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The hardship is too much unless you live on a different planet – MP laments

Theresa Lardi Awuni

The Member of Parliament for Okaikwei North, Theresa Lardi Awuni, has stated that the year 2022 will be a difficult one for people in the country.

She explained that this is because of the untold hardships that have been brought on the citizenry as a result of the bad decisions and leadership flaws of the ruling government, led by the president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Speaking with GhanaWeb on the back of conversations surrounding the 2022 budget and other related bills in the budget, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP said it is time their colleagues on the other side of parliament paid attention to the cries of Ghanaians.

“We must get serious because we cannot hold the nation to ransom and so we expect that the Majority will do their part so we do our part. They must listen to the cry of Ghanaians,” she said.

Theresa Awuni also said that going around markets, it has become clear that the country is in very difficult times, adding that she is optimistic this will translate into a difficult 2022.

“The hardship out there is real unless maybe you live on a different planet but if you’re in Ghana with us, if you go to the same market with us, if you send Momo GHc50 and GHc100 to your family like us, you will feel it.

“The hardship is real there. We are here to represent the people and we telling the Majority that they should listen to the cries of the Ghanaians out there.

“I foresee a very difficult and challenging 2022 because of the budget the NPP is imposing on us. The kind of hardship the NPP is imposing on us. I know 2022 is going to be difficult but by the special grace of God, we shall overcome,” she said.

Before its recess in December 2021, parliament had been debating aspects of the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy as presented to the House by the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta.

Among the debates has been the highly controversial 1.75% Electronic Levy (E-Levy) which has so far been rejected.

Source: ghanaweb.com

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I didn’t embezzle PNC funds; I used it for 2020 campaign – Apasera

David 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

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Akufo-Addo appoints Mahama as ECG Managing Director

Samuel Dubik Masubir Mahama

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).

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Wranglings in PNC: Apasera, Dani Baah sacked, 12 others step aside

David Apasera ( Left) and Janet Nabla

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.

Recall

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.

Step aside

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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