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‘Round 2 of ‘galamsey’ fight won’t achieve anything; it’s just razzmatazz’ – Afriyie Ankrah

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Director of Elections for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, says the government is taking Ghanaians for granted with what he terms a “deceptive approach” to the fight against illegal small scale mining also known as ‘galamsey’.

For him, both the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo have reneged on their promise of tackling the menace to save the country’s natural resources because it was politically motivated.

In a media interaction, Elvis Ankrah lamented the devastating effects of illegal mining on the country, stating that efforts to tackle the menace will come to naught if the government continues to handle the practice with party colourization.

“Galamsey is now a national security threat, the water bodies have been so contaminated. Our water bodies are under threat. Before the NPP came to power, we all saw the state of the water bodies, although there was some form of illegal mining and the measures that were put in place.”

“NPP came, and they pretended that they were going to stop it. What they rather did was that they stopped those who were in the trade and gave the opportunity to their party people because the party needs money”, he claimed.

Mr. Ankrah simply cast doubt on the government’s renewed fight in Nana Addo’s second term, stating that the failure of the state to remedy the situation in its first term is proof that, the government has failed in the fight.

“So when they seize excavators, they give it out with the concession to their party people. They are the ones involved, so they shouldn’t deceive anybody with these gimmicks. They couldn’t do anything about it in four years. Their people at the highest level are involved”, he added.

Elvis Afryie Ankrah is of the strongest conviction that “the problem with this illegal mining is with Nana Addo and his NPP party. So long as they are in power and control the security sector, I do not see anything different happening.”

The government has gone hard with its latest fight, including the use of the military and the burning of seized equipment from illegal mining sites.

There are those who think setting the equipment ablaze is wrong and rather believe that the seized equipment be used for other equally important national activities.

Others have also raised questions about the legality of the action, since the Minerals and Mining Act does not recommend the destruction of seized equipment.

President Akufo-Addo has however dared those who disagree with the burning to go to court.

But the Elvis Afriyie Ankrah will not even give the government a pat on the shoulder as he remains doubtful. He is of the view that; “All that they are doing is just PR and razzmatazz. The government is complicit. I don’t have any hope that this situation can be solved under this government because where we are heading is an unmitigated disaster.

Source:citinewsroom

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‘Tallest’ man in Ho appeals for footwear

Charles Sogli, a 22-year-old man, who is nearly eight feet tall, has appealed for some customised footwear and working gear to keep him in his welding and metal fabrication job.

He also needs a special vehicle to aid his mobility.

The young man, believed to be the tallest man in the Volta Region, said he dropped out of school because he could not get footwear for the size of his feet and feared same fate could truncate his apprenticeship as a welder.

Sogli, comes from Ziope in the Agotime-Ziope District of the Volta Region.

He is the third of five siblings and the only one with the unique feature.

The young man told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that he enrolled as a welder and metal fabricator apprentice in Ho about a year ago, with challenges of not getting appropriate footwear and working gear for the job.

Sogli also said it was difficult for him to use commercial vehicles due to his height, with many commercial drivers denying him their services.

Micheal DeSouza, Sogli’s Master, described him (Soglo) as very “helpful and hardworking.”

“He is a good, quiet and peaceful person. All he needs is appropriate footwear and working gear for his size and may be a special means of transport- a special car,” he said.

Charles’ foot measures 16 inches.

He told GNA a shoemaker got him a footwear for work but, ” it is not protective.”

Metal fabrication is the creation of metal structures, which involves cutting, bending and assembling processes.

Metal fabricators are expected to wear hard hats, goggles, gloves and safety shoes.


Source:GNA

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Minority heads to Supreme Court over salaries to presidential spouses

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The Minority in Parliament has served notice it will head to the Supreme Court on Thursday, July 8 to demand interpretation on the payments to Article 71 office holders, which now include wives of the first two gentlemen of the land.

Announcing this to journalists on Wednesday, July 7, Member of Parliament (MP) for South Dayi Constituency Rockson Nelson Etse Dafeamekpor said the committee tasked to review the salaries acted ultra vires.

Professor Yaa Ntiamoah-Baidu led a committee tasked to make recommendations on the salaries of Article 71 office holders for parliamentary approval.

Quite recently, the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, indicated that the last Parliament approved the recommendations by the Prof Ntiamoah-Baidu-led committee.

Among the recommendations is payment of monthly salaries to spouses of the President and Vice President same as cabinet ministers.

“The committee had no mandate to make the kind of recommendation they did,” Mr Dafeamekpor told journalists.

“They acted utterly ultra vires their powers because the terms of reference for the committee was to review emoluments of Article 71 office holders. They didn’t tell them to go and review conditions of persons who do not fall within the bracket of Article 71 office holders.”

He said they will seek interpretation from the apex court of the country with a writ to be filed on Thursday.

Already, the Youth Wing of his party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has declared a nationwide #NoSalariesUprising to demand complete abrogation of the move.

“The terms of reference of the Prof Yaa Ntiamoah-Baidu Committee gave out the President as the chief architect of the decision to pay his wife, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, and wife of Vice President, Mrs Samira Bawumia,” a press release issued by NDC’s National Youth Organiser George Opare Addo accused.

“For want of a better expression, the decision to further drain the Consolidated Fund with needless expenditure is a pet project of President Akufo-Addo.”

It later added: “By this circular, we announce the #NoSalaryUprising across the nation by the young people of this country until this obnoxious development is reversed.”

Source:3 News

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NDC outlines 8 issues that need urgent fixing by Akufo-Addo(Full Text)

Some NDC members in today’s demonstration

March For Justice

Accra Protest.

6th July, 2021.

