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Two fight Alan’s Approval as Minister for Trade; Bawumia “Camp” suspected

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Mr.Kyeremanten, Minister Designate for Trade&Industry

There is a petition against the approval of Mr. John Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten as Minister for Trade and Industry Designate as Parliament plans to vet him in the coming days, the can confirm.

A source close the Parliament’s Appointments Committee has disclosed that the petitioners, whose names he will not immediately divulge, are calling on Parliament to reject the approval of the immediate past Trade Minister over some issues they consider improper and for which reasons, Mr. Kyeremanten is not fit to continue as a Minister in the new Akufu-Addo government.

“One of the issues is that they said Alan peddled falsehood through his Former Deputy, Robert Ahomka-Lindsay that Komenda Sugar factory had no point in time produced sugar contrary to the claims by the erstwhile Mahama administration.”-The source stated.

Even though our source failed to mention the names behind the petition against Mr. Kyeremanten, he was quick to state that the 2024 New Patriotic Party (NPP) Flagbearership team which is working for Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia could be the possible group attempting to prevent Mr. Kyeremanten’s approval.

When asked if the National Democratic Congress (NDC) members could be another possible entity behind the petition, the source said nothing must be ruled out.

“I am yet to confirm the personalities who signed the petition but my initial intel is pointing to a group supporting Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s 2024 NPP Flagbearership bid. While earlier checks are pointing to NPP, I don’t know if this is being done with their NDC collaborators.” The source added.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufu-Addo has re-nominated Mr. John Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten as Minister for Trade and Industry. He is expected to face the Parliament’s Appointments Committee next week to advance reasons he must be approved again for this role.

As a general practice, the Committee has announced and received memoranda/petitions on some of the ministerial nominees. While the details of the petition against Mr. Kyeremanten are yet to be uncovered, it appears the issues surrounding the Komenda Sugar Factory which has become a white elephant could be the nominee’s waterloo.

The Komenda Sugar Factory was built by the erstwhile Mahama regime at $35 Million as part of industrialization of the country. It was hoped to employ at least, 7,300 youth through the value chain.

While the first sugar from the factory was produced in the last quarter of 2016, the promising investment has been left to rot since the coming into office of the Akufo-Addo government.

It is left to be known whether or not the petition against Mr. Kyeremanten will be credible enough to prevent him from his second ministerial job under Akufo-Addo.

Meanwhile, efforts to get the reaction of Dr. Bawumia’s team and or Alan Kyeremanten have proven unsuccessful. The shall follow this story and ensure that our cherished readers are updated accordingly.

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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.


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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||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||Ghana

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