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Accept Akufo-Addo’s appointment, lose your relevance Forever-University Lecturer to NDC MPs

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Dr.Yarhands Dissou Arthur

A Senior Lecturer at the Appiah Minkah University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development, Kumasi, Dr. Yarhands Dissou Arthur has advised the National Democratic Congress(NDC) Members of Parliament(MPs) in the 8th parliament to reject any attempts by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to appoint them as Ministers in his government.

According to him, any attempt to accept an executive role in the New Patriotic Party government will not only amount to weakening the oversight role of the NDC in parliament, but will be tantamount to betrayal of the party on whose ticket they were elected to the legislative institution of Ghana.

Speaking to the Nationalistgh.com on Friday, January 14, the University Lecturer explained that his sources within the NPP party has it that President Akufo-Addo intends to appoint some of the NDC MPs as ministers in his new government. This, he said, the NPP believes can reduce animosity and rancor that may be associated with government business to be brought to the House.

But Dr. Arthur is of the view that such NDC MPs who may accept an appointment from President Akufo-Addo will be pushing themselves out of the party and it may also end the political careers of such legislators.

“Accepting an appointment from Akufo-Addo means that you cannot play your oversight role as an MP and the NPP government will use this as a strategy to loot our state resources.” Dr. Arthur observed.

He added that it will be unprincipled for the NDC legislators to accept an appointment from a President whose legitimacy they are challenging in several ways including a court action.

“It is immoral to accept an appointment from Akufo-Addo when you have boycotted his swearing-in and have been using several other means to challenge his legitimacy.” Dr. Arthur stated.

Background:

The 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic has been described by many political pundits as novel. It has produced an equal number of 137 Seats each for the NPP and the NDC with one Independent Member.

For the first time in the republic, an opposition Member, Alban. S.K Bagbin has been elected to the position of Speaker albeit unfortunate controversies and rancor.  Given the equal number of Seats for both parties, the decision on who forms the Majority or Minority Caucus has become a cliffhanger.

The NDC Parliamentary leader, Haruna Iddrisu has in a Press Conference yesterday revealed that his side will sit on the left side of the Speaker but that should not be misconstrued as accepting that the NDC is the Minority in Parliament.

The raging debate at the moment is on the composition of the various Committees and which party heads them given the equal numbers.

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#FixTheCountry: Ghanaians to protest over ‘government’s broken promises’ on May 9

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A group of Ghanaians who are unhappy with what they call the economic challenges in the country have declared their intention to protest on May 9, 2021.

The group has been expressing its displeasure over successive government’s failure to improve the living standards of Ghanaians on Twitter using the hashtag #FixTheCountry.

They cited dumsor, unemployment, poor healthcare systems as proof of successive governments’ mismanagement of the country.

“The event which is a single purpose event is being organized on the back of a string of consistently broken promises by successive governments and in the exercise of our democratic rights as citizens to express our frustration over perennial governmental incompetence, refusal and/or inability to fix the country,” the group said in a statement.

The group does not intend to deliver a petition to the presidency but will converge on Independence Square at 8:30 am for the march to commence at 9:30 am.

“The March will proceed peacefully and at a socially distanced pace from the Blackstar Independence Square Station. From the Independence Square, the group will continue along the 28th February Road, then join the Atta Mills High Street; then down Graphic Road towards circle, using Dr. Busia Highway, and then return on Dr Busia Highway to meet Ring Road West Road.”

“Then continue on that street through Ring Road central, then Odoi Kwao Loop, then join Hilla Limann Highway, then Turn on Sunyani Avenue continuing straight till turn on Kanda Link, then Turn on President Drive, then continue till we hit Liberation Road, then continue down Liberation Road till 37 Maxmart where Group Disperses,” the statement read.

The group promised to hold a peaceful protest while adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols.

“We have no intention of gaining entry into any security installation, destroying private property, or breaching the peace in any other way. The march is about due process and government accountability. As such we intend to conduct the march in a manner consistent with the laws of the country, with particular regard to our rights and duties under the Constitution and such other relevant.”

#Fixthecountry has been in the trends for about 48 hours.

It was initially started by some young persons on Twitter, but some celebrities later joined the campaign to hold the government accountable.

An online petition which was launched to support the cause has gathered over 2,000 signatures so far.

Source:citinewsroom

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#FixtheCountry: Ghana Twitter embarks on campaign for change in governance

#FixtheCountry: Ghana Twitter embarks on campaign for change in governance

Ghanaians on Twitter have had enough of what they call ‘a broken country’. They have begun a campaign to have the economy fixed.

According to most of the tweets, the change they voted for has not materialized. People have cited inconsistent power supply, lack of water in some parts of Ghana and the damage to our water bodies because of galamsey activities.

Currently, the hashtag #FixTheCountry is trending worldwide at number 4. Some tweets contained criticism made by the government when they were in power. Others have a collage of the Ghana flag and the deplorable state of the country.

Amongst the tweet is also a constant reminder that the campaign is not politically motivated. Some Twitter peeps also say both the past and the present government have let the economy down. They call for a change in governance but not the government.

Source:Grace Somuah-Annan|3news.com|Ghana

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WPF Day: Allow media to express themselves freely – Mahama to Akufo-Addo

Former President John Dramani Mahama has charged President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to create an environment that is devoid of intimidation for the media.

Mr Mahama said this to mark the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day celebration on Monday May 3.

In a Facebook post, Mr Mahama said “I want to encourage President Nana Akufo-Addo and his close associates to seize the occasion to create an atmosphere that is more tolerant of criticism and devoid of intimidation in order for the media, CSOs and individuals to freely express themselves and contribute to national discourse. #WorldPressFreedomDay.”

3 May acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics. Just as importantly, World Press Freedom Day is a day of support for media which are targets for the restraint, or abolition, of press freedom.

It is also a day of remembrance for those journalists who lost their lives in the pursuit of a story.

Every year, 3 May is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991.

This in turn was a response to a call by African journalists who in 1991 produced the landmark Windhoek Declaration(link is external) on media pluralism and independence.

Source: Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana

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