PETITION TO PRESIDENT AKUFO ADDO BY THE NATIONAL YOUTH WING OF NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS

The framers of the 1992 Constitution were spot on when they made provision in clause 1 of article 1 that “the Sovereignty of Ghana resides in the PEOPLE OF GHANA in whose name and for whose welfare the powers of government are to be exercised in the manner and within the limits laid down in this Constitution.” In the strict adherence to the meaning of this provision, Your Excellency, you took the presidential oath on January 7, 2017 when you were first elected President of the Republic. Although our party, the NDC contested the general elections which was subsequently decided in your favour by the Supreme Court of our Republic, you took the same oath on January 7, 2021 to serve another four-year term. The Presidential oath, as we know it, was not and cannot be fanciful words said for purposes of formality.

Despite the polarized nature of our country, Ghanaians who voted for you, and indeed, those who voted for your opponents succumbed to our Constitutional arrangements and entrusted their will and aspirations in your hands. The hopes of every Ghanaian, including your political adversaries was to see you uphold the tenets of our Constitution, sustain the peace you inherited from your predecessor, improve upon the economic wellbeing of Ghanaians, fight corruption ruthlessly, provide decent employment for the youth in particular, and ensure the safety of everybody, amongst other things; needless to say, these were the very teething issues you campaigned on and promised to deliver.

Your Excellency, without mincing words, it is heart wrenching to state that your government has so far delivered the antithesis of almost all what you promised Ghanaians. It cannot be gainsaid that if you objectively and sincerely looked back, reflect on the state of the country bequeathed to you and what you have done with it in five years, you have eroded almost all the strides our country have made. If our country was a clock, you have rolled it anti-clockwise. Though our country was riddled with some age long challenges before you took over; issues of corruption, unemployment, nepotism, cronyism and insecurity among other things, have increased unimaginably. You will agree with us that our country needs fixing and there cannot be any good time to fix it than now.

The danger, Your Excellency, is that there is no commitment from you and your government that these life threatening challenges facing our country will be, at least, reduced. Instead of teaming up with those who have taken inspiration from your edicts to be citizens and not spectators to fix the country, your government is surprisingly averse to calls asking for the fixing of our beloved country. Those crusading for the country to be fixed have become enemies of your government as they are either being intimidated, harassed or killed.

Respectfully Mr President, it is not out of place to point out to you that, though Ghanaians signed a social contract with you to resolve their problems, your government has become an insurmountable challenge that they are struggling to resolve. Objective minds in our nation and those in your own government whispering on corridors have growing apprehension about where you are leading this dear country of ours. The leadership you have provided so far is one of “let’s finish everything today because there is no tomorrow.” There is no hope for the youth under your stewardship. The very people you promised to protect are the ones being beaten and/or killed daily by thugs recruited into our Security Services, those you promised jobs have either been laid off, lost their investments or have not been employed at all. You have failed to build a just society.

Today, more than ever in the history of the construction of our State, access to the few opportunities is soley based on possession of an NPP party card. Those you promised infrastructural development have either have what your predecessor started abandoned by you or not seen any infrastructure at all. Perhaps, the best thing about your government is how far your family members and cronies are feeding on the national kitty to the chagrin of all of us.

The case of students, nurses, teachers, tailors, carpenters, Okada riders, trotro drivers, doctors, Masons, lawyers, traders, civil servants, farmers, to the last man on the street, has been of agony, pain and sorrow. There is simply no hope in sight. In the world all over, governments are elected to work for people and not otherwise. Your Excellency, your government is not working for the generality of Ghanaians but a select few, mainly family members and cronies.

With each passing day, you and your government manifest more examples of insensitivity to the cries of Ghanaians. The latest being your decision to pay your wife Rebecca and Samira Bawumia salaries equivalent to Cabinet Ministers at a time like this. Clearly, you have lost it.

The Country our forefathers labored at the peril of their lives to build for us cannot be gambled with and treated this way. Without sounding exaggerative, where you have led the country to, points to a direction that we urgently need liberation from the ills of state powers which must start from the seat of government ; we are not lost at all of the powers allocated to the executive arm of our government and it’s authority to change things for the better. The ills of your government are just too many to mention but of course you cannot be bothered. You fulfilled a long held ambition to be President and that is what appears to matter to you most.

Though it sounds needless to remind you of your pledge and campaign messages to the good people of Ghana, it is worthy to make the following demands:

1. Immediately, implement recommendations of the Emile Short Commission of Inquiry Report forthwith. In particular, pay compensations to all victims and direct the Attorney General to prosecute all culprits.

2. Beyond investigating all acts of violence perpetrated by officers of the security agencies under your watch, ensure that all victims get justice as required by law. Victims of acts of violence from Ejura, Ablekuma Central, Odododiodioo, Banda etc must all not be denied justice.

3. Make provisions towards providing decent jobs for the teeming youth of the Country through proper structural economic reforms and business support for enterprises of young people.

4. Ensure the safety and security of all Ghanaians

5. Stamp out corruption by prosecuting corrupt officials in your government other than shielding them. We ask that there is a fierce urgency to halt the hopeless nature of cronyism that has crept into the Government.

6. Take steps to fulfill campaign promises to the good people of Ghana and be respectful and truthful to the citizenry.

7. De-politicize the Security Services introducing reforms to give true meaning to its independence. We charge that these reforms be led by experts in our country and not partisan appointees.

8. Instruct the Attorney General and the Minister of Justice to improve the justice system and Wean the Judiciary off partisan political influence.

We count on your fail-safe commitment to our nation as its President in this historic moment.

Thank you.

Written for and on behalf of the Youth of Ghana.

Under my hand,

George Opare Addo, Esq.

National Youth Organizer, NDC.

Source:Nationalistgh.com

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