In the just-ended delegates conference held by the NPP in the Ashanti Region, statements from both the President of the country and his vice clearly showed an indication of unavoidable defeat in 2024.
As the saying goes ‘A drowning man will clutch a straw’, the NPP in their quest to become appealing to Ghanaians for a possible mandate in 2024 rather exposed the level of desperation within the rank and file of the party due to bad Governance. Indeed Ghanaians today are paying a bitter price after exchanging our iPhone in the person of John Mahama for a China phone (ADDO Dee).
In an era where information can easily be verified, it is sad our economics connoisseur (Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia) was quick to shield the electoral commission on the validity of the 2020 elections when the EC itself could not do basic arithmetic hence had to change the final results on three occasions.
Is it not surprising and shocking that while the cedi today is one of the weakest currencies globally, we have the head of the economic management team embarking on very misplaced priorities from commissioning of public toilets, Ghana Post GPS, digital property addressing system etc.
With the level of insecurity in the country, we are tempted to ask the one in charge and again it comes back to the vice president of the country.
Is it therefore not ironical that the same person who organized the most public lectures in the history of our country and the world at large on economic management today have the effrontery to refer to someone as incompetent when he failed to remove the logs in his eyes?
Gabby Otchere – Darko once said ‘If running an economy was all about borrowing your way into an unsustainable debt hole then any half wit could be president(2015)’. The Akuffo led government has borrowed more money than any government in the 4th republic yet has nothing to show for it.
What makes it alarming is the fact that most of these transactions are managed by Databank owned by the current ϐinance minister and per our checks, the company has seen over 1100% increment in its annual revenue since 2016.
Ghanaians are today asking when the next gold track NPP government will be taking over because
These current tracks were not really the same people that begged Ghanaians for power in 2024. It is amusing hearing the president pride himself in a ϐlagship programme that has faced several serious challenges but for the interest of scoring cheap political points these issues are ignored.
The green and gold track educational system was one of the failed policies by the current Energy Minister (Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh) due to the level of frustrations both parents and students had to endure.
It is devastating that till date there are no syllabus for our basic schools yet students were given past questions to study. This shameful act had to cost the ordinary tax payer 200 million old Ghana cedis.
The worst part is the arrears in teacher’s salaries prompting constant strike actions affecting the future of our country. Most of the teachers today after training college are not even posted but rather expected to write a licensure examination that is not fit for purpose.
The school feeding programme has also collapsed due to ϐinances hence all second cycle schools do not reopen at the same time. High fuel prices, import duties etc caused due to mismanagement of the economy are subject of discussion another. On corruption, the country is bleeding profusely. AGYAPA deal, PDS, Ghana Post GPS, Missing excavators etc are primary point of discussions Ghanaians haven’t forgotten.
As if that was not enough injury to our plight, in January 2021 but for the swift intervention of the minority, the president after all the beneϐits he enjoys, attempted to include his wife and that of his vice to article 71 holders. The president saw the need to increase the salaries of all article 71 holders by 70% while civil servants saw a 4% increment.
The president, to further add salt to injury, found money to rent expensive private jets for foreign travels, many of which were needless. If this is his deϐinition of protecting the public purse, we dare say, Ghanaians are being led by a president whose only quest is to satisfy his childhood ambitions and not for the betterment of the ordinary Ghanaian.
To hear the president say the country is broke is nothing but a fallacy. The solution proposed by Addo show boy is not to cut down on his proϐligate expenditure nor fight corruption through his special prosecutor but rather he intends to dip his hands into our bank ac‐ counts and take part of our savings through the draconian E–levy. This daylight robbery surpasses human understanding especially in times when people are really struggling to make ends meet. The World Bank in April 2, 2020 provided Ghana $100 million during the COVID–19 pandemic.
By November, the EU added an extra 86.5 million euros in an emergency budget support to sustain the economy post COVID yet the mother serpent of corruption (Akuffo – Addo) is yet to account for all this funding made available to him and his cronies during the pandemic but rather decided to blame the COVID–19 for their incompetence and corruption which are a reϐlection of the hardships levelled on the average Ghanaian.
Of all the lies and deception that was spewed on the day, the scariest moment was when the President of the country intimated that he wanted to hand over power on 7th January 2025 to an NPP presidential candidate. It was a sign of desperation and a warning signal on the capabilities of the NPP in orchestrating electioneering violence pre‐ and post‐election.
We are witnesses to how seven innocent Ghanaians were murder in cold blood just for attempting to exercise their consti‐ tutionally mandated rights in the 2020 elections. We want the NPP to know that we know them hence can read the slightest meanings into their actions.
The NDC as a party is poised for action in 2024 and no amount of scaremongering and intimidation will subvert the voice of the people in selecting their presidents and MPs. Not even the barrel of a gun.
We can only admonish them to at least maintain the peace we have enjoyed since independence as a country and be ready to hand over leadership to the next NDC administration in peace and NOT pieces.
I didn’t embezzle PNC funds; I used it for 2020 campaign – Apasera
The 2020 flagbearer of the People’s National Convention (PNC), David Apasera, has denied allegations of embezzlement made against him by the party’s General Secretary, Janet Nabila.
According to him, all the funds he has been accused of embezzling were used for the 2020 campaign after they were disbursed to the party’s candidates.
“For whatever we raised, this is the first time everybody knew the amount we raised and the first time it was lodged in the party account and the first time every officer of the party presented a programme and a budget that was funded. This money was for campaign, and it wasn’t meant for anything else. I applied it, and it was disbursed by the treasurer, which everyone knew about,” he said in a Citi News interview.
The General Secretary of the PNC, Janet Nabila announced at a press conference last Thursday that David Apasera and their National Chairman, Moses Danibaah have been sacked from the party.
The two were previously suspended by the party over allegations of misconduct and embezzlement of party funds to the tune of GHS 1.7 million, but David Apasera says the claim is false.
He said he was surprised by Madam Nabila’s conduct, as she was present when the party’s treasurer gave a detailed account of expenditure at their first National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.
“The treasurer gave an account at the first NEC meeting, everybody applauded it. Janet only objected to one thing [and that was about the filing fees],” he said.
Mr. Apasera further said Janet Nabila did not have the power to suspend him, as she is herself a suspended executive.
“Janet Nabila is no longer the General Secretary, she has been suspended. The Greater Accra Regional Chairman has been suspended. The General Secretary has been suspended, and so they have no locus to call themselves NEC members,” he said, stressing that his supposed suspension is null and void.
Source: Citinewsroom. com
Akufo-Addo appoints Mahama as ECG Managing Director
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed legal practitioner, Samuel Dubik Masubir Mahama, as Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).
He takes over from Kwame Agyeman–Budu, whose statutory retirement starts next week.
Jones Ofori–Addo, who is the Deputy Managing Director responsible for sales, customer service and finance, was made Acting Managing Director on May 12, while government finalised the hunt for a substantive officer.
In the letter announcing Samuel Dubik Masubir Mahama as the substantive MD on May 13, the Presidency urged the Energy Ministry to trigger necessary modalities to facilitate his regularisation in accordance with Company Act, 2019 (Act 992).
Outgoing ECG MD, Kwame Agyeman-Budu retires on May 17, 2022.
PROFILE OF SAMUEL DUBIK MAHAMA
Samuel Dubik Mahama is a lawyer and a partner at the law firm, Dubik and Associates.
He has been doing business in Ghana for almost 2 decades, having worked in both the private and public sectors.
During his tenure in the public sector, he worked with the Ghana Investment Promotion Center (GIPC) whose sole aim is to promote foreign direct investment in Ghana, Dubik Mahama served as the head of Monitoring and Evaluation at the GIPC.
During his business life, he has focused mainly on the energy sector where he has worked with American companies such as Bridgewell resources LLC based in Portland Oregon, Gulf South Forest products based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Elsewedy Electricals based in Cairo Egypt for a decade now.
Mahama has wide experience in consulting for local energy, mining, and engineering firms by assisting them to identify viable projects with necessary funding for turnkey projects.
He also serves on the Board of a few companies including Wilkins Engineering Limited, De-Montag Company Limited and Ghana Industrial Holding Company (GIHOC).
Wranglings in PNC: Apasera, Dani Baah sacked, 12 others step aside
The internal wranglings within the People’s National Convention (PNC) has deepened, following the decision by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party to terminate the membership of its Leader, David Apasera and the National Chairman, Moses Dani Baah.
They were dismissed for breaching Article 14 (b) of the party’s constitution which states that “A member of the Party who is in breach of the above shall be liable to dismissal under this Constitution, except otherwise agreed by the National Delegates’ Congress upon an appeal by the said member of the Party.”
The decision to sack the two from the party was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the party’s NEC meeting held in Accra yesterday.
It said the leader and the national chairman have a penchant for breaching the party’s constitution and have disrupted the pursuit of the collective goals of the party and derailed its progress.
The decision to dismiss the two is coming on the heels of a press conference held by the leader of the party, Mr Apasera, last Friday, May 6, 2022, to announce the suspension of six of its regional and national executive indefinitely for contravening Article 67 of the party’s constitution.
Those suspended were the Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the party, Bala Maikankan; Ashanti Regional Secretary of the PNC, Sulemana Seidu; the Northern Regional Secretary, Suale Karim; the Ashanti Regional Youth Organiser, Muniru Seidu; the Central Regional Secretary, Samuel Adeyfio, and the Second National Vice-Chairman, Henry Haruna Asante.
Their suspension also followed a petition brought before the disciplinary committee for the necessary recommendations to be made against a purported NEC meeting held in Kumasi during which the suspended executive were found to have contravened the party’s constitution.
At a press conference, the General Secretary of the PNC, Janet Nabla, who read the communiqué, said the NEC also directed 12 national and regional executive of the party, who attended the purported Standing Committee meeting convened by Messrs Apasera and Dani Baah, that took the decision to suspend the six regional and national executive for indiscipline to step aside from their respective positions pending disciplinary hearing.
They are the first Vice-Chairperson, Hajia Hajara Ali; third Vice Chairperson, Alhaji Omar Bekure; National Organiser, Abass Nuhu; the Bono Regional Chairman, Mr Sampson Asampana; Oti Regional Chairman, Mr Richard Dzreke and the Ashanti Regional Chairman, Mr Abraham Kaba Hirohito.
The rest are the Greater Accra Regional Secretary, Siba Salifu Sakibu; the Western Regional Chairman, Mallam Yakubu Tahir; the Ashanti Regional Organiser, Arimeyao Ali; Volta Regional Secretary, Oliver Ganaku; Bono Regional Secretary, Mr Abdul Samed Nurideen and the National Women’s Organiser, Ms Hidaya S. Ibrahim.
Source: Graphic Online
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