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I’ll be surprised if NPP gets 30% in 2024 elections – NDC MP

Mr.Peter Lanchene Toobu

Member of Parliament for Wa West, Peter Lanchene Toobu, has said the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has performed poorly in the area of job creation for the youth.

This, he said, will affect the fortunes of the NPP in the next general elections.

He said on the Key Points on TV3/3FM Saturday October 30 with host Dzifa Bampho that he will be surprised if the NPP gets 30 per cent in the 2024 elections.

“If they get 30 per cent I will be very surprised,” he said, adding that “Ghanaians are yearning to change government.”

He was contributing to a discussion on the recruitment into the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) and the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS). In his view,  youth unemployment is threat to national security in Ghana.

Thousands of Ghanaian youth continue to queue to be enlisted into the various security services.

Earlier this week, hundreds massed up at the El-Wak Stadium in Accra to start recruitment processes into the Ghana Immigration Service.

Scenes from the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, where thousands of applicants running to secure spots in queues, have been flooding social media, raising concerns on shifting from the old ways of screening and enlisting applicants into security services and forces.

Peter Lanchene Toobu  who is also a retired Police Officer said “What is happening right now in the security sector is just a simple sign that what is written in the national security strategy that youth unemployment remains the  greatest threat to our national security, a true statement.

“Couldn’t we have done this better? As a member of the Defence and Interior committee with an oversight responsibility on the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of National security, I am sure that all of us are beginning to look at this differently.”

The member of the Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament added “When I joined the Police in 1992, what I have seen apart from the initial online application, there is no change. What it means is that for over almost 30 years we have actually not changed the system so much.

“Technology is transforming the whole world and gradually, we should begin to simplify some of these processes to ensure that these young people who are ready frustrated can actually get recruited in a very dignified and in a very humane manner.

“Looking at what is happening, sometimes we say that you need to have a feel of what is like to get into the job but  gradually, the psychological  impact on  these young people before they get recruited can  be lasting for their lifetime , lasting for their career. So, I think that we should begin to look at it differently using technology. We can shorten the process, we can simplify the process.”

For his part, Mr Alfred Thompson, a former Managing Director of the National Investment Bank said the NPP administration has introduced a number of initiatives including the Nations Builder Corps (NABCO) to assist the youth of this country.

He challenged the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to point to one initiative they introduced to assist the youth in the area of employment.

Source:3 News

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Bawumia should be serious with Ghanaians – NDC UK executive writes

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A Deputy Youth Organiser of the UK/Ireland branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has taken on Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia for seemingly abandoning “his core mandate, knowing that he has been a failure at that to now focus on digitization which is supposed to be in the domain of the communication minister”.

Kofi Ampomah slams the Vice President as not understanding the plight of the ordinary Ghanaian.

He captured this in a write-up on Monday, November 8.

Find the write-up below:

The NPP government continues to demonstrate that they have lost the plot when it comes to executing the mandate that the good people of Ghana gave them in the 2020 election. The ordinary Ghanaian looks up to government led by Nana Akuffo Addo and Dr. Bawumia to provide them with the basic necessity of life, which is food, shelter, and health. But what do we see today, a government so incompetent that they have created economic hardship to the extent that the ordinary Ghanaian cannot be guaranteed one meal a day.

Prior to the 2020 election the NPP engaged in politics of lies promising to better the lives of Ghanaians if they are retained in government, but what do we see today, increase in fuel prices, high cost of living, unemployment, and general hardship across all sectors of the economy.

As the head of the Economic Management Team, Dr. Bawumia has decided to abandon his core mandate, knowing that he has been a failure at that to now focus on digitization which is supposed to be in the domain of the communication minister.

Dr. Bawumia clearly does not understand the plight of Ghanaian. What Ghanaians are crying for is a better economy so that they can feed their families and afford the basic necessities of life, which is their priority and not digitization. No one is discounting the importance of a digitized economy, but you do not focus on it at the expense of the economy which is the worst managed since the inception of the 4th Republic.

The NPP should be serious with Ghanaians.
 
