late Adams mentioned the two names to her on his sick bed. She said, “I know I will die, whe
Ayariga formally apologises for false bribery claim

Ayariga formally apologises for false bribery claim

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Bawku Central MP, Mahama Ayariga, has asked the Speaker of Parliament to forgive him after a Committee found him in contempt of Parliament. The Harvard-trained lawyer in a one-page letter read Friday on the floor of the House apologised for peddling a claim that was found to be false by the Joe Ghartey Committee that investigated the matter. The MP had said minority members on Parliament’s Appointments Committee were each offered GHC3,000 to approve Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko whose nomination was under consideration.   He told journalists the NDC MPs returned the money because they did not want to be bribed into doing something against their will. They had initially opposed the Minister’s approval because of some comments he made during his vetting First Dep
Spio-Garbarh calls for calm in NDC

Spio-Garbarh calls for calm in NDC

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Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, a former Minister of Trade and Industry, has urged members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to stop the blame game in the media and allow the Kwesi Botchwey Committee, tasked with probing the causes of the party’s defeat in the 2016 election, to come out with its findings. The party, following its electoral loss to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2016 general election, set up a 13-member committee led by former Finance Minister Dr Kwesi Botchwey, to look into the causes for its defeat. However, even before the committee completes its work, some leading figures in the NDC have publicly traded accusations and pointed fingers at each other for the party’s woes. The Greater Accra Regional Secretary, Anthony Nukpenu, former party chairman Kwabena A
Ghanaians kick against Akufo-Addo’s ‘old’ BMW car

Ghanaians kick against Akufo-Addo’s ‘old’ BMW car

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo may soon have to rescind his decision to still cruise around town in his old BMW 2007 model as a section of Ghanaians have expressed their displeasure at that decision. A section of people the Ghanaian Observer spoke to when it sought their opinions at the Kaneshie and 37 trotro stations, suggested that it was both demeaning and insecure for the President to cruise in town in a ten year old vehicle which the State Transport Corporation (STC), the official vehicle valuer would write off. “My brother, let me tell you, even me as an artisan would not use a ten year old car. I wonder if the electronic diagnostic machine would identify any mechanical fault when it is sent for servicing because it is older than the diagnostic machine”, Prosper Agbe
Nduom thanks Cadman Mills for revealing secret about Mills’ death

Nduom thanks Cadman Mills for revealing secret about Mills’ death

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Founder of the Progressive People's Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom has commended Dr Cadman Mills, brother of the late John Evans Atta Mills for opening up on some of the circumstances surrounding the death of the President in July 2012. “Thank you, Brother Mills. Thank you for telling us the truth you know. Some said we should not talk. But your brother was our President and we needed and still need to know what happened to him. I maintain my position that some used him for their personal, political and material benefit when he needed them to take care of him. He was NDC and I am PPP but we will both be forever Ghanaians. Thank you,” Dr Nduom’s post on Facebook read. Dr Cadman Mills in an interview on Starr FM intimated that his brother was not treated well by his handlers at
EOCO takes over Kofi Adam’s ‘stolen’ vehicles

EOCO takes over Kofi Adam’s ‘stolen’ vehicles

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New Patriotic Party’s Brong Ahafo regional youth coordinator, Kwame Baffoe, popularly known as ‘Abronye DC’ has revealed that the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) has taken over a case involving the National Organiser for NDC, Kofi Adams, following claims that he has stolen vehicles from the state. The vehicles; two land cruisers and three pick-ups, were seized following allegations that some officials of the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) government had misappropriated some state assets including vehicles. But they were later released after the Criminal Investigation Depart (CID) established that the vehicles did not belong to the state. But Mr Baffoe, said the CID did not live up to the task hence they did a shoddy work when they said they would invest
Akufo-Addo to begin 3-day ‘Thank You’ tour in Ashanti Friday

Akufo-Addo to begin 3-day ‘Thank You’ tour in Ashanti Friday

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President Akuffo-Addo is expected to begin a three-day thank you tour in the Ashanti Region tomorrow [Friday]. Speaking to Citi News, the Ashanti Regional Secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sam Pyne said the region is ready to receive the President. He said the President is expected to address a rally of party members on his final leg of the tour on Sunday, before returning to Accra. “Whatever he is coming to do, so far as he is a President, he comes with state protocol. The only thing that will be purely partisan or purely political is the rally that we will be holding on Sunday so that is what we are looking at. The rest will be organised by state protocol. The rallies are about meeting with party people and talking about issues that are out and addressing the cr
Mahama Ayariga renders ‘unrepentant apology’ to Parliament

Mahama Ayariga renders ‘unrepentant apology’ to Parliament

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Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga has offered a conditional apology to Parliament for claiming some minority members on the Appointment Committee were bribed to approve the nomination of Energy Minister, Boakye Agyako. After he was found guilty by the Joe Ghartey Committee which investigated the allegations, Mr. Ayariga was asked by the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Ocquaye to render an unqualified apology to the House. But the Bawku Central MP who had a lot of reservations about the report said: "MR Speaker, IF YOU SAY I SHOULD APOLOGISE, I APOLOGISE". The comment outraged members on the Majority side who were banging on their tables in disapproval of Mahama Ayariga’s conduct. However, members on the Minority side seemed to support their colleague
mahama can’t be guaranteed 2020 flagbearership – NDC

mahama can’t be guaranteed 2020 flagbearership – NDC

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The Ashanti Region branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) says it cannot guarantee the party’s leadership slot for the former president, John Mahama, come 2020. The regional branch says so many things can change from now to the time the party will go to primaries to elect a flagbearer. So, it will be premature for the party to conclude that it will go with the former president as its flagbearer, the branch said. NDC’s regional First Vice Chairman Alex Attivor Sawyer expressed the sentiments on Onua FM’s Ghana Dadwene on Tuesday, March 28. The show was looking at the restructuring of the NDC in the Region after the humiliating defeat in the 2016 elections. Mr. Attivor Sawyer said the NDC has so many people to contest President Mahama in 2020 “so we shall look at their politi
I almost quit politics in 2008 – Former President Mahama

I almost quit politics in 2008 – Former President Mahama

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Former President John Mahama has revealed he almost quit politics to go into private business in 2008. He said he had to stay in public service because the National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by the late president Mills won the presidential elections that year. Mr Mahama made the revelation when he spoke at the first official reading of his first book 'My first Coup D'etat' at the University of Ghana Tuesday. There has been a rancorous debate within the opposition NDC which he led into the 2016 elections over his political future. While Mr Mahama's immediate family has insisted that he calls time on local politics, some leaders of the party including the National Organiser Kofi Adams, Member of Parliament for Odododiodoo, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye have dismissed the idea.
Akufo-Addo cuts sod for construction of new French Embassy

Akufo-Addo cuts sod for construction of new French Embassy

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has cut the sod for the start of construction works on the new French Embassy, Friday. The new Embassy located at Cantonment in Accra is expected to be completed within the next 18 months. Speaking at the ceremony, the President said it was an “enriching experience and a moment of considerable joy” for him to witness the relocation process. He noted negotiations for the move, which started in 2007, have been saddled with “mixed feelings and certain undue mark of anxiety.” “Change can be uncomfortable,” he said, adding the Embassy has demonstrated leadership by relocating. Months after the presidential palace was completed in 2007, security concerns were raised about its proximity with the French Embassy. Some security experts said
Mahama’s return in 2020 will give us a one touch victory-Women’s Organizer

Mahama’s return in 2020 will give us a one touch victory-Women’s Organizer

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The National Women’s Organizer for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Hajia Zaneb Mahama has stated confidently that former president John Dramani Mahama will bounce back as presidential candidate for the umbrella family with a one touch victory in 2020. The party has been divided with some stating that, they will need a fresh candidate for the 2020 presidential election. National Organizer Kofi Adams has consistently campaigned for Mr. Mahama who lost to current President Akufo-Addo in the 2016 presidential race. According to him, the former leader is their best bet for election 2020 but he has been asked to stop campaigning for the former president by a group of NDC supporters. But speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm with Kwame Tutu, the women’s leader o