Kofi Ampomah
Deputy Chapter Youth Organisers UK/IRELAND NDC.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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Microphone snatching, blows at Juaboso assembly meeting

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Assembly members of the Sehwi Juaboso District of the Western North Region engaged in a fight during assembly sitting to approve their budget.

This came after the Presiding Member of the district assembly, Adu Blankson, at the meeting challenged the position of the District Chief Executive (DCE).

According to him, he does not recognise Godfred Kwabena Agyei Asante as the appropriate person to occupy that seat, despite being appointed by President Nana Akufo-Addo and confirmed.

Prior to that, he made his dissatisfaction against Mr Asante known after he headed to court to challenge why the DCE was confirmed despite losing elections.

Mr Blankson took his grievances to the meeting and prevented the DCE from delivering his keynote address at the meeting. His action did not go down well with some assembly members which resulted in a fight.

An Assemblyman for Boinzan electoral area, Affun Kroko Stephen, told Adom News that he had no option than to snatch the microphone from Mr Blankson for the scheduled event to continue.

Consequently, blows were traded by the divided assembly members.

Asked by Adom News’ Augustine Boah whether the microphone snatching was the best approach, he defended it was perfect.

To him, Mr Blankson is allowing personal sentiments to get the better of him, which will not be in the interest of the authority, and for that he had to put him in his place.

“There were authorities and police officers around, if I had erred, they would have addressed the situation,” he said.

After the scuffle, Mr Asante was allowed to address the august gathering and approved the budget.

Source:Adomonline

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Bawumia facing credibility crisis – NDC MP

Mr.Mohammed Adam Sukparu

The Member of Parliament for Sissala West, Mohammed Adam Sukparu, has criticised the Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia after his lecturer on digitalisation he delivered on Tuesday November 2.

During the lectuer, Dr Bawumai said among other things that every child delivered in Ghana from next year will get, within a few months, a Ghana Card number.

He said “Easily one of the most depressing visits I have paid to a government office during my time as Vice-President was to the Births and Deaths Registry headquarters. There clearly was insufficient investment in the institution. It was messy and it was sad. It turned out that the Births and Deaths Registry had three separate databases as registers for births and deaths and these databases were in silos. It is not surprising therefore that corruption and fake birth certificates thrived in this environment,” he noted.

“Thankfully, the process of digitization of the records is almost complete and the three databases have been cleaned up and integrated. Furthermore, we are integrating the births and deaths register with the databases of Ghana Health Service, National Identification AuthorityGhana Statistical Service, Immigration and the Police so that the record of births and deaths should be consistent across all these databases.”

He also announced the impending launch of the E-Pharmacy, which would involve the digitization of pharmacies in Ghana.

“Patients or people generally face difficulties when trying to find medicines in pharmacies. They have no way of knowing which pharmacies have the medicines. They could go to five pharmacies before getting lucky. Sometimes patients are directed to go to specific pharmacies to buy the medicine, denying them any advantage there might be of choosing from a lower priced shop.

“People also don’t know what the prices of the medicines are at different pharmacies and tend in their time of vulnerability to just buy at the prices offered when they find the drug. It is also difficult to tell whether the medicines are genuine or fake. There is also the problem of drug abuse with prescription medicines like Tramadol.

“To address these problems, in 2019, I challenged the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana to digitize the operations of pharmacies in Ghana. Following this and working with my office, the Pharmacy Council in collaboration with the private sector has completed work on a digital platform for all pharmacies in Ghana and a pilot of 45 pharmacies is currently ongoing.

“Basically, the digital E-Pharmacy platform will offer the opportunity to everyone through a mobile phone to upload your prescriptions and find out which pharmacies near you have the medicines. Secondly you can compare the prices for the same drug offered by different prices so that you can buy from the lowest priced pharmacies.”

Reacting to this Mohammed Adam Sukparu said “This particular lecture is something that I cannot make a head or tail out of it. Dr Bawumia is struggling to redeem his credibility, he is suffering from credibility crisis.”

“Dr Bawumia as we speak today is struggling with a credibility crisis. He made certain pronouncements in the past that turned out to be untrue. He said every Ghanaian, was going to have a bank account, has that happened?” he quizzed.